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American Express® Gold Card vs. Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Amex has a leg-up over Chase when it comes to luxury, perks and rewards.
The winner: Tie
In terms of raw value, both the Amex Gold Card and newly refreshed Chase Sapphire Preferred are teeming with value and excellent picks for dining and travel enthusiasts. How you feel about the Amex Membership Rewards program or Chase Ultimate Rewards program will likely play a larger role in which card you decide to choose.
Who should get the American Express® Gold Card?
The Amex Gold Card is a great pick if you’re looking for a travel card with great baked-in value, but don’t want to pay the large annual fee of The Platinum Card® from American Express. It’s also one of the essential picks for the Amex trifecta.
Who should get the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card?
Like the Amex Gold Card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is a great “mid-level” travel card, though the Amex Gold Card is slightly higher-end thanks to its larger annual fee. If you’re looking to dip your toes in the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, this card is also a great way to do that as you’ll have point transfer capabilities with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.
Best welcome offer: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
In terms of sheer numbers, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card wins out here. It’s welcome offer is currently worth $750 in value, which is the highest ever offered on a Chase flagship card. This outstrips the value of the Gold card’s offer by up to $800 on average based on Finder’s current valuations.
Best rewards: Tie
The American Express® Gold Card and the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card are roughly evenly matched here, each holding their own advantages. You’ll earn an unlimited 3x points on directly booked flights, an unlimited 4x points at restaurants and Uber Eats, and 4x points at supermarkets on up to $25,000 annually. After that, you’ll earn 1x points, and you earn 1x points on all other categories. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card however now earns 5x points on travel booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3x points on dining, select streaming services, and eligible online groceries, 2x on all other travel, and 1x on everything else.
Put simply the Amex Gold Card is the better choice for groceries and dining, while the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is the better choice for travel earnings.
Best annual fee: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card features a lower annual fee at $95. The American Express® Gold Card‘s annual fee is more than double that at $250. This puts the American Express® Gold Card as closer to an “upper mid-tier” card rather than a true mid-tier card. A card in Amex’s lineup closer to the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card in this regard is the American Express® Green Card.
Feature-wise, the American Express® Gold Card‘s higher annual fee does bring a few additional features to the table compared to the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.
Best perks and features: American Express® Gold Card
Both the American Express® Gold Card and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offer a smattering of travel perks, such as baggage insurance and car rental insurance, as well as access to shopping programs that can net you bonus points on select purchases. Both cards also allow you to transfer points to other to travel partners, resulting in a big boost to overall point value.
The larger annual fee on the American Express® Gold Card does however allow Amex to offer a few additional perks, such as access to The Hotel Collection perks, annual statement credits on select dining, Uber Cash credits and assorted ShopRunner perks after enrollment. With that said, the new hotel statement and annual bonus point perks on the Chase Sapphire Preferred are no slouch, helping to essentially negate the $95 cost of the card.
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