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How to get the most out of Amex BCE?

Frequent Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?

The only additional 'benefit' that I receive from the BCE (which I use only for groceries and regret applying for) is an additional 10K in aggregate CL (tho' I haven't requested a CLI yet).

 

Except when our son visits, our grocery bill doesn't justify the BCP AF.

2019 Goal: 800+ (the 30-day late drops in Q1 2019)
2018 Goals: garden, 750+, garden, put away 3 months' savings, garden, CO Savor/QS, garden
AX BCE, BoA Travel Rewards VS, Barclay Ring MC, Chase SP VS, Citi DC WEMC, Citizens Bank CBP WMC, Discover it

EX is the canary in my coal mine.

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Message 11 of 58
Valued Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?


@wrote:

The BCE gets you a free membership with ShopRunner,  which gives you free 2 day shipping and free returns at "hundreds of stores". Hey, it's a free perk, amazon makes you pay an annual fee for free 2 day shipping lol.

 

Also apparently there's something called American Express Presales which seems to have to do with getting tickets to events and what not early, and is only available to Amex card holders, including the BCE.  There's also a thing called Entertainment Access, which looks pretty similar tbh.

 

And if you're looking to buy a car, there's the American Express Auto Purchasing Program. The long and short of it is it could get you a discount on a new car, but the details are in the BCE terms & conditions.


ShopRunner comes on some MCs now....might just be WMCs or WEMCs, don't recall. Anyway, it's not what it once was as several merchants have added dollar minimums to use it.

 

There's the usual Amex stuff...good return/purchase protection, dispute resolution, etc.

Perks, purchase protection, and sketchy merchants: Schwab Platinum.....Price rewind and extended warranties: Costco.....Travel insurance: Prestige and Hyatt.....Renewal night: IHG.....Taxes/Misc: SPG.....SD and of limited use: Discover, Freedom, FreedomUn, ED, BCE, Arrival

Total CL: Enough
Message 12 of 58
Frequent Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?


@wrote:
Aside from plain grocery, gift cards that code as grocery & easy 3x cli there's not much more to get out of them.

We spend a crap ton of groceries having a toddler & the two of us, so combined with a local stores 5% discount for registering with your student ID and sales/coupons we get anywhere from 8-20+% and that makes it useful despite the stupid redemption process and restrictions.

Initially I thought I'd load gift cards up max my earning rate until I realized the extra % in doing so is arguably trivial at best and not worth the effort or risk of looking like manufactured spend to Amex. My Amex blue is solely used at trader Joe's, Harris Teeter or whatever random grocery store I happen to visit.

6% back for gift cards doesn’t count, its in the terms... i was sad too 😟😟😟





Gardening since 1.26.18
Message 13 of 58
Frequent Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?

BCP and BCE do not give you 6% or 3% on gift cards at grocery stores. 





Gardening since 1.26.18
Message 14 of 58
Established Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?

I spend a few hundred on gift cards every year. Buy them at the grocery store I have always received the 6% and the purchase codes as groceries.
Message 15 of 58
Frequent Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?

Message 16 of 58
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Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?

BCPBCP





Gardening since 1.26.18
Message 17 of 58
Established Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?

Amex can't see my receipt, how would they know if it's a gift card or bread I purchased?
Message 18 of 58
Frequent Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?


@wrote:
I spend a few hundred on gift cards every year. Buy them at the grocery store I have always received the 6% and the purchase codes as groceries.

That’s odd! I’m going to have to buy a couple App Store gift cards, during one statement and let it cut as the only purchase, check and see if I get the 6%. I seriously couldn’t know how they would know if your purchasing a gift card or jelly and gift cards.





Gardening since 1.26.18
Message 19 of 58
Frequent Contributor

Re: How to get the most out of Amex BCE?


@wrote:
Amex can't see my receipt, how would they know if it's a gift card or bread I purchased?

Exactly, perhaps we should get a group of people whom would like to test this out during a statement....🤔🤔





Gardening since 1.26.18
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