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Premier Rewards Gold refresh: 4x USA dining, groceries, $10/mon dining credit. $250.

Premier Rewards Gold refresh: 4x USA dining, groceries, $10/mon dining credit. $250.

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Faq amex: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/c...date-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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Old Feb 25, 19, 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
Amex would likely recognize this pattern, and you should worried that could close down all of your Amex accounts and throw away all of your MR points once they discovered this.

Amex doesn't establish such limits because they want you to think of ways around them. Amex establishes these limits because they don't want to give away that many points. Don't you think they've thought of this already? Why else would they have a limit on 4x at grocery stores (where it's easy to do MSing) and no limit on 4x at restaurants (where it's hard to do MSing)?

Keep in mind that Amex's official policy is against giving points for gift cards. The faster you get to the 25k limit, the harder Amex will look to see if you spent that on gift cards, and then possibly take back your points.

So I suggest you spread the 25k over the course of the year, and just find some other card at some other bank for the remainder, if you truly can't hold back from doing much more MSing.
In all honesty, who on Earth spends 25 k on groceries per year? You'd need a family of 12 to get there. Not likely... My insurance policy against mr points forfeiture is to move them out to krisflyer.
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Old Feb 26, 19, 6:48 am
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Hugely satisfied with the Amex Gold so far...my first fee paying Amex card since the Amex Blue Cash everyday, which I've had from 2013/2014. All the restaurants/eateries I've been to have coded as 4x without any issues whatsoever. Plus, just got my sign up bonus yesterday too, woohoo! No complaints at all till date (touchwood)
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Old Feb 26, 19, 8:32 am
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Originally Posted by mrwise View Post
Hugely satisfied with the Amex Gold so far...my first fee paying Amex card since the Amex Blue Cash everyday, which I've had from 2013/2014. All the restaurants/eateries I've been to have coded as 4x without any issues whatsoever. Plus, just got my sign up bonus yesterday too, woohoo! No complaints at all till date (touchwood)
To me this is a long term keeper card, even at the moment when I need to spend toward sign-on bonus for Marriott Bonvoy, all my groceries and restaurants bills go to this card (within US), especially since I can get more than 2 cents out of each MR point.

I understand there are some issues and hiccups (restaurant not coding 4X, etc) but they're slowly getting fixed.
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Old Feb 26, 19, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by vincewy View Post
To me this is a long term keeper card, even at the moment when I need to spend toward sign-on bonus for Marriott Bonvoy, all my groceries and restaurants bills go to this card (within US), especially since I can get more than 2 cents out of each MR point.

I understand there are some issues and hiccups (restaurant not coding 4X, etc) but they're slowly getting fixed.
Not sure of my long term plans yet, but definitely agree that it makes a solid case to be kept lifelong. You shouldn't run into any 4x coding issues for most restaurants, it only seems to be the more hole in the wall or esoteric type of places that require intervention.
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Old Feb 26, 19, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by geoff325 View Post
Does amex match offers that are better? I am currently working on the MS for my amex gold (as well as platinum) - can you ask to me matched to a higher offer if you have not yet received it?
They do not match offers.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 1:20 pm
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Changed from Plat personal to Gold personal around Oct1/2018.
I recently clued in that some restaurants and grocers were not showing my 4X MR points. Called in, was told "MR will call you within 10 days". MR called me, around 10 days later, left a message. Called me again next day, actually picked up. Over the next hour:

- MR rep told me that "I clearly was not in a restaurant, but likely was in a hotel or a gas station". The restaurant was standlone, had the name "Restaurant" in the merchant name, had "Restaurant" as a merchant type, and under the right side online MR area category says "Restaurant". They actually argue this with me around and around multiple times. Charge was around $300. I was so mad, I called the Gold phone number. Guess what - Same thing! She told me that "Amex has no control over merchant categories and the category on your statement isn't necessarily what the merchant's category is", and accused me of trying to claim points for a non-restaurant. Again, frustrated, I called the # on my Plat Business, as they've always seemed to be the best to deal with. That rep said they couldn't do a thing, and that if I wanted to close my accounts I certainly could. 5 cards, the longest going on 20 years history. Asked for a supervisor, told me one would call me another day. Sitting at the airport, get a call from Amex supervisor. Told him the entire story, he heard me, and said "well, I don't work in MR, so I can't really do anything, but I understand".

So that's where I sit. 5 months of history, and maybe a dozen or so charges weren't 4x. Tried to get them to give me my 3x, and instead got an hour's worth of headache. Went from a raving fan of many years to super ticked off.

As I said to each of the reps - "If I'm unsure if I'm going to get 4x points at a merchant, and know that there's a chance I would have to call and argue my point, likely fruitlessly, how would I ever be in the right mind to use this card over a competitor's?"

Back to my Chase 3X I guess. Fun while it lasted, but Amex other than my Delta Reserve is getting fully sockdrawered. F them.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 2:43 pm
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Originally Posted by dcrombie View Post
- MR rep told me that "I clearly was not in a restaurant, but likely was in a hotel or a gas station". The restaurant was standlone, had the name "Restaurant" in the merchant name, had "Restaurant" as a merchant type, and under the right side online MR area category says "Restaurant". They actually argue this with me around and around multiple times. Charge was around $300.
Given the reports from some users of getting 1x restaurant mispostings corrected to 4x yet while others have gotten outright refusals, I'm wondering if the purchase amount has anything to do with it. In my case, I was given a blanket refusal on all my complaints and they were all relatively high dollar amounts. It really feels like AMEX is playing a lot of games with this.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 3:50 pm
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Originally Posted by gengar View Post
Given the reports from some users of getting 1x restaurant mispostings corrected to 4x yet while others have gotten outright refusals, I'm wondering if the purchase amount has anything to do with it. In my case, I was given a blanket refusal on all my complaints and they were all relatively high dollar amounts. It really feels like AMEX is playing a lot of games with this.
Highest I've successfully complained about was a $160 charge. They didn't bat an eye.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 9:16 pm
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Any DP on buying a $10gc at shake shack store locations?

Wondering if buying a $10gc at shake shack stores will trigger the dining credit? Thanks
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Old Feb 27, 19, 10:51 pm
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Originally Posted by lax01 View Post
FWIW, I'm noticing that a lot of Square/TST transactions on my SPG Biz (now Bonvoy Biz or whatever) are showing up as 4x for restaurants...so, even though its a completely different product, I'm thinking they are figuring out the whole restaurant coding thing
how do you see if itís actually getting 4x. My paper statement and the App donít show any points at the transaction level. In fact the paper statement doesnít even show the total points.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 10:58 pm
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Originally Posted by beachfan View Post

how do you see if it’s actually getting 4x. My paper statement and the App don’t show any points at the transaction level. In fact the paper statement doesn’t even show the total points.
Log in to your account online (computer) and select "Statements & Activity." Once on that page use the drop down menu to change from "Recent Activity" and select "Current Statement." It will then show all your transactions for the current statement and to the left of each amount it will tell you "4X" or "3X" if that particular charge earned the extra points. If there's no blue diamond with a "4X" or "3X" then that transaction only received the standard one point. Note that you can use the drop down menu and see previous statements and see this information also.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 11:35 pm
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Originally Posted by halamadrid View Post
Log in to your account online (computer) and select "Statements & Activity." Once on that page use the drop down menu to change from "Recent Activity" and select "Current Statement." It will then show all your transactions for the current statement and to the left of each amount it will tell you "4X" or "3X" if that particular charge earned the extra points. If there's no blue diamond with a "4X" or "3X" then that transaction only received the standard one point. Note that you can use the drop down menu and see previous statements and see this information also.
Yup...though less officially, you can check the "New Version" of Recent Activity and inspect each transaction...
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Old Feb 28, 19, 8:09 am
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Any recent DP on airport restaurant spends, do they still get only X1?
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Old Feb 28, 19, 8:24 am
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Originally Posted by vincewy View Post
Any recent DP on airport restaurant spends, do they still get only X1?
I think this will very much depend on the specific location, because airports have different concession arrangements. Do you have specific airport(s) in mind? Have you made previous purchases at the same restaurants so that you can see how coded?
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Old Feb 28, 19, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by vincewy View Post
Any recent DP on airport restaurant spends, do they still get only X1?
My one and only DP at LAX returned 1x as they used the airport POS unit....was James Beach at TBIT (if I remember correctly)
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