Amex PRG 15k Points Bonus Getting Nerfed

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Postby Omarperez48 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:23 pm

Naa Laa wrote:Try calling in and you might be grandfathered for 2015 to earn extra 15K points on $30K spending.

WOW!! You can actually do this? This is the only reason why I got this card for the $30k bonus. Well I appreciate this new info.

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Postby Naa Laa » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:20 pm

Omarperez48 wrote:WOW!! You can actually do this? This is the only reason why I got this card for the $30k bonus. Well I appreciate this new info.

YMMV.. Let us know the outcome :)

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Postby rockyrock » Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:47 am

This is just another example of an Amex push to get more members to use the more lucrative revolvers they offer. Soon, the only perk of holding a Platinum or PRG/Gold card will be (perceived) prestige. They have effectively eliminated the one card solution they used to push. Now to maximize your point/mile/CB you need two or three cards.
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Postby otter » Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:46 am

Per Amex’s release: “We are eliminating this because the majority of Premier Rewards Gold Card Members did not meet the annual spending threshold of $30,000 and did not get the point bonus. Instead, we are evaluating other benefits and services that we believe may provide value to more of our Premier Rewards Gold Card Members.”

What Amex is really thinking: Damn! We didn't expect that many people to actually meet the 30k threshold... we just figured we'd have a bunch of people who ended up spending 28 or 29 thousand, but I guess people aren't as stupid as we think and make sure they get that 30k spend if they get close! Now we're over budget in that category. Let's randomly FR a bunch of people who made the spend(they're probably ms-ing anway) so we can get the rumor mill going on forums all over the internet! Oh, and let's create some useless benefit which sounds good, but which no one really needs or will use.
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Postby popamode72 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:56 am

Amex is being really sneaky there. :/
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Postby Vattené » Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:33 am

Totally agree, otter. If they REALLY were reevaluating benefits for the sake of their cardholders, they would announce what they're adding at the same time to lessen the blow. Clearly they've done enough "evaluating" to know they can't afford to keep handing out all these sizeable bonuses.
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