Best cards to pair with the Amex Gold

The first type of card that you should consider pairing with the Amex Gold are other Membership Rewards cards.

Welcome bonus: Earn 75,000 points after you spend $5,000 in purchases in the first six months of account opening, plus earn 10x points at U.S.

You’re earning more on eligible airfare and hotels, plus you’ll get a stellar lineup of travel perks, including unmatched lounge access, elite status with both Marriott and Hilton, hundreds of dollars in assorted statement credits and more.

gas stations — a bonus category the Amex Gold lacks — but you can also get a 50% points earning bonus at the end of each month if you use your card more than 30 times.

Those who live near a Delta hub or regularly fly with the airline might be interested in a Delta cobranded credit card that helps you earn bonus miles on flights and gives you some nice airline benefits.

The Delta SkyMiles Gold Amex is a great choice for casual flyers and those who don’t want to add a high annual fee to their wallet .

Welcome bonus: Earn 130,000 Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card in the first three months of card membership.

Rewards rate: Earn 12 points per dollar spent on eligible purchases at Hilton hotels; 6 points per dollar spent at U.S.

The card comes with complimentary Gold status , a free weekend night award after spending $15,000 each calendar year, 10 free Priority Pass visits annually and more.

Of course, there is also value in having cards that earn entirely different currencies in your wallet to maximize your redemption options across the board.

At face value, you may wonder why the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a good card to pair with the Amex Gold, considering it earns 2x on travel and dining — two categories that overlap with the Amex Gold.

And when it comes to earning diversified points, Amex and Chase both offer the most valuable rewards currencies on the market — both are worth 2 cents each according to TPG valuations — and come with a unique set of redemption options, so it makes sense to have both in your wallet.

Sign-up bonus: Earn 100,000 bonus miles after spending $20,000 on the card within the first 12 months of account opening.

If you want a catch-all card for your non-bonus spending, you can’t get much better than the Capital One Venture.

If there is a different hotel or airline you’re loyal to , it can make sense to have a cobranded card with that brand as a way to earn points and miles since you won’t with your Amex.

The point is, there are a lot of ways you can include your Amex Gold in a broader card strategy.

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