We’ve taken a look at the Amex Gold Rewards in the past and although it’s not what it used to be – increased minimum spend, removal of Annual Fee Waiver, changes to the referral program – it’s still a great card to have when dabbling in the Miles & Points game.
Today we’re going to take another look at the Amex Gold Rewards card although through the Venngo/Perkopolis program which boasts a sweeter deal.
Welcome Bonus: up to 25,000 Membership Reward Points after spending $1,500 within the first 3 months.
Annual Fee: $150 (No Annual Fee Waiver) although you do get a $150 statement credit after hitting the minimum spend requirements.
Supplementary Card: 1 free
– Earn 2 MR Points per dollar in eligible gas, grocery, drugstore purchases, as well as eligible travel related purchases such as hotels, flights, cruises, car rentals, etc.
– Earn 1 MR Point per dollar on all other purchases.
Before we delve into the Bells & Whistles of the card, here’s a little background information on what Venngo and Perkopolis are. In its simplest form, Venngo and Perkopolis are Membership Programs that partner up with retailers, businesses and the like and then offer promotional deals to organizations and their employees.
Basically they can be seen as employment “perks” for those employed within a certain industry or organization. Some examples include, discounted gym memberships, discounts at a wide variety of food and drink establishments, travel and hotel discounts and much more.
Bells & Whistles
Amongst the many deals these Membership Programs offer is this one in particular – the Venngo or Perkopolis offer.
The main difference between these and the standard Amex offer is the that you get a $150 statement credit after hitting the minimum spend requirements as well as a 2,500 MR point bonus every year when you renew the card.
Earning Power on the Venngo/Perkopolis Gold Rewards Card remains unchanged:
In terms of Bells and Whistles, this card is identical to the standard Amex Gold offer, but for a comprehensive list of the cards features, check out my previous review of the Amex Gold Card here.
In order to apply for this card, you’ll need to have an RSVP code that you’ll be required to enter on the application page. Make sure to check with your employer to see if you are already a member. If you are, great!
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t belong to or have a membership in either of these programs, so can I still apply for the card?” The simple answer is yes. There are countless data points out there suggesting that you don’t need to be a member. As long as you have the program specific RSVP code, you’ll be good to go. Your best bet is to ask around – chances are you’ll find some friend or family who has a membership in this program. If not, a quick Google search of the program offer can usually do the trick.
For an effective out of pocket expense of $0 for 25,000 MR points, this card offer is still an attractive choice especially given the recent changes to the Amex Business Platinum card. The Venngo/Perkopolis offer should definitely be a part of your Amex game plan going forward as it’s an extremely easy way to rack up MR points.
You can apply for the Venngo/Perkopolis offer below using the corresponding links. Remember that you’ll need the respective RSVP code in order to complete the application.
If you have any questions or get stuck, feel free to reach out to me.