Blue Cash Preferred $200 Sign Up Bonus & No Annual Fee First Year

The Offer

Direct link to offer (note this might not show the offer displayed below, if it doesn’t try to open the link in incognito mode or a new browser until it does)

  • Receive a sign up bonus of $200 on the Blue Cash Preferred after you spend $1,000 or more in your first three months. Annual fee of $95 is also waived the first year

Card Details

Our Verdict

We have seen higher bonuses on this card before, they were a bit different in that they offered a bonus of $250 (without the annual fee waived) and then an extra bonus category offering 5%/10% cash back on up to another $200. For example:

I think those bonuses were better as this current bonus is basically just an extra $45 without the extra 10%/5% categories. Unfortunately none of those deals are offered anymore. I’d personally wait for a better bonus to come around as $250 + no annual fee seems weak when we’ve seen $300 on the no annual fee card. Because of that I won’t be adding this to the list of best credit card offers. As always if you have any questions about American Express credit cards I’d recommend reading this post first before asking questions in the comments.

Hat tip to US Credit Card Guide

 

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Z
Z

Saw an upgrade offer in the Amex Android app (bottom of the home screen). $250 after $2k in first 3 months, prorated AF, standard category rates.

Lucy
Lucy

Used Docs link and approved for 6k limit instantly After I put income 60k per year. It says 200 bonus and waived 1st yearly fee. My 1st Amex card, any expert know what’s consider supermarket for 6% ( am near kroger? And neighborhoods Walmart) reward? Also can you give some examples or name count as department store for 3% reward. TIA.

GeorgyBoy
GeorgyBoy

I was just approved also using incognito mode on Chrome.

As far as what stores count for the rewards, here’s a link that explains them:

https://www.americanexpress.com/us/content/rewards-info/retail.html

ppsh
ppsh

Based on past experience, how soon does Amex post the statement credit? I know the terms state that it’s 6-8 weeks after meeting the spend. I’ve already met the spend (being able to pay rent for a 2% fee helps). Now I want to start getting to the 6k annual grocery cap with GC purchases, assuming the cap resets per calendar year (on the first statement date in Jan.) as reported.

ppsh
ppsh

Woohoo. To answer my own question: Met the spend on 9/4, statement credit is now showing credited on 9/5. Time to GC shopping.

ppd
ppd

Was told yesterday by Amex CS during my call regarding my new BCP that my BCE [had] an offer to add up to 4 AUs and get a $25 statement credit after $250+ spend in 92 days by each AU. Only added one AU at the time, and CS said there’s nothing to indicate how long the offer would last. Called back today to add more AUs and was told the offer is not currently available on my account anymore. Frustrating.

apz
apz

I have a BCE that I opened without a bonus. Does it mean I could get a new one with a bonus?

Shane
Shane

Unable to get the offer to pop. Incognito gives me $250 w/ AF. Regular Chrome I see the basic $200 w/ AF offer. Might be expired?

Rob W
Rob W

I currently have a Blue Cash Everyday card for which I received a bonus four years ago when I applied for it. If I apply now for the Blue Cash Preferred will I still be eligible for this bonus, despite the fact that I have the Blue Cash Everyday version?

Gahan
Gahan

yes definitely, since they are considered two different products.

Tiffany
Tiffany

DP: Not necessarily. I recently canceled the Blue Cash Everyday card and just now applied and was declined for the Blue Cash Preferred card. The recon team will be looking at the app, but I was told that I will likely not be approved since both cards are in the same “family.”

Anyone else had this experience? DoC?

M
M

FYI, I signed up for the BCP offer earlier this year that was comparable (10% back on first $2,000 of restaurant purchases, but WITH the first-year annual fee), and just spent 15 mins trying hard to get Amex to waive the annual fee for me with no luck. So, to anyone else in a similar situation, it’s probably not worth your effort.

Gmoney
Gmoney

DP: Cycled through at least 5 Chrome igconitos with the link and eventually got the $200 offer with annual fee waived first year. I saw the tip on Reddit first. One of the incognitos showed a $150 offer and the rest were $200 with annual fee.

I applied for this offer and was approved instantly. I was targeted for the $150 upgrade from my Blue Cash Everyday card but chose this offer instead for obvious reasons. Thus far, there has been no notification about a hard pull (nothing from CK and Experian). I’ll updated if this changes.

I did apply for a US Bank Flexperks card a few minutes before (went pending), and they pulled my TU report (notified via CK).

Jamie
Jamie

Do you know if you would be able to transfer your Reward Dollars from your BCE into the BCP?

Derek
Derek

If you upgrade, yes you can transfer the Reward Dollars. Not sure about applying separately.

Waingro
Waingro

As stated above, no AF seems gone already. Tried multiple browsers.

Waingro
Waingro

Okay, it took 7 tries in Chrome incognito to get it!!! Thanks Doc! Another blogger just posted about this card with $150 bonus today 😛