AMEX wants to upgrade me - should I spring for it?

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JNK
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AMEX wants to upgrade me - should I spring for it?

Postby JNK » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:28 am

So my first AMEX card - the Blue from American Express - has in recent times become eligible for a variety of upgrades including the Blue Cash Preferred and Blue Cash Everyday.

Depending on the terms of the potential upgrade - whether I get to keep my current APR and whether or not I need a hard pull versus a soft pull (the rep told me that I shouldn't need a hard pull but told me to check with AMEX's credit bureau anyways to be sure) - I may or may not spring for it.

Any suggestions and reasons for a yay or nay?

Thanks in advance!
Personal Collection:

AMEX: Everyday (MR), Macy's (cobranded)
MASTER: Citibank Dividend Platinum Select (non-World version)
VISA: Chase Amazon Signature, Chase (bank issued)
GE: Care Credit (medical expenses), Macy's (store), JCP (store)


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AMEX: Costco True Earnings
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VISA: Chase Ink Cash


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Postby 4Runner » Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:04 am

The first think is: do you want to go for the upgrade?

If so, then, what are you looking for as an upgrade, any particular benefit? any particular service?

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Postby ooxs » Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:33 pm

4Runnder is on point, it will be a soft pull but the above two concerns should be your determining factors.

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Postby CC Deville » Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:12 pm

It is an upgrade that they are offering you; so they pretty much used your updated scores that they get monthly to determine the upgrade. The main thing to remember is that Blue Cash Preferred has a $75 annual fee. This pays for itself if you are a chronic grocery store shopper spending several hundreds a month. If you do not shop enough in the catagories that earn the most cash back then I would go with BC Everyday instead.
I get the same Pre Approved offers on my Blue...Blue Cash Preferred and Blue Sky Preferred. I used to be Pre Approved for all the charge cards too, but every time I log in now, only the upgrades are offered to me.

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Postby zapper_89 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:13 pm

CC Deville wrote:It is an upgrade that they are offering you; so they pretty much used your updated scores that they get monthly to determine the upgrade. The main thing to remember is that Blue Cash Preferred has a $75 annual fee. This pays for itself if you are a chronic grocery store shopper spending several hundreds a month. If you do not shop enough in the catagories that earn the most cash back then I would go with BC Everyday instead.
I get the same Pre Approved offers on my Blue...Blue Cash Preferred and Blue Sky Preferred. I used to be Pre Approved for all the charge cards too, but every time I log in now, only the upgrades are offered to me.


Just remember, groceries from Walmart or Sam's Club are not eligible for any cash back points. I buy most of my items in bulk from the warehouses so the Preferred does not make sense for me. It all depends on your budget.

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Postby JNK » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:41 pm

Thanks everyone for your input! :D

Maybe the better question at this point is: If I don't need a hard pull for the upgrade and if I am allowed to keep my awesome APR... why -wouldn't- I simply upgrade for the heck of it?

And yes, I would go the 'Everyday' avenue rather than 'Preferred'.
Personal Collection:

AMEX: Everyday (MR), Macy's (cobranded)
MASTER: Citibank Dividend Platinum Select (non-World version)
VISA: Chase Amazon Signature, Chase (bank issued)
GE: Care Credit (medical expenses), Macy's (store), JCP (store)


Business Collection:

AMEX: Costco True Earnings
MASTER: None
VISA: Chase Ink Cash

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Postby 4Runner » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:02 am

I'm going to keep it simple, do you want to go for the upgrade? If so, what are you waiting.

If you are not sure or have second thoughts, leave it pass.

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Postby Pete838 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:06 am

Hard vs. soft inquiry is the last of my concerns when determining if I want to apply for a credit product. The first should be "Do I need it?," or "Does this card benefit me more than the one I'm upgrading from?"

Unless you are dropping applications all over the place the inquiry won't be a problem. Inquiries become a problem when you have several per year because the ratings agencies see you as a 'credit seeker'. One every few months won't hurt a thing.
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Postby CC Deville » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:05 pm

JNK wrote:Thanks everyone for your input! :D

Maybe the better question at this point is: If I don't need a hard pull for the upgrade and if I am allowed to keep my awesome APR... why -wouldn't- I simply upgrade for the heck of it?

And yes, I would go the 'Everyday' avenue rather than 'Preferred'.


Yep, on my pre-approvals they say my APR (9.24%) and credit line would stay the same. Which is pretty cool since a new applicant would get a higher APR. But as for me, I am allergic to annual fees......



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