|25K Welcome Bonus EVEN if you've already had the card! Click the pic to link to the deal!|
For example, as you may or may not know, Membership Rewards points are equivalent when converting to Aeroplan points (instantaneous conversion) or to Avios (currently 1:1 as well, though sometimes they sweeten the ratio).
The AMEX Gold Rewards card has NO annual fee the first year. They give you double points for gas, groceries, and pharmacy purchases and 25K points (the same as 25K Aeroplan or Avios points) after meeting the spending threshold of $1500 of spending in 3 months--used to be $500 but they've upped it.
Yes, you can use your points to pay for the taxes on flights (not the best use of points) using TripFlex Rewards at a rate of 1%, unless there's a sale on them to get a sweeter ratio.
And yes, you can use your points to buy merchandise, including gift cards on the AMEX website, but again, not the best use of your valuable points that will help you achieve your family's vacation goals!
If you currently have the card, you will likely have to wait about 3 months after cancelling to be eligible, and they points won't necessarily post to your account the moment you hit the $500 spending threshold. In fact, based on my sources, there is NO rhyme or reason behind it--not the link you use, not whether you've NEVER had the card or if you've had it 6 times, makes no difference--sometimes the system posts the points instantly, and sometimes you to wait a couple of months to see the points.
So, even if you've had the card before, as of lately, they are STILL giving the bonus! Please click the link above to apply before the IT dept. gets the email ;)