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American Express Blue Cash Everyday/Preferred Offers ($150/$250 signup bonus; YMMV)

GeoffreyN 753 471 February 12, 2013 at 01:44 PM in Finance (4)
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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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which amex is worth to get? I keep getting offers for green and gold one but not sure if its worth paying $95 annual fee (first year waived)
you don't want to get Everyday/Preferred ones? they should be under "EXCLUSIVE OFFERS (3)" tab.
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when does the the 3months start? the date of approval or the date you activate your card?
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when does the the 3months start? the date of approval or the date you activate your card?
It starts the day that they open up the account.
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What a great site. Gotta start rebuilding my credit.

Thanks.
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Applied, but got a error message so have to wait on the mail.
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I thought I would use this card to buy gift cards at Kroger and get the 6% rebate. Then I could use the gift cards wherever but I think it's a no go. I got my card today and read all the "term & conditions". It says that prepaid cards or "cash equivalents" are not elgible for any rebate. It further says that retailers code these type of cards in order to flag them. I think I'll try a small purchase and see what happens.
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I thought I would use this card to buy gift cards at Kroger and get the 6% rebate. Then I could use the gift cards wherever but I think it's a no go. I got my card today and read all the "term & conditions". It says that prepaid cards or "cash equivalents" are not elgible for any rebate. It further says that retailers code these type of cards in order to flag them. I think I'll try a small purchase and see what happens.
Can someone with the card confirm or deny if gift cards at grocery stores do qualify for 6% cash back?
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Can someone with the card confirm or deny if gift cards at grocery stores do qualify for 6% cash back?
They do. Large reason why it's capped now at $6K a year. Many stores do not share the tier of information to Amex that shows item level data.
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They do. Large reason why it's capped now at $6K a year. Many stores do not share the tier of information to Amex that shows item level data.
I hope you're right. Gift cards are the main reason I got this card.
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They do. Large reason why it's capped now at $6K a year. Many stores do not share the tier of information to Amex that shows item level data.
Interesting... do you know if gift cards at Safeway or Lucky are OK to purchase and receive the AMEX rebate points?
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Cool just did the application for $150 cash back and got instantly approved. I am self-employed and my income wasn't that high, though I have a high credit score Cool. Awesome and thanks for this deal !!!
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#252
Transactions post with a MCC code assigned to the charging merchant based upon the general type of goods they sell - the items you purchase on a particular transaction do not matter.

Safeway/Lucky etc. will always flag as "grocery", and you will qualify for the 6% no matter what you purchase. To make your gift card purchases less obvious, don't go and purchase ONLY gift cards in any one transaction - consistent transactions for $25, $50, $100 etc. - the typical gift card amounts - could raise a flag. Adding a gift card on to any normal grocery purchase will be fine, and you'll always get your cash back.

As stated before, the gift cards are why they capped the spending at $6k, but there's no way to tell what particular items you are purchasing.
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Does anyone know how to find out what the credit limit of approval is? What number should we call?
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Does anyone know how to find out what the credit limit of approval is? What number should we call?
800-221-4950 and give them the application reference number. You should have it in your email.

I got approved for 6k. Thanks OP
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which amex is worth to get? I keep getting offers for green and gold one but not sure if its worth paying $95 annual fee (first year waived)
Gold is a charge card. No credit limit reported. Don't know about green.
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