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American Express Gold Business Card review 2021

The Amex Business Gold card is a charge card designed to make day-to-day business more rewarding.

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Up to 54 days

Interest-free each billing period

Earn 1 point

per £1 spent

Up to 20,000 points

Intro bonus

Details

NetworkAmex
Annual/monthly feesYear 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £175
PurchasesN/A (this product is a charge card).
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 54 days
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available99
IncentiveNew Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter. Earn 10,000 extra Membership Rewards® points when you spend £20,000 per quarter.

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Chris Lilly is a publisher at finder.com. He's a specialist in credit-based products including business and personal loans, mortgages and credit cards, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their borrowing. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

If, like most SMEs, your business has a fairly irregular cash flow, then a business charge card can boost your spending power and offer some stability.

With a charge card, you’re expected to pay your balance in full every month. Provided you do that, with this card you’ll be able to take advantage of up to 54 days of 0% interest on purchases each billing cycle (although there are fees to pay if you fail to clear your balance). The benefits of charge cards include flexibility with payments (purchases at the start of the billing cycle are paid for at the end of the billing cycle) and, in many cases, rewards on your spending.

The primary benefits of this card include travel accident insurance up to £250,000 (subject to enrolment and provided you use your Gold Business Card to book your travel tickets) and the opportunity to earn Membership Rewards points as you spend (you’ll also enjoy a hefty bonus on sign-up).

The option of additional cards enables you to extend benefits to colleagues and employees and easily keep track of business expenses. What’s more, unlike some of its competitors, American Express won’t charge you extra for additional cards.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Up to 54 days to spread the cost of purchases (provided you pay off your balance in full each month)
  • Customers report excellent customer service when dealing with American Express
  • Earn points on day-to-day spending
  • Up to 20,000 points introductory bonus

Cons

  • Annual fee
  • Applicants with low credit scores are unlikely to be eligible

How does it compare with other business cards?

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Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Rewards earn rate Representative APR Link Key benefit Representative example
£200 BONUS
Allstar Plus ‘All-in-one’ Business Credit and Fuel Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Year 1 - £0.99 per card per month,
Year 2 onwards - £3.99 per card per month
N/A
N/A (this product is a charge card).
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Earn an introductory bonus of £200, up to 44 days interest free on purchases (subject to status), savings on fuel at 1,500 Discount Diesel sites plus a 10% saving on vehicle servicing, repair, tyres and car washes at venues nationwide.
Capital on Tap Business Rewards Credit Card
39.41%
£99 p.a.
1 point per £1 spent
39.9% APR (variable)
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Earn 1 point for every £1 spent. 1 points can be redeemed for either 1 Avios or 1p in cashback. 10,000 bonus points when £5,000 spent in first 3 months. Up to 20 free supplementary cards available.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.41% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
CASHBACK
Barclaycard Business Select Cashback Credit Card
21.9%
£0
1% cashback
21.9% APR (variable)
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Earn 1% cashback on eligible spend. T&Cs apply
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 21.9% APR (variable).
£100 GIFTCARD
Amazon Business American Express Card
21.9%
£50 per annum (first year waived – limited offer)
1.5 points per £1 spent with selected partners
1 point per £2 spent elsewhere
32.6% APR (variable)
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Earn 1.5% Amazon Rewards on the first £120,000 in purchases each calendar year, 1% thereafter at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon Business UK and Whole Foods Market UK, or 60 day extended payment terms on such purchases. Earn 0.5% Amazon Rewards on all other purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £50 per annum, your representative rate is 32.6% APR (variable).
American Express Gold Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £175
1 point per £1 spent
N/A (this product is a charge card).
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New Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter. Earn 10,000 extra Membership Rewards® points when you spend £20,000 per quarter.
Capital on Tap Business Credit Card
39.41%
£0
N/A
39.9% APR (variable)
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Upgrade to Capital on Tap Business Rewards Card for £99 pa to earn 1 point for every £1 spent. 1 point can be redeemed for either 1 Avios or 1p in cashback. 10,000 bonus points when £5,000 spent in first 3 months. Up to 20 free supplementary cards available.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 39.41% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 39.9% APR (variable).
£100 GIFTCARD
Amazon Business Prime American Express Card
21.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £50 per annum
2 points per £1 spent with selected partners
1 point per £2 spent elsewhere
32.6% APR (variable)
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Earn 2% Amazon Rewards on the first £120,000 in purchases each calendar year, 1% thereafter at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon Business UK and Whole Foods Market UK, or 90 day extended payment terms on such purchases. Earn 0.5% Amazon Rewards on all other purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 21.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £50 per annum, your representative rate is 32.6% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Business Premium Plus Credit Card
0% for 6 months reverting to 14.9%
£150 per annum
0.5% cashback
49.4% APR (variable)
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Earn 0.5% cashback on eligible spend with a cap of 400 per year. T&Cs apply
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £150 per annum, your representative rate is 49.4% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express Accelerating Business Card
22.2%
£250 per annum
1.5 points per £1 spent
96.7% APR (variable)
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Limited time offer: Earn 60,000 bonus Avios when you spend £5,000 in your first three months. Earn 1.5 Avios for every eligible £1 spent on card and 2 On Business Points for every £1 spent with BA on eligible flights. 10,000 bonus Avios for every £20,000 spent (max £60,000 pa) per calendar year.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £250 per annum, your representative rate is 96.7% APR (variable).
Barclaycard Select Business Charge Card
Barclaycard Select Business Charge Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£42 per annum
N/A
3.6% APR (variable)
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NatWest Business Credit Card (available to existing business customers)
16.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £30 per annum
N/A
24.3% APR (variable)
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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 16.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £30 per annum, your representative rate is 24.3% APR (variable).
Royal Bank of Scotland Business Credit Card (available to existing business customers)
16.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £30 per annum
N/A
24.3% APR (variable)
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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 16.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £30 per annum, your representative rate is 24.3% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Business Card
N/A (this product is a charge card).
£595 p.a.
1 point per £1 spent
N/A (this product is a charge card).
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New Cardmember offer: Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £6,000 in first 3 months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter.
Metro Bank Business Credit Card Mastercard
14.9%
£0
N/A
14.9% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 14.9% APR (variable).
HSBC Commercial Credit Card Visa
15.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £32 per annum
N/A
22% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 15.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £32 per annum, your representative rate is 22% APR (variable).
Bank of Scotland Business Credit Card Mastercard
17.57%
£32 per annum
N/A
22.4% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 17.57% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £32 per annum, your representative rate is 22.4% APR (variable).
Clydesdale Bank Business Credit Card
16.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £28 per annum
N/A
22.4% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 16.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £28 per annum, your representative rate is 22.4% APR (variable).
Lloyds Bank Business Credit Card Mastercard
17.57%
£32 per annum
N/A
22.4% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 17.57% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £32 per annum, your representative rate is 22.4% APR (variable).
Yorkshire Bank Business credit card
16.9%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £28 per annum
N/A
22.4% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 16.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £28 per annum, your representative rate is 22.4% APR (variable).
Santander Business Cashback Credit Card Mastercard
18.9%
£30 per annum (per business, not per card)
1% cashback
23.7% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £30 per annum, your representative rate is 23.7% APR (variable).
NatWest Business Plus Credit Card Mastercard
14.816%
£70 per annum
0.5% cashback
29% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.816% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £70 per annum, your representative rate is 29% APR (variable).
Royal Bank of Scotland Business Plus Credit Card Mastercard
14.816%
£70 per annum
0.5% cashback
29% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 14.816% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £70 per annum, your representative rate is 29% APR (variable).
Cashplus Business Credit Card Mastercard
29.94%
£0
N/A
29.9% APR (variable)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 29.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 29.9% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The representative APRs shown represent the interest rate offered to most successful applicants. Depending on your personal circumstances the APR you're offered may be higher, or you may not be offered credit at all. Fees and rates are subject to change without notice. It's always wise to check the terms of any deal before you borrow.

How to apply for the American Express Gold Business Card

If you've compared cards and settled on the American Express Gold Business Card, you can head over to American Express's secure online application to apply. Don't forget, you'll need to be over 18 and a UK resident to apply.

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to use the American Express Gold Business Card abroad?

Non-sterling transactions are subject to a 2.99% charge. For example, if you spend 200 euros (£168.75), it'll cost you around £5.05 in fees.

Can I get additional American Express Gold Business Cards for my team?

Yes, you can request up to 99 more. There's no fee for additional cards. Plus, with additional cards, you could earn points at a faster rate.

What’s the difference between a charge card and a credit card?

A charge card is similar to a credit card, but has no set spending limit. You can generally spend whatever you want, but will need to pay off your entire balance each month to avoid heavy fees. Most charge cards also require you to pay an annual fee.

What happens if I don’t pay off my balance?

If you fail to pay off your balance, you’ll likely be charged a late fee and may even lose your card.

What is the spending limit?

There’s no set spending limit on the Amex Gold Business card.

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