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Old Oct 4, 2018, 1:05 pm
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Faq amex: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/campaigns/gold-card/gold-update-faqs.html

For existing and new cardholders
  • Changes below are effective immediately
    • 4x US grocery (25k/calendar year), 4x US dining* (*pervasive reports that many dining transactions are not coding as 4x, including but not limited to those from Square or Toast-based POS systems. Scroll down in thread for more reports and information.)
    • $120 dining credit ($10 monthly in certain restaurants)
  • No change
    • $100 calendar year airline reimbursement
  • Other
    • $250 AF (see below for existing cardholders)
    • No 2x gas (removed, see below for existing cardholders who have it till Oct 2019)
  • Metal card (contactless)
    • Rose gold card - limited edition until Jan 9 2019
    • Regular gold card

For new cardholders (Oct 4 2018 and after)
  • You may be able to find targeted/referal 50k/$2k, but first AF is not waived
  • Signup bonus: You get 20% off restaurant up to $500 restaurant spend (3 month)
  • You do not get 2x gas (only for existing cardholders, see below)

For existing cardholders (Oct 3 2018 or before)
  • AF will change to $250 for anniversary dates after April 1 2019
  • 2x gas will be removed after Oct 2019
  • You can chat/call for the gold/rosegold metal card. AU card will get whatever primary cardholder is getting, cannot be different
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Premier Rewards Gold refresh: 4x USA dining, groceries, $10/mon dining credit. $250.

Old Oct 9, 2018, 9:44 pm
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Originally Posted by lax01
Just used my first month of $10 off Grubhub/Seamless! Great benefit! Coupled with $15 off for first order meant $45 worth of food/delivery for under $20
How long after the purchase did it take to receive the credit?

I bought a gc from cheesecake factory on fri but have yet to receive a credit. Wondering if it will work.
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Old Oct 9, 2018, 9:46 pm
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Originally Posted by lax01
Just used my first month of $10 off Grubhub/Seamless! Great benefit! Coupled with $15 off for first order meant $45 worth of food/delivery for under $20
FYI for folks - I was thinking that as a new Grubhub customer, I could stack the $10 amex gold benefit with the $10 referral promo code. The $10 referral promo code is for delivery only.
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Old Oct 9, 2018, 11:09 pm
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Originally Posted by billybobson1402
How long after the purchase did it take to receive the credit?

I bought a gc from cheesecake factory on fri but have yet to receive a credit. Wondering if it will work.
I just ordered tonight...it hasn't even posted. Will post up when it posts...

Originally Posted by qisu
FYI for folks - I was thinking that as a new Grubhub customer, I could stack the $10 amex gold benefit with the $10 referral promo code. The $10 referral promo code is for delivery only.
Correct - and I did Seamless delivery
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 7:46 am
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Originally Posted by Happy
If those restaurants have earned 2x in the past, then if they stopped earning anything, (though it is too early to tell), that would indicate some system glitch but I still dont believe it is the case because not enough time has passed.
There are 2 particular restaurants in question which have earned 2x in the past. Just stopped giving me the bonus when the card switched over on Oct 4th. Strange.

As an aside, I've noticed that any place that uses Square payment processing does not give out bonuses, regardless of the category. Like, I can get 4X at Chipotle, but not at a high-end cafe where I'm ordering a salad and a panini but paying via Square. Wonder why?
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 7:59 am
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Originally Posted by PHLondoner
There are 2 particular restaurants in question which have earned 2x in the past. Just stopped giving me the bonus when the card switched over on Oct 4th. Strange.

As an aside, I've noticed that any place that uses Square payment processing does not give out bonuses, regardless of the category. Like, I can get 4X at Chipotle, but not at a high-end cafe where I'm ordering a salad and a panini but paying via Square. Wonder why?
Pretty sure Square allows the owner of the payment processing device to choose their own MCC. If they choose something like "retail" instead of "restaurant" then AMEX isn't going to know to process you for restaurant bonus spend.
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 8:05 am
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Data point: Got Shake Shack on the 4th and got the credit on the 8th.
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 8:11 am
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Originally Posted by jeeden
Data point: Got Shake Shack on the 4th and got the credit on the 8th.
Confirm DP: CC factory on 10/5 credit on 10/10
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 8:29 am
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I received 2x points for a towing service I used. I wonder if that coded as a gas station? It is an auto repair center. If id have known that I would have gotten my car repairs there. They ran into the thousands. (I know, no longer any 2x gas points)
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by smith80678
... (I know, no longer any 2x gas points)
Depends when you opened the account, but you may earn the gasoline bonus for another year:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/30279327-post281.html
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by billybobson1402
Confirm DP: CC factory on 10/5 credit on 10/10
Did you actually dine at the restaurant or bought cakes?

The T&Cs said GC and merchandise are not eligible. I wonder how the restaurant would separate those transactions from dine in / take out. Haven't seen any restaurant handles transactions differently.
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 9:13 am
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Originally Posted by pokeable
Did Grubhub code as dining for you?
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Yes it did, 2x at the time.
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 9:35 am
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As i mentioned before, rep told me to get Rose card in order for my wife to get hers. Then I can call back and request the gold one after I confirm cards. I would receive a gold card and my wife keeps the Rose card. Per yesterday rep, I was told that I was given wrong info. If I switch back to gold then my wife has to switch back too. So I did the switch back. He also ordered me two Gold cards. My question is can my wife still use the active Rose card if she doesn't activate the new gold card? Or her Rose card will eventually stop? I wish was given correct info from the beginning so I have to through all these cards.
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico
Pretty sure Square allows the owner of the payment processing device to choose their own MCC. If they choose something like "retail" instead of "restaurant" then AMEX isn't going to know to process you for restaurant bonus spend.
That's correct. I also find that many merchants using Square don't even put in an MCC.
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 10:12 am
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Originally Posted by PHLondoner
There are 2 particular restaurants in question which have earned 2x in the past. Just stopped giving me the bonus when the card switched over on Oct 4th. Strange.

As an aside, I've noticed that any place that uses Square payment processing does not give out bonuses, regardless of the category. Like, I can get 4X at Chipotle, but not at a high-end cafe where I'm ordering a salad and a panini but paying via Square. Wonder why?
Originally Posted by Diplomatico
Pretty sure Square allows the owner of the payment processing device to choose their own MCC. If they choose something like "retail" instead of "restaurant" then AMEX isn't going to know to process you for restaurant bonus spend.
I wonder what is the advantage of Square over other payment processing services? Square is not cheap, charges a flat rate of 2.75% for either chipped or swiped transactions. Manual key in incurs higher fee at a whopping 3.5% + 0.15cents.

The only advantage seems that the merchant gets the device for free, without having to invest in a POS processing system.
Kiosks at the Malls are the merchants I see use Square almost universally. I have not come across Square payment method at a regular restaurant, but seen it being used at some ethnic grocers which all impose a minimum $10 to use credit cards.

I can confirm I never get category bonus at those ethnic grocers but I only shop there when I really in need of some ingredients, so it does not matter.
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Old Oct 10, 2018, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by Happy
I wonder what is the advantage of Square over other payment processing services? Square is not cheap, charges a flat rate of 2.75% for either chipped or swiped transactions. Manual key in incurs higher fee at a whopping 3.5% + 0.15cents.
The only advantage seems that the merchant gets the device for free, without having to invest in a POS processing system.
Kiosks at the Malls are the merchants I see use Square almost universally. I have not come across Square payment method at a regular restaurant, but seen it being used at some ethnic grocers which all impose a minimum $10 to use credit cards.
There are also no long-term contracts involved. Because of that, Square is good as something to help get your business off the ground quickly and ensure that it'll last longer than a year or two.
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