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Blue Cash Everyday Promotion Confusion

Yoyoson 12 14 April 11, 2016 at 08:09 PM
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Last Edited by Yoyoson April 11, 2016 at 08:55 PM
For the longest time, my Amex card has also been my Costco membership card. Some of you may know that Amex and Costco are parting ways in a few months. Amex is trying to keep me on by offering an initial membership promo on their Blue Cash Everyday card (it's a cash back rewards card, like the old costco one). It seems that for the last few months, they've been trying to sweeten the deal every month. It started as an initial $200 back, then $300 back. Now it's $450 back..but wait, there's a catch, and I'm having trouble reading the fine print on the catch. Please help.

The $450 is broken into two parts. For the first $250 , you get it back in statement credits after you spend $1000 on the card in the first 3 mos. Fine, that's pretty straightforward. I am not asking about this part of the promo.

The remaining $200 comes back in the form of statement credits as 10% back at US Phone providers on the first $2000 spent on the card. Notice I said "First $2000 spent on the card".. not "First $2000 spent on US Phone providers"


So the question comes down to this: In order to get the full $200 do I have to put ONLY my telephone bill on the card until I somehow reach $2000 before Dec 31? And THEN I can start putting other non-phone purchases on it?

My best guess, after reading the fine print, is that YES, I have to put only phone bill charges on it.

Here is the exact wording from the initial popup window, bold face is theirs:

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Get $250 back after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.Plus, get up to $200 back when you apply by 06/15/2016 by getting 10% back at US Wireless Telephone Service Providers on the first $2,000 in purchases made on the Card Account in 2016.You will receive cash back in the form of statement credits.��
Here's the wording copied from the "more details" footnote, boldface is mine to highlight the only important sentence:

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10% Promotional Offer

When you apply by 06/15/2016, you get 10% back at US Wireless Telephone Service Providers as statement credits, on the first $2,000 in purchases made on the Card Account from the date your account is approved through 12/31/2016 (up to $200 back). Purchases may fall outside of this period in some cases, such as a delay in merchants submitting transactions to us or if the purchase date differs from the date you made the transaction. (For example, if you buy goods online, the purchase date may be the date the goods are shipped.) Purchases from third parties and resellers are excluded. Merchants are assigned codes based on what they primarily sell. You will not get 10% back if the merchant's code is not eligible. You may not get 10% back on purchases made through a third-party payment account, at an online marketplace, or using a mobile card reader.

The cash back you get for this Promotional Offer is in addition to any rewards you may get from using your Card Account. Cash back is received in the form of statement credits and will appear on your monthly billing statement within 6-8 weeks after you make a qualifying purchase.

If your application is not received by 06/15/2016, you will not be eligible for the 10% Promotional Offer even if your application is approved. To receive 10% back, your Card account must be active, in good standing, and not in default at the time a statement credit is posted to your Card account. American Express reserves the right to modify or revoke the Promotional Offer at any time.
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Let's say I apply for the card and enroll before 6/15. Then let's examine two totally fictitious scenarios to illustrate the two different intepretations of the fine print.

Scenario A: I spend $2000 on groceries in July. I spend $2000 on Sprint in August.
Scenario B: I spend $1000 on groceries in July. I spend $2000 on Sprint in August.

Under my best-guess interpretation, in Scenario A I get $0 back for the phone service, since NONE of the first $2000 spent on the card was put towards a US Wireless Telephone Service Provider. And in Scenario B, I get $100 back since out of the first $2000, $1000 went to Sprint, and 10% of that is $100.

Under the more easier-to-fully-exercise interpretation, in both scenarios I get the full $200 back because I spent $2000 on a US Wireless Telephone Service Provider in 2016, and it doesn't matter that it wasn't the first $2000 on the card.

So which interpretation do you think is right?

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I have the card as well and interpreted the offer as 10% back on US Cellular plans not to exceed $2000. If you spend $3000 dollars on your phone plan the last $1000 will only receive 1% back. I do not believe AMEX cares about the order in which you make the purchase. I have been using several AMEX cards for a couple years now and have not had any issues.
So buy your groceries and pay for your cell phone and you should get lots of rewards. If not AMEX is going to have lots of pissed customers. AMEX is good about making corrections if a purchase is not recognized and no cash back is given. Just send an email or chat with a customer service rep
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Last edited by Rob_799 April 12, 2016 at 07:19 AM
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OP you are way over analyzing this. You get $250 after spending a $1000 anywhere. You also get 10% back on your wireless purchases up to $2000. It doesn't matter if it's your first $1k, $2k, $10k. If you spend money at your wireless carrier in that time frame you will get 10% back.
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Thanks you two, for the inputs on the matter. I'll try not to waste any more time overanalyzing it!
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