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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, 4:59 pm
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It seems many people have forgotten the rule of not to call...
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by rampartmovie
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.
It has been around since at least 2007, I don't see why they would discontinue it now.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by DavidAL
It seems many people have forgotten the rule of not to call...
And what exactly happens when we call. Is there anything bad that can happen? I mean they have a chat link dedicated to help people apply for this card. I think this is a legit offer that Amex has floated and will last till they choose too.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:07 pm
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Did you guys create a new login for this card again? I got an email and then when I login its still asking me to create a new username and password..Anyone experiencing this?
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:10 pm
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Originally Posted by rampartmovie
Did you guys create a new login for this card again? I got an email and then when I login its still asking me to create a new username and password..Anyone experiencing this?
Did you read the thread? Come on man...
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:10 pm
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Smile

Approved. Thanks OP
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:34 pm
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Has anyone done multiple upgrades/downgrades with amex sucessfully .I wanted to see if i can go from BCP to BCE to BC but the CSR was confused and said he is 100% sure that it will not allow multiple downgrades else it would have allowed going from BCP to BC to begin with

Anyone confirm they tried to do this and were approved
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:34 pm
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Originally Posted by rampartmovie
Try google chrome incognito.
worked. Thanks!
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:34 pm
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Originally Posted by LoneTree
Been using this for three months now. I thought it was grandfathered users only. Now it'll probably get shut down.
been using this for YEARS now. I thought it was grandfathered users only. Now it'll probably get shut down
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:35 pm
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Application is pending review. (I currently have 5 AmEx cards.... how many is too many?)
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:41 pm
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Originally Posted by apuraja
been using this for YEARS now. I thought it was grandfathered users only. Now it'll probably get shut down
Hmm. Hope it doesn't happen for you and me both man.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:43 pm
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Originally Posted by apuraja
been using this for YEARS now. I thought it was grandfathered users only. Now it'll probably get shut down
Well, I've had it for almost a decade. Only been hitting it hard for months.

Originally Posted by cashback
It has been around since at least 2007, I don't see why they would discontinue it now.
Opened mine in 2005. First Amex card I had back when I was a student.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 5:54 pm
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Originally Posted by LoneTree

Opened mine in 2005. First Amex card I had back when I was a student.
It was my first card as well in 2007. I was tricked into "upgrading" to the BCE.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 6:22 pm
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I got my first blue student card back in 90s. Then, there was an Offer For You deal I could not pass up years ago. When I called, they said it was for Blue Cash card only. So, I asked to switch to it. Used it sporadically thinking, there's no freakin' way I can use $6500 to reach threshold and earn 5%. Didn't even realize what I was holding until last year. MS has opened my eyes.

Am worried about "shutdown" everyone's speculating. That'd be tragic.
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Old Dec 30, 13, 6:25 pm
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I tried to convert my old MR AMEX Blue into BC but the rep only offered PC to BCE or BCP. I pushed hard for him to check all options, but he said that only those two would populate in the system
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