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American Express Gold - Redeemed Points

January 17th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

AmEx Gold - will be glad to be rid of it.

I had signed up for it to alert me when my points posted. It instead alerted me to tell me that my point balance was -0-. It just sends one e-mail per month, it looks like.

So saw a blogger mentioned getting the card, so thought I better check one last time (card month closed around the 15th?) and was expecting to send an e-mail asking for my points.

The points were there. Finally!!

So I go to redeem them and it takes me to a screen that says "rewards are 20% off." Woohoo! But then I dig deeper and these were not the rewards I had planned on. In fact, they were twice as expensive. & no B&N or Kohls gift cards as planned.

At this point I am getting really peeved, but figuring there must be some other rewards too. Either that or they just held onto my points until they could update their system and take away all the rewards I was planning to get.

I was about to give up since I know I looked up that B&N card with dh last week - figured maybe he could help me find it. When, finally I found all the gift cards I wanted. THOSE weren't on sale, but they cost half as much. Rolleyes Sneaky sneaky sneaky, American Express.

I redeemed my rewards, and then it asked me for the security code on the credit card, to verfiy my identity. Good Lord! Called dh, and I luckily knew where it was and he was home to give me the number.

So, the deed is done. But could they make it any harder?

Good thing is I should receive in 3 days. I redeemed for $100 B&N (for new nook), and $150 Kohls (for clothing). & $10 Old Navy. Their $10 cards were slim pickings, so I just chose that because I think my friend likes Old Navy. I am sure I can find someone who does.

It's not all over and done yet. I need to receive my gift cards and then I have to close the AmEx. & then I shall be done!

By next week I should have all my rewards in hand and all those pesky credit cards closed. Woohoo. I'll post a final tally when I get to it (2011 credit card rewards earned/redeemed: $4000+).

4 Responses to “American Express Gold - Redeemed Points”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    It was because of your example that I finally got in on some of the CC rewards in the late fall. I got two of them, and I'm really pleased. Thanks for brings these to our attention.

    Do you get any of these CC bonus offers by mail? For years I have opted out of CC mail solicitations, but if that is a good way to get "recruited" to them, I'll opt back in.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. When it comes time to redeem AmEx I'll be ready. Smile

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    @Joan - the best credit card reward offers come direct mail. Well, if you have a good credit score and they REALLY want you - they tend to offer lower purchase minimums and more rewards than the mass marketed deals.

    @LF - yeah, don't buy the $100 Wal Mart gift cards for 20,000 points. The gift cards I redeemed were more plentiful in choice and 10,000 points per $100. Of course, I had looked at the rewards a few times before I was able to redeem them, so knew something was really *off*. Had been expecting $250.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hope you enjoy your new Nook Smile

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