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Wells Fargo Platinum 5x at Grocery-Gas-Drugstores(2016 onwards)

Wells Fargo Platinum 5x at Grocery-Gas-Drugstores(2016 onwards)

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This is the thread for 2016. The previous megathread is here.

The current WF cards that earn 5x Go Far Rewards points (WF points) are WF Visa Signature card and WF Rewards card. The 5x introductory period is 6 months, then they earn just 1x WF points. Each card is now capped the 5x at $12,500. (Updated Mar-2019)

Wells Fargo Visa Signature card:
https://www.wellsfargo.com/credit-cards/visa-signature/

Wells Fargo Visa Rewards Card:
https://www.wellsfargo.com/credit-cards/rewards/

Churnable to get repeated 5x rewards?

Not possible
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/22871522-post710.html

How to pay down CL quickly?
Use WF account to pay

Likely to get shut down if...?
- Cycling several times through your CL
- Cause a negative balance
- Have a really high balance
- Calling in and getting caught by human eyes on MS activities.

To check what your 5X/5% window is:
In your account summary page on WF website, go into the CC, and click "show my rewards" on the left side, then click "Visit Wells Fargo Rewards"
From there go to "Earn Rewards" on the top and click "My Offers" and go into the "Promotional Offers-Usage" tab.

To check which transactions get 5X/5% before your statement posts
To check if new transactions are eligible, go to "My Rewards" on the top, click "Activity", and set the start/end dates. You should see a "bonus earning" 4% for anything that's eligible.

What to do when transaction not going through due to FA?
Human @ fraud prevention line is 877-575-0462 (to verify charges if locked out) (Update 3-3-15 - Phone number no longer in service per this post)

Automated response number: 800-446-0664
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Old Jan 20, 16, 2:56 pm
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How do you deal with these fraud holds? I can't buy a pack of gum without them denying the charge EVEN if I call and notify them I am about to make a charge.
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Old Jan 20, 16, 3:33 pm
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How do you deal with these fraud holds? I can't buy a pack of gum without them denying the charge EVEN if I call and notify them I am about to make a charge.
Just plow through it and after enough calls and purchases it becomes very rare, or goes away completely. Takes about a month before it drops off to acceptably rare levels.
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Old Jan 21, 16, 5:59 am
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How do you deal with these fraud holds? I can't buy a pack of gum without them denying the charge EVEN if I call and notify them I am about to make a charge.
That's your problem! Packs of gum are totally suspicious activity.
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Old Jan 21, 16, 8:38 am
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That's your problem! Packs of gum are totally suspicious activity.
Oh totally! Fresh breath is very suspicious.

On a side note.. Every chip transaction I try declines. I called Wells Fargo 10? times over the last three days each time thinking it was their fraud people. Ultimately, I got some lady who was CONVINCED it was the chip reader. Apparently 4 different CVS stores and 3 different Walmarts have defective chip readers that only manifest their issues with a Wells Fargo card. She went as far as telling me to tell the CVS lady to MANUALLY key in my card number. This was after I sat on the phone with her for twenty minutes (yeah, I guess I am the only one in the whole CVS). She then called out the cashier (speaker phone) and told her to get her supervisor to manually key in my card.. She was the store manager.

Finally got the WF supervisor on the phone who is also convinced it is either the card or the reader and not WF who is declining the charges. Getting a new card delivered Friday...

Tested the card this morning with a $2 charge using the swiper and it went right through.

Has anyone had this happen to them?
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Old Jan 21, 16, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by AndrewTheMan View Post
Oh totally! Fresh breath is very suspicious.

On a side note.. Every chip transaction I try declines. I called Wells Fargo 10? times over the last three days each time thinking it was their fraud people. Ultimately, I got some lady who was CONVINCED it was the chip reader. Apparently 4 different CVS stores and 3 different Walmarts have defective chip readers that only manifest their issues with a Wells Fargo card. She went as far as telling me to tell the CVS lady to MANUALLY key in my card number. This was after I sat on the phone with her for twenty minutes (yeah, I guess I am the only one in the whole CVS). She then called out the cashier (speaker phone) and told her to get her supervisor to manually key in my card.. She was the store manager.

Finally got the WF supervisor on the phone who is also convinced it is either the card or the reader and not WF who is declining the charges. Getting a new card delivered Friday...

Tested the card this morning with a $2 charge using the swiper and it went right through.

Has anyone had this happen to them?

Yes. The replacement card wont work either, I have tried 3x already. There is something ....ed up in their chip manufacturing process. It is NOT a fraud issue.
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Old Jan 21, 16, 10:30 am
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Yes. The replacement card wont work either, I have tried 3x already. There is something ....ed up in their chip manufacturing process. It is NOT a fraud issue.
Really? This sucks!! Any way around it?
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Old Jan 22, 16, 7:14 am
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You should be able to make purchases up to "available credit" on this account, correct? and one more thing, you want to make sure your available credit doesn't go negative.

Also, Let's say the CL is 5K, how many times the CL you can make purchases in the given statement period? and still be safe.
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Old Jan 22, 16, 10:09 am
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Originally Posted by nfpa70e View Post
You should be able to make purchases up to "available credit" on this account, correct? and one more thing, you want to make sure your available credit doesn't go negative.

Also, Let's say the CL is 5K, how many times the CL you can make purchases in the given statement period? and still be safe.
once to be safe, that is y its called credit limit
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Old Jan 22, 16, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by wrinkle7 View Post
once to be safe, that is y its called credit limit
Sort of a misleading answer. The credit limit is how much credit can be extended at any one point in time. Obviously you should not (cannot?) exceed that.

The question was how many times can one cycle through that limit (charge and then pay off) per statement period. From my read of several posts, 2-3 times seems to be OK. Sure once is "safe" but so is twice, in my experience. For many, once is not enough.
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Old Jan 22, 16, 10:35 am
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2-3 times seems to be OK.
Will try 2 times for first month and if still alive go up to 3 times.
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Old Jan 22, 16, 10:48 am
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Originally Posted by nfpa70e View Post
You should be able to make purchases up to "available credit" on this account, correct? and one more thing, you want to make sure your available credit doesn't go negative.

Also, Let's say the CL is 5K, how many times the CL you can make purchases in the given statement period? and still be safe.
any amount is safe till it isnt. Once is safe.
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Old Jan 22, 16, 11:53 am
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any amount is safe till it isnt. Once is safe.
^ best answer IMO.

as long as one is not shutdown, they can hammer it away like the rest doing over $100K.....just because they can.

after having this in the past, what worked for me was asking for a CLI when I activated the card and after the rep saw I had a huge balance on my WFC/A, they gave me what I was asking. I cycled up to 5x up to six figures with a lot of challenges that were manageable but nonetheless stressful. If asked if I'll get this card again, I won't.
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Old Jan 22, 16, 1:35 pm
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I cycled up to 5x up to six figures with a lot of challenges that were manageable but nonetheless stressful. If asked if I'll get this card again, I won't.
After the last four months, with 2 more to go, I will definitely be happy to take a 1-2 months break before becoming an AU. Everything runs like clockwork except for the occasional lack of funds to pay CL (MLK day screwed me up bad), and the occasional screwed up funds transfer. For me, it's days of monotonous (but profitable) routine followed by hours of "OH SH** OH SH** OH SH**".

Kinda like the rest of life.
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Old Jan 22, 16, 5:57 pm
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After the last four months, with 2 more to go, I will definitely be happy to take a 1-2 months break before becoming an AU. Everything runs like clockwork except for the occasional lack of funds to pay CL (MLK day screwed me up bad), and the occasional screwed up funds transfer. For me, it's days of monotonous (but profitable) routine followed by hours of "OH SH** OH SH** OH SH**".

Kinda like the rest of life.
One shouldn't trust every message that is put out here, one must go by one's gut. Take everyone's opinion but ultimately you know your situation better, trust your own experience,knowledge, your gut and live with it, after all, you are not losing your skin here. Just in last few months, the liquidation scenario have vastly changed. What worked in the past is not true anymore.
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Old Jan 23, 16, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by nfpa70e View Post
One shouldn't trust every message that is put out here, one must go by one's gut. Take everyone's opinion but ultimately you know your situation better, trust your own experience,knowledge, your gut and live with it, after all, you are not losing your skin here. Just in last few months, the liquidation scenario have vastly changed. What worked in the past is not true anymore.
I agree completely that the limiting concern is liquidation, not the number of cycles through the credit limit.
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