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

GeoffreyN 754 471 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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#301
Quote from darknight88 View Post :
Boo...$2,000 Credit I want $10k credit 0.O
How did you find out your limit? Site doesn't allow you to proceed unless you have the card number.
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How did you find out your limit? Site doesn't allow you to proceed unless you have the card number.
i had to wait till i received the card and activated it via phone.

Also little disappointing since Discover gave me 2.5k credit last year on their basic card.
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Is the $75 annual fee for the preferred waived first year? when clicking on the link, it said nothing about 0 for first year.
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How did you find out your limit? Site doesn't allow you to proceed unless you have the card number.
Check the wiki

to check credit limit, call 1-866-314-0237, press 1 then enter last 4 digit of SSN and zip code.

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Quote from HetTienXai View Post :
Is the $75 annual fee for the preferred waived first year? when clicking on the link, it said nothing about 0 for first year.
People are saying it's $75 for the first year and that it's NOT common for them to waive the fee even if you call.
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Last edited by blackb1rd88 February 24, 2013 at 07:29 PM
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thanks OP .. I applied for BCE card and got instant approval with a limit of 4.5k
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#306
Check the wiki

to check credit limit, call 1-866-314-0237, press 1 then enter last 4 digit of SSN and zip code.

Yep, that worked. 10K it is.
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Thank you for this information! I can confirm it now too. I emailed them and got this reply:


"Yes, as per the promotion associated with your card, you can earn 150 Reward Dollars on spending $500 in eligible purchases, within the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Please know that the Reward Dollars will be awarded within 6-8 weeks after the spend is met.
I hope you find this information useful and re-assuring. I hope I was able to provide you with an excellent service today."


does anyone remember what ELIGIBLE purchases refer to? TIA
I made a purchase worth $600 at office depot, and had it post on my card 3 days ago, i hadn't seen any reward dollars yet.
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I made a purchase worth $600 at office depot, and had it post on my card 3 days ago, i hadn't seen any reward dollars yet.
You don't get reward post until 2nd statement.
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You don't get reward post until 2nd statement.
Thanks and repped
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#310
Is it true that Costco Gas is not eligible for the 3% gas cashback?
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Is it true that Costco Gas is not eligible for the 3% gas cashback?
Yes. I have several AMEX cards in various reward programs and only the Costco True Earnings card get the 3% cashback.
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Didn't see it discussed in this thread, but would I be eligible for the sign up bonus for the BCP if I already received the AMEX Platinum bonus back in January?
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Quote from ckhall71 View Post :
Didn't see it discussed in this thread, but would I be eligible for the sign up bonus for the BCP if I already received the AMEX Platinum bonus back in January?
Yes, you are only ineligible if you had another blue cash card recently.
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I have a Zync card but thinking about getting a BCE. Any thoughts?
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zync is a low level charge card, and bce is a credit card. sure, get rid of the zync after you get the blue card and reapply for the gold card after a few months.

I am surprised they didn't call it the "aluminum" card, as it was for people with minimal credit.

They are phasing it out.
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