Two readers have contacted me in recent days to say that they have been told by the American Express call centre that imminent changes are coming to the way sign-up bonuses are earned.
The two stories are contradictory. It doesn’t really matter which is correct, however, as the end result in both scenarios is worse than the current requirement to leave a six month gap between cancellation and re-application.
All I would suggest is:
If you are planning to cancel a card this month with a view to reapplying later, you may want to hold off. There may be no point in cancelling if you do actually want to keep the card long term.
If you are planning to re-apply for an Amex card which you have had in recent past, you may wish to re-apply sooner rather than later. You may not be eligible to receive another bonus if the rules change.
Let me stress that this is all speculation and that nothing has been officially announced.
My review of the key Amex travel cards are here: American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, American Express Platinum, American Express Rewards, British Airways American Express (BA Amex), British Airways Premium Plus American Express (BAPP Amex), Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG Amex)
Application links are here: American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, American Express Platinum, American Express Rewards (representative APR 22.9% variable), British Airways American Express (BA Amex) (representative APR 22.9% variable), British Airways Premium Plus American Express (BAPP Amex) (representative APR 76.0% variable), Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG Amex) (representative APR 39.7% variable)
Separately, a third reader was warned by the Amex call centre that the free British Airways Premium Plus card currently given to long-standing American Express Platinum cardholders is being withdrawn. This feature was stopped for new Platinum cardholders a few years ago but many readers – including myself – still benefit from it to the tune of a £195 annual saving. I should note that I only have one data point on this and Amex call centre gossip can often get confused as it passes down the line.
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