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Are you looking forward to vacation season? Whatever you have in mind — whether it’s hitting a dusty road across the West, sipping mimosas poolside, going on a cruise or touring the south of France, we want you to get the most from your credit card. As part of your planning, take a look at your plastic, and see if it measures up to these great card offers from Amex. (We’re guessing it doesn’t.)
American Express Gold Card
Why we like it: This card racks up 35,000 reward points as a welcome bonus after you spend $2,000 within the first three months, and then it throws in a bunch more perks that can make a big difference when vacation season comes around. Here are some of the highlights:
- Earn 4 reward points per dollar spent on the card at U.S. restaurants. Also earn 4X reward points at grocery stores on up to $25,000 a year, and earn 1 point per dollar after that.
- Earn 3 reward points per dollar on flights purchased on this card, when you book through amextravel.com or directly through an airline.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits each month for using your Amex Gold at select restaurants.
- Pay no foreign transaction fees.
Note: This card has a $250 annual fee.
The Platinum Card from American Express
Why we like it: If you rely heavily on plastic for pleasure or business expenses, this card will rack up a whopping 60,000 membership reward points after you use it for $5,000 in purchases within the first three months. By some estimates, that’s worth about $1,200 — think, round trip to Hong Kong or Paris! And while you travel, you get in on a bevy of upgrades and perks.
More to love:
- Earn 5 reward points per dollar spent airline tickets purchase directly from airlines, or through amextravel.com.
- Earn 5X reward points by prepaying on your hotel booked through amextravel.com.
- Get Uber VIP status, access to airport lounges around the globe and statement credits for your purchases with this card at Saks Fifth Ave.
Note: This card has a $550 annual fee. That’s not cheap, but if you think you spend enough to meet the $5,000 threshold to get the welcome bonus, the card should quickly pay for itself.
Whatever you need in a credit card — whether it’s reward points, cash back or a low interest rate — you can find it with our credit card search tool. Click here to search for the plastic that best fits your needs.