American Express® Green Card

Flytrippers opinion: The best no-annual-free travel card, earning valuable Amex points.
Flytrippers Valuation
of Welcome bonus (net value)

via Amex secure application link
≈ $ 165

Rewards: ≈ $165

Card fee: $0

Card eligibility
no minimum income

Welcome bonus eligibility
must not have had
this specific card
ever before
Amex Membership Rewards (more lucrative)
Bonus: 10k pts
Earn on min. spend: 1k pts (total: 11k pts)

• ≈ $231 to UNLIMITED for premium flights
• ≈ $165 to ≈ $231 for specific economy flights
• ≈ $165 to $220 for flights (table)
• $110 for any travel expense
How to unlock bonus
spend $1000
in 3 months

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Summary of Flytrippers' review


  • Good welcome bonus of ≈ $165
  • Valuable Amex points
  • Free additional cards to earn faster
  • No annual fee


  • Those who want the best no-fee travel card

Card details

Welcome bonus

10,000 points Bonus after spending $1,000 (in a maximum of 3 months)

10,000 points Total with the bonus

Earn on the minimum spending requirement

1,000 points Minimum earn on the minimum spending requirement of $1,000 (at base earn rate of 1 pt/$)

Total rewards by unlocking the welcome bonus

11,000 points Welcome bonus + earn on the minimum spending requirement to unlock it

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Flytrippers Valuation of the welcome bonus

≈ $150 Welcome bonus (10,000 pts at ≈ 1.5¢/pt)
≈ $15 Earn on minimum spend (1,000 pts at ≈ 1.5¢/pt)
–$0 Card fee

≈ $165 Total net value by unlocking the welcome bonus alone

(≈ 17% back on the minimum spending requirement of $1,000 in 3 months)

Learn more our Flytrippers Valuation of welcome bonuses

Minimum fixed value of the welcome bonus

$100 Welcome bonus (10,000 pts at 1¢/pt)
$10 Earn on minimum spend (1,000 pts at 1¢/pt)
–$0 Card fee

$110 Total net value by unlocking the welcome bonus alone

(11% back on the minimum spending requirement of $1,000 in 3 months)

‣Learn more about the minimum fixed value of American Express points (coming soon)

Rewards from welcome bonus

You will have 11,000 Amex points after unlocking the Welcome Bonus.

That gives you either:

  • ≈ $165 in rewards at the Flytrippers Valuation
  • $110 in rewards at the simpler minimum fixed value

Concrete examples of redemptions

Here are some of the actual redemptions you can get with these rewards:

1.5 one-way short-distance reward flights such as Toronto-New York or Montreal-Washington

1 one-way medium-distance reward flight such as Toronto-Miami or Vancouver-Las Vegas

1.5 one-way short-distance reward flights in several regions of the world

2 completely free nights in beautiful hotels in specific destinations like Bali

≈ $220 discount on specific flights that are very expensive in cash

≈ $121 discount on any Air Canada flight without needing to be flexible

$110 as a simple travel credit that can be applied to any travel expense

Learn more about the best uses of Amex points

Earn rates (at Flytrippers Valuation)

2 points per $ (≈ 3%):

  • Hotels and car rentals booked through Amex Travel

1 point per $ (≈ 1.5%):

  • Everywhere else

‣Learn more about credit card earn rates (coming soon)

Earn rates (at fixed value)

2 points per $ (2%):

  • Hotels and car rentals booked through Amex Travel

1 point per $ (1%):

  • Everywhere else

Earning with additional cards

Fee for additional cards: $0
Quantity allowed: 9
Minimum age: 13 years old

‣Learn more about additional cards (coming soon)

Amex Offers program
Access to discounts, credits, and special offers throughout the year.

Learn more about the Amex Offers program

American Express Experiences program
Access to exclusive virtual and in-person experiences and pre-sale tickets to lots of events.

‣Learn more about the American Express Experiences program (coming soon)

The Hotel Collection program
Benefits at top luxury hotels, such as a US$100 credit to use at the hotel and a free room upgrade.

‣Learn more about The Hotel Collection program (coming soon)

Card made with 99% plastic
In case this matters to you.

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Insurance included


‣Learn more about the American Express® Green Card‘s insurance coverage (coming soon)

Insurance not included

Medical travel insurance
Flight delay insurance
Trip cancelation insurance
Trip interruption insurance
Baggage delay insurance
Rental car insurance
Lost or stolen luggage insurance
Hotel burglary insurance
Travel accident insurance
Mobile device insurance
Purchase insurance
Extended warranty

‣Learn more about the different types of insurance coverage (coming soon)

American Express points can be used for specific flights to maximize their value (via transfers to partner programs or via the Amex flight chart) or for hotel nights (via transfers to partner programs). But they can also be used as a simple travel credit (which can be applied to any travel expense).

Learn more about the American Express rewards program (coming soon)

Amex points are hybrid rewards: They can be used as fixed-value rewards (fixed value of 1¢) or variable-value rewards (value depending on how you use them; our Flytrippers Valuation is ≈ 1.5¢).

Learn more about American Express points (coming soon)

Amex points never expire as long as you have the card. And even if you no longer have the card, you can easily extend the expiration indefinitely.

Learn more about American Express points expiry (coming soon)

Amex points can be pooled with travel companions via transfer partners.

Learn more about pooling American Express points (coming soon)

American Express points can be transferred to multiple partner programs and this often provides the best value.

Learn more about American Express point transfers (coming soon)

Other redemption options
American Express points can be used for rewards other than travel but this should be avoided.

Learn more about why you should always use your rewards for travel (coming soon)

Rewards program logistics
Amex points can be used directly on the American Express website or app.

Learn more about how to get started with American Express rewards (coming soon)

Rewards program summary
Rewards: American Express points
Type: Hybrid rewards
Subtype (fixed value): “Eraser” rewards
Subtype (variable value): “Standard” or “Dynamic” Rewards (depending on the transfer partner)
Variety: Bank rewards 
Flytrippers Valuation: ≈ 1.5¢ per point
Minimum value: 1¢ per point
Maximum value: Unlimited
Transferable: Yes (8 partners)

Learn more about rewards programs basics (coming soon)

Card eligibility
Minimum personal/household income: $0
Age: Majority in your province
Estimated credit score: Good or Excellent
Credit bureau: TransUnion

Learn more about credit card eligibility requirements (coming soon)

Welcome bonus eligibility
You must not have had the American Express® Green Card® Card before.

Learn more about credit card welcome bonus eligibility rules (coming soon)

Offer end date
Offer subject to change at any time

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Card details
Issuer: American Express
Network: American Express
Card Type: Credit card
Product Type: Personal card

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Fees and rates
Card fee: $0
Fee for additional card: $0
FX fee: 2.5%
Purchases annual interest rate: 21.99%
Funds advances annual interest rate: 21.99%
Balance transfer fee: N/A

Learn more about why Flytrippers recommends ignoring fees and rates (coming soon)

  • Get the Card that lets you live in the moment while getting ready for the future. The American Express® Green Card lets you go for it with every swipe or tap of your Card
  • As a new American Express® Green Cardmember, you can earn a Welcome Bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards® points when you charge $1,000 in purchases to your Card in the first 3 months of Cardmembership
  • Earn 1x the points on Card purchases
  • Charge an eligible purchase to your Card and redeem your Membership Rewards points for a statement credit (All eligible purchases: 1,000 points = $10 statement credit)
  • With American Express Experiences and Front Of The Line®, American Express Cardmembers get access to amazing events in Canada
  • Transfer points 1:1 to several frequent flyer and other loyalty programs
  • American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link. Conditions apply

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