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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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#346
Thanks just signed up for the amex preferred!
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#347
For those that can see their rewards for the BCE/BCP, does Amazon.com count as a department store that receives 3% cash back? When you buy directly from Amazon.com, AMEX labels it as as a Department Store...but I can't seem to find any information on whether this will get counted into the 3% or not...
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Last edited by Yacapo March 24, 2013 at 12:32 AM
#348
Amazon counts as 1 percent not 3 percent.


You can apply for the Amazon Visa and get 3 percent and $50 sign up bonus

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007URFT...9ywkh98u_b
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#349
Anyone know off hand what the break even point is on the Blue Cash $75 annual fee one? I think if my math is correct, you spend ~$1300 to cover cost of annual fee and after that all gravy? Of course I using all grocery to get this and I'm not including bonus.
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Quote from barginbin View Post :
Anyone know off hand what the break even point is on the Blue Cash $75 annual fee one? I think if my math is correct, you spend ~$1300 to cover cost of annual fee and after that all gravy? Of course I using all grocery to get this and I'm not including bonus.
The key thing is to buy gift card like Bestbuy, Amazon, subways from the grocery store like Kroger. You can easily get the $75 back.
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Quote from city5410 View Post :
Got my $150 bonus, redeemed as statement credit and reduced the balance for my first statement = Awesome!
Are you sure? Redeeming cash back for statement credits have always reduced my next bill, not the current.
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Quote from madage View Post :
Are you sure? Redeeming cash back for statement credits have always reduced my next bill, not the current.
I was expecting the credit for my next bill, but the credit came early, this would be YMMV.
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#353
I just got an offer in the mail yesterday for $250 cashback with the Blue Cash Everyday Card after $1000 spent in 3 months. Just signed up and got approved. Huge YMMV, but worth checking the mail.

This was for the no annual fee card, btw.
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Last edited by rbg08 March 28, 2013 at 04:18 PM
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I just got an offer in the mail yesterday for $250 cashback with the Blue Cash Everyday Card after $1000 spent in 3 months. Just signed up and got approved. Huge YMMV, but worth checking the mail.

This was for the no annual fee card, btw.
OK nice deal, but did you get 6% on grocery's and 3% on gas with that card?look around
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#355
Has anybody had any luck waiving / getting a statement credit / or getting a credit in the amount of points for the cost of the annual fee for the first year? I understand we are still making money on this offer so I will probably go for it regardless.
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#356
Amex doesn't make exceptions for the Preferred card fee. If they did, 1,000,000 people would be calling every year for a credit.

Your best bet is to try to get the Everyday card with $250 cash back, no fee
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Quote from rbg08 View Post :
I just got an offer in the mail yesterday for $250 cashback
with the Blue Cash Everyday Card after $1000 spent in 3 months.....
This was for the no annual fee card, btw.
That is very interesting.
I will just be patient and wait for a $260 bonus with no annual fee.

I try to hold out for at least $250-300 cash bonus to establish a new card,
and have been surprised that many cards easily yielded 400+....

edit:
This made me curious, I signd in to my AX account,
I know they have really been flogging cards there when I pay my bill....
But I see NO cash bonuses via the card management site..
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Last edited by MrHalliday March 31, 2013 at 05:25 AM
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#358
Quote from mitchflorida View Post :
Amazon counts as 1 percent not 3 percent.


You can apply for the Amazon Visa and get 3 percent and $50 sign up bonus

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007URFT...9ywkh98u_b
Are you sure? Non-marketplace orders appear to be classified as Dept. Store for me.
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#359
Dont do it now.

Sorry - we're currently experiencing some difficulties with our systems.
Your application will be processed as soon as possible, and we will notify you of the decision by mail within 14 days.

For an update on the status of your card application, please click here to go to our online status site.

Thank you for applying for the Blue Cash EverydaySM from American Express.
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Quote from aroundtheriver View Post :
All,

For those who applied before the $250 offer, but around the time of the start....

I applied January 30th and had to have the application reviewed for an incorrect collection account on my credit file. Anyways, it was finally resubmitted and approved a few days ago. Although I said I signed up for the $250 promotion, they said they saw a screenshot of my application only showing $150 (they're smarter than I thought). Anyways, I requested the $100 difference in a credit and they actually credited me $75 on my first statement in addition to the $150.

While this is extremely YMMV, if you call them, they may be willing to add a statement credit. Please note - they cannot waive the annual fee (asked and was rebuked as they cannot just waive it) and cannot change the promotion when you apply. However, they can issue credits to the account.

Good luck!!
What is the number you called? is it a separate department or just called the customer service number on the back of your card?
Thanks.
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