American Express New Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses 2016

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American Express’ latest marketing campaign is playing to our stomachs. Take a look at what they’re offering to get your business, and how to best make use of these deals.

Ok, maybe American Express isn’t only targeting chocolate lovers with their latest campaigns.

There’s also a chance to win trips that let you go shopping in Melbourne, bask in the sun on Hamilton Island, relax in Byron Bay, enjoy the culture of Hobart or play golf in Coolum. Each week one of these new trips is up for grabs.

All you have to do is visit the American Express website, which will take you to their Facebook page where you can enter your details.

Bonus points bonanza

Most card providers offer bonus rewards points for applying and being approved for one of their cards. These offers may not be as unique as the ones listed above, but it’s an area where American Express is miles ahead of the competition.

On one side of the spectrum you have the considerable sign up bonus of 30,000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points with the American Express Qantas Premium Card or 7,500 bonus Velocity points with the Velocity Escape Card.

Towards the middle of the pack sits the Qantas Ultimate Card with a beefy 50,000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

50,000 points is a flight from Perth to Hong Kong including surcharges, fees and taxes. If you don’t include these fees, 50,000 points will get you to Los Angeles, but you’ll have to fork out $195 in fees and charges.

perth to hong kong in frequent flyer points

American Express’ flagship card, the Platinum Card, gives new cardholders a positively huge 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards points. These can be exchanged for frequent flyer points with a range of airlines, or rewards from the American Express Membership Rewards program.

Never leave home without it

American Express is no novice when it comes to marketing campaigns, and the popular phrase used above is only one of the viral slogans to come out of the mind’s of their marketing team.

A few years ago they had designer Collette Dinnigan and actor Anthony LaPaglia onboard to share their personal stories with Australians. Soccer-buff LaPaglia even hosted an American Express competition for Sydney FC fans.

Globally the story gets even better. In 2008 American Express got Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, Venus Williams, Tiger Woods and others on board to share their stories.

They even opened a competition – the Members Project to run alongside this campaign. Cardholders could suggest projects which would bring about positive change. These were then voted on, with many organisations winning $200,000 in money as a result.

The winners included the International Rescue Committee which offers aid during humanitarian crises, the Sundance Institute, which supports independent artists and the American Heart Association. Many other organisations also received funding in key areas including education, environment and wildlife, arts and culture, health and wellness and finally community development.

Depending on your lifestyle, now might be a good time to consider an American Express card. Have a look at what they’re offering today.

Compare American Express Credit Cards with Sign up Bonuses

Rates last updated October 25th, 2016
Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Bonus Points Annual fee
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
Receive 10,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement. Enjoy 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers and receive a complimentary Virgin Australia domestic economy return flight every year.
1 0 10,000 bonus points $195 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Card
Receive 100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement and earn up to 3 points per dollar spent. Gain access to travel insurance, $300 Platinum Travel Credit every year and access to 900 VIP airport lounges.
1 0 100,000 bonus points $1,200 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Business Card
Apply online to receive 150,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you meet the minimum spend criteria.
1 0 150,000 bonus points $1,500 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Gold Business Card
Apply online to receive 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points.
1 0 10,000 bonus points $169 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Explorer Credit Card
Receive 100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points on eligible spend within the first 2 months of Card Membership. Also enjoy a $400 travel voucher and two complimentary airline passes per year.
2 100,000 bonus points $395 p.a. Go to site More info

So, would a chocolate airplane make you sign up for a credit card? Let us know in the comments what would sweeten the deal for you?

Marc Terrano

A passionate journalist who loves to tell a story. Learning and teaching personal finance is my main lot at Also enjoys video games and fitness.

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2 Responses to American Express New Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses 2016

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    Anya | September 5, 2016

    I am a supplementary cardholder of an AMEX credit card. If I sign up for a separate AMEX credit card as a primary cardholder, will I be eligible for these sign-up bonuses? If I’m required to cancel the supplementary card, is there a waiting period before I become eligible for sign-up bonuses?

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      Jonathan | September 19, 2016

      Hi Anya, thanks for your inquiry!

      If you have not been the primary cardholder of an American Express credit card in the previous 18 months, then you will be eligible to apply for their introductory credit card offers.



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Rates last updated October 25th, 2016
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Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Enjoy a 0% p.a. balance transfer offer for 18 months and also earn 2 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months on everyday spend.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months $64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
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Enjoy a low and consistent interest rate on purchases and cash advances, combined with no annual fee.
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HSBC Platinum Credit Card
Receive a full annual fee refund and save $149 if you meet the $6,000 spend requirement. Enjoy a balance transfer offer and platinum card benefits such as complimentary insurances and concierge services.
19.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 15 months $149 p.a. Go to site More info
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
The NAB Low Rate Card offers 0% p.a. on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. This card also comes with a low annual fee.
0% p.a. for 15 months (reverts to 13.99% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 15 months with a one off 3% balance transfer fee $59 p.a. Go to site More info

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