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American Express Business Credit Cards and Former Charge Cards

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John Ganotis By John Ganotis Sep 24, 2019 | Updated Aug 06, 2020

American Express offers a wide variety of small business cards for people with excellent credit. If you’re interested in consumer cards from American Express, read this page.

Chances are there’s an American Express business card that will work to earn rewards on the money your business is already spending, whether you want to earn travel rewards or cash back.

Many of these cards earn Membership Rewards points, which can be transferred to partner loyalty programs as airline miles or hotel points. These points can also be redeemed for gift cards or statement credit, but you’ll usually get less value from them that way.

Most of these American Express cards have an introductory bonus, so you can earn bonus points for spending a certain amount within the first few months of card membership.

You can also get employee cards to earn more rewards and manage employee spending.

Business Former Charge Cards

There are four former charge cards for small business owners. They’re “former” charge cards because they now have a Pay Over Time feature.

They’re designed for business travel booked through American Express Travel and earn Membership Rewards points, except for the Plum Card. The Business Green Rewards card is the only one with a foreign transaction fee (Rates & Fees). Since they have no preset spending limit, you can use these to earn rewards on big business expenses (but that doesn’t mean you’re approved for unlimited spending).

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$595
Regular APRN/A

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American Express® Business Gold Card

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$295
Regular APR14.24% - 22.24% Variable

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The Plum Card® from American Express

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Min. credit levelExcellent
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Annual Fee$0 introductory annual fee your first year, then $250.
Regular APR
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  • Paying early pays off: get a 1.5% Early Pay Discount, with no cap on what you can earn back.
  • Take up to 60 days to pay with no interest, when you pay your minimum due by the Payment Due Date.
  • Use the power of the Plum Card to buy big for your business.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $250
  • Terms & Restrictions Apply.

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Business Green Rewards Card from American Express

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
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  • Earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases with the Business Green Rewards Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn one Membership Rewards® point for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases
  • Choose rewards from over 500 leading brands in travel, gift cards, merchandise or entertainment
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
  • Terms & Limitations Apply
  • See Rates & Fees

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Card Annual Fee Points Per Dollar
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (Review) $595 (Rates & Fees)
  • 5X on flights and prepaid hotels booked with Amex Travel
  • 2X on other purchases booked with Amex Travel
  • 1.5X on eligible purchases of $5,000 or more
  • 1X on all other purchases
American Express® Business Gold Card (Review) $295 (Rates & Fees)
  • 4X in the two categories your business spends the most in each month, up to $150,000 per year: Airfare purchased directly from airlines, U.S. advertising in select media, U.S. computer hardware, software, and cloud computing providers, U.S. shipping, U.S. gas stations, U.S. restaurants
  • 2X on eligible purchases at Amex Travel
  • 1X on all other purchases
The Plum Card® from American Express (Review) $0 introductory annual fee your first year, then $250. (Rates & Fees)
  • Does not earn Membership Rewards points
  • 1.5% discount when you pay your bill within 10 days of statement closing date
  • 60 days to pay off your balance after statement closing date
Business Green Rewards Card from American Express (Review) $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
  • 2X on eligible purchases from Amex Travel
  • 1X on all other purchases

Business Credit Cards

Amex offers two business credit cards, and the main difference is their rewards programs. Neither has an annual fee, but both have a 2.7% foreign transaction fee.

For Earning Membership Rewards Points

The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual FeeNo annual fee
Regular APR13.24% - 19.24% Variable

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For Earning Cash Back

American Express Blue Business Cash™ Card

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual FeeNo annual fee
Regular APR13.24% - 19.24% Variable

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Co-Branded Credit Cards

American Express offers several co-branded cards in partnership with other brands, including Amazon, Delta, Hilton hotels, Marriott hotels, and Lowe’s home improvement stores.

Amazon

Amex offers two co-branded Amazon business credit cards — one for regular Amazon customers, and one for Amazon Prime members. The regular card provides 3% cash back for Amazon services and at Whole Foods Markets, while the Prime card provides 5% cash back for those purchases. Each card also has several other 2% cash back bonus categories.

Amazon Business American Express Card

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$0
Regular APR15.24%–23.24% Variable
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  • 3% cash back at Amazon, Amazon Business, AWS, and Whole Foods Market
  • 2% cash back at U.S. restaurants, gas stations, and wireless telephone services
  • Option to take 60 days to pay for Amazon purchases, interest free, instead of earning cash back
  • $100 Amazon gift card upon account approval
  • Amazon Business enhanced data views
  • Discounts at select merchants through Amex Offers
  • Shopping and travel protections
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No annual fee

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Amazon Business Prime American Express Card

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$0
Regular APR15.24%–23.24% Variable
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  • 5% cash back at Amazon, Amazon Business, AWS, and Whole Foods Market
  • 2% cash back at U.S. restaurants, gas stations, and wireless telephone services
  • Option to take 90 days to pay for Amazon purchases, interest free, instead of earning cash back
  • $125 Amazon gift card upon account approval
  • Amazon Business enhanced data views
  • Discounts at select merchants through Amex Offers
  • Shopping and travel protections
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No annual fee

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Delta

American Express and Delta offer a wide variety of cards at different annual fees. At the highest end, the Delta Reserve comes with airport lounge access and several other extra benefits. Otherwise, the main differences are how the cards earn rewards and how many bonus miles you can get when you spend on the card within the first few months of card membership.

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card

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Min. credit levelExcellent
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Annual Fee$550
Regular APR15.74% - 24.74% Variable

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Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card

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Min. credit levelExcellent
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Annual Fee$250
Regular APR15.74% - 24.74% Variable

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Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99
Regular APR15.74% - 24.74% Variable

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Hilton Hotels

If you stay at Hilton hotels frequently, this card makes it easy to rack up Hilton Honors points as well as some other perks at Hilton hotels.

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$95
Regular APR15.74% - 24.74% Variable

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Marriott Hotels

If you frequently spend and stay at Marriott hotels, this card can be quite valuable for earning points.

Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

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Min. credit levelGood
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Annual Fee$125
Regular APR15.74% - 24.74% Variable

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Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores

If your business spends at Lowe’s frequently, this no annual fee card could save you lots of money (5% off at Lowe’s) and earn you rewards.

Lowe's Business Rewards Card

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Min. credit levelFair
Details
Annual Fee$0
Regular APR16.74%–25.74% Variable
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  • 3X points per dollar spent on restaurants, office supply stores, and wireless telephone services in the U.S.
  • 2X points per dollar spent at Lowe’s
  • 1X point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • $100 cash back after card approval
  • 5% off every day on eligible Lowe’s purchases
  • There is no limit to the amount of points you can earn
  • Get discounted delivery with Lowe’s ProServices
  • 0% introductory APR for purchases for 6 months, and then your rate will be 16.74%–25.74% Variable
  • No annual fee

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Amex Business Card Features

Benefits

American Express business cards have access to a suite of Amex business benefits, which include:

  • Employee cards: To help manage spending and maximize rewards
  • Account Manager: Designate a trusted account manager to handle your business card account
  • American Express Business App: For help managing your card expenses and tracking receipts
  • Connect to Quickbooks: Transfer data from your Amex statement directly into Quickbooks
  • Year-end Summary: See a complete summary of all your spending for the year, broken down into categories
  • 24/7 Business Customer Support: Call to speak with a business specialist, trained to help with your business needs

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of the American Express Blue Business Cash™ Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express, please click here.

For rates and fees of The Plum Card® from American Express, please click here.

For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.

For rates and fees of the American Express® Business Gold Card, please click here.

For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card, please click here.

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