Starting on June 6, 2019, the American Express Gold Card will earn 4X points at restaurants worldwide. h/t TPG
This is great news since one of the major drawbacks of the Amex Gold Card was that it only earned multipliers at U.S. restaurants only, which made the card useless on international trips. Cardholders will now earn 4 points for every dollar spent on merchants that code as restaurants globally.
Amex Gold Card Point Multipliers:
Earn 4X points at restaurants worldwide (effective June 6)
Earn 4X points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $25,000 per year, then 1X
Earn 3X points on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com
Earn 1X points on all other purchases
With the recent revamp of the Amex Gold Card in Oct 2018 and the new changes to the restaurant point multiplier, it seems like American Express is trying to compete for a spot in the dining category.
Before the changes, the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3X) and the Citi Prestige (5X) were the top contenders among travel cards for the best dining multipliers.
Dining is a popular spend category for most consumers, and we’re glad to know that we can take the Amex Gold Card abroad to earn 4X points at restaurants worldwide. The card does not have any foreign transaction fees. Keep in mind that American Express is not widely accepted everywhere, so it’s still good to carry a Visa or Mastercard in your wallet just in case.
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