American Express Blue Cash Preferred Credit Card Review

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The Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express earns 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets and streaming services. Plus 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations, ride-sharing, and on transit.

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Blue Cash Preferred Credit Card

Blue Cash Preferred Card Information

Application Link: American Express Blue Cash Preferred.

Current Sign Up Bonus: Up to $350 cash back plus 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months. (May have to use incognito mode or VPN to view offer.)

Recommended Bonus: At least $300 cash back.

Annual Fee: $0 first year; $95 thereafter.

Earning Rewards:

  • 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000 per year).
  • 6% cash back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions.
  • 3% cash back on transit (trains, taxis, rideshares, ferries, tolls, parking, buses, and subways).
  • 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations.
  • 1% cash back everywhere else.

Blue Cash Preferred Benefits

The Blue Cash Preferred has several nice benefits including return and purchase protection, and secondary rental car insurance.

The one benefit the card is missing is no foreign transaction fees, which will be 2.7% for any charges outside the United States.

Secondary Rental Car Insurance

This secondary coverage pays for any damage to the rental car not covered by your insurance.

If you don’t have collision insurance, this coverage is primary coverage.

Rental Car Insurance
Photo: Hertz

Amex Offers

This card, like all American Express cards, have access to Amex Offers, which are discounts at hundreds of merchants.

Most discounts are in the form of spend $X and get $Y back, but sometimes you can earn extra SkyMiles instead of cash back.

Amex Offers

Extended Warranty

This benefit extends an original manufacturer’s warranty by one year on warranties of 5 years or less.

Items Covered under extended warranty


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Purchase Protection

This coverage covers the replacement costs of items bought with the card that were stolen or accidentally damaged within the first 90 days up to $1,000 per item.

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Return Protection

Return Protection allows you to seek reimbursement if you try to return an eligible item within 90 days from the date of purchase and the merchant will not take it back.

This coverage is up to $300 per item with a maximum of $1,000 per card member year.

Kohls Amazon Returns
Photo: Kohls

The Verdict

The American Express Blue Cash Preferred card can be worth it if you plan on spending at least $2,500 per year at grocery stores on the card.

We calculated this break-even point based on the cash back you would earn on $2,500 in grocery spending with the Blue Cash Preferred ($150) versus the 2% cash back you would earn with the no annual fee Citi Double Cash ($50). 

It is also nice that you can earn 6% cash back on streaming services and 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations and ride-sharing services.