Blue American Express Cards: A Cornucopia of Credit Card Rewards

The American Express Blue Cash and Blue Sky credit cards represent some of the best rewards cards available. These cards offer everything from 0% APR introductory rates on purchases, to great travel rewards, to as much as 6% cash back on purchases. Which card is best for you depends on your financial goals and objectives.

So let’s review each card, starting with Consumer Report’s pick for one of the best cash back rewards cards available, Blue Cash from American Express.

Blue Cash Everyday from American Express

Blue Cash Everyday from American Express BigBlue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express is one of the best cash back rewards credit card available today. If you are looking for cash back rebates from a card, this is the card of choice, and one selected by Consumer Reports this year as a top credit card.

The card comes in two versions. The standard version has no annual fee and offers the following cash back rewards structure:

  • Get 50 Reward Dollars, redeemable for a $50 statement credit, after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months.
  • Plus, get one year of Amazon Prime after you sign up for a new membership with your Card and meet the spending requirement in the same time period.
  • As an Amazon Prime member, you get unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items.
  • Earn Cash Back: 3% at US supermarkets, up to $6,000 per year in purchases, 2% at US gas stations & select US dept stores, 1% on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99% to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

With the preferred version of the card, there is a $75 annual fee, but the rewards increase significantly:

  • Get 100 Reward Dollars, redeemable for a $100 statement credit, after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months.
  • Plus, get one year of Amazon Prime after you sign up for a new membership with your Card and meet the spending requirement in the same time period.
  • As an Amazon Prime member, you get unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items.
  • Earn Cash Back: 6% US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases, 3% US gas stations & select US dept stores, 1% other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99% to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

Which card is best for your depends on how you use the card. If it is your primary cash back card that you’ll use for everyday shopping, I think the preferred card is the clear winner.

Blue Sky from American Express

Blue Sky from American Express BigBlue Sky from American Express® is the travel rewards card that gives you 1 point for every dollar spent with no black out dates or travel restrictions. Points can be redeemed for airline tickets, hotels, car rental, and more. Here are the details:

  • Welcome Bonus: Earn 7,500 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Unlimited Travel Options: Every 7,500 points that you earn can be redeemed for a $100 statement credit toward any airline ticket, any hotel stay, car rental or cruise.
  • Flexible Ways to Earn: earn 1 point for virtually every dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Flexible Bill Payments: pay your bill all at once or over time.
  • No annual fee, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 17.24%- 22.24%.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

When you are evaluating credit card offers, please make sure to read the terms and conditions on the credit card issuer’s website, as they may have changed since the information was last updated on this site.

Published or Updated: February 28, 2014
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. EN says:

    I’ve been eyeing the Blue Cash card for a long time now but I don’t think I can charge enough in a year to get to the highest reward tier level. People have been telling me to look at the Chase Freedom card instead.

  2. Andy says:

    American Express Blue Cash is the card I switched to and it is quite a good card. The only problem is that I find merchants accepting AMEX less frequently due to its higher merchant fees. The best best is to have 2 cash back cards – one from visa and one from amex!

  3. KRIS says:

    It’s easy to charge up thousands of dollars on the Blue Cash card… The trick is to use it on all your transactions if possible and then pay the entire balance at the end of each month. I charge up at least $2,000 each month, I’m already earning the maximum cash back by the 4th month…

  4. Donald L. Knaub says:

    I enrolled for an American Express Business Acct. Card at my local Costco store recently and have searched for the Internet American Express site which will enable me to monitor my charges on the card daily (or for charges made on the card if my card is stolen or the account number is used by an unauthorized person illegally). I did not find any site for reporting a lost card in the material I received or the limitations covered in that event.
    Will you send me the answers to these questions or point out where I can find this information. Thank you.

    Donald L. Knaub
    [email protected]

    • DR says:

      Donald, I access all of my Amex accounts via americanexpress.com. I assume you can access the Costco Amex from the same website.

  5. Abby says:

    It looks like this card is remarkable. Surely a lot of people would instantly want to have their own card because of the numerous features that the card has.

  6. Lestat says:

    American Express has been a constant favorite by most cardholders. They deliver fast and efficient banking transactions and at the same time offer deals that would satisfy their long list of clientele.

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