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SimplyCash™ Preferred Card from American Express

SimplyCash™ Preferred Card from American Express

New SimplyCash™ Preferred Card from American Express Cardmembers can earn 5% cash back on all eligible purchases (up to $300 cash back) for the first 6 months of Cardmembership

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$99.00 19.99% *19.99% on purchases 22.99% *1.99% on the first 6 months 22.99% *22.99% on funds advances Good 5.00% *maximum
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Card Details

  • New SimplyCash™ Preferred Card from American Express Cardmembers can earn 5% cash back on all eligible purchases (up to $300 cash back) for the first 6 months of Cardmembership

  • Earn 2.0% cash back when your Welcome Rate ends

  • Optional Balance Transfer Offer – Enjoy a 1.99% interest in first 6 months of Cardmembership if you choose to transfer your other credit card balances to this American Express card

  • Balance Transfer option is only available at time of online application. There is no balance transfer fee at time of application

  • No limit to the amount of cash back you can earn after your Welcome Rate ends

  • Access to memorable experiences with American Express Invites®

  • Extensive insurance coverage and 24/7 Customer Service

  • 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

Features and Benefits

  • Purchase protection and extended warranty
  • Baggage insurance
  • Flight delay insurance
  • Rental vehicle insurance
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Travel accident insurance

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Want the best cash back earnings available with the plush perks of a travel card? American Express offers a number of competitive perks with its SimplyCash lineup, and this Preferred Card version amps up the plush perks for cardholders to enjoy. This option does come with a $99 annual fee, but the card earning potential far outweighs that with up to $300 earned within the first six months at a rate of 5% (one of the highest on the market), and 2% after that. A great feature is ease of earnings - there are no retailer restrictions here - earn cash on travel, shopping, entertainment... the sky's the limit. The real value clincher here though are the inclusion of Amex's extensive travel insurance benefits and Front of Line access.

Top Features of the SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express

  • Earn cash back on absolutely everything, regardless of retailer or purchase type.
  • Earn up to $300 in cash back for the first six months at a rate of 5% on the dollar - one of the highest on the market.
  • Extensive entertainment AMEX Front of the Line Benefits are included.
  • Includes full shopping coverage such as Buyers' Assurance and Purchase Protection.
  • Fantastic travel coverage includes Car Rental Theft and Damage, $100,000 Travel Accident Insurance, Emergency Medical Insurance, Flight Delay Insurance, Lost and Stolen Baggage, and Hotel and Motel Burglary insurance.

Earning Potential: $572.26 in cash-back

So, how does this card stack up to other cash-back options? We crunched the numbers using our Best of Finance methodology to see how much you could earn over a 24-month period.

Assuming $1,222.96 is spent on the card monthly, at eligible retailers in the following categories*:

Pharmacy Food Gas
$55.33 $758.53 $155.72**
Travel Other Monthly Total
$151.21 $102.17 $1,222.96


Cash-back earned over a 24-month period: $770.46.
Total (subtracting annual fee): $572.46.

*Source: Statistics Canada – amount spent by average Canadian each month
**Based on $1.00/litre gas prices


  • Get 5% cash back on all purchases with no retailer or category restrictions, for the first 6 months
  • No cash back cap after the initial 6-month promotional period
  • Earn 2% on eligible purchases after initial 6-month promotional period
  • Receive a special 1.99% introductory interest rate on balance transfers for the first six months
  • Get Amex Front of the Line benefits
  • Extensive travel insurance benefits


  • Pay an annual fee of $99
  • Cash back earnings are capped at $300 during the 6-month promotional period
  • Cash back earnings rate drops to 2% after the promotional period ends

Rate, product information and rewards estimate are subject to change at any time and does not constitute financial advice. Please contact supplier for complete details

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