AMEX platinum business card, 150K MR with 20K spend in 3MO

Old Apr 5, 15, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by Thefirst View Post
Does this mean $15k spend in the first 90 days to get the full bonus? Or is it $5k spend in 90 days, and then $10k spend in the FOLLOWING 90 days (total 180 days from app) ?
Exact offer was $15k in the first 90 days.
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Old Apr 6, 15, 6:42 am
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My wife (the one who got the 150k point offer) applied last night and got the Pending Review page. Fingers crossed
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Old Apr 6, 15, 7:58 pm
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Cost/Value of Amex 150,000MR Platinum Bonus

I am trying to decide if it's worth biting on this offer given the incredible amount of churn needed to get the full bonus, but here it is:

100,000 MR with 10,000 spend (90 days)
50,000 MR extra with 10,000 additional spend (same 90 days)
$450 annual fee

For me, I would be doing standard manufactured spend churn to hit the target, so that breaks down as:

$20,000/$200 gift cards = 100 gift cards
100 gift cards x $6 (avg) = $600
100 gift cards x $1 (avg) MO fee = $100

So, that gives me 150,000 MR for a total approx cost of $1,150 or .008cpp

I am looking for the highest and best use of the points given that I still need to fly frequently to maintain my 1k status, so cashing in for free tickets is probably not in the cards, but redeeming for upgrades on *A partners would be my only likely option, although I have two business class tickets to either New Zealand or Africa in the horizon over the next year or two, and that might be an option for a free ticket redemption.

Is this exercise really worthwhile in the eyes of the community?
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Old Apr 6, 15, 8:56 pm
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I would pass. But to each his own.
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Old Apr 6, 15, 9:17 pm
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Why not just buy forty $500 Sunnies at WM? Instantly load them to your BB/Serve at KATE. That's under $200 in fees. Excluding the AF (which actually only costs you $50 the first year after 2 X $200 airline GCs), that works out to .11 cpp, after you factor in the 20K extra points you'll get for your spend. Waaaay better deal!
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Old Apr 7, 15, 7:20 am
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I did this bonus a while back... of course, I was able to put about $6k of my required spend through AP and Serve, while the rest of it was legitimate spend.

But 150k points for $450 plus some minimal additional costs...

Dont forget you also get $200 (and really $400 since you can do it each year) in airline reimbursements, plus 10 free GoGo hot spot passes, plus the other perks of a Plat card.

To me, its def worth it, but to each their own.
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Old Apr 8, 15, 9:48 am
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IF you were to buy 40 of the same thing, same amount, location, etc.., wouldn't that raise a flag to Amex?

Same if you did $5k per month at Target for RB... would Amex suspend your account?

Could you mix in buying AGCs from their site via TCB, too, or would that sever the relationship?

***Or.... if you mixed it up between store buying of GCs... and RB.. and legit spend... and AGCs via TCB or other portal... would it mesh just fine?
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Old Apr 8, 15, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by CASACW2 View Post
IF you were to buy 40 of the same thing, same amount, location, etc.., wouldn't that raise a flag to Amex?
You may wish to review these threads:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...iscussion.html

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/manuf...ue-2015-a.html
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Old Apr 8, 15, 3:07 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
You may wish to explore this thread. Some success, some failure. Some posters may not specify personal vs business, but you can get a sense of what may work:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...solidated.html
I really should look for everything that comes from Amex from now on. Does anybody have experience converting Gold to Platinum instead of reapplying?
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Old Apr 8, 15, 11:31 pm
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Originally Posted by bocastephen View Post
$20,000/$200 gift cards = 100 gift cards
100 gift cards x $6 (avg) = $600
100 gift cards x $1 (avg) MO fee = $100

So, that gives me 150,000 MR for a total approx cost of $1,150 or .008cpp

or redcard and $0 in fees?? net cost $450 for 150k MR + $200 airline reimbursements + amex centurion lounge access
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Old Apr 10, 15, 11:11 am
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OKay, 150k points Amex Plat Biz for $15k in 90 days was APPROVED! Received card the other day. Now to pony up and get $15k spent without severing ties with Amex.

Going to mix in some RB, normal spend... etc..... wife and I are going to be building a house so hopefully that'll mix into the spend too.

If anyone has some additional "safe" routes of getting some extra spend, "that'd be great". (Lumberg voice from Office Space)

Thanks!
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Old Apr 23, 15, 12:20 pm
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So, I've met the initial 10k spend of my 150k offer.

By now, I realized that getting the points might be a long shot since I have a biz plat, albeit for another business.

Never hurts to ask, so I struck up a live chat. Played aloof, then when I eventually got the "not available to customer who have held in 12 months...." I got firm, but stayed respectful. Told them my spiel, about how I received such an incredible offer and I needed to have a card for my new business, and thought it was a perfect opportunity because the biz plat was so useful for my other business. I said no one mentioned that rule to me during my multiple confirmation calls and those over chat reassuring me that I'd get the points.
Had a chat screenshot ready incase they asked for any proof or whatever.
They asked for the referral code and how I got the offer and how I applied. I kept it all handy and told them exactly what I did.

The guy said he opened an investigation and escalated it for me since despite the rule of no bonus twice, I was promised the points, so we'll see what happens.

Could be nothing, could be a consolation offer, could be the whole deal.
I'll keep anyone posted that's interested.
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Old May 5, 15, 1:30 pm
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try when applying on the phone promo id: bp1t0001
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Old May 5, 15, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by al613 View Post
try when applying on the phone promo id: bp1t0001
I had a bunch of readers try using that POID and none of them had any success. Reps wouldn't budge on requiring the VIP number. There is a way to get around it kind of, but not really scalable.
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Old May 14, 15, 6:28 pm
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Question: With the once in a lifetime rule, can anyone tell me if it's possible to get two Amex Plat Biz cards for two different legit businesses?
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