Getting the Plat upgrade bonus

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Postby rockyrock » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:28 am

creditquestion wrote:So I recently upgrade to a green card. I don't intend to ever have a gold card. Will I only be offered an upgrade bonus for getting a gold, or could I potentially get it for the Plat?

Also, how long should I expect to have to wait before getting the bonus? I just got a CSP and have started putting most of my travel stuff on there, but I'm worried that taking that off of Amex will hurt my chances of getting Plat or at least getting a bonus.

Bonus question: I'm travelling soon and considering trying to upgrade before that. Should I ask if I can get some sort of a bonus when I do that over the phone?


My memory is a little fuzzy of exactly how it went down but I do recall getting a 50k bonus for going from Green to Platinum. I also was able to have my Green AF credited as I had just paid it a few months earlier. If I recall, the bonus posted to my acct before my card showed up in the mail.

I think that’s the real reason they like you to wait 13 months, most folks probably don’t ask for an AF refund…

To answer your question about traveling, the only value I (personally) get out of my Plat these days is travel related so if you have a trip lined up best to pull the trigger now.
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Postby m.a.stewart. » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:08 am

MemberSince99 wrote:Interesting. Was that recent?

I really can't justify the expense of the Plat or I'd do it. I saw there was an "upgrade" button on my Gold card, but with the BCP the PRG wouldn't help me, and I can't use the benefits of the Plat, so the only reason to upgrade would be just to have a platinum. Great card, it just doesn't really fit my life. So it would be just paying to carry the Platinum. UNLESS - when you call Customer Service do you get Americans, or is that offshore on that card too? That alone could be worth it.



Platinum is the way to go. It's surely filling my needs out of the country, I travel 6 times a year to panama. So I use it all the time, and use the perks when I stay at resorts on some weekends. Allready got the $200 travel reimbursement so this offset the annual fee a bit. PRG is for the points, Plat is more for the traveling perks. All in all if your not going to be traveling or spending as much each month and have the income to back your cards then you should not have these cards, they would be useless to you.

It's like some of the member have told me in this group, if you have to think on it an justify the annual fee too much then you probably should not have these charge cards.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:15 am

m.a.stewart. wrote:Platinum is the way to go. It's surely filling my needs out of the country, I travel 6 times a year to panama. So I use it all the time, and use the perks when I stay at resorts on some weekends. Allready got the $200 travel reimbursement so this offset the annual fee a bit. PRG is for the points, Plat is more for the traveling perks. All in all if your not going to be traveling or spending as much each month and have the income to back your cards then you should not have these cards, they would be useless to you.

It's like some of the member have told me in this group, if you have to think on it an justify the annual fee too much then you probably should not have these charge cards.


I would say that's some good advice. Personally I can't justify the fee based on the perks of the card. I simply don't fly and don't much want to anymore. I do plan to travel but within the US, driving. Can't say I'll never fly but it's truly not an interest anymore. So for me the CSP is probably a better card for my needs, though man the Platinum is surely one great card. I just like your advice, and in this case I'd obey the pug :)

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Postby m.a.stewart. » Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:12 pm

MemberSince99 wrote: obey the pug :)


Lol always obey the pug. Big brother is watching. ;)

But I'm simply taking the advice from what other forum member have advised me on here. And I'm going to take full advantage of this card and make it work for me. I do have a good income so I'm not worried about the fee or spending since I do spend a couple grand a month anyways, specially now that I'm a home owner so I've been buying a lot of furniture etc with this card, but good income or not, if your not going to use the plat for what it's meant for then no sense in paying the annual feel unless you really just want it to flash around since it's a step down from centurion. I also have the CSP and racked up enough points for a full international round trip, so I'm going to transfer the points over to partner airlines rather than redeeming for cash since I'll get a little more bang for the points converting to miles than cash. ( did my homework ;) ). I would say the only cards you really need is Amex plat and CSP for your traveling needs. As mentioned before on other post I have a blue sky (no annual fee) which was my first card with Amex, Did the credit line increase with it so I'll mainly use that stateside for online shopping when I'm back at work to keep it active. but I see you do have some good cards in your line up, one being your gold rewards and blue cash for cash back and points. Make those your powerhouse cards and your set.

Just my simple input ;)
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Postby Robrus1 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:19 pm

rockyrock wrote:I've never seen this option, of course I've never inquired.

Right now my wife is an AU on my Hawaiian Visa, making her an AU on my Plat would be a waste so I was planning to switch her to my SPG Amex, but if I can get her a PRG… 90% of her spending is gas/groceries so 2x would be nice.

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It won't be a PRG, I tried to make that happen, but it'll just be a regular Gold card tied to your Platinum account. That Gold card will not have foreign transaction fees though, which is nice.
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Postby rockyrock » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:27 am

Robrus1 wrote:It won't be a PRG, I tried to make that happen, but it'll just be a regular Gold card tied to your Platinum account. That Gold card will not have foreign transaction fees though, which is nice.


I suspected as much, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is :-)

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Postby Scoobynoodles » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:32 pm

MemberSince99 wrote:I would say that's some good advice. Personally I can't justify the fee based on the perks of the card. I simply don't fly and don't much want to anymore. I do plan to travel but within the US, driving. Can't say I'll never fly but it's truly not an interest anymore. So for me the CSP is probably a better card for my needs, though man the Platinum is surely one great card. I just like your advice, and in this case I'd obey the pug :)


Being that you just got PRG and aren't that much into flying, this is the perfect Amex card for you. Rack up on the points, take advantage of the benefits and promotions they have every now and then. Give yourself a year or so and if Amex starts emailing you "Platinum Upgrade" offers, then take a bite if you'd like.

I had PRG for about a year - it actually sat in the envelope it came in as I never took it out, silly me didn't take advantage of the promo year - and then after actually using the card, building my history with them, they bombarded me with upgrade offers. To my demise, I finally upgraded but not using the link from the promotion, in advance nullifying my bonus upgrade chance. Yeah...I kicked myself for that one =/
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Postby Jacksnow » Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:28 pm

In my case, I missed on the offer but I was able to jump from the Zync to the Platinum without any hassle (back when they cancelled the zync) which was worth it to me.



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