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The new year brings resetting of bonus limits! And while in some cases (elite status miles flown) that can be bad, in other cases it brings forth new opportunities. One question that I had towards the end of 2015 was how to check my Amex Everyday bonus limits.
I have written about the Amex Everyday card before – it’s definitely a good card to have, especially if you’re signing up for other cards that give American Express membership rewards – the Amex Everyday card is a no annual fee cards that will keep your Membership Rewards active if you close another premium American Express card. The Amex Everyday Preferred card does have an annual fee after the first year of $95 (thanks Bill in the comments for reminding me)
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Amex Everyday bonus limits
Both the American Express Everyday and American Express Everyday Preferred cards offer a bonus on spending at grocery stores. The Amex Every Day card gives 2x at supermarkets while the Amex Every Day Preferred card gives 3x (see below)
The other part about the Amex Everyday card is that they give an added bonus on ALL transactions if you meet a certain number of total transactions in a billing period. For the American Express Every Day card it’s a 20% bonus if you make 20 transactions in a billing period and the American Express Every Day Preferred card it’s a 50% bonus if you make 30 transactions (see above)
Checking your Amex Everyday and Amex Everyday Preferred bonus limits
So all of that is a long-winded way to share my experience on how to check how close you were to the $6000 bonus limit. Because while 3x at grocery stores (and 4.5x during a month where you hit the 30 transaction threshhold) is great, but 1x on spending OVER that limit is not very good at all.
American Express does a great job of letting you know how close you are to meeting the 20 or 30 transaction threshhold – there’s a widget on the main account screen, as well as a detailed page that you can check
But I could not find anywhere online where to check my Amex Everyday bonus limits to see how close I was to the $6000 annual limit. I ended up getting a chat with American Express and asking them. The chat agent told me there isn’t a way to easily check, but she did show a workaround.
To check your Amex Everyday bonus limits, first log on to your American Express account, then select the Menu button in the top left of the page. That will open a sliding menu to the left, and from that menu, choose Rewards -> Membership Rewards -> Point Summary
That will take you to a page that looks like this
You’ll want to set the Time Period to the current calendar year, and you can filter Activity to “Earned”. It will show all your Amex cards – I couldn’t find a way to filter it to only show my Amex Everyday Preferred card.
So for each month, expand the plus button, choose “See Card Bonus Detail” and you’ll see a screen that looks like this
In my case, each of the transactions was a 3x purchase at a supermarket. You can see the Total Card Bonus Points for this month are 390, and if you add up the Base Points, you’ll see that I spent $130 towards my $6000 limit. The chat agent informed me that there is no easier way to calculate it other than adding each month’s totals up.
Still, it is a way, and it helped me to know how much I needed to spend at the end of the year. If any of you have a better way to track your Amex Everyday bonus limits, I’d love to hear it!