Amex Green Card Review
March 16, 2020
Best for: Globetrotters or adventure seekers with a love of eating out and a budget to match.
The American Express® Green Card is “green” in more ways than one. With climate change an ever-growing concern, Amex is using a 70% reclaimed plastic construction to make this card more eco-friendly. Rather than rewarding cardholders for just air travel, its triple rewards points apply to other kinds of holidays, too. So whether you want to embark on a cruise on the Mediterranean, take a camping trip to be close to nature or explore an entire country by train, you’ll be rewarded handsomely with the Amex Green. What’s even better is that you can earn triple points at restaurants as well, giving you another way to build points quickly.
That said, the card comes with a hefty $150 annual fee, and some of its secondary perks are all about making airport experiences more pleasant. To get enough value for your dollars, you’ve got to have a decent food and travel budget — and travel by air relatively regularly.
Best ways to use this card
The best way to rack up points fast is to book your next trip with your Amex Green Card. This will earn you bonus points on airfares, hotels, car rentals, tours and more. Amex won’t charge you for foreign transactions, and you’ll get triple rewards for restaurant purchases worldwide. That said, you’ll have opportunities to nab extra rewards for dining out at local restaurants and taking local trains, taxicabs, rideshare services, ferries, tolls, parking, buses and subways.
Another reason to book your next trip with your Amex Green is travel protection — you’ll be covered for things like car rental lost or damage, baggage issues and trip delays. You can also make your journey more comfortable with $100 airport lounge credits each year provided you book through LoungeBuddy. If you travel by air often enough, you might consider a CLEAR membership for quicker identification at participating airports and receive up to $100 CLEAR credits each year.
As mentioned, there’s a lot you can do with your membership rewards points. They won’t expire for the life of your account and there’s no limit to the points you can earn. And if you want to earn even more points without too much effort, having another cardholder on your account earns the same rewards rate as your card.
What’s really great about Amex’s rewards program is that you can transfer points to another airline or hotel loyalty program. There are more than 10 to choose from, including Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, AsiaMiles and Hilton Honors, to name a few. The transfer value of your points will differ depending on which program you choose.
It’s also important to consider timing your credit card application to coincide with a big purchase or an upcoming trip so you can meet the $2,000 spending minimum and receive the 30,000 introductory bonus points. Of course, the intro offer isn’t the only bonus Amex ever offers. Keep an eye out for additional promotions on shopping, dining, travel and entertainment. Add offers to your account, pay with your card and the points will be yours.
In a nutshell
As long as you travel relatively regularly, you’ll be able to score great rewards and make use of the secondary benefits included with the Amex Green.
However, if the card’s annual fee is making your eyes water, then you may prefer the Discover it® Miles card — it’ll come with fewer perks, but you won’t have to worry about annual fees or bonus categories.