Amex Blue Cash Preferred Updated with New Bonus Categories

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Amex Blue Cash Preferred Updated

Amex Blue Cash Preferred Updated with New Bonus Categories

The Amex Blue Cash Preferred card has been refreshed with new bonus categories and welcome bonus. The updated Card was inspired by customer insights from a proprietary research study that found 91% of older millennials (ages 31-38) are spending more on their day-to-day compared to 5 years ago, on groceries (67%), streaming (35%) and commuting (34%).

New Benefits

The Card will offer rich new benefits, including more Cash Back for U.S. video and music streaming subscriptions like Hulu, Netflix and Apple Music (industry-leading 6% Cash Back) and transit like parking, tolls, subways and rideshares like Uber & Lyft (3% Cash Back). These benefits, which go into effect on May 9th, come without an increase to the $95 annual fee.

Here’s the full list of benefits:

  • 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 in purchases then 1%)
  • 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions [NEW]
  • 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations
  • 3% Cash Back on transit, including parking, tolls, trains and rideshares [NEW]
  • 1% Cash Back on other purchases (Cash Back is earned in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed for a statement credit)
  • New eligible Card Members who apply and are approved on or after May 9, 2019, will receive a welcome bonus of $250 back after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of Card Membership (received in the form of a statement credit)

Card Members who applied and were approved for the American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card before May 9, 2019, will continue to receive 3% Cash Back at select U.S. department stores until July 31, 2019.

Welcome Offer

New eligible Card Members who apply and are approved on or after May 9, 2019, will receive a welcome bonus of $250 back after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of Card Membership (received in the form of a statement credit).

Card Design

Along with refreshing the benefits on the Blue Cash Preferred Card, American Express is also introducing a new sleek Card design aesthetic, featuring the Centurion iconography. The Card will also have a contactless payment feature designed for speedy, on-the-go transactions at the point of sale.


The Amex Blue Cash Preferred Card is getting two new bonus categories. You earn 6% Cash Back on streaming subscriptions and 3% Cash Back on transit, including parking, tolls, trains and rideshares. The cashback you earn on these categories should be unlimited and not part of the $6,000 cap for the 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets.

On the other hand the card is losing the 3% Cash Back at select U.S. department stores. Current cardholders will continue to have that benefit until July 31, 2019.

Starting on May 9th, the card will also have a new signup bonus of $250 after spending $1,000.

Overall, I see these as positive changes, and the annual fee of $95 is remaining the same. The Blue Cash Preferred website will be refreshed with the new Card details on May 9, 2019.

Let us know what you think.

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  1. Curious if the streaming multiple will work for DirecTV NOW. That’s the service I use. Would make the card more of a keeper for me. Plan was to close this since we now get the 4x MR on the new Gold card. I say 4x MR is equal to 6x $ so why pay another AF.

    • Mike H: Go to and click on the link under Retail Categories. Then scroll down until you see: Select U.S. Streaming Subscriptions. I can confirm that DirectTV NOW is on the list at this time so it would seem you are in luck. doesn’t just have the amex streaming subscriptions list–it has all the possible reward categories. While I would recommend you (and others) check for yourself for the most up-to-date list, the Select U.S. Streaming Subscriptions list as of today, August 17, 2019 is:

      Select U.S. Streaming Subscriptions

      To earn additional rewards on streaming subscription purchases, the purchase must be made from a provider that is included on our list of Select U.S. Streaming Subscriptions–which should get you 6% back:

      Amazon Music
      Apple Music
      CBS All Access
      Direct TV Now
      Fubo TV
      HBO Now
      Kindle Unlimited
      NBA League Pass
      Prime Video Unlimited
      Sling TV
      SiriusXM Streaming and Satellite
      YouTube Music Premium
      YouTube Premium
      YouTube TV


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