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Just under the wire, my wife scores 125K in one day

125K in one day

Currently, Amex is offering 75,000 Membership Rewards points for $3K spend with their Mercedes-Benz branded platinum card.  That’s the highest offer I’ve ever seen for that card.  Even better, Amex briefly offered 100K points after $3K spend for their regular unbranded Platinum card.  Unfortunately, that offer disappeared at around 10:30 ET yesterday morning. Both cards have very high annual fees ($450 and $475, respectively) that are not waived the first year, but they come with…

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Mercedes-Benz Platinum card 75,000 point offer

Valid through: 6/22/2016 American Express offers many different versions of their Platinum cards.  They have their Business Platinum card, their consumer Platinum card, and a number of co-branded versions of the personal Platinum card.  Significantly, each of these is treated as a separate product.  So, if you’ve had a Platinum card before, you can still get the bonus on a new one as long as you haven’t had that particular Platinum card before. Now, for…

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Amex allowing more than 4 credit cards (sometimes)

Amex more than 4 credit cards

For several years now, Amex wouldn’t allow people to have more than 4 credit cards.  Extra charge cards were fine, but if you applied for an Amex credit card  and already had 4 open credit cards (business plus personal combined), they wouldn’t approve the new card unless you cancelled an old one.  In just the past couple of days, I’ve heard from a few readers who have been approved for a fifth credit card.  Here…

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Amex lowers the boom on Bluebird and Serve again

Bluebird and Serve accounts frozen

Exactly 9 weeks ago, Amex lowered the boom on many Bluebird and Serve cardholders. While they didn’t outright shut down accounts, they did bar them from loading new funds.  Most people with frozen accounts had been using the cards to indirectly increase credit card spend.  The basic process involved buying Visa or MasterCard gift cards with credit cards and then using those gift cards as debit cards in-store to reload Bluebird or Serve.  Then, the…

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8 ways to get the best targeted Amex signup bonus offers

Amex signup bonus offers

An easy way to find the best Amex signup bonus offers is to visit Frequent Miler’s Best Offers page.  But, that page focuses on the best publicly available offers.  This post details a number of ways to get targeted offers that may be even better.  American Express doesn’t offer signup bonuses to those who have had the particular card before, so it is especially important with Amex to signup only for the very best offers.…

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