Last fall, American Express revamped the American Express Gold Card, adding a ton of fantastic benefits. But the biggest new perk was the ability to earn 4x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at both restaurants worldwide and U.S. supermarkets on up to $25,000 of annual spending.
That unrivaled ability to rack up points on dining and groceries was part of the reason we feel the card is worth the $250 annual fee.
But that bonus category was limited to restaurants and stores in the U.S., so it had limited value for international travelers who opted for cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the Sapphire Reserve abroad. But that’s changing today, June 6. You can now earn 4x points per dollar at restaurants worldwide.
New Amex Gold Card Dining Benefit
This upgraded earning immediately makes the card more valuable for international travelers who were no doubt choosing for other cards to pay for meals abroad.
That said, it is worth noting that Amex still lags behind both Visa and Mastercard when it comes to acceptance at restaurants outside the U.S. It’s improved drastically in recent years. But just because you have the ability to earn 4x on dining, doesn’t mean the restaurant is going to accept your card.
So it’s still a good idea to travel with a Visa or Mastercard that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.
Full Benefits of the Amex Gold Card
- Receive 35,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 within the first three months of card membership.
- 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines
- 4x points at Restaurants Worldwide
- 4x points at US Supermarkets on up to $25k of spending per calendar year. 1x points after that
- 1x points on other purchases
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
- $120 annual dining credit split up monthly for charges at GrubHub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Boxed & Participating Shake Shack locations
- $100 Airline Fee Credit per calendar year for baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- $250 annual fee (not waived for the first year)
Click Here to learn more about the American Express Gold Card.
Kudos to Amex for making a solid improvement to their Gold card. This should immediately make the Gold card more valuable for international travelers. But be warned as many restaurants outside of the U.S. still do not accept Amex.
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