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8/11 Edit: Looks like late today Amex started telling people that this promo was targeted to Platinum card holders in Argentina (read more here). So far looks like they will honor for all who were told it would apply to their account, but may be tougher for any additional non-targeted cardholders to get in on this promo. These things always go quickly!
Thanks to the Flyertalk thread and Dan’s Deals this morning for sharing some GREAT news about an Amex promo that will give you 10,000 Membership Rewards points per added authorized user. There are some reports that the max bonus points from this promo is 50K, but I was told 100K by Membership Rewards. Even conservatively, 50K points is worth between $500 – $1000.
Here are the details:
Holders of Platinum & Premier Gold personal and business cards can get 10K for each additional cardholder. On gold cards up to 5 authorized users is free. Additional users after that are $35. Platinum card holders can add up to three users for a fee of $175. Each user must make a purchase on each card in order for your account to be credited the bonus (though some are also seeing the points post immediately).
Names and birth dates are required. They may require a Social Security number as well to verify identity of the authorized user (though it was optional when I called in).
The offer is supposed to be good through 12/31/11, but may be targeted, so you might have to phone a couple times to get an agreeable representative. If they have a huge response, they may crack down on this one, so don’t wait!
Call 1-800-AXP-EARN and press 0 to get to a “real person”. Mention offer code 5721. Don’t forget to mention the offer code to get it attached to your account. My mom forgot and had to call back in and get it notated!
I just called in regarding my Platinum account and the Membership Rewards desk said that my account is “absolutely eligible” and she informed that I could add up to 10 people for 100,000 points. They actually get great benefits like airline lounge access, so I had been considering doing it anyway. I was then transferred to a customer service rep who was a little more wishy-washy about my account being eligible. She said if I got something in the mail or my email to hold onto it. She did say that the Membership Rewards desk notated my account regarding the promo, so that made me feel better. They did not require social security numbers in my case. They said that the points should post within 6-8 weeks and to just get back in touch with Membership Rewards if they points don’t post for some reason.
My mom just added four family members to her Amex Gold card and was told that the offer would apply to her account as well. She was told that the users each need to make one purchase on their respective cards within the first 4 months to have the points apply. The points should then post 6-8 weeks later. It was free for her to add up to five people on her account. The Membership Rewards desk handled her entire transaction and she was not transferred to an additional representative like I was.
Overall though, it really isn’t a bad idea to have trust-worthy family members on your account anyway, so this is really a great deal for families! Get on it now before they change their minds!
Fingers crossed that the points posts post in closer to six than eight weeks, so that they can be transferred to Continental. 😉