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Old Apr 6, 18, 12:11 pm
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Question FlyingBlue Amex for foreigner?

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I am wondering if as a EU citizen (but non Dutch / French resident) I can apply and somehow get the FB Amex? I don't have locally a FB card and with a couple thousand EUR a month in CC purchases I'm missing a bunch in miles.

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Old Apr 6, 18, 12:45 pm
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There is a discussion here: French FlyingBlue AmEx card for non-residents
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Old Apr 6, 18, 12:52 pm
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I'd go for a regular Amex card. The FB cards are now not worth their annual fee.
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I'd go for a regular Amex card. The FB cards are now not worth their annual fee.
Explanation for Ricardo: the FB Amex cards used to give you both level miles and award miles for every purchase. Now they only give you certain number of XPs every year (number of XPs depend on whether you have Gold or Plat Amex).

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Originally Posted by ricardojrsousa View Post
Hi!
I am wondering if as a EU citizen (but non Dutch / French resident) I can apply and somehow get the FB Amex? I don't have locally a FB card and with a couple thousand EUR a month in CC purchases I'm missing a bunch in miles.

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Yes you can, the only thing you need is a Dutch bank account. You can get a Dutch bank account on a Dutch internet bank like Bunq.
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Old Apr 7, 18, 8:32 am
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Yes you can, the only thing you need is a Dutch bank account. You can get a Dutch bank account on a Dutch internet bank like Bunq.
Is it that straight forward? I had an Amex in the UK and had to forward proof of address (together with a landline number), even though I used Global Transfer and had been a customer for several years. More recently, I did exactly the same thing in order to get an Alitalia’s branded Amex in Italy (as a Poland-resident, yet with a holiday home in Italy and, as such, a correspondence address in the Country) and, again, I had to go through a verification process (which included copy of my Italian ‘tax code’).

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Old Apr 7, 18, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by caliform View Post
I'd go for a regular Amex card. The FB cards are now not worth their annual fee.
Originally Posted by kubrick View Post
Explanation for Ricardo: the FB Amex cards used to give you both level miles and award miles for every purchase. Now they only give you certain number of XPs every year (number of XPs depend on whether you have Gold or Plat Amex).

Non-FB Amex Platinum cards have Priority Pass included.
Thanks, Going for any AMEX I'd have to use a technique as above (as in Portugal amex is obtained through a bank and rather troublesome to get, very few issues cards). I do see the advantages of a normal AMEX though,

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Yes you can, the only thing you need is a Dutch bank account. You can get a Dutch bank account on a Dutch internet bank like Bunq.
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Is it that straight forward? I had an Amex in the UK and had to forward proof of address (together with a landline number), even though I used Global Transfer and had been a customer for several years. More recently, I did exactly the same thing in order to get an Alitalia’s branded Amex in Italy (as a Poland-resident, yet with a holiday home in Italy and, as such, a correspondence address in the Country) and, again, I had to go through a verification process (which included copy of my Italian ‘tax code’).

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Exactly. My question was... beyond the fact that in theory you can get one, how likely is it that I won't have to submit the kind of info that would prevent me from getting one. Example: how do they check my earnings to see if I qualify? A local employer is needed? Or a local tax registration?
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Thanks, Going for any AMEX I'd have to use a technique as above (as in Portugal amex is obtained through a bank and rather troublesome to get, very few issues cards). I do see the advantages of a normal AMEX though,



Exactly. My question was... beyond the fact that in theory you can get one, how likely is it that I won't have to submit the kind of info that would prevent me from getting one. Example: how do they check my earnings to see if I qualify? A local employer is needed? Or a local tax registration?
I am surprised of your statement regarding AMEX in Portugal.
You do need a Portuguese bank account, but I don't think that the AMEX card is issued by that bank. AMEX is not widely used in Portugal, but that does not mean that it is so difficult to get.

Regarding opening a French or Dutch bank account: All banks worldwide are making it more difficult to open bank account by nonresidents as they are under increasing scrutiny for all kinds of reasons and need extensive reporting for nonresidents. And the situation keeps evolving as banks seem to get more and more restrictive. What could be done two years ago does not apply anymore today. That is true even for internet banks. And you will have to keep feeding your account with money to cover your AMEX charges. Frankly, I doubt that it is worth the hassle, let alone the costs. If you spend 20,000 a year you will get 20,000 miles on AMEC FB Gold, that is very little.
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