What to do with my Wells Fargo Platinum card?

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What to do with my Wells Fargo Platinum card?

Postby credit_card_fonz » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:47 am

I tried to ask this before but somehow the heading and question got messed up and I couldn't even come close to getting the answer wanted.

The folks over at Wells Fargo talked me into applying for one of their credit cards and when I asked the question before I was wanting to know if I should bother to apply for it or not, I really don't care what people think of them as a bank. I didn't get the answer I wanted and didn't have time to come back and re-ask the question, so I applied for the card. What they sent me was a plain ol' Platinum card, no rewards.

As bad as people think Capital One is, they have a cash rewards card with 1% back and a 50% annual bonus which is way better than the 0% I'm getting from Wells Fargo. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't 1% back better than 0% back?

So for those of you who know, can I expect it to turn into something better or did I just get another sock drawer card? Just how do you allocate non-rewards cards for use when you have a couple rewards cards? I just can't decide if it's really of any use at all. Should I activate it? Use it? Sock drawer it? Send it back?

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Postby DavidNY » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:53 am

If there's no AF I'd toss it in with the socks and make a small charge once in a while so they don't cancel it.

If you have other cards that you've had longer or if this one has an annual fee, I'd close it.

1.5% cash back isn't bad, though Priceline Visa has 2% cash back on everything.

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Postby credit_card_fonz » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:14 pm

I was just comparing it to what I thought was the worst for cash back. What's even worse, I have a $3,000 CL on one card $2,000 CL on another, then I get approved for this thing with a $500 CL. For being such a big joke, I'm not laughing, I don't understand that part.

I guess I was just hoping that somehow I'd get a surprise offer for a much better card in the future if I used this one. I just got off the phone with my Aunt, she's had a WF Platinum for 12 years, they did give her a CLI to 7.5K but left her with the plain ol' Platinum card and that's her only card.


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Postby DavidNY » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:29 pm

You can't get much worse than 0% rewards.

If you have older cards I don't see a reason to hold on to this one.

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Postby credit_card_fonz » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:13 pm

My bad, it's confirmed. They handed me the app in the bank, I filled it out and handed it back not noticing I filled out the app for the Platinum card. They said I could re-app for either the cash rewards or points rewards. Can't tell if either is really worth it, I don't understand points that well. I noticed you get 3% back on gas, groceries and drug stores for 6 months, then after 6 months, 1% on everything. It's a good deal for 6 months but what do you do after 6 months?

My thing is, credit cards when used properly, are an easy way to build credit and qualify for better things and lower rates in the future. Rewards are the icing on the cake, if nobody offered rewards, I'd still have a couple cards to build credit but wouldn't have much incentive to use them except for convenience and to keep them active. With rewards, might as well take advantage of the best rewards you can.

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Postby rhipsher » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:32 pm

I applied for a Wells Fargo platnum Visa card and recieved it a month ago. They sent me a college cash back card. I'd never heard of one before and thought it was a mistake. I've never been to college in my life. But all the information in the envolope that it came in says "Earn 3% cash back for every dollar spent on groceries,Gas and Drugstore purchases (purchase minus returns/credits), plus 1% for $1 spent in other net purchases, over the next 6 months. Thereafter,earn 1% for every $1 spent in net purchases. I didn't know you had to ask for a card with cash back or rewards. I thought all major credit cards gave you at least something back. Maybe I'm wrong.



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