The American Express® Gold Card categories for bonus rewards are dining at restaurants (plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.), groceries at U.S. supermarkets, and flights booked directly with airlines or with Amex Travel. Purchases that fall into the Amex Gold card bonus categories get cardholders extra rewards compared to the card’s base earning rate.
Whether a purchase falls into a card’s bonus categories depends on “Merchant Category Codes,” which are assigned by the major credit card networks to merchants based on what kind of business they conduct. So if a merchant has the MCC for “dining,” for example, purchases made at that merchant will earn bonus rewards on cards that include “dining” as a bonus category.
When choosing a rewards credit card, it’s a good idea to pick a card that offers the opportunity to earn bonus rewards in your most frequent purchase categories. So if you spend a lot in the categories offered on the Amex Gold card, it may be a good card for you.
Keep in mind that although metal credit cards look cool, you shouldn’t apply for a card just because it’s made of metal. You should make sure that any metal credit card you get also has worthwhile perks and is a card that fits your individual needs and budget.… read full answer
If metal isn't a top priority, free to also take a look at our editors' picks for the best American Express credit cards, and choose one according to your individual needs. And if you're not tied to Amex as an issuer, you can also check out WalletHub's CardAdvisor tool to get personalized credit card recommendations.
The American Express® Gold Card credit score requirement is 700 or higher. That means people with good credit or better have a shot at getting approved for the Amex Gold card.
You should note that while your credit score is an important factor, there are plenty of other things that will impact your chances of being approved for the Amex Gold card, too. Some other key criteria include your income, existing debt load, number of open accounts, recent credit inquiries, employment status and housing status.… read full answer
If you excel in other areas, you might be able to get approved with a slightly lower credit score in some cases. But it’s best to wait to apply until you meet the Amex Gold card credit score requirement. You can check your credit score for free on WalletHub.
Though the Amex Gold card does not have a traditional lounge access benefit, it’s also a lot cheaper than most cards that offer this benefit. The Amex Gold card’s annual fee is $250 while, for example, the American Express Platinum card’s is $695.… read full answer
That said, if you’re an extremely frequent traveler and use airport lounges on a regular basis, it’s worth getting a credit card with free Global Lounge Collection access. It would cost thousands of dollars to buy unlimited access to all of those lounge brands individually.
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