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While authorized user bonuses are certainly not a novelty, I recently received an email offer (targeted, one would imagine) from American Express that is notable for two reasons. First, the requirements of the offer are easy to meet; and second, the offer is scalable so one could potentially earn a semi-decent chunk of points for little to no work.
An Offer For Bonus Membership Rewards Points
I was greeted a few days ago by two emails from American Express advertising the opportunity to earn bonus points by adding additional (authorized user) card members.
The offers were for my personal American Express Gold card and my Amex Everyday card. Interestingly, both emails were sent out within one minute of each other, suggesting that this was some sort of mass batch email across multiple American Express card products.
For the Gold card, the offer is for an extra 5,000 Membership Rewards points after adding a new authorized user and spending $500 on that card by mid-July. Notably, the terms of the offer mention a limit of 20,000 Membership Rewards points, suggesting that this offer can be used four times with four different authorized users.
For my Amex Everyday card, the offer was for 2,500 Membership Rewards points after adding an authorized user and spending $250 on that card. This offer, as well, had a limit (10,000 MR points), suggesting that it too could be repeated four times with four different authorized users. Interestingly, this offer — which has only half the spending requirement — ends over a month after the Gold offer ends.
These authorized user bonus offers were a nice surprise to find in my inbox and seem to be quick and easy ways to rack up some additional Membership Rewards points.
To be sure, a maximum of 30,000 points for $3000 in spending is paltry compared to a typical signup bonus, but for those who are either unwilling or unable to pick up a new card, this is a simple way to earn some extra MR points with no downside. Of note, I did not receive a similar offer on my personal American Express Platinum or on any of my American Express business cards, so it’s difficult to say just how many or which American Express products have similar offers.
At any rate, kudos to American Express for offering this, and here’s to hoping they continue to do so in the future.