Brand New Amex SimplyCash Plus Credit Card
It isn’t everyday that a card issuer releases a new product, so it can be kind of exciting. This week American Express released their new SimplyCash Plus credit card which is a replacement for the normal SimplyCash card. How does it stack up?
SimplyCash Plus Credit Card Overview
The SimplyCash Plus credit card has no annual fee and earns cashback in the following ways:
- 5% on Wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. office supply stores.
- 3% in the cashback category of your choice. (Choose from: airfare, hotels, car rentals, gas, restaurants, media, shipping or computer hardware.)
- 1% on all other purchases.
Note: The 3% and 5% categories are capped at $50,000 in spend per year.
Enhancements from the Old SimplyCash Card
As far as I can tell, the Plus card carries two enhancements from the previous version of this card. One of the changes is minor and the other is significant.
- The first change is the addition of computer hardware as a choice for the 3% categories. Not a huge addition in my opinion.
- The second change is major. With the old SimplyCash card the 3%/5% categories were limited to $25,000 in spend. Now that number has doubled. That is significant.
Two Bonus Offers
As part of the launch of this card, American Express has two different bonus offers. Both expire 8/3/16.
- Offer 1: Earn a $250 statement credit after $5,000 in spend within the first six months. $250 Credit Offer Link
- Offer 2: Get an additional 2% cash back in statement credits on up to $25,000 in purchases made on the Card within the first 6 months. (Total $500.) Extra 2% Offer Link
There is no right or wrong answer in my opinion about either offer. Which one to choose will be determined by how you plan to use the card:
- For big spenders, the extra 2% will be the right choice, since it means a total of $500 in credits.
- If you don’t plan to spend at least $12,500 in purchases on the card within the first six months, then the $250 bonus is the better choice.
For those who are struggling to get a Chase Ink card, the SimplyCash could be a great alternative. Not only does it earn 5% at office supply stores, but it has a generous selection of 3% categories (you choose one), it comes with no annual fee and it is also eligible for Amex Offers. Overall this is a winner of a card in my opinion, especially since the bonus category limits have been raised.
It is nice to see American Express enhancing their products in a way that doesn’t take anything away. The addition of a 3% category is nice, but the real news is the new $50K limit on bonused spend. Combine that with the two very good sign-up offers and Amex Offers and I think this is a card that could be on a lot of people’s radar. What do you think? Is the new Amex SimplyCash Plus credit card something you are considering? Let us know in the comments.