Update: Friendly reminder that this is until 5/31
Update: Here’s a direct link
American Express is adding 3 months onto the minimum spend requirement timeline for those who signed up for American Express cards between December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, for eligible Card accounts approved from December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 for which you are eligible for a welcome offer, the period to make eligible purchases to earn your welcome bonus will be extended for an additional 3 months. Eligible Cards are U.S. Consumer and Business Cards issued by American Express National Bank to a Basic Card Member.
You should be able to see the pop-up message at this link on the American Express site.
This is valid on both personal and business Amex cards. Reports indicate this extension is automatic by the Amex system, though it might be worthwhile chatting and confirming so that you have confirmation for your own account.
What this means:
- If you signed up for a card since December 1, 2019, you can add 3 months extra to meet your spend requirement. That would include even people who have already past their spend requirement deadline and did not meet. Second chance points here.
- Someone interested in an American Express cards who has difficulty meeting the signup bonus in the requisite 3 months, now is your chance to signup and have 6 months for the spend requirement. Likewise, if you always avoided the cards with large spend requirements, now you might want to consider them.
- Some report indicate that upgrade offers are not eligible for this extension whiles others report upgrade offers are eligible for the extension as well.
New Amex applicants are still shown the regular 3 months timeline, but internally it’s been extended to give new cardholders 6 months instead of 3. Some are reporting seeing pop-ups in their Amex applications showing that it’s extended for 3 extra month, though the main landing pages will still show the regular 3 month limit, it doesn’t show the 6 months clearly. (I can’t seem to get this pop-up, but others can.)
This is a really nice gesture from Amex, I’d be surprised if we don’t see other issuers follow suit, either with an automatic extension or at least granting it upon request.
Hat tip to intervested99