Increased Signup Bonuses for Amex Blue Cash Cards

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American Express has increased the signup bonuses for its two ‘Blue Cash’ cards.

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express

This card lets you earn a $150 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. That’s up from $100 and the card has no annual fee.

Ongoing earn is 3% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 per year in purchases, then 1%); 2% cash back at U.S. gas stations and at select U.S. department stores; 1% back on other purchases.

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

You can receive a $200 statement credit after spending $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership. This bonus went from $150 to $200, but no longer offers a $0 annual fee the first year (annual fee is $95).

Earning is 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 per year in purchases, then 1%); 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations and at select U.S. department stores; 1% back on other purchases.

‘Select’ Department Stores Are:

Bon Ton Stores
Century 21 Department Stores
J.C. Penney (JCP)
Lord & Taylor
Neiman Marcus
Saks Fifth Avenue
Stein Mart

Who knew there was such a thing as a Century 21 Department Store?

The card with the ‘blue’ moniker I like the best though remains The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express because it’s a no annual fee card that earns two Membership Rewards points per dollar spent no bonus categories required.

This earning applies to the $50,000 in purchases per year (1 point per dollar thereafter). That makes this the best most rewarding card for otherwise-unbonused spend. Plus since it’s an American Express-issued business card it should count as one of your 5 in Chase’s 5/24 methodology for approving certain new cards.

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  1. Century 21 is a popular NYC department store. There are some stores in NJ and PA as well. Growing up in The Bronx I never heard of them until I got a job in Manhattan. Pretty small footprint.

  2. You know what card feature rarely gets mentioned is the 3x on Samsung Pay with the US Bank Altitude card. Samsung pay is different than android pay or apple pay since it works with older swipe machines. And the points are worth 1.5 cents on travel. The only issue is listening to cashiers sigh and tell me it won’t work and then it does. So 4.5% bonus on purchases that are typically not bonused. 3x on all travel spend too. Unlike the crappy Citi thank you travel portal the crappy US Bank travel portal doesn’t seem to jack up the price on hotels when you search. So you truly get 1.5 cents per point.

  3. Century 21 has a flagship type store right next to the millennium Hilton ( by courtland street) in lower manhatten right across the street from the old twin towers
    There are smaller stores in other parts of manhatten as well as queens and Brooklyn. They just opened a store in the 6th borough ( South FL) about a year ago as well

  4. I read on another forum recently about department stores no longer earning 2% on the Blue Cash Everyday card. Can anybody provide data points, either confirming or denying this rumor?

  5. Both you and Lucky are missing the public offer of $250 sign up on the BCP.

    Just go to chrome incognito mode and then search: amex blue cash preferred

    Top 3 links all go to the $250 offer.

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