Getting the Plat upgrade bonus

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Getting the Plat upgrade bonus

Postby creditquestion » Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:03 pm

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?


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Postby m.a.stewart. » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:54 pm

Do not know the exact answers but in my case with Amex I started with blue sky then after a month I decided to apply over the phone for the plat an was instantly approved after some long deep questions. Just give customer service a call and see if you can make the jump to plat, I'm sure the other members on here can satisfy your query but that's just from my experience. Once I got the plat I had my doubts about keeping it but the members on here gave good advice as to the benefits and perks and I'm loving it. I do travel a lot so I'm making the platinum and CSP work for me while out of the US. you will love the plat as well once you get it.
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Postby Moneytalks » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:27 pm

m.a.stewart. wrote:Do not know the exact answers but in my case with Amex I started with blue sky then after a month I decided to apply over the phone for the plat an was instantly approved after some long deep questions. Just give customer service a call and see if you can make the jump to plat, I'm sure the other members on here can satisfy your query but that's just from my experience. Once I got the plat I had my doubts about keeping it but the members on here gave good advice as to the benefits and perks and I'm loving it. I do travel a lot so I'm making the platinum and CSP work for me while out of the US. you will love the plat as well once you get it.


I don't have any proof, but here's my theory: I had the Green card, after the 13 month mark, I got an invite to upgrade to gold, but no bonus. After reading through various forums, most members received an upgrade bonus from gold to platinum. I'm not saying you can't get a bonus from green to platinum, but from what I read, the gold cards get the upgrade bonuses. (I feel like there's a division between the green card and the gold/platinum...)

Bonus answer: Never hurts to ask a rep for a bonus!!
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Postby Robrus1 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:06 pm

I know that you have to wait 30 days after getting your green card to upgrade to another charge card. I do know that you can upgrade from green to platinum, and moving some spending to your CSP will not negatively effect your odds for platinum when you request to upgrade. I think if you want bonus points to upgrade, you'd normally have to wait until they send you an offer to upgrade, but it'd probably be to move to gold, so as far as going from green to platinum, you should probably just call and ask.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:15 pm

But wouldn't the "CARD" act apply here? The Platinum is significantly more expensive (annual fee) than the Green is, so wouldn't they be bound by law to make you wait 13 months after getting a Green to upgrade to a Platinum?

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Postby Robrus1 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:46 pm

I have no idea, but I only had my PRG for 11 or 12 months before I upgraded to Platinum. Maybe to be eligible for the bonus points. If so, I messed up.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:08 pm

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.

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Postby benhollberg » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:10 pm

I have the PRG right now. I have been telling AMEX I want to upgrade to Platinum and they constantly tell me I must wait for 13 months, which for me should be in July. As far as bonuses, I have the personal cards but received a 100,000 bonus point offer for a business Platinum about a month ago. I don't want to pay two AF for a business and personal card so I decided to wait until I can upgrade my personal card.
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Postby Robrus1 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:28 pm

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.


http://creditcardforum.com/american-express/6863-going-give-platinum-go.html

Here's the thread where I applied for Platinum back in late March. I know for a fact it was April 2012 when I signed up for the PRG. So 13 months would mean I wouldn't have been eligible to upgrade until May or maybe June...

I have only called Platinum Concierge twice so far. Once was to set up our Europe trip later this month, and the other was to enroll in the Starwood Preferred Gold program. Both times have been American CS, and both experiences have been much, much better than what I received when I had my PRG. I can confirm that the reps for Platinum are significantly more experienced, they have been able to answer any questions I have immediately and with clarity.
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Postby Robrus1 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:30 pm

benhollberg wrote:I have the PRG right now. I have been telling AMEX I want to upgrade to Platinum and they constantly tell me I must wait for 13 months, which for me should be in July. As far as bonuses, I have the personal cards but received a 100,000 bonus point offer for a business Platinum about a month ago. I don't want to pay two AF for a business and personal card so I decided to wait until I can upgrade my personal card.


Is this to upgrade and be eligible for points bonus, or just to upgrade?
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