Posted by Chuck on March 17, 2016
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Published on March 17th, 2016 | by Chuck

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Increased Bonus on Both Blue Cash Cards, Up to $450/$400 with 10% Wireless Savings

The Offer

Blue Cash Everyday Offer

Direct Link (go incognito if you don’t see it)

Press release

Signup for a new Blue Cash Everyday card from American Express, and receive two bonus offers:

  • Up to $200 cash back in the form of statement credits with this new offer that offers 10% cash back on the first $2,000 spent at U.S. Wireless Telephone Service Providers through December 31, 2016
  • $100 bonus after spending $1,000 within 3-months
  • Others are seeing the same offer but with a $200 bonus instead, for a total bonus of $400

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Blue Cash Preferred Offer

Direct Link

Signup for a new Blue Cash Preferred card from American Express, and receive two bonus offers:

  • Up to $200 cash back in the form of statement credits with this new offer that offers 10% cash back on the first $2,000 spent at U.S. Wireless Telephone Service Providers through December 31, 2016
  • $150 bonus after spending $1,000 within 3-months
  • Others are seeing the same offer but with a $250 bonus instead, for a total bonus of $450

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The Fine Print

  • Must apply for cards by 6/15/16

10% wireless offer terms:

When you apply by 06/15/2016, you get 10% back at US Wireless Telephone Service Providers as statement credits, on the first $2,000 in purchases made on the Card Account from the date your account is approved through 12/31/2016 (up to $200 back). Purchases may fall outside of this period in some cases, such as a delay in merchants submitting transactions to us or if the purchase date differs from the date you made the transaction. (For example, if you buy goods online, the purchase date may be the date the goods are shipped.) Purchases from third parties and resellers are excluded. Merchants are assigned codes based on what they primarily sell. You will not get 10% back if the merchant’s code is not eligible. You may not get 10% back on purchases made through a third-party payment account, at an online marketplace, or using a mobile card reader.

Card Details

Blue Cash Everyday

  • U.S supermarket purchases get 3% back on the first $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%)
  • U.S gas station purchases and select department stores get 2% cash back
  • All other purchases get 1% cash back

No annual fee.

Blue Cash Preferred

  • U.S supermarket purchases get 6% back on the first $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%)
  • U.S gas station purchases and select department stores get 3% cash back
  • All other purchases get 1% cash back

There is also an annual fee of $75, not waived the first year.

Our Verdict

Very interesting that Amex is offering a different sort of signup bonus, and they even put out a press release on this, indicating that this is a sort of strategy. We’ve recently seen some people get targeted offers on the Platinum card with a spend-based bonus, and I won’t be surprised to see many more of these from Amex in the future.

Is this a good offer? Not necessarily.

When comparing this to the standard offer of $100 on the Blue Cash Everyday card, this offer seems quite good. However, we’ve seen public offers of $250 recently (and some targeted offers of $300). And we’ve seen offers of $300 on the Blue Cash Preferred card.

While this bonus is technically $50 higher than the public offers, it requires spending $2k on wireless by year’s end. If we assume a cellular bill of $100 per month, that puts us at just around $900 for the year. Also, remember, that you can get 5x points with INK on cellular, and there are also occasionally Amex Offers on cellular, so there is an opportunity cost in using the Blue Cash offer.

If you get the $400/$450 offers mentioned above, that is much more enticing.

It is worth noting that the language of the fine print sounds like the 10% rebate is valid on ALL purchases from wireless providers, even the purchase of a phone, for example. For someone who spends a lot on cell phones or their wireless bill, this deal could make sense.

Before applying for an Amex card, it’s worth reviewing the 20 Things Everybody Should Know About American Express. In particular, remember that you can only get the signup bonus Amex cards once-per-lifetime, so many of us won’t be eligible for this bonus.



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Andrew
Andrew

My wireless bill on tmobile is about $250 for 7 lines. Id like $100 cb after 4 months and then go back to paying it off with the Ink Plus.

Do you think Id be eligible for the wireless CB if I do a product change of my OG Amex Blue Cash to this?

Andrew
Andrew

I meant $200 cb after 8 months.

I just chatted with amex requesting a product change and cash back eligibility.

Wow… unexpected success AND I didnt have to do a PC

Rep:
In this case respecting the fact that you have been with Amex since 2007, I will go ahead and update the details for you and be rest assured that 10% cash back will be provided.

Me: So if I start spending on my current Blue Cash card at wireless, I will get 10% cashback?

Rep:
That is right!

Me:
So the terms are still the same, 10% cashback up to $2000? So max $200 cashback?

Rep:
That is right!

jay
jay

I see $450 offer for BCP.

Special Offer For You
GET UP TO $450 BACK – Here’s How:
$250 BACK after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 3 months.†

PLUS, apply by 06/15/2016 to get 10% back when you use the Card at US Wireless Telephone Service Providers in 2016, up to $200.†

Will Gu

same here as jay. See $450 cash back

Skor
Skor

Same – $450 here

Ian
Ian

Where are you seeing $450? How did you get the $250 cashback after $1,000 spend?

Igor
Igor

I see $350 offer for BCE ($150 after spending $500 + same offer for wireless). Try incognito mode in different browsers if you don’t see it.

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