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American Express issues some of the most feature-rich and valuable credit and charge cards. I currently carry seven American Express cards for the benefits and to max out points by category. Here are five cards currently in my wallet.
1. The Platinum Card® from American Express
I love the lounges where The Platinum Card® from American Express grants me access. It has had a prominent place in my wallet for many years now. While it does have an annual fee of $695, it provides many travel benefits and will always be my go-to for lounge access (both Delta Sky Clubs® and Centurion Lounges) and booking airfare from the airlines to earn 5x points (up to $500,000 per calendar year). Learn more. Rates & Fees. Terms apply.
2. American Express® Gold Card
When I’m dining out, I want to maximize my points earned. My card of choice for restaurants and food delivery is the American Express® Gold Card. With it, I earn four Membership Rewards® Points for each dollar spent at restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S. (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases). It also includes up to $120 annual credit (up to $10 per month given in statement credits) for Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar, and Shake Shack. Plus, up to another $120 annually (up to $10 per month) in Uber Cash that I can use for Uber Eats. When I’m hungry, this is the card I choose. (Terms apply and enrollment required for select benefits.) Learn more.
3. American Express® Green Card
The American Express® Green Card is currently offering its best welcome bonus ever. For a limited time, the American Express® Green Card is offering 60,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on your new card in your first six months of being a cardmember. Plus, you’ll earn 20% back on eligible travel and transit purchases made during your first six months of card membership (up to $200 back in the form of a statement credit). Aside from the welcome bonus, I’m keeping the card for its up to $189 CLEAR Plus Credit, up to $100 LoungeBuddy Credit, and 3x Membership Rewards® Points on transit purchases including trains, taxicabs, rideshare services, ferries, tolls, parking, buses, and subways. All information about the American Express® Green Card has been collected independently by The Bulkhead Seat.
4. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express® Card
When I’m staying at a Marriott hotel, I want to maximize my points earned. My card of choice is the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express® Card. With it, I earn six Marriott Bonvoy® points for each dollar spent at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program. It also includes up to $300 statement credits per calendar year (up to $25 per month ) for dining in restaurants worldwide. Plus, a free night award that I can redeem at any Marriott hotel with a redemption level at or under 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points. Rates & fees. Terms apply.
5. Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
Anthony’s Take: All of these cards provide value beyond the annual fees with the benefits they provide (not to mention the huge savings I’ve racked up using Amex offers across all of these cards). I’ll be keeping these cards for the foreseeable future.
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