Old Jan 8, 14, 2:22 pm
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Bonus category spending is now capped at $50k per year for new accounts. For now, this does not apply to existing cardholders, although Amex may continue to close accounts for excessive spend in bonus categories. This card is less viable as an MS instrument. Consider factors that may have led to these closures when sharing personal experiences.

Oct 22, 2014 onwards: Many people getting cancellation email from Amex. As of Dec 13, 2014, shutdown reports continue. Shutdowns appear to be triggered by spending on the card or upon statement closure, but not always

Some who have been shutdown are reporting back that AMEX is declining new non-OBC card applications due to "unsatisfactory relationship". (However, see here for an example where reconsideration was successful.) It is unclear at this time the length/extent of this Adverse Action/Ban.

Others have succeeded in getting new cards, including new OBCs, but consider your relationship with Amex and how much you value that and this card when deciding how to use it.

There might be some impact with other issuers. If AMEX sends you a cancellation it goes on your record as a cancellation by AMEX, not a cancellation by cardholder. While FICO score does not distinguish between closed by issuer and closed by cardholder, on manual review it may raise questions. However, issuers close cards for benign reasons as well (such as non-use) so unless several cards have been closed it probably won't cause a rejection by itself.

So, if you still feel it is worth it:
Application Link: Copy & paste the following link into a incognito window in Chrome or InPrivate Browsing in IE, Private Session in Firefox. There have been reports of people who got the card in the last couple of months getting shut down because of the rush to spend the initial $6,500.

Do NOT post "Link isn't working" until you have tried it incognito/private browsing and it fails there.

Code:
https://www304.americanexpress.com/credit-card/blue-cash/25330


Up to 5% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. gas stations & select U.S. drugstores (Everyday Purchases). Up to 1% Cash Back on other purchases. For your first $6,500 spend in a reward year, you will earn 1% on Everyday Purchases (5% after 6500), and 0.5% on other purchases (then 1%).

0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months.

Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents. Additional terms and restrictions apply. (Presume these T&Cs are standard and that all credit cards state this)

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First '$6,500' is spend on all purchases.

'Reward year' is the 12 billing periods in a row beginning with the one in which the anniversary of your Card Account occurs.

'everyday purchases' refers to U.S. supermarkets, U.S. gas stations & select U.S. drugstores, not all purchases.

* Read the fine print for 'gas' purchases! Right from AMEX T&C's:
...Everyday Purchases are: ... $400 or less of gasoline at gas stations located in the U.S. (superstores, supermarkets and warehouse clubs that sell gasoline are not considered gas stations)... A >$400 purchase at a gas station will get 5% for the first $400 and 1% thereafter. E.g., for something, say, $503.95, you would earn $21.04 CB [($400*5%)+(103.95*1%)].

5% kicks in immediately after hitting $6500.(mid-statement). In fact, it will even kick in mid-purchase and a portion of the purchase will credit at the higher rate.

* Reward dollars for the previous statement period show up a day or two after the current statement period closes.

* Most cash back redemptions will be applied to your statement within 23 days.

* Helpful post regarding moving CL between cards. Thanks lad2

* How to Visually Distinguish the Three Types of Blue Cash Cards:
Blue Cash (old) has a "<" character to the left of the word CASH
Blue Cash Everyday has a circle to the right of the word CASH, with the "Everyday" wording at the back.
Blue Cash Preferred has the word PREFERRED printed vertically on the extreme left side.

If you get the error message "You cannot be logged in. Please contact the number on the back of your card." when trying to redeem Reward Dollars online, it may be because you have too many closed accounts still showing in your scrolling images of cards. Delete the closed ones, then try to redeem again.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Corridor!
For those that applied and received the pending message. How long did it take before you received the approval email?

TIA
Go here.

https://www262.americanexpress.com/eaol/welcome.do

Check the status. If pending, call them at the number on that page. Thats what I did, they did some checks on the phone and approved me.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:40 pm
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Christmas has just arrived a little late this year.

Applied and instant approval!

No idea what amount of credit line but I can deal with that later.

THANK YOU OP!!
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by rampartmovie
Thank you. Is there a way I can know if my card is eligible? Just calling the general customer care and asking them?
Yes. Call the number on the back of your card.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:43 pm
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The $6,500 minimum spend is per "reward year." Anyone know how a reward year is defined, is it the same as a calendar year?


Edit: Just downloaded the agreement, a "reward year" is defined as 12 consecutive billing cycles following with your card anniversary date or month. Also, the agreement explicitly states that prepaid and reloadable cards are excluded from the rewards. We know that's not the case based on reports in this thread, but if this takes off, they already have an out without even changing the T&Cs.

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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Zamboni Driver
The $6,500 minimum spend is per "reward year." Anyone know how a reward year is defined, is it the same as a calendar year?
Look like it's "rolling annual".

For your first $6,500 of eligible purchases in the 12 billing periods in a row beginning with the one in which the anniversary of your Card Account occurs (reward year), you will receive a reward of 1% on Everyday Purchases and a reward of 0.5% on all other eligible purchases. For each dollar of eligible purchases in excess of $6,500 in that same reward year, you will receive a reward of 5% on Everyday Purchases and a reward of 1% on other purchases.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:48 pm
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This is going to be all over the blogs tomorrow.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:49 pm
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is the deal dead? Here's what I got on two separate browsers:

Sorry, We can't find that page.
Try these links to find what you are looking for.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:50 pm
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Just tried to PC from Amex Blue but nogo. Even raised it up to supervisor and he said it was not an option for them for my current product.

Looks like I will have to apply for it seperately. I recently did an AppOrama in late November for 6 cards, 1 being Amex. Whats likelihood of approval? All scores above 750 with about 13 inquiries on exp. I know its a small chance but I may just go for it. Maybe i'll have a better chance in the new years if its still around..
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:50 pm
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Originally Posted by cashback
This is going to be all over the blogs tomorrow.
I doubt it, unless there is a referral credit incentive.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:50 pm
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I think they just removed it.. getting the same message
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by cashback
Go here.

https://www262.americanexpress.com/eaol/welcome.do

Check the status. If pending, call them at the number on that page. Thats what I did, they did some checks on the phone and approved me.
I checked and it says in progress. I called the number and they said everything is in order on the application but further details were needed and it has been sent to the Executive desk. Now I play the waiting game!
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Old Dec 30, 13, 3:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Justtony
I think they just removed it.. getting the same message
It's still there. I just checked but did it in Private mode via IE.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 4:36 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdrX4We69IA

BC = my van halen t-shirt
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Old Dec 30, 13, 4:57 pm
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OK. A data point - I have a AMEX BCE. And I have had it for less than an year. It will be an year on Feb 2014. Called customer rep and asked for convert BCE into this BC. And they said all account less than year will not be eligible for this convert. I went ahead and applied and got approved. Also as per the rep, Amex will have this card as long as they can. I think we all can relax that this will be gone in a few hours. It is here to stay as per the rep.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by carsonheim
is the deal dead? Here's what I got on two separate browsers:

Sorry, We can't find that page.
Try these links to find what you are looking for.
Try google chrome incognito.
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