The American Express® Green Card (a NextAdvisor advertiser) has received a facelift with the addition of category features, credit-earning opportunities for purchases and a heightened rewards structure.

The card, which first offered 2X Membership Rewards points when booking through American Express travel and 1X points on all other purchases, will now earn you 3X Membership Rewards points on travel and transit, 3X points on dining and 1X points on all other purchases.

The welcome offer has also been increased from 25,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 in the first three months to 30,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first three months.

The updated card will cost you a $150 annual fee (originally $95, waived the first year), and the travel category has expanded to include point-earning potential on additional modes of transportation. Here’s what now qualifies for the revised travel and transit category:

  • Airfare booked directly through airlines
  • Hotel rooms booked directly through hotels
  • Other eligible travel, including tour operators, travel agencies and campsites
  • Car rentals
  • Transit, including ride-shares, buses, taxis, subways, tolls and more

While the original card lacked exclusive perks, the updated version brings multiple unique benefits:

Up to $100 CLEAR credit

CLEAR helps you breeze through security at select airports and stadiums nationwide using eye and fingerprint scanning to confirm your identity.

You’ll receive up to $100 per calendar year in statement credit when you pay for a CLEAR membership with Green from Amex.

Up to $100 LoungeBuddy credit

LoungeBuddy allows you to purchase lounge access without a specific lounge membership. When you use Green from Amex to purchase lounge access through LoungeBuddy, you’ll get up to $100 in statement credits per year for those purchases.

Up to $100 Away credit

Away is a travel brand that produces luggage and other travel products, and you can now receive up to $100 in statement credits for Away purchases made with Green from Amex within your first three months of card membership. Out of the three new benefits, this one is specifically available to card members who apply by January 15, 2020.

A whole new meaning of Green

According to the American Express site, the new cards will be made from 70 percent reclaimed plastic from beaches and coastal areas. The plastic used to make the cards has been collected by Parley for the Oceans, a nonprofit organization that has worked with brands like S’well and Adidas.

Among other initiatives in partnership with Parley, American Express will be introducing a Card recycling program in 2020 for consumer, small business and corporate cards. The program will allow card members to send expired or damaged cards back to American Express for recycling.

The bottom line

Overall, the new and improved American Express Green Card will benefit on-the-go travelers and entertainment seekers more so than the original version, but for a much higher annual fee. If the added $100 credits and heightened rewards structure doesn’t excite you, there’s plenty of other travel and restaurant-focused options out there for you to choose from.

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