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American Express Green Card

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Earn 45,000 points after spending $2,000 within the first 6 months.

Bonus Value

Approximately $450 - $585

Annual Fee

$150

Card Rewards

3 points on restaurant purchases

3 points on transit including rideshares, subway, buses, tolls, ferry rides, and more

3 points on flights, car rentals, and hotels

1 point everywhere else

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Card Overview

The Amex Green card is designed as a in between luxury / basic travel card. You will earn 3 points on travel, restaurants, and transit purchases. Plus up to $200 in travel credits by the biometric airport screening service CLEAR, and LoungeBuddy. Benefits include no foreign transaction fees, lost luggage insurance, auto rental insurance, and more.

Card-Smart Tips & Advice
  • Credit: Recommended good credit
  • Amex 90-day rule: In a time span of 90 days, you can only get approved for 2 Amex cards.
  • Max cards: You can only get approved for up to-and including- 10 Amex No Preset Spending Limit* cards. (This rule is not always enforced)
  • Apply for two cards: If you apply for one Amex card and get approved, it is recommended to apply for a second card since Amex is very good about approving for two cards, even within the same day
  • Credit bureau: Amex will usually pull your Experian credit report. With the new "Apply With Confidence" feature, Amex will first do only a soft pull on your credit report and will let you know if approved or not. Only after you accept the approval will Amex do a hard pull on your credit (this feature is currently only available on Amex consumer cards. See more details below)
  • Combining same-day credit inquiries: Credit inquiries for same-day applications will be combined, as long as they are both approved for on the same day. Note, for some existing Amex credit cardholders, Amex will not do a hard credit pull when applying for a new credit card at any time
  • Check application status: You can check your application status  here  or call 1 800 567 1083
  • Reconsideration: If declined you can call 1 800 567 1083 to be reconsidered
  • Quickest way to get my card: Amex will sometimes give you an instant credit card number after approval, but not always. Amex physical credit cards cannot be expedited (except for the platinum cards) and will arrive after 5-7 business days

  • Downgrade options: The Amex Green Consumer card cannot be downgraded to a card with no annual fee.

Approval Monitor (submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users)

100% Approved
726 Avg. Score of those approved
0% Denied
Approved 100% (7)
Denied 0% (0)
Credit limit rangeN/A
Approved 100% (7)
Denied 0% (0)

Disclosure: These results are based on information submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users. Credit card approval results are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. Neither HelpMeBuildCredit nor the bank advertiser's take any responsibility on the accuracy of the information.

Welcome Offer Eligibility
You can only receive 1 welcome bonus per lifetime on each Amex credit card. If you are not eligible for the welcome bonus you will be notified by Amex before you submit the application. 
Card Details And Benefits
Rewards

– 3 points on restaurant purchases
– 3 points on transit including rideshares, subway, buses, tolls, ferry rides, and more
– 3 points on flights, car rentals, and hotels
– 1 point everywhere else

Foreign Transaction Fee

No foreign transaction fee.

Credits

Get a $189 credit per calendar year when you pay for your CLEAR membership with your card.

Lounge Access

Get up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year on LoungeBuddy purchases.

Auto Rental Collision Insurance

Secondary worldwide coverage on rentals up to 30 days (excluding Australia, Italy, and New Zealand). Max $50,000. You can purchase a premium plan from Amex that will offer primary coverage up to 42 days. Max $100,000.

Lost Luggage Reimbursement

Get covered for lost or damaged luggage up to $500 per person for checked baggage and up to $1,250 per person for carry-on baggage. Max $10,000 per trip for NY residents.

Trip Delay Reimbursement

If your flight is delayed for 12+ hours, you can claim up to $300 per trip to cover expenses like meals, lodging, toiletries, medication, and other personal use items. Up to 2 claims per year.

Extended Warranty Protection

Get one additional year to your original manufacturer's warranty time. (Will only cover if the original warranty is for 5 years or less). Max $10,000 per claim, $50,000 per year.

Purchase Protection

Get refunded if your purchase is damaged or stolen, up to 90 days from the date of purchase. Max $1,000 per claim, $50,000 per year.

How can the points be redeemed?

Cashback: The following are your options for redeeming Amex Points for cashback:

Amex Travel: You can use your points to book airfare, hotels, car rentals, and more on Amex Travel. You will get 1 penny per point for flights and 0.7 cents per point towards all other travel.

If you have the The Business Platinum Card from American Express then you can get 35% of your points back when booking a flight on Amex Travel and if you have the American Express Business Gold Card you get 25% of your points back when booking a flight on Amex Travel (up to 1,00,000 points back per calendar year).

In order to qualify for the 35% -25% points back promo, the flight needs to be one of the following: 

  1. Flights booked on your preferred airline – this is a single airline you choose once a year in January as your preferred airline. You can choose any of the following U.S. airlines:
  • American
  • Southwest
  • United
  • Delta
  • JetBlue
  • Alaska
  • Frontier
  • Hawaiian
  • Spirit
  1. You will also receive the 35%-25% rebate when you book a first or business class ticket on any airline (regardless of the airline you choose as your preferred airline)

Transfer to airline and hotel programs:  You can transfer your points to any of the following Amex Travel partners.

Airline partners:

Transfer Ratio Transfer Time
Aer Lingus, AerClub 1:1 Instant
AeroMexico 1:1.6 2-12 days
Air Canada 1:1 Instant
ANA 1:1 3 days
Air France/KLM 1:1 Instant
Avianca LifeMiles 1:1 Instant
British Airways 1:1 Instant
Cathay Pacific 1:1 Up to 1 week
Delta Airlines 1:1 Instant
Emirates 1:1 Instant
Etihad Airways 1:1 Instant
Hawaiian 1:1 Instant
Iberia 1:1 1-3 days
JetBlue 1:0.8 Instant
Qantas 1:1 Instant
Singapore Airlines 1:1 1-2 days
Virgin Atlantic 1:1 1-2 days

Hotel partners:

Ratio Transfer Time
Choice Privileges 1:1 Instant
Hilton Honors 1:2 Instant
Marriott, Bonvoy 1:1 Instant

Additional Resources

 

The new application experience is currently available for individuals applying for a U.S. Personal Card via HelpMeBuildCredit, at AmericanExpress.com/us/credit-cards, or by calling American Express, and is not available if you apply for a Card after you log into an existing Card Member Account.

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*The estimate is based on our research on what approximate value consumers get when booking travel with points or transferring the points to partner airlines/hotels and booking award travel. You might need to be reward savvy to achieve the proper value. You can find out more on how we value points here

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