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Closing Amex Plat, tight timing, and 11th hour credits for TSA Precheck?

Closing Amex Plat, tight timing, and 11th hour credits for TSA Precheck?

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Old Feb 22, 19, 12:52 pm
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Closing Amex Plat, tight timing, and 11th hour credits for TSA Precheck?

I'm about to close my Amex Platinum personal card - I am not getting much out of the benefits and I can no longer justify that high annual fee. As luck would have it, my membership in Global Entry/TSA Precheck recently expired, so I'm trying to get that renewed (and then get credited for the $100 fee) just as I'm heading for the Amex exit. The timing is beyond "tight" (yes, I should have done this weeks ago to avoid sweating it, but I didn't).

My statement is due today. That's the statement on which my annual fee appears. I already called them and fished for a retention bonus, was flatly denied (and the retention specialist even volunteered that there was no way I'd be getting one even if I called back and tried again later)

Yesterday, I went online to the US Global Entry website and put in my application for renewal. They did charge my card (using my soon-to-be-dead Amex Platinum). Today, I see that charge as pending. I think that the change should go through by EOD today, or Monday (next business day) at the latest.

I'm planning to call in this evening to try one more time for a retention, though I assume I won't get one. I'll then ask to close my account (to beat the annual fee). My next/last statement should close in another couple business days. There are a few minor charges on this statement, so I'm going to get at least one more anyway (maybe two).

Giving the timing of things, I expect that the $100 charge from TSA will appear on my next statement (which closes Monday), but the Amex credit for that may take some additional time. What happens then? The card was open when the charge hit, but will probably be closed when the credit comes. Does Amex then just cancel the credit? If not, what happens to the credit - does my (soon to be) closed account receive the credit, or does it effectively bounce off (and then vanish?)? Does it result in a closed account with a positive balance? I do have another Amex card, so if they need a place to apply the credit, that would be an acceptable option (or I'd gladly take a check).

Worst case, I'm out a hundred bucks. I'll live. (But I'd rather skate with the $100 credit, of course.)

I'm sure I'm not the first person who has tried to slip this in at the 11th hour. Thanks for any insights as to what's likely to happen.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by nwflyboy View Post
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My statement is due today. That's the statement on which my annual fee appears. .... I'll then ask to close my account (to beat the annual fee). My next/last statement should close in another couple business days.....
Do you mean that today is the payment due date for the statement on which the annual fee appeared -or- do you mean you expect the fee to appear on your next statement?
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Old Feb 22, 19, 1:27 pm
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I mean: today is the payment due date for the statement on which the annual fee appeared.

As in, it's 11:59 pm (metaphorically speaking...literally and temporally, I have about 11 and a half hours before the payment is due...in my time zone). So I will be calling in later today (before end of the business day) to close the card.

ETA: Except for the AF, I have already paid off the balance of the charges on the card whose payment due date is today. Assuming the annual fee is removed, there should no outstanding balance on the card for that most recent statement (for which payment is due by EOD today).

There are a few additional charges that will appear on my NEXT statement (including $100 for TSA Precheck from yesterday, currently shows as Pending), but other than the AF, nothing is owed on the statement that's due for payment today.

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Old Feb 22, 19, 1:32 pm
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It makes no difference what time of day you call, pending transactions can still post to nominally closed account.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 2:16 pm
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Originally Posted by nwflyboy View Post
I'm about to close my Amex Platinum personal card - I am not getting much out of the benefits and I can no longer justify that high annual fee. As luck would have it, my membership in Global Entry/TSA Precheck recently expired, so I'm trying to get that renewed (and then get credited for the $100 fee) just as I'm heading for the Amex exit. The timing is beyond "tight" (yes, I should have done this weeks ago to avoid sweating it, but I didn't).

My statement is due today. That's the statement on which my annual fee appears. I already called them and fished for a retention bonus, was flatly denied (and the retention specialist even volunteered that there was no way I'd be getting one even if I called back and tried again later)

Yesterday, I went online to the US Global Entry website and put in my application for renewal. They did charge my card (using my soon-to-be-dead Amex Platinum). Today, I see that charge as pending. I think that the change should go through by EOD today, or Monday (next business day) at the latest.

I'm planning to call in this evening to try one more time for a retention, though I assume I won't get one. I'll then ask to close my account (to beat the annual fee). My next/last statement should close in another couple business days. There are a few minor charges on this statement, so I'm going to get at least one more anyway (maybe two).

Giving the timing of things, I expect that the $100 charge from TSA will appear on my next statement (which closes Monday), but the Amex credit for that may take some additional time. What happens then? The card was open when the charge hit, but will probably be closed when the credit comes. Does Amex then just cancel the credit? If not, what happens to the credit - does my (soon to be) closed account receive the credit, or does it effectively bounce off (and then vanish?)? Does it result in a closed account with a positive balance? I do have another Amex card, so if they need a place to apply the credit, that would be an acceptable option (or I'd gladly take a check).

Worst case, I'm out a hundred bucks. I'll live. (But I'd rather skate with the $100 credit, of course.)

I'm sure I'm not the first person who has tried to slip this in at the 11th hour. Thanks for any insights as to what's likely to happen.
Since you have 30 days to get the AF reimbursed, I would hold off on closing the account. The AF normally posts on your statement date, but the due date (especially for Amex charge cards) is normally less than 30 days (usually about 3 weeks or less) from your statement date. Therefore, even after your statement due date you should have about another week or so to cancel and get your fee reimbursed. Therefore, I would wait on the cancellation and let the credit for the Global Entry fee post early next week and then cancel. This will of course require that you pay the AF today and then wait for the credit after cancellation. If you have other Amex cards, paying the AF and then having a credit on the closed card should not be an issue as you can just reach out to CS via chat and have them move the credit to another one of your cards to cover charges on those cards. Good luck!
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Old Feb 22, 19, 7:06 pm
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Since you have 30 days to get the AF reimbursed, I would hold off on closing the account. The AF normally posts on your statement date, but the due date (especially for Amex charge cards) is normally less than 30 days (usually about 3 weeks or less) from your statement date. Therefore, even after your statement due date you should have about another week or so to cancel and get your fee reimbursed. Therefore, I would wait on the cancellation and let the credit for the Global Entry fee post early next week and then cancel. This will of course require that you pay the AF today and then wait for the credit after cancellation. If you have other Amex cards, paying the AF and then having a credit on the closed card should not be an issue as you can just reach out to CS via chat and have them move the credit to another one of your cards to cover charges on those cards. Good luck!
Thanks. So I went ahead and paid the AF this afternoon. Will watch for the Global Entry fee credit - hopefully that'll hit soon. Any idea how long that typically takes?
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Old Feb 22, 19, 7:52 pm
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Thanks. So I went ahead and paid the AF this afternoon. Will watch for the Global Entry fee credit - hopefully that'll hit soon. Any idea how long that typically takes?
It's been a while since I charged mine, but I remember the credit posting very quickly (a day or two after the charge posted).
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Old Feb 22, 19, 9:26 pm
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It's been a while since I charged mine, but I remember the credit posting very quickly (a day or two after the charge posted).
That's what I'm hoping for, too. Thanks!
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