A New Year Of 2x Points With The Amex Blue Business Plus

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It’s a new calendar year, which has lots of implications for credit card rewards. For example, earlier I wrote about how it’s now a new year of airline fee credits with several American Express cards, including The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express.

That’s one of the two things I’m most excited about with American Express cards in the new year. The other thing I’m most excited about is that I’m taking The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express out of my sock drawer and putting it right back in the front of my wallet.

Why do I like this card so much? The card has no annual fee (Rates & Fees), and offers 2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50,000 spent every calendar year. Those are “real” Membership Rewards points, which can be transferred to airline and hotel partners.

Transfer points to KrisFlyer for redemptions in Singapore Airlines first class

That’s right, this is a no annual fee card that offers the single best return on non-bonused spend of any credit card, in my opinion. Personally I value Membership Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so to me the card offers a 3.4% return on spend.

So I use the Blue Business Plus Card for my first $50,000 of non-bonused business spend every year, but then I don’t use it again until that limit resets, which is today, January 1, 2019.

In reality I’ll probably still be holding off a bit until I actually put spend on the card, though.

That’s because I recently applied for the Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business, which offers an incredible welcome bonus of up to 200,000 Spark miles. However, you have to spend $50,000 on the card to achieve that, so my first $50,000 of non-bonused spend this year will be going onto that card.


Spark miles can also be transferred to Air France-KLM Flying Blue

Are you putting more spend on the Blue Business Plus Card again with the new year?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express (Rates & Fees).

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Comments

  1. @lucky
    Off topic. I am currently in the First Class of an ANA flight to LA.
    Bad news. They no longer serve Hibiki 21 yrs.

    This is so sad and I think you should write about it.

  2. I just got approved for the Blue Business Plus a few days ago. It is my first business card so I am looking forward to using it this year.

  3. Any Idea….Is the 2x reset based on calendar year or closing/statement date….i.e. a transaction on december 28th but for the Jan statement closing ….

  4. The Altitude reserve offers 4.5% on all mobile spend, which if you have a samsung watch or phone is quite easy to accomplish. At a 75$ effective AF, you need to put 6,800 on it to come out ahead! That’s my go-to non-bonus card…

  5. Just looking under T/C it does say calendar year but I dont know if that means literallly when the purchase was made….In Calendar year 2018….or calendar statement which would be my January 2019 Statement

  6. Not sure why this wasn’t sent out last week so we had time to use our $50k… Saw a bunch of year end lists but never with this on it. Live and learn.

  7. Given the typical bonus categories: groceries, dining and travel…how do you get more than $50K in un-bonused spend to put on the Amex Biz Blue? What am I missing?

  8. Ja, best return on non-bonused spend for the first $50,000 in eligible purchases in each calendar year. Note that there is foreign transaction fee so better use in US.

  9. Wow. Thank you SO much. I didnt realize that the card’s $50K threshold resets each Jan 1. It will go back to the front of my wallet with Rose/Gold Amex for dining and grocery stores, Amex Plat for 5x on travel and Spark Biz card ($50K spend for bonus will be a challenge but a must for the bonus)

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