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It’s easier to earn bonus points and statement credits with most American Express credit cards in 2020. Likely, most of our spending habits are going to be different for the second half of 2020 than the start of the year. Let’s see how you can maximize your home and business purchases.

American Express credit cards bonus categories
American Express credit cards bonus categories on select cards include streaming plans, groceries, and restaurants. Photo by American Express

Streaming and Wireless Telephone Services

Some American Express credit cards already earn bonus points on U.S.-based streaming plans and wireless phone services. One of the best examples is the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express.

These additional cards will earn statement credits for a limited time.

Platinum Card from American Express

Both the Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express can earn up to $20 in monthly statement credits. You can earn up to $320 in total credits with either card by earning the full credit from May through December 2020.

Learn more: Johnny Jet Recommended Credit Cards

American Express Green Card

The recently revamped consumer American Express® Green Card earns up to $80 in total statement credits, but only on wireless telephone services, not streaming services. You get up to $10 per month, from May through December 2020.

Related: The Best Credit Card To Pay For Netflix And Streaming Services

American Express credit cards bonus categories
The American Express credit cards bonus categories are valuable during this pandemic. Photo by American Express

Takeout, Food Delivery, and Groceries

Restaurants and groceries are already popular bonus categories. The personal American Express® Gold Card earns up to 4x Membership Rewards points on dining worldwide (including delivery and takeaway) and at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 annually, then 1x). American Express Gold Card also comes with a $120 dining credit—cardholders earn up to a total of $10 in statement credits monthly at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boxed, and participating Shake Shack locations. This can be an annual savings of up to $120, enrollment required.

New American Express® Gold Card cardholders can earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 on eligible purchases within the first 6 months.

Learn more: Johnny Jet Recommended Credit Cards

These credit cards are now earning points at U.S. supermarkets and restaurants, adding to the American Express credit cards bonus categories extension.

Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards (Expired)

The personal Delta credit cards will earn 4 SkyMiles per $1 at U.S. supermarkets for May, June, and July 2020.

  • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
  • The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
  • Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
  • The Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card

Note that the grocery store bonus doesn’t apply to the small business Delta SkyMiles credit cards.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card (Expired)

The luxury Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card gets two limited-time upgrades:

  • Earn 6x Bonvoy points on the first $7,500 at U.S. supermarkets (May through July 2020)
  • U.S. restaurant purchases count toward the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit (June through August 2020)

The legacy Marriott Bonvoy credit card (i.e., the old SPG credit card), earns 6x Bonvoy points on U.S. supermarket purchases too. You get 6x points on the first $7,500 in combined spending from May through July.

Hilton Honors Credit Cards

All bonus points you earn on any Hilton Honors American Express credit cards are considered “base points” for the rest of 2020. That means 100% of the points you earn count toward Hilton Honors elite tier status and lifetime Diamond status.

Select consumer Hilton credit cards earn bonus points on dining and grocery purchases too.

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card earns 12x Hilton Honors points on all U.S. supermarket purchases from May through July 2020. This card continues to earn 12x points on all Hilton purchases.

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card (Expired)

The information for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card has been collected independently by Johnny Jet. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

The premium Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card has bonuses for grocery and restaurant purchases this summer:

  • Earn 12x points at U.S. supermarkets from May through July 2020
  • U.S. restaurant purchase count toward $250 Hilton resort credit from June through August 2020
American Express credit cards bonus categories help you when working remotely. Photo by American Express

Remote Work

Do you telecommute when you usually don’t? Most American Express business credit cards already earn bonus points on remote work purchases.

The Business Platinum Card from American Express is boosting their remote work rewards in 2020:

  • Additional $200 statement credit in Shop Dell business purchases (already $200 per year)
    • Receive $100 credit from May 1 through June 30, 2020
    • Receive second $100 credit from July 1 to December 31, 2020)
  • Up to $320 in statement credits on U.S. wireless telephone service providers
    • Up to $20 per month from May through December 2020
  • Free Shop Small templates and resources
  • Fee waivers for Resy through December 2020 (new and existing Resy customers)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express continues to be a good option for your flight and hotel purchases. You can earn 5x Membership Rewards on bookings you make on AmexTravel.com. Plus, all purchases above $5,000 net 1.5x points instead of the standard 1 point per $1 award rate. The annual fee is $595 (See Rates & Fees). 

Final Thoughts

These American Express credit cards bonus categories are a welcome addition to many still looking for ways to maximize their new spending routine. American Express is also extending all credit card welcome bonus requirements by 3 months if you apply for a new card by May 31, 2020:

“Due to the impact of COVID-19, for eligible Card accounts approved from December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 for which you are eligible for a welcome offer, the period to make eligible purchases to earn your welcome bonus will be extended for an additional 3 months. Eligible Cards are U.S. Consumer and Business Cards issued by American Express National Bank to a Basic Card Member.”

Other credit card companies, like Citi, are starting to offer more bonus categories through the summer of 2020. One of the most exciting additions is earning bonus points on many Chase credit cards on supermarket purchases.

In conclusion, American Express seems to be the trendsetter in credit card extensions this year so let’s see what else happens.

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For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.

Josh Patoka
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