The Points Guy posted yesterday (as well as some other blogs) that you can now sign up for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card and earn a 25,000 bonus (of Membership Rewards points). The catch is that you must have an existing cardholder refer you using this form (the person who refers you will also earn 10,000 MR points). Otherwise, if you are not referred, you will only earn a 15k bonus for getting this card.
This card is a solid one to build your points strategy around. It earns 3 points per dollar on airfare, and 2 points per dollar on gas and groceries. You can earn an additional point on airfare and other travel if you book travel using the card through Amex travel. The MR program has had it’s share of downs over the past year, but it’s still a solid program (with the number of transfer partners that it has). This card is particularly good with the category bonuses, though personally I would still use a Chase Sapphire preferred for non-air traveling and other expenses (or an SPG AMEX for non-travel expenses). This card does come with a $175 fee, but it is waived the first year, so you’ll have to decide if the benefits are worth it to you beyond the first year.
If you are interested in applying for this card, I would be happy to send you a referral. Just email me (questions at frequentflyercollector dot com) your first and last name, and email address (if you’re not sending from the address where you want the referral).