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No More Repeat Bonuses: Amex Limiting UK Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

No More Repeat Bonuses: Amex Limiting UK Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

Old Jan 23, 18, 11:54 am
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No More Repeat Bonuses: Amex Limiting UK Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

Saw this over on GodSaveThePoints and it ruined my day, I am just about finished with my AMEX Gold Preferred card, and was about to apply for the BA Amex again... This is very disappointing news if true!

No More Repeat Bonuses: Amex Limiting UK Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses... - God Save The Points

Thought many people on here would be interested in this, as Avios earning just got much harder... Again.

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Old Jan 23, 18, 11:58 am
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How unsurprising. A handful of people are eating goose tonight.

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Old Jan 23, 18, 12:02 pm
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Unsurprising, yes, but sad all the same... I'm a real newbie to this game, so I only got to take advantage of two sign up bonuses so far
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Old Jan 23, 18, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Pearcey606 View Post
....so I only got to take advantage of two sign up bonuses so far
Therein lies the problem.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 12:17 pm
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Well, yes and because of this loophole it was inevitably going to happen.
However, AMEX have known about this for years and have just now decided to do something about it.

Anyway, I'm marginally miffed at the timing, but just thought I should put it up here so at least people are aware.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 12:36 pm
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Well that's pants
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Old Jan 23, 18, 12:40 pm
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Also reported / discussed on our own Raffles web site.

https://www.headforpoints.com/2018/0...term-spending/
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:02 pm
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Amex churning....RIP
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:41 pm
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SO is this actually confirmed or still just speculation ?


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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Pearcey606 View Post
Avios earning just got much harder... Again.
Oh I don't know; you could maybe try taking a paid flight or something?

Anyway, good to see another of these dodgy abuses curtailed.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 1:50 pm
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I wonder why Amex decided to do that?

As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

I have zero sympathy for card-churners, I'm afraid. Extracting the urine had to end one day.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:00 pm
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Not being an expert on these things, my first thought is to wonder if this is related to the new regulation barring credit-card fees that people seemed to be so excited about a few weeks ago. I believe Amex is not directly affected by that. But if that regulation is changing the economics of card offers for MC and Visa issuers, making them less likely to offer their own generous sign-up bonuses, miles-earning opportunities or so on, Amex can't help but notice that perhaps it doesn't need to be quite so generous with sign-up bonuses to keep up. Certainly this rather increases the value of the 2-4-1 (and the PP card with the annual fee, more generous earn, and lower threshold for the 2-4-1), doesn't it? If you can't get the generous sign-up bonuses to inflate the Avios balance, you might as well aim to get the voucher to reduce the number of Avios you need for a given trip.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:14 pm
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Not being an expert on these things, my first thought is to wonder if this is related to the new regulation barring credit-card fees that people seemed to be so excited about a few weeks ago. I believe Amex is not directly affected by that.
Any co-branded card is affected by the new rules and interchange fee cap: the BA cards, SPG card, etc. Only the Amex branded cards (Plat, Gold, etc) escape this.

On the broader thread, I can only see the Amex application and referral pages showing the old 6 month rule. The rules may be changing but if I applied today I would fully expect the bonus under the old rule.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:36 pm
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I wonder why Amex decided to do that?

As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

I have zero sympathy for card-churners, I'm afraid. Extracting the urine had to end one day.
I have to agree with you. I have read about serial churners taking out a number of cards, in particular the platinum cards for the huge bonus and hotel status that comes with them then ditching the card soon after the qualifying spend has been achieved. This clearly saves the vast majority of the £450 annual fee whilst the hotel status remains in place. I have no sympathy and it’s probably down to the “abusers of the system” that the policy is likely to change.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by mike&co View Post


I have to agree with you. I have read about serial churners taking out a number of cards, in particular the platinum cards for the huge bonus and hotel status that comes with them then ditching the card soon after the qualifying spend has been achieved. This clearly saves the vast majority of the £450 annual fee whilst the hotel status remains in place. I have no sympathy and itís probably down to the ďabusers of the systemĒ that the policy is likely to change.
This forum is full of advice to game airline pricing, yet Amex gaming is abuse?
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