Three American Express cards have upped the ante for applicants using private browsing (or “Incognito” mode, as Google Chrome aficionados say.)
Using private browsing can instantly add at least 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points to welcomes bonuses for The Platinum Card from American Express, the American Express Gold Card, and the American Express Green Card.
Amex Platinum Card: 75,000 vs 60,000 points
When clicking through in plain ole “standard” browsing mode, the personal/consumer Platinum Card from American Express offers new applicants 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 on purchases within three months of being approved.
60,000 MRs is worth at least $600 in travel.
That alone is a decent-ish deal.
But when we use Incognito mode, we get this “Special Offer for (Us)”:
That’s more like it! The offer increases by 15,000 points — and the minimum spending requirement stays the same.
The points earnings for this card are meh — except for the 5X on purchases made directly with airlines or through Amex Travel.
Plus, the Amex Platinum offers a whole host of travel benefits (airport lounge access, $200 airline incidental credit, TSA Pre√ or Global Entry application credit, Fine Hotels & Resorts, etc).
And Platinum cardholders enjoy a bunch of special statement credits through the end of the year.
USE PRIVATE BROWSING/INCOGNITO MODE to learn more about the Platinum Card from American Express.
Amex Gold Card: 50,000 vs 40,000 points
The American Express Gold Card also rewards people who use private browsing.
The standard offer jumps from 40,000 Membership Rewards points to 50,000 (after spending $4,000 in purchases within three months of approval).
I love my Amex Gold card. It offers 4X points on dining spend worldwide, 4X points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000 in annual spend), and monthly $10 statement credits at certain food merchants.
Amex Green Card: 45,000 vs 30,000 points
The American Express Green Card wants in on the action, too!
Incognito/private browsers get an offer for 15,000 more bonus points than when using standard browsing.
New applicants receive 45,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after spending just $2,000 within three months of being approved.
The card earns 3X at restaurants, travel (parking, airfare, hotels, etc), and transit.
Plus, cardholders receive a $10 statement credit each month (through December 2020) when using their card to pay for US wireless services (i.e. cell phone bills).
The American Express Green Card (USE PRIVATE BROWSING TO CLICK THAT LINK!) also gives members a $100 annual statement credit at CLEAR and another $100 credit with Lounge Buddy.
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