American Express Authorized User and Spending Bonuses

American Express Authorized User and Spending Bonuses

Lately American Express has been offering some great authorized user and spending bonuses for several of their cards. Many of these bonuses are targeted, but it might be worth calling American Express to see if you can get the promotion applied to your account. Below I will go into detail about the authorized user and spending bonuses that have been popping up so you know what to be on the lookout for!

Authorized User Bonuses

The concept is simple: get a bonus when you add an authorized user and they meet a minimum spend, up to four times for each eligible account. If you did not receive a targeted email, it may be worth calling Amex as some people reported they were able to get the promotion applied. Below are American Express cards that people have been reporting authorized user bonuses along with the details of the bonus.

CardBonus per AUMinimum Spend (within 3 months)Maximum Bonus
Amex Blue Cash EveryDay$25$250$100
Amex Delta Platinum2,500 SkyMiles$50010,000
Amex EveryDay1,500 MR points$1506,000 MR points
Amex Premier Rewards Gold5,000 MR points$50020,000 MR points
Amex Platinum5,000 MR points$50020,000 MR points

Note that for the Amex Platinum, the free AU Gold cards also qualify for the bonus, so you don’t have to pay the AU fees for additional Platinum cards to receive the extra MR points.

Spending Bonuses

Amex also sent some targeted spending bonuses. These are much less likely to be matched for if you weren’t targeted.

Business Platinum Card®
Business Platinum Card®
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Earn 50,000 points after spending $10,000 within 3 months

The most lucrative spending bonuses seem to be on the Business Platinum:

  • 40,000 bonus MR points for $5,000 spend, and an extra 10,000 for another $5,000 spend from July 15 to October 15 (no need to enroll)
  • Get 10,000 bonus MR on your next purchase when enrolling by 10/31/17 and making a purchase by 11/30/17

On the Amex SPG (Personal):

  • Register by 08/15/17 and spend $10,000 by September 30 to get 10,000 bonus SPG points
  • Register by 08/15/17 and spend $15,000 by September 30 to get 15,000 bonus SPG points

Note that purchases made by authorized users do count towards the minimum spend.

On the Amex EveryDay or EveryDay Preferred (many different offers):

  • Register and spend $2,000 by 09/29/17 to get 2,000 bonus MR points (up to 3 times, i.e. 6,000 bonus MR points). That means your card can earn as much as 5 points per dollar on all purchases if you make 30 transactions or more per month on the EveryDay Preferred (2.2 points per dollar with 20 transactions on the EveryDay).
  • Register and spend $3,000 by 09/29/17 to get 4,500 bonus MR points (up to 3 times i.e. 13,500 bonus MR points) That means your card can earn as much as 3 points per dollar on all purchases if you make 30 transactions or more per month on the EveryDay Preferred (2 points per dollar with 20 transactions on the EveryDay).
  • Register and spend $3,000 by 09/29/17 to get 6,000 bonus MR points (up to 3 times i.e. 18,000 bonus MR points) That means your card can earn as much as 5 points per dollar on all purchases if you make 30 transactions or more per month on the EveryDay Preferred (3.2 points per dollar with 20 transactions on the EveryDay).
  • Register and spend $5,000 by 09/29/17 to get 5,000 bonus MR points (up to 3 times, i.e. 15,000 bonus MR points). That means your card can earn as much as 5 points per dollar on all purchases if you make 30 transactions or more per month on the EveryDay Preferred (2.2 points per dollar with 20 transactions on the EveryDay).
  • Register and spend $6,000 by 09/29/17 to get 6,000 bonus MR points (up to 3 times, i.e. 18,000 bonus MR points). That means your card can earn as much as 5 points per dollar on all purchases if you make 30 transactions or more per month on the EveryDay Preferred (2.2 points per dollar with 20 transactions on the EveryDay).
  • Register and spend $7,500 by 09/29/17 to get 7,500 bonus MR points (up to 3 times, i.e. 22,500 bonus MR points). That means your card can earn as much as 5 points per dollar on all purchases if you make 30 transactions or more per month on the EveryDay Preferred (2.2 points per dollar with 20 transactions on the EveryDay).
  • Register and spend $7,500 by 09/29/17 to get 11,250 bonus MR points (up to 3 times, i.e. 33,750 bonus MR points). That means your card can earn as much as 3 points per dollar on all purchases if you make 30 transactions or more per month on the EveryDay Preferred (7 points per dollar with 20 transactions on the EveryDay).

There may be other versions of the same offer. Note that, unlike the Amex SPG offer, spend on additional cards will not count towards the threshold.