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Last Edited by GeoffreyN February 12, 2013 at 02:39 PM
I've been checking this site occasionally to see what new credit card offers show up.

https://www.creditcards.com/cardmatch

Today I received an offer for, applied, and was approved for what is the best yet (non-targeted)
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Blue Cash Everyday offer:

$150 bonus cashback with $500 spend in 3 months
15 months of 0% purchase apr, then 12.99%

This card has no annual fee and 3% cashback on groceries (first $6000 annually - meaning a maximum of $180).
I also received the following
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Blue Cash Preferred offer:

$250 bonus cashback with $1000 spend in 3 months
15 months of 0% purchase apr

This card has a $75 annual fee (probably not waived first year), and 6% cashback on groceries (first $6000 annually - meaning a maximum of $360).
You can redeem reward dollars for statement credits in increments of $25 whenever your total available reward dollar balance is $25 or more.

Worth checking if you're interested in these offers:
https://www.creditcards.com/cardmatch
DO NOT enter SSN, just name and address.

You may need to click on the offer link multiple times, I keep getting "Amex cannot find the page you're looking for" or similar messages.
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Last Edited by 1dash1 February 13, 2014 at 05:24 PM
to check credit limit, call 1-866-314-0237, press 1 then enter last 4 digit of SSN and zip code.

offers are
Earn 250 Reward Dollars after you make $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership
Get 6% cash back at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets, 3% cash back on gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations and select major department stores; 1% cash back on other purchases
Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit
The first $6,000 of purchases at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets in a calendar year qualifies for 6% cash back; 1% thereafter
Cash back is earned only on eligible purchases
Simple and Straightforward: With the Blue Cash Preferred Card, you can start earning cash back. No rotating reward categories. No enrollment required
$75 annual fee
Terms and Restrictions Apply.

Earn 150 Reward Dollars after you make $500 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership
Get 3% cash back at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets, 2% cash back on gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations and select major department stores; 1% cash back on other purchases
Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit
The first $6,000 of purchases at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets in a calendar year qualifies for 3% cash back; 1% thereafter
Cash back is earned only on eligible purchases
Simple and Straightforward: With the Blue Cash Everyday Card, you can start earning cash back. No rotating reward categories. No enrollment required
No annual fee, 0% intro APR on purchases for 15 months, then a variable APR, currently equal to 12.99%, with flexibility to pay over time
Terms and Restrictions Apply.

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If Creditcards.com doesn't match you with the specific offers (possibly because you have one or more existing AmEx cards, even though they are not these particular cards), you can try the following trick:

1) You'll need to find someone and get their permission to do this trick, preferably someone with few or no existing American Express card accounts.
2) Fill in the form with that someone's information and complete the registration process at https://www.creditcards.com/cardmatch. Do this in the incognito/private mode browser. (You could also try using a different browser or clearing your cookies.)
3) After completing the registration, the results should be posted on a Card Matches page. Scroll down the list of general credit card choices. Click the Apply Now link to select the card that you want.
4) You'll be linked to the specific card offer. However, the offer will be pre-filled in with the name of the person that you registered under Creditcards.com and you can't change the name. (Not yet, anyway Wink)
Now comes the trick.
5) Wait. DO NOT CLOSE THE BROWSER! The link only works from the browser that the creditcards.com search was run from due to cookies. If you try to access it from anything else, you will get an error.
6) After a period of time (20 minutes to several hours), the specific card offer page will go blank with a "SESSION EXPIRE" message. Depending on which web browser you used, either:
a. In the same browser, click on the 'Apply Now' button again from the Card Matches page. The specific card offer application form should be blank and you can now proceed to fill it all in with your info; or
b. From the "SESSION EXPIRE" page, hit the back button to return back to the specific card offer page (hit the refresh button, if prompted). Note: You may need to hit the back button more than once to return to the specific card offer page. The application form should now be blank and you can fill it in with your personal information.
c. If the form isn't blank, then keep on waiting (without refreshing your original browser) and try steps 6a or 6b again. Waiting times vary.
Note: This trick only works if that "someone" you get permission from is eligible for the offer. It's like taking advantage of someone else's targeted offer. And as always, YMMV.

Thanks to Phonic for this tip. http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=64976344&postcount=527

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AMEX has a 3x Credit Limit Increase (CLI) policy (up to 25k total exposure with a soft pull only) after the 61 day of approval. If denied you must wait 90 days for another try. Try to put decent usage and a couple big payments to get the CLI. Go to myfico forums or creditboards for more info. I tripled my initial limit without a hard pull.

If anyone isn't sure about which card better meets their spending habits, here's a spreadsheet where you can plugin your annual spend for different categories and you can see which card will give you the biggest benefit (Blue Cash Everyday/Blue Cash Preferred/Costco TrueEarnings/Sallie Mae Rewards).

Input spending in the bottom fields, you'll see the middle fields change to reflect the cash back in each category, and the yellow fields will show you your total cash back taking into account the annual fee on the Blue Cash Preferred. The calculations include annual spending caps (e.g. 6% on $6k groceries, then 1%).

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#76
Thanks I got the $250 card by using Internet Exploder with no add-ons. It wasn't working with chrome.
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#77
has anyone gotten $250 on the BCE? How long ago was that? I want to pull the trigger since it seems like $150 is the best deal for the past two years.
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same here... just that i applied for BCE... I called amex and they said they cant do anything about it...
Damn this is insane... I always pull the trigger on wrong time.. as soon I do something without a deal and the next thing I know there is a deal going on next day.....
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Quote from ag82 View Post :
Damn this is insane... I always pull the trigger on wrong time.. as soon I do something without a deal and the next thing I know there is a deal going on next day.....

take a screenshot now and say you applied for this offer but you're seeing something different after you receive your card... I'm planning on doing that..
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If anyone isn't sure about which card better meets their spending habits, here's a spreadsheet where you can plugin your annual spend for different categories and you can see which card will give you the biggest benefit (Blue Cash Everyday/Blue Cash Preferred/Costco).

Input spending in the bottom fields, you'll see the middle fields change to reflect the cash back in each category, and the yellow fields will show you your total cash back taking into account the annual fee on the Blue Cash Preferred. The logic includes 1% cash back on grocery spending over $6000.

This doesn't account for the sign-up bonus since it's a one time event, and it doesn't include the cost of a Costco membership in the Costco card calculations, since a Costco membership is your choice to begin with.
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Last edited by KrustyVT February 12, 2013 at 06:55 PM
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Thanks, just got approved for the $150 offer Smilie
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#82
Got the $250 preferred offer -- Can you downgrade from the preferred to regular within a year and not pay the annual fee?

Also, does AMEX have a limit on total amount of credit they will extend to a customer?
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Quote from MichaelIv View Post :
Does anyone know for the Blue Cash Everyday when do you get your reward dollars( cashback ) ? Is it after each bill statement or every 1 year after signup. Also if you have $71 in rewards dollars, can you redeem all $71 for statement credit or is it only in $25 Increments ( $50 statement credit + $21 left over )? I know that they might have changed it recently, if someone with recent knowledge could respond.
I have had this card for a year (preffered). I cash in every month for either $50 or 75. My mom also has the card and she holds her cash as a christmas savings. We are a family of three that coupons. Last year we spent $5000 at "grocery stores". The amount was only that high because I also buy gas cards at the grocery store (grocery promotion). In total I cashed out for $675 in the first year (not including the bonus I got for $150 and $75 for referring my mom). If you deduct the $75 annual fee, I still made $600 not including bonuses. This year I plan on doing better since I will max out the $6000 limit by being smarter with the gift cards. Also, websites like vitacost.com qualify for the 6%. I love the card and its my primary card because I HATE rotating categories (I have enough stuff to remember). HTH
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Supermarkets tend to have gift card sections. 6% back from Amazon and whatever else you can plan ahead on buying is very slick.
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Quote from prvn133t View Post :
take a screenshot now and say you applied for this offer but you're seeing something different after you receive your card... I'm planning on doing that..
Good one.... Will do the same.. Will take the screen shot too... So you are planning to talk to them once your card arrives....
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Quote from ag82 View Post :
Good one.... Will do the same.. Will take the screen shot too... So you are planning to talk to them once your card arrives....

that's correct... we will not be able to do anything until our card arrives..
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Got the BCE card. Thanks.
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Quote from kkch3n View Post :
has anyone gotten $250 on the BCE? How long ago was that? I want to pull the trigger since it seems like $150 is the best deal for the past two years.
I got 250 offer on BCE 2 days back, the letter says the RSVP code will expiry by 21st March.
I am going to wait till last day before pulling the trigger. Last time with Chase freedom I pulled the trigger quickly after receiving $200 offer and later I got $300 offer on the same.

I have received 250 offer on BCE, it looks like best offer on BCE so far. Any one has received better than this?
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Last edited by James1221 February 12, 2013 at 07:44 PM
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Signed up for BCE last month for only $100 bonus and that required a higher spending requirement Sadwalk

would it be worth messaging or calling them or would it be a waste of time?
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Are there better offers then this that pop up from time to time? Or is 250 / 1000 the standard that people usually get?
This average deal. In Dec of last year there was 250/1500 for Discover and the NFL 400/first purchase. If you fly there was 50k/first purchase for Southwest. No doubt there will be better deals and it depends on whether you are choosy or not. For this particular card I would not count on a better offer, but who knows?
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