Earlier today, I was doing a regular checkup on the Amex links on our Best Offers page. I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked some of our links and saw better offers than the standard advertised signup bonuses on several cards. I was using the same browser I had used to log into my Amex account just a little while before checking our links. Each of the increased signup offers included the text, “Special Offer for You” — meaning that these signup bonuses are most likely targeted specifically to me. You may not have the same offers available to you — but if you’re interested in any of the following cards, it’s worth using your normal browser and checking the links to see if you get a better offer like I did. (Note that when I clicked the links from my phone, I did not see these increased signup offers. This is presumably because I have not logged into my Amex account on my phone’s internet browser, so I wasn’t seeing offers targeted to me.)
The targeted increased offers I saw today were the following:
Amex Everyday Preferred (standard offer is 15K after $2K spend in first 3 months)
Amex Everyday (standard offer is 10K after $1K spend in first 3 months)
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express (standard offer is 25K after $2K spend in first 3 months)
Blue Cash Everyday
(standard offer is $100 back after $1K spend in first 3 months) This offer has expired
Blue Cash Preferred
(standard offer is $150 back after $1K in spend in first 3 months) This offer has expired
While not everyone will be targeted, increased bonuses like these are always a nice surprise when they happen. If you’re looking for one of these cards, click the card name above to be taken to a Frequent Miler page with more information about the card and/or go to our Best Offers page to check and see if you have been targeted for any increased offers. For those curious, I did not see any increased offers on the Platinum cards — but please let us know if you see any additional offers on any card.
[…] most were at or near historic best offers!). Nick wrote about this phenomenon a week ago (see: I see better-than-advertised offers… [Targeted]), but in his case he found this in a browser that he had recently used to log into his Amex […]
When I logged-in yesterday, I was targeted with an offer to upgrade my Amex PRG card to a Platinum Personal card for 60k MR points (for $5k spend in 3months, with pro-rating of the $195 annual fee already paid on my PRG back in March). I have already used my annual $100 airline fee credit with the PRG.
I then did a Chrome incognito browser search on AMEX website and immediately saw a public offer of 75k MR points Platinum Personal card sign-up offer (for $5k spend in 3months).
I chose the public offer because I haven’t seen a 100k MR offer on the personal Platinum Card in forever. No way I can swing the $20k spend requirement on the business version of the card.
But I can swing $5k of spend, and all on immediate-future airfare, so in effect my sign-up bonus will be 100k because of the 5x MR points on airfare.
When I logged into my amex account, I saw a targeted SPG offer for 30k points after 3k spend. However, I am under 5/24 for Chase so won’t be taking advantage of this.
I may sign up for the SPG biz though, although I did not have an enhanced offer for that card, sadly.
I’ve reccomended this to people already to atleast try it because my rate was 100% after getting frustrated trying so hard to grab 100k Plat offers or even 75k. Grab a free trial of a VPN, I used VyperVPN and then go ahead and transfer your IP to like Chicago, clear cookies, then search for the Offers. I’ve pulled up 30k SPG, 50k PRG, 75k Plat everytime.
I also got the offer for the Amex PRG card (50K for $2k spend). However, i have had this card in the past.
Reading the fine print, i did not see any language excluding those who had the card before from getting the bonus (i compared it with the Amex Platinum application which did have the language).
Have you heard of anybody successfully getting the sign-up bonus more than once on these AMEX charge cards?
I noticed that on mine also…
That’s interesting. Yes, we’ve heard of people getting the sign up bonus more than once — though that’s usually through targeted mail offers. See this post and associated discussion/comments:
It’s hard to say for sure. If it were me, I would take extensive screen shots and I might give it a try, understanding that it may or may not work. But I’d not be too heartbroken over $2K spend at 1x in the worst case scenario if they don’t pay out the bonus (conversely, I don’t know I’d chance the $20K spend if the cards were reversed).
Not seeing any for me, unfortunately. Luckily have had ample opportunities to see similar offers in incognito.
My wife had an upgrade offer on the AX Hilton card to the Surpass card with 75K points after $3K spend in 3 months. I did not have the same offer. We took it since our Citi Hilton card goes away at the end of the year. I keep on checking but the offer has not shown up on my card in 10 days
I’ve found upgrade offers to come and go. If you’ve seen it before, you may well see it again — just keep an eye on it. Also, if you just log into your Amex account and then browse to the card page on the Amex site, you might see if they have an offer for you.
Did you get these by using the “Check for Offers” option where you put in information for pre-qualified offers, or just by browsing to the main card offers page?
I see the Blue Cash offer(s) when I’m on a new browser I haven’t used before and just browsing the website, but when I put in my information in the pre-qualified checker I also see an offer for the Premier Rewards Gold with 50k after 1k in spend. That appears to be better than what you’re showing above so I guess that’s a good deal right?
I got these by just clicking the links on our Best Offers page. I had just logged into my Amex Blue Business Plus card. I logged out when I was finished and then about 20 minutes later started testing Amex links on our Best Offers page (part of the routine maintenance of our Best Offers page is manually clicking the links and checking to make sure the links work and the offers haven’t changed). That’s all I did to see these offers. They might show up in the targeted offers section you’re mentioning — I didn’t try that.
Any luck with a higher than 20k bonus on the Blue Plus?
I’m holding off on pulling the trigger due to once per lifetime. I know it’s probably highly unlikely.
There’s no way to know, but I’d be very surprised if we saw a higher bonus. With full access to transfer partners, 2X everywhere with no hoops to jump through — and no annual fee — I think it’s much more likely for the signup bonus to disappear than to increase. I hear you on the difficulty of once-per-lifetime…but I couldn’t justify waiting on 2X in the hopes of maybe another 10K on the signup bonus. That said, if you do see a higher bonus let me know :-).