AMEX Green Card

Card Review & AMEX Point Calculator
3x Travel
3x Transit
3x Restaurants
$100 Clear Credit
$100 LoungeBuddy Credit

Review the benefits of the AMEX Green Card, calculate how many points you can earn based on your spend, and compare results side by side top rewards cards.

The American Express Green Card is a great choice for anyone looking to earn big on travel and dining purchases. This is the first (and currently the only) AMEX card to feature a general 'travel' category which makes the card comparable to the Chase Sapphire Cards. If you're looking to earn great amount of Membership Rewards Points on flights, hotels, transit, ridesharing and other travel purchases, you'll want to consider making the AMEX Green Card a part of your wallet.

Bonus Categories

The AMEX Green Card features three bonus categories which are travel, transit and restaurants. There is no cap on the amount of bonus points you can earn spending in both categories and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with the AMEX Green Card overall.

  • 3x Travel
    • AMEX defines travel as being:
      • Airfare
      • Hotels
      • Timeshare Rentals
      • Vacation Rentals
      • Car Rentals
      • Cruises
      • Tours
      • Vacation Packages
      • Third Party Travel Agencies (i.e. Expedia)
    • Purchases made on the AMEX Travel Portal will also count towards this bonus category.
  • 3x Transit
    • AMEX defines transit purchases as (but is not limited to):
      • Trains
      • Taxi Cabs
      • Rideshares
      • Ferries
      • Tolls
      • Parking
      • Buses
      • Subways
  • 3x Restaurant
  • 1x Non-Category

The AMEX Green is the only Membership Rewards credit card that features the categories of travel and transit which makes it a great option for vacations and international trips.

Perks & Benefits

The AMEX Green comes with some pretty unique perks which includes credits with CLEAR and LoungeBuddy.

  • Annual $100 CLEAR Credit
    • Triggers when you use the card to pay for your CLEAR membership.
    • CLEAR allows you to zoom through airport security at selected airports and stadiums.
  • Annual $100 LoungeBuddy Credit
    • Triggers on purchases with LoungeBuddy.
    • With LoungeBuddy you can purchase one-time lounge passes, on demand, when you need them.
  • ShopRunner Membership
  • No Preset Spending Limit (NPSL)
  • AMEX Offers
  • AMEX Entertainment Access
    • AMEX Presales
    • AMEX Preferred Seating
    • Access To Exclusive Events
  • Insurance and Purchase Protections

One thing to note about this card is the CLEAR credit. Delta SkyMiles members and United MileagePlus members receive discounted CLEAR membership for $119 per year (normally $179). Since there's no cost with signing up for SkyMiles or MileagePlus member, you can sign up for the reduced rate, pay for it using the AMEX Green, and get CLEAR for $19 per year. If CLEAR is available in an airport, stadium, or venue that you frequent, this is awesome deal on a pretty good rewards card.

Sign Up Bonus (SUB)

The standard sign up bonus for the AMEX Green Card is 30,000 Membership Rewards Points after you spend $2,000 on the card within the first 3 months of card membership. This is easy worth $300 when redeeming directly with AMEX, but can be worth as much as $600+ when transferred to airline and hotel partners or worth less when redeemed for gift cards or checkout at

Promotional sign up bonuses can be as high as 45,000 Membership Rewards Points. These can sometimes be triggered by using incognito/private browsing or through referral links.


Annual Fee

The annual fee for the AMEX Green Card is $150. If you make use of the $100 CLEAR Credit and the $100 LoungeBuddy credit, you could easy cover the fee and some. In my opinion, anyone who spends a decent amount of money per year on travel and dining should be able to easily make up the fee.

Authorized User Fee

The AMEX Green Card does not have an authorized user fee. If you have friends and family that spend in the categories of travel and dining, adding them to the AMEX Green Card can easily be worth it to help build points faster.

Foreign Transaction Fee

The AMEX Green Card has no foreign transaction fee which easily makes it one of the best choices for earning Membership Rewards Points on international travel and dining purchases.

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You can use this rewards calculator to calculate how many points, miles, or cash back you can earn based on your spend per category. This calculator will also give you the dollar value of the card based on rewards earned and how much each benefit is worth to you minus the fees. You can click the Compare A Card button to compare this card against another card in the same calculator.

All category spend entered in the primary card's column will carry over to all credit card pages on the site so you don't have to re-enter the same information over again.

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