It’s true. For a limited time, sign up for an American Express Platinum Card and, as soon as you spend $3000 on something within the first 3 months, you’ll receive 50,000 extra bonus Membership Reward points. In other words, you’ll receive Membership Rewards points as if you’ve spent 50,000 dollars! How? Just send your name and email address to Doug at

with subject line “Sign me up for AMEX.” Within 24 hours or so, you’ll receive an invitation directly from American Express to apply. Only good for the first 5 people who qualify, so act fast. Also, this is a limited-time offer. If you’re reading this after March 15th, 2012, no need to respond. The window closes that day. Once 5 people have qualified, Doug will leave a comment after this item on the web, so you’ll know the window has closed. (The truth is, Doug’s now held an AMEX card for 20 years. They’re giving him 20,000 miles for every successful referral — up to 5 referrals. Note that you have to qualify for the AMEX in order to receive the 50,000 bonus miles.)