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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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#61
I'm interested in the 6% back on groceries for gift cards as well, that would more than justify the 75 fee, curious.
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#62
i got the BCE card in snailmail and it came with the 250$ signup bonus
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Quote from aznbadboixx View Post :
i got the BCE card in snailmail and it came with the 250$ signup bonus
how long ago was that?
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Quote from AceNJ View Post :
I have this card (the non preferred) and rarely ever use it. The 6500+ spend to get any decent cashback is a joke. I wouldn't bother with this, just my 2 cents.
What do you mean ? You can get 3% back on grocery stores ( gift cards ) anytime, no anual fee ... can you find a beter deal then that ?
The 6000 limit is saying "after you spend $6000, you won't get 3% you get 1%, but before $6000 you get 3%"
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Meaning that, if I currently have had the BCE for more than 90 days, I could close it, apply for the BCP, and get the bonus? Thanks.
Technically, the most restrictive interpretation of the rule is that the card has to be CLOSED for more than 90 days. Judging from some of the posts about the Plat card 75K offer a month ago, that's what some people have been getting... or not getting rather =/

Quote from TheOldinOut View Post :
Would be sweet if I can rack up gift cards at supermarkets for the 6%.
That used to be the point before the cap. After expenses, you could make ~5% CB cashing out via AP or Serve buying Visa GCs. When you ran into AP or Serve caps there you could make ~4.2% CB cashing out via Bluebird buying Visa GCs.

That and don't forget that fuel points (without multipliers) at certain stores stacked too. Personally I don't buy merchant GCs because even with 6% back, usually you can find that much of a discount at PJ or CP. If you stacked fuel points you could probably see more than 6% back esp with 4X fuelpoints promos at Kroger.
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it's super market not grocery right?
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Technically, the most restrictive interpretation of the rule is that the card has to be CLOSED for more than 90 days. Judging from some of the posts about the Plat card 75K offer a month ago, that's what some people have been getting... or not getting rather =/



That used to be the point before the cap. After expenses, you could make ~5% CB cashing out via AP or Serve buying Visa GCs. When you ran into AP or Serve caps there you could make ~4.2% CB cashing out via Bluebird buying Visa GCs.

That and don't forget that fuel points (without multipliers) at certain stores stacked too. Personally I don't buy merchant GCs because even with 6% back, usually you can find that much of a discount at PJ or CP. If you stacked fuel points you could probably see more than 6% back esp with 4X fuelpoints promos at Kroger.
What is PJ and CP ? Are you referring to Pajamas and Coconut Powder ?

Quote from broodtonight View Post :
it's super market not grocery right?
No it's only grocery, so only at places that sell only grocery, no Walmart, Target, etc. It only works at Safeway, QFC, etc ...
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Quote from MichaelIv View Post :
What is PJ and CP ? Are you referring to Pajamas and Coconut Powder ?


No it's only grocery, so only at places that sell only grocery, no Walmart, Target, etc. It only works at Safeway, QFC, etc ...
Plasticjungle and cardpool...websites that buy your gift cards.
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Quote from ragingazn628 View Post :
Oh crap I accidentally used my SSN for https://www.creditcards.com/cardmatch - is that ok? What should I do now?
Your identity will be stolen now.

Just kidding. They have a Google pagerank of 6, I wouldn't worry about it.
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#70
Are you kidding... I just applied for the AMEX preferred card yesterday and they had normal 150 sign on bonus.. By using this link I am getting 250 sign on bonus... is there a way now I can get the 250 sign on bonus.... Should I call them and ask them for the 250 sign on bonus....
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Are you kidding... I just applied for the AMEX preferred card yesterday and they had normal 150 sign on bonus.. By using this link I am getting 250 sign on bonus... is there a way now I can get the 250 sign on bonus.... Should I call them and ask them for the 250 sign on bonus....
250 has annual fee of 75
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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.
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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.
Every billing cycle.

Increments of $25.
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250 has annual fee of 75
I know it has 75$ fees. What I am saying is that I applied for the preferred card day before yesterday and got approved for it and got only 150 $ as the sign on bonus... but now this new offer is for 250 sign on bonus... Is there any way I can get them to give me the 250$ sign on...?
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I know it has 75$ fees. What I am saying is that I applied for the preferred card day before yesterday and got approved for it and got only 150 $ as the sign on bonus... but now this new offer is for 250 sign on bonus... Is there any way I can get them to give me the 250$ sign on...?

same here... just that i applied for BCE... I called amex and they said they cant do anything about it...
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