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Old Jul 12, 16, 6:51 am
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French FlyingBlue AmEx card for non-residents

Has anyone from outside France had any success applying for the French Air France/KLM AmEx Gold card? I have called them and they said I need a French bank account (which I hopefully can create on my next trip to France), but they also mentioned that this account should be more than 1 year old. Of course I don't want to go through all this if after waiting 1 year my application will be rejected based on some strange reasons, so if anyone has some experiences going through this process, please share them.
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Old Jul 12, 16, 7:12 am
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I've been interested in this for a while but not sure how to go about it either.

How do you intend to get a French bank account if you don't live there?

I'm a UK resident and want the card you mentioned but have no idea how to get the bank account and then the following Amex.

Please share what details you have, if any .
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Old Jul 12, 16, 7:33 am
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Originally Posted by Lewis42 View Post
How do you intend to get a French bank account if you don't live there?
As far as I understand, I just need to physically go into a bank in France and ask for "compte non-résident". There is quite a lot of information regarding this on the internet.
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Old Jul 12, 16, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by Dlougach View Post
As far as I understand, I just need to physically go into a bank in France and ask for "compte non-résident". There is quite a lot of information regarding this on the internet.
Exactly
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Old Jul 12, 16, 9:35 am
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I don't know about French AmEx, but for the Dutch one you don't need to have the account for a year.
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Old Jul 12, 16, 10:23 am
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I was able to apply for an Amex several months after my arrival to France, so the age of the bank account is not an issue. The rest of the paperwork is what might prevent you from getting the card in the first few months. You need to send them a bill (utilities except cellphone) and the first one usually takes a few months to arrive.
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Old Jul 13, 16, 2:22 am
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Originally Posted by SDQBound View Post
I was able to apply for an Amex several months after my arrival to France, so the age of the bank account is not an issue. The rest of the paperwork is what might prevent you from getting the card in the first few months. You need to send them a bill (utilities except cellphone) and the first one usually takes a few months to arrive.
Do you mean send Amex your utility bills? I never did that. All I did was fill out the online application and was instantly approved for the card. And if you have a friend living in France you can use their address and phone number for your bank account. It's not like the bank or Amex will come by to see if you are at home.

One thing is clear, Amex really, really wants new customers. They are always begging me to get my friends to sign up.
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Old Jul 13, 16, 3:11 am
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
Do you mean send Amex your utility bills? I never did that. All I did was fill out the online application and was instantly approved for the card. And if you have a friend living in France you can use their address and phone number for your bank account. It's not like the bank or Amex will come by to see if you are at home.

One thing is clear, Amex really, really wants new customers. They are always begging me to get my friends to sign up.
Yes, they did not issue the card until I uploaded an electricity, gas, or telephone (not cellphone) bill. It was part of the online application form and you could not submit it without them.
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OK, maybe I just don't remember showing bills.

BTW I just got another 50K FB miles for getting again the Platinum card. I dropped to Gold for a couple years, and then started getting the 50K offer once more and went for it.
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Old Jul 14, 16, 7:27 am
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
OK, maybe I just don't remember showing bills.

BTW I just got another 50K FB miles for getting again the Platinum card. I dropped to Gold for a couple years, and then started getting the 50K offer once more and went for it.
The utility bill is usually a way to prove that you actually live at the address you registered. It's common practice in France. If you get a non-resident account in a French bank, AMEX might still require a proof that you actually live at that non-French address you provided them.

I don't want to high-jack the thread but about those 50k FB miles, do you know if you were offered that because you're an ex-Plat? I'm willing to move from Gold to Plat but I missed last year anniversary campaign and the 50k miles that came with it, and all I see these days are just a 20k miles offer
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I don't want to high-jack the thread but about those 50k FB miles, do you know if you were offered that because you're an ex-Plat? I'm willing to move from Gold to Plat but I missed last year anniversary campaign and the 50k miles that came with it, and all I see these days are just a 20k miles offer
Sorry I don't know the criteria.
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
Sorry I don't know the criteria.
Ok, thanks for the reply.
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If you aren't french resident don't really expect receiving any insurance from the card. Everytime you make a claim for something happening abroad, you need to justify of a trip of less than 90 days outside of your the country where the card is registered.
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Old Jul 14, 16, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by Enthilza View Post
The utility bill is usually a way to prove that you actually live at the address you registered. It's common practice in France. If you get a non-resident account in a French bank, AMEX might still require a proof that you actually live at that non-French address you provided them.

I don't want to high-jack the thread but about those 50k FB miles, do you know if you were offered that because you're an ex-Plat? I'm willing to move from Gold to Plat but I missed last year anniversary campaign and the 50k miles that came with it, and all I see these days are just a 20k miles offer
i was offered that 50K while i was Ivory last year so i don't think it is related to FB status. maybe just based on your spending habits with your Amex.
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Old Jul 17, 16, 4:26 am
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Originally Posted by newflyer27 View Post
i was offered that 50K while i was Ivory last year so i don't think it is related to FB status. maybe just based on your spending habits with your Amex.
Last year they had the 50k miles available because it was the 5th year of their Amex-Flying Blue programme IIRC.

Not saying that the offer is related to the FB status, but was wondering if the fact that stimpy was a previous holder of a Platinum Amex card (not FB status) was in any way related to Amex offering 50k to subscribe to a Plat card again.
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