So having lived off a debit card in the Netherlands (shock horror!!) I've finally managed to get an American Express Gold charge card.
You get 8000 Membership Rewards points upon sign-up without spending a single penny. (Yes this is far less than other countries, but at least it's completely free)
You can apply for a Gold Charge card here. Please note this is my referral link, and earns me a small bonus for bringing new people on. I'm really grateful for anyone who does sign up, and supports this blog.
Do note that you have to have a Dutch bank account to be eligible to apply for this card.
The real deal is that if you applied for one yourself through American express, you would have to pay a €150 annual fee from the start, but using my referral link the first year's fee is waived. You will see your 8 000 Membership Rewards points deposited into your account the moment you receive your card.
It's also notoriously difficult to buy anything online without a credit card, as I found out from living 4 months with only a Dutch bank card, so this makes getting the Gold charge card an absolute no-brainer.
Membership Rewards points can transfer into Avios, Asia Miles and also Flying Blue on a 1:1 ratio.
I can also provide referrals for any other Dutch American Express card. If you're interested in any of the others then please email info [at] pointstobemade.com and I will send you a referral. The current deal on the Gold card above is the best offer at the time of writing though (2nd August 2013).
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