Annual fee for unused credit cards? Not always this dumb

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Annual fee for unused credit cards? Not always this dumb

Postby jimpghpa » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:22 am

I am a smart consumer but made a dumb mistake. Signed up for american express card a year ago and forgot all about it. Never used the card. Never got any correspondence from AE until last month got an email statement for $0. Replied to email stating please close this account. Now this month just got an email statement for $175 which I assume is an annual fee. Stupid me I should have called and cancelled card. Any suggestions? Think I can get out of paying this? Thanks for any advice!!!!!!!!!

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Postby jeffysdad » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:05 pm

Check for a record of the email that you sent them on the Amex website in the communications area or in your sent folder of your email account. You should definitely complain like hell until they rescind the fee and close the account. Tell them you'll file a complaint with the BBB, the FTC and the Atty General's office in your state. Make it clear that you will give them far more grief than $175 would ever be worth. You were careless and lazy to let this happen, but that's what they were counting on, especially since they don't alert you that they'll be charging you the fee.
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
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Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).

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Postby Money card » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:52 pm

you applied for the Gold rewards card that has an annual fee of 175$
Did you call up and activate your card? If you did I believe you have to pay. But if you didn't call them up and tell them what happened and see if you have to pay you might not have to.

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Postby Pete838 » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:35 am

I believe they give you 30 days after the renewal fee hits to cancel with refund. Call them and ask. They may offer to waive the fee to keep it open in hopes you will use it in the coming year.
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