SAS amex card companion ticket

Old Jun 17, 19, 12:18 am
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SAS amex card companion ticket

Friend of mine sitting on 500k miles from Hertz promotion

Hi is based in UK
Is it any way for him to get SAS amex card to use it for star alliance redemption? in this way he could double miles

He want to make booking for his family 2 plus 2....
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Old Jun 17, 19, 1:37 am
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You need to have a Swedish or Norwegian address and be registered in the population register to apply for the card. After you got the card, you can move away. But it is not possible to apply for the card living in UK.
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Old Jun 17, 19, 2:14 am
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Originally Posted by mobilemario View Post
Friend of mine sitting on 500k miles from Hertz promotion

Hi is based in UK
Is it any way for him to get SAS amex card to use it for star alliance redemption? in this way he could double miles

He want to make booking for his family 2 plus 2....
Do he need an AMEX card to transfer the points to EB? As far as I can see on the SK EB page, you can book cars using EB points. That often means you can transfer points from Hertz too, but the transfer conversion is often so stupidly bad that I would never do it.
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Old Jun 17, 19, 3:16 am
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Originally Posted by highupinthesky View Post
Do he need an AMEX card to transfer the points to EB? As far as I can see on the SK EB page, you can book cars using EB points. That often means you can transfer points from Hertz too, but the transfer conversion is often so stupidly bad that I would never do it.
I understood he already has the 500k points in the EuroBonus account? If not, and the points are in the Hertz Program (is there actually one?) I would rather transfer them to BA (assuming that is possible) and use the UK AMEX with 2-4-1

https://www.americanexpress.com/uk/c...n-voucher.html
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Old Jun 17, 19, 3:41 am
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Originally Posted by fassy View Post
You need to have a Swedish or Norwegian address and be registered in the population register to apply for the card. After you got the card, you can move away. But it is not possible to apply for the card living in UK.
And you then still need to spend money. For the setting of two adults and two kids you need the Elite card. To qualify to get the two 2-4-1 vouchers you need to spend 300.000kr plus the fee for the card.
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Old Jun 17, 19, 3:55 am
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Originally Posted by Jainzar View Post
And you then still need to spend money. For the setting of two adults and two kids you need the Elite card. To qualify to get the two 2-4-1 vouchers you need to spend 300.000kr plus the fee for the card.
True, but as AMEX has a reasonable upper credit limit on those cards (300.000 SEK on mine) you can even use them to pay for a car or similar. I put 90% of my everyday spending (including business expenses) on the card and usually end up at the 300k trigger around June/July without trying to hard. I did so even living in Germany, accepting the fees for the return in 2-4-1 travel in F. And as I pay most of my stuff in some forgein currency anyway... well, doesn't make a huge difference. But true enough, you need to take a close look if that makes sense as the fees can sum up dramatically. 4.000 SEK/year plus 8970 SEK for foreign transaction fees (300.000 SEK * 0,0299), so each voucher costs you ~6.500 SEK.

Another important factor: You might say, 4.000 SEK a year is not too bad as the insurance included in the card is kind of handy.... well, they will not help you if you are not registered to live within SE or NO. HAd that dance when my laptop was stolen on a trip and I was registered in Germany. They told me: "No! You need to be registered Swedish resident for the insurance to cover that". A year later after being back in Sweden, all claims have been dealt with swiftly and without any questions.
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Old Jun 17, 19, 7:08 am
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He have already 500k in SAS account

He just read about cards and see what it can be handy question is is it possible to rent a room I no/se for month register to live and apply for card and "move" back to UK
And keep the card....


Or is it easier way.....
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Old Jun 17, 19, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by mobilemario View Post
is is it possible to rent a room I no/se for month register to live and apply for card and "move" back to UK
And keep the card...
That would be possible... in theory. But it won’t be easy. Just having a Swedish address is not good enough. You need a ‘personnummer’ which you get by getting registered in the population register. Without the personnummer you cannot open a bank account or get a credit card.

To get the personnummer you need to prove the tax authority you have work in Sweden or can afford your life here without aid. The second might work if you have work in UK but that will be hard. Skatteverket is a really mean agency!

And then, last but not least, you need to have a credit history to get the card approved by the AMEX risk management department. This means you have to have filed at least one full year tax return with enough income in Sweden.

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Old Jun 17, 19, 12:42 pm
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There would be a need to have a bank account in Sweden as well to pay from. Or?

Though once getting all of the other requirements lined up that is the smaller hurdle. But if there is no income in Sweden, there is a need to make an international transfer to the account. As long as the UK remains in the EU, no biggie, once UK leaves fees may be back OK that.
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Old Jun 17, 19, 1:43 pm
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There would be a need to have a bank account in Sweden as well to pay from. Or?
Yes, but that is not a problem as soon as you got a personnummer. Without that... it is possible, but difficult and most banks are not very well setup for that. At least not in the consumer space.

for the Credit Card, no way without personnummer.
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Old Jun 24, 19, 2:10 am
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And then, last but not least, you need to have a credit history to get the card approved by the AMEX risk management department. This means you have to have filed at least one full year tax return with enough income in Sweden.
A reputable history with AMEX is enough. Just ask for your case to be evaluated beyond the first line socialists. This also works in other countries, i.e. if you just moved to the US but have had an AMEX for years in another country, they'll happily provide one regardless of your credit status.

Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer View Post
There would be a need to have a bank account in Sweden as well to pay from. Or?
I have no problem paying it from abroad with an IBAN transfer.
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Old Jun 24, 19, 2:46 am
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Originally Posted by FlyingMoose View Post
A reputable history with AMEX is enough. Just ask for your case to be evaluated beyond the first line socialists. This also works in other countries, i.e. if you just moved to the US but have had an AMEX for years in another country, they'll happily provide one regardless of your credit status
Indeed and the actual procedure is much easier than it used to be (back in the days, there was an ad-hoc process/service called/handled by ‘Global Transfer’, where a dedicated account manager would get in touch and collate all the relevant details e.g. proof of address/income etc.). These days, all one needs doing is to apply in exactly the same way as if you would be requesting a new card and tick the box where you’re asked whether you are currently a cardmember (the card number is needed as well, needless to say). After that, you will just get the card sent to your home address without any confirmation from Amex. Note also that your current card will not be cancelled automatically (in a nutshell, you can keep it).

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