I have 6 American Express Platinum Cards, all which get their hefty $595 annual fee waived by the generous people at AmEx due to our active duty status! Me and my wife (also active duty) each have gotten the following cards:
- AmEx Platinum Business
- 75k MR with $20,000 spend
- AmEx Gold Business
- 50k MR with $5,000 spend
- AmEx Green Business
- 5k MR with $0.01 spend
What is great about AmEx Business cards is an individual can get one as a sole proprietor by using your own SSN, and there is no wait on upgrading the card to the higher product. I went ahead and got the bonus and the gold and upgraded both to multiple Business Platinum cards. The main reason for doing this is the diversify your 35% points portfolio to three different airlines, all while getting $200 in airline credit, and then the $200 for Dell schwag every year.
From January to June of each year you can charge $100 on each Business Platinum Card at dell.com and you will instantly get a $100 credit. You get another $100 from July to December. You can also split charge over three cards max per order, and double dip with ebates:
After my shopping spree I was left with a $13 credit on one of my cards so I bought a $15 xbox live gift card on dell.com:
The smallest amount is $10 and the largest is $100, and sure enough my $15 card got reimbursed!
The gift code appeared in my Dell digital locker in 4 hours, just click the order number and hit the get text based key option:
and I added it to my Microsoft account under payment options:
On checkout I was able to apply the $15 towards buying physical merchandise:
Come July I am looking at buying $600 in xbox live gift cards, all stacking with ebates, spit over my 6 Business Platinum Cards. I will do this again in January for $1,200 in gift cards to buy this crazy thing:
Hopefully it will increase my blogging output!