Once you start doing miles and points, junk mail all of a sudden doesn’t seem to be junky any more! There’s lots of times where you might get an offer for increased spending on your card, or perhaps a credit card signup offer that is not available to the general public. I always sign up to receive mail from banks and credit card companies for this very reason!
The other day I got a possibly intriguing offer from American Express
An increased signup bonus on the American Express Delta Skymiles card. While the bonus has gone to 50,000 before, the current best offers that I’ve seen are for only 30,000 Skymiles (plus $50 statement credit)
The catch? Always in the fine print
The fine print said that this bonus was not available to people who had or had previously had this card. I was pretty sure I had signed up for it previously, but I figured I’d call in to check. After all, why would they mail me the offer if I wasn’t eligible?
I called in, explained the situation, and after a brief hold, the agent came back and told me that I had previously had the card…. in 1999! I definitely don’t remember having a Skymiles card back then, but that was a long time ago and 40 year olds aren’t expected to remember that far back 🙂
So, it looks like I am not eligible for this signup bonus, and although the agent tried to sell me on the Delta Platinum card, I demurred – I’ll have to think of something else!
Ever gotten an Amex signup bonus on a card you had previously had?
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I applied for this card with the 30k bonus and got the same promo in the mail 3 weeks later. I called them and asked if I could have the 50k instead. They said no at first but after asking to speak with someone of higher authority I spoke with a very nice lady who seemed very happy to make my day and give me the 50K plus $50 statement credit. Yay!
This happens all the time to me. It’s become junk mail again for me.
No bonus unless new: I applied for this 50K DL offer, completed the minimum spend and did NOT receive the signup bonus again. HOWEVER, many of us are receiving offers in the mail for the Premier Rewards Gold card and ARE receiving the signup bonus again. If you get that offer (or something similar) AND there is no language which mentions excluding former cardholders then by all means apply.
My wife got the 60K for $1000 offer in the mail . Auto approved , just too easy !
I thought 1 per product was more of 1 per 7 yrs per product…is this not the case any more?
American Express (Amexp) really screwed up since 2015. I received an invitation letter to apply for a premier gold card and the benefit was 50,000 membership rewards points after spending $1000 within 3 months. After I spent $1000 in the first month, Amexp changed the offer to 25,000 reward points when I spend $2500.
When I called and wrote to Amexp customer service about the original offer, they said they did not have the record of sending invitation letter to me.
I lost my faith to AmExp. I started cancel AmExp credit cards and decided NOT to do business with them.
My offer went from 30,00 to 50,000 and now 60,000; thanx for having me read the fine print: Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product. so why do we get the offers if we can’t use them LOL
That’s what I”m talking about! I mean if they can figure out that we’re not eligible, why do they send it to us??!?!