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Downgrading/Upgrading BAPP Card

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  • mycity

    Morning All,

    I’m looking at downgrading my BAPP card for the blue, then upgrade again before I hit the £10,000 spend. I’m sure I’ve seen on here that Amex are taking a dim view of this currently, anyone got any updated views please?
    Thanks.

    can

    It’s not just a dim view. They may now impose a grace period before you can apply BAPP. I’d double check.

    mycity

    Thanks @can I’ve not heard about a grace period @Rob or anyone else heard anything?

    JDB

    Thanks @can I’ve not heard about a grace period @Rob or anyone else heard anything?

    There is no official policy/grace period etc to read or hear about. Obviously doing this is a way of evading payment of the full annual fee that most people pay, so there can be no certainty or entitlement in the downgrade/upgrade routine and Amex wouldn’t need to give notice if they ceased to tolerate it. It’s your decision.

    Ash

    Whatever companion voucher you earn – you must pay for its redemption booking with the same card….eg you earn a voucher with the BA Premium card, downgrade to basic card, you’ll find you can no longer use the voucher for business class.

    alig4th

    Whatever companion voucher you earn – you must pay for its redemption booking with the same card….eg you earn a voucher with the BA Premium card, downgrade to basic card, you’ll find you can no longer use the voucher for business class.

    This is technically in the T&C but doesn’t work like this in practice. Any AMEX card (even not in your name) will do

    polly

    @mycity
    It’s probably better to keep the BAPP a couple of months, after upgrading. Give them a couple months fees, then cancel. They don’t look too kindly on the down/up/down model in quick succession.

    Rob
    HfP Staff

    There is certainly no official policy but some people are certainly getting a harder time from call centre agents. Whether this is encouraged by management or not is a different question.

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