Is The American Express® Gold Card Right For You?

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From time to time, the American Express® Gold Card has been called “the best keeper card on the market.”

Now I know what you’re thinking…that’s quite the title!

And the Oscar goes to…

And yes, it’s true. Being “the best keeper card” comes with some weight.

But, the Gold Card proves itself over and over, and I’m going to dive into that right now, so buckle up.

Here’s everything we’ll dive into:

Pros and Cons

Let’s get into it, shall we?


  • 4X per $1 for purchases at restaurants worldwide and at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 per year in purchases)

  • 3X per $1 on flights booked directly with airlines or on AmEx Travel

  • 1X per $1 on everyday purchases

  • Up to $120 in Uber Cash annually


Why we’ve deemed the American Express® Gold Card the best for restaurants:

With this card, you can earn 4X Membership Rewards® points for every ONE dollar spent at restaurants, including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.

This is the highest earning rate offered by any of our top cards.

Did you hear me? I said, “ANY CARD.”

So yeah, let’s get to eating.

You’ll also receive up to $240 in annual credits with your Gold card: $120 in dining credits (given as $10 monthly statement credits at participating partners) and $120 in Uber Cash (given as $10 monthly credits when you add your card to your Uber account).

Needless to say, that $250 annual fee is looking pretty manageable by now.

If you’re going to eat out (which we all do), this card is a no-brainer.

The average American spends up to $300 per month on eating out. That’s $3,600 a year, which would be 14,400 points straight to your pocket. 😎

Let’s talk statement credits

One of the Gold Card’s best features is its statement credits.

If you're new to statement credits, here's how it works:

  1. Enroll in the benefit online, through the American Express® App, or by calling the number on the back of your card.

  2. Spend $10 in a given month at a participating partner using your Gold Card.

  3. "Participating partners" include a variety of brands, so finding a place to use this benefit should be easy.

  4. Receive a statement credit (a reduction in your Gold account balance), usually 6-8 weeks after your purchase.

Yup, it’s that easy.

So now that you’re rocking with several statement credits, earning on restaurants, and gaining extra points with American Express Travel, you should feel set.

To wrap things up:

If you plan on eating out…like ever…then this card should have a home in your wallet.

One of the frequent questions we get asked is, “How do you continue earning so many points?”

The American Express Gold Card is one possible solution. Having a card that earns that many points back on everyday purchases is a surefire way to keep the points rolling in.

If you want an even deeper dive into why this card is straight dope, check out this article.

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