Amex Gold gets $120 Uber annual credit and Uber Eats Pass

Amex announced today that starting January 1, 2021, their Gold card would be getting a $120 annual Uber credit, which can be used for either Uber rides or Uber Eats.  The $120 credit is actually a monthly $10 credit similar to the $200 annual benefit included with their flagship Amex Platinum card.  In addition, the Amex Gold, Green, and Platinum cards will be getting 12 months of free Uber Eats Pass, which is Uber Eats' subscription based service that gets you free delivery and a 5% discount on orders $15+.


How to use the $10 monthly Uber credit

Starting January 1, 2021, the $10 monthly Uber credit will be automatically applied to your Uber Cash balance that has your Amex Gold card listed as a payment method.  The $10 credit can be used for Uber rides or Uber Eats.  Credits expire at the end of each calendar month, so it's important to redeem it by the end of each month or you lose that month's $10 credit.  Since the $10 credit is linked to the Amex Gold card and not to a specific named Uber user, you can actually gift it to your friends or family if they add your Amex Gold card to their Uber account and you delete yours from your account.

What is Uber Eats Pass?

Uber Eats Pass is a subscription based service that gets you unlimited free delivery and a 5% discount on orders $15+.   Eats Pass normally costs $9.99 a month, so the 12 months included with the Platinum, Gold, and Green cards is potentially worth $119 provided you actually use it.  This benefit can be activated from today through December 31, 2021.  If you have the Gold card, it may be better to wait until January 2021 to activate it so that you can combine Eats Pass with your $10 monthly credits.  If you don't already have an Uber Eats account, you can use my referral promo code eats-ginls and get $20 off your first order.

Is the Amex Gold worth the $250 annual fee?

I've written before on how the Amex Gold is one of the best cards out there, especially for anyone who needs to eat (which is everybody) with the following Membership Rewards (MR) points earning potential:
  • 4x at U.S. supermarkets, including delivery services (Doordash, Whole Foods Delivery, etc.)
  • 4x at restaurants worldwide, including delivery services (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Doordash, etc.)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or at amextravel.com
Amex announced last week that the Gold card would be losing the $100 annual airline fee credit starting in 2022, which means that cardholders through the end of 2021 will still be able to use this benefit.  So for 2021, the card will have the following credits:
  • $100 airline fee credit
  • $120 Uber credit
  • $120 restaurant credit (Grubhub, Cheesecake Factory, Ruth's Steakhouse, and more)
That's $340 in credit for 2021, which significantly offsets the $250 annual fee provided that you take advantage of all of them.  And even past 2021, you're still looking at $240 in food credit, which is just $10 shy of the $250 annual fee.  I've never really liked the airline fee credit anyway since you can no longer use it for airline gift cards, and Amex has been clawing back credits that were applied to flight tickets.

Redeem just 95k Amex MR for roundtrip business class travel to Taiwan on Eva Airlines

Currently, Amex has an increased 60,000-point sign-up offer for the Gold card after spending $4,000 within the first 6 months of card membership, which should be easy for many card holders.  You can apply for the card using my referral link:

Bottom line

I think this marks a significant improvement for the already stellar Amex Gold card.  The loss of the $100 annual airline fee credit in 2022 would only be missed by some as Amex has been making the $100 credit harder to use.  And it's now being more than offset by the $120 annual Uber credit and 12 months of Eats Pass, which is valued at $119.  Foodies need to look no further than the Gold card with its 4x earnings at supermarkets and restaurants, and a total of $240 in restaurant and Uber Eats credits now with free delivery.

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