07-24-2008 05:23 PM
I bopped over to my local Costco to get gas today. I proudly swiped my Costco Amex. “Authorization Declined”. WTH? Sigh.
Put in the Gold (the closing date is 28th, so I didn’t really want to add anything right now) but that worked. Sigh.
I checked Amex Mobile from my cell phone browser. No red flags. No FR. Full CL. Sigh.
I went back to the office and hopped on the Amex account website. No red flag. No balance due. Full CL. Sigh.
So I came home, thinking maybe the stripe isn’t reading at those pumps. I’ll go buy some coffee online. Got to the end. “AUTHORIZATION DECLINED”. WTH? Sigh.
So I called Amex. Really fast to a CSR. She said, “Oh, yeah, $$$ just now.” This card has not been activated yet. WTH?
I told her I had activated online, set up my bank payments, etc. over a month ago. She said yeah, well we let you use it a few times, then we cut it off. But you are fine now. It’s now activated. Have a nice day. We both had a good laugh. Big relieved sigh.
I got approved June 8 or so. The day I got it, I activated online. I’ve been managing this thing almost every day. I PIF’ed when the first statement posted about July 4. I ran a bit under $200 through it. And yet, according to them it was never activated until today. But they let me use it a few times….
So activate on the phone with Amex! Have them tell you the magic words, “It’s activated.”
OK. So now the FR watch begins? The clock hasn’t even been ticking till now.
I’m too old for this.
Amex is going to give me a heart attack yet.
07-24-2008 05:36 PM
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07-24-2008 06:40 PM
Hahaha! So how's that work Peas? You have a piece of paper that you carefully transfer the little sticker to? I must say, I try to keep any and all documents related to credit cards and financial stuff, but I think you've outdone me. Congrats!
07-24-2008 06:51 PM
Half complimenting, half making fun, half jealous that I hadn't thought of it before you.