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Update August 2023: We are now seeing Citi offers inside CardMatch. I know of at least one recent approval for a Custom Cash. If you get offered a Citi card offer, can you please comment below with your offer? (All Amex cards remain in CardMatch).
The Platinum Card® from American Express generally offers 80,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $8,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership as its welcome bonus. But there’s a way that some people – from time to time – are targeted for a 150,000 point welcome bonus. Used well, those points are worth well over $2,000, so this is a fantastic deal – even with the high annual fee.
As well, some people are seeing the American Express® Gold Card with an offer for 90,000 Membership Rewards points after meeting minimum spend requirements.
How is this possible?
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What is CardMatch?
Sometimes, the CardMatch tool provides that targeted offer you’ve been waiting for. CardMatch is a personalized credit card offer tool that various card companies use. You should know that it will ask for your SSN but that it’s doing only a soft inquiry and NOT a hard credit pull. Using the tool will not impact your credit in any way unless you choose to actually apply for a card.
Please that these offer may not be available to everyone. They vary by algorithms only the credit card companies know….
Link to: CardMatch™
New 150,000 Point Platinum and 90,000 Point Gold CardMatch Offers Exist
Now, the CardMatch offers have gotten even higher.
I suggested that the reader check CardMatch, as there are reports of Amex targeting people for a welcome offer of 150,000 Membership Rewards points for $6,000 in spend over 6 months plus 10X points on up to $25,000 in spend at restaurants worldwide and to Shop Small – and that reader reported back that he indeed was offered that welcome bonus.
Others are offered similar offers, but with 100,000 or 125,000 point welcome bonuses.
It seems that the *most likely* targets for this offer are those with 0-1 Amex card in total in their wallet, however, given the current situation, they may be more broadly targeting people that don’t already have the Platinum Card.
If you are offered the 150,000 point welcome bonus for an American Express Platinum Card or the 75,000 or 90,000 point welcome bonus for the American Express Gold Card, should you take it?
Yes, without question, it’s the best way to get up to 150,000 Membership Rewards points for the least required minimum spend – if it’s offered to you.
There are some amazing redemption opportunities with 100,000+ Amex points. With 125,000 total Amex points, for example, you could fly around the world in Business Class, up to 12 segments!, by transferring your points to ANA (a Japanese Star Alliance airline). Or for a 100,000 points, you could fly from the US to Europe round trip in First Class on AA using Etihad miles or in Delta One using Virgin points.
So yes, this is a GREAT deal.
Note that you’ll want to make sure that after submitting your info inside CardMatch you have “Show All Offers” checked on the left hand side, or the deal could be hidden from you.
This offer comes and goes regularly, so don’t think that if you are reading this post months or even years after the posting date, that it’s too late to check. It’s not.
Check if you are targeted for this offer at: CardMatch
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