Amex Blue Business Plus Rewards Points — Can They Be Transferred To Airlines?

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Update: These offers for The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express and the Amex EveryDay® Credit Card have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

As I wrote about on ThursdayThe Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express finally has a public welcome bonus again. The card is offering a bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $3,000 within three months.

That might not sound like a whole lot — and it isn’t — but typically the card doesn’t have a public bonus at all. The reason you want this card is because it’s so rewarding for your spend. The card has no annual fee and offers 2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 spent each calendar year.

It’s the single most rewarding Membership Rewards card for non-bonused spend (up to $50,000 per year), and it doesn’t even have an annual fee. On top of that, the card gives you access to the amazing Amex Offers program, which offers discounts and bonus points for select purchases. I save hundreds of dollars per year with this benefit.

The Blue Business Plus Card sounds too good to be true, and one of the most common points of confusion with the card is if it earns “premium” Membership Rewards points. As Mark asked on the previous post:

Lucky, do you have to have another card like the Amex Plat to transfer the points from the Amex Blue Business card to be used for travel? I don’t have the Amex Plat or Gold so I want to make sure, thanks!

It can be confusing, but American Express has two types of Membership Rewards points. There are the “premium” Membership Rewards points, that can be redeemed for a variety of things, including being transferred to Membership Rewards airline and hotel partners. Then there are the non-premium Membership Rewards points, which can only be redeemed as cash back towards a statement credit.

Despite having no annual fee and having a very lucrative rewards structure, the Blue Business Plus Card does indeed earn Membership Rewards points that can be transferred to airline and hotel partners.

Membership Rewards Airline Partners

Membership Rewards Hotel Partners

This is one of only two no annual fee Membership Rewards cards to have this feature, with the other being The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express.

I’m still constantly in disbelief about this card, and the Blue Business Plus Card is one of the few cards that everyone in my family has. For more on applying for a small business Amex Card, see my previous post.

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  1. Great card to have. Use it on all non bonus categories that are business expenses. Got it when it was a 20k point spend bonus a few months ago.

  2. I got this card 1 week ago, before the 10,000 bonus was advertised – can I still get the bonus? Or am I out of luck with my unfortunate timing?

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