I received an email bribing me with 10,000 MR to enroll in pay over time. I'm not really sure I want to do this.
I spoke with a rep today who tells me pay over time doesn't change anything in terms of how the card is reported to bureaus or how payments are made as I would continue to PIF and ignore the pay over time feature. They made it sound like this is one of those offers where I get points for doing nothing more than clicking a button. That seems a little too easy to me. I'm looking for the catch.
I'm a trust-but-verify type of person, so... do charge cards enrolled in pay over time still report as charge cards with $0 limits? I would prefer not to suddenly have the card converted into a credit card or have some other obnoxious restriction placed on me for this. There must be something in it for them, or else they wouldn't be throwing points at me to get me to enroll.
I would enroll in POT to get the 10k MR points. Free points. You don't have to use POT.
I am jeleaous.
Take the offer. Enjoy the points. No change to the charge card reporting.
You had me checking my email to see if I got one too That's a great offer, signing up doesn't mean you have to use it. Just read the fine prints to be sure.
The “what’s in it for them” is that in using POT, you’re paying interest on those charges. Since Amex only makes money from swipe fees and AFs for its charge cards, this is a way to open another revenue stream for them on these cards.
The rep assured me no interest would be charged unless I carried a balance past the due date, same as it works with all other cards I have. That is, as long as I pay the statement balance each month before the due date, I should never accrue interest. If that model changes for Pay Over Time, that's a dealbreaker for me.
Correct - if you PIF everything monthly, POT really doesn’t factor in, whether or not eligible charges are placed into the POT pool. My understanding is this:
You have $500 of charges due at end of cycle, and $500 in POT. You’ll pay a portion of the POT balance plus all of the non-POT balance. The remainder of the POT balance will remain, and Amex will charge interest on it. They break it up into 3 or 6 months or some other timeframe and you pay equal amounts per month against the POT balance until it’s paid off. Interest applies to each month’s residual POT balance.
Note that this is how I infer that it works - if it’s different, somebody please correct me.
That's how I inferred it, too. As originally stated, I would continue to PIF, so hearing that paying interest is a side-effect of this perked my ears. There is no scenario I can think of where I would carry a balance unless they decided to make the APR less than 2.1%.
I got the same offer, the fine print says this:
To be eligible to earn Membership Rewards® points, you must be enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program at the time of enrollment in Pay Over Time Direct. Only one offer per Card account is permitted, and points will be credited to your program account within 8-12 weeks after your Pay Over Time Direct enrollment is approved. Maximum 10,000 points per account.
Doesn't say anything about having to spend x amount or carry a balance with POT, just that you have to enroll in POT and you'll get 10K MR. Good enough for me so I went ahead and tapped some POT goodness.