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Amex Gold - winning?

newmomnewme
Valued Contributor

Amex Gold - winning?

I thought my experience might be useful for someone. I opened a Green card in 1994 then burned them for 6k a few years later.  They didnt let me back in until 2014 (Gold NPSL and Blue 5k cards)

In 2017, They snatched my NPSL after a few late payments (under 30 days of course) and I was sitting at a 2k limit until yesterday I got a message saying my NPSL was back. 👍🏼

Two thoughts 

1. Burn them and they forgive after 20 years

2. Miss payments they forgive after 5 years

 

I know all credit profiles are different, but maybe there is something to it. Just as my NPSL was reinstated I am wondering if the $250 annual fee is worth it for me. 

 

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Brian_Earl_Spilner
Community Leader
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Re: Amex Gold - winning?

Congrats. I don't think we have any datapoints for spending limits and it'll be interesting to see responses. I have one, but no late payments.

    
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EAJuggalo
Established Contributor

Re: Amex Gold - winning?

I had a 2k hard limit put on my account in January 2021 after an NSF payment issue.  After 10 months it was upped to a 5k hard limit.  I think the 5k hard limit is actually higher than any soft limit I had when it was NPSL.

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Binbinimiwi
Frequent Contributor

Re: Amex Gold - winning?

Congrats on the reinstatement!

Newbie to AmEx and I'm still learning... could someone please advise how you know if you have a NPSL?

Thanks so much!

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wasCB14
Super Contributor

Re: Amex Gold - winning?


@Binbinimiwi wrote:

Congrats on the reinstatement!

Newbie to AmEx and I'm still learning... could someone please advise how you know if you have a NPSL?

Thanks so much!


NPSL example - Copy.jpg

Personal spend: Amex Gold, Amex Schwab Plat., BofA PR+CCR(x2), Costco
Business use: Amex Bus. Plat., BBP, Lowes Amex AU, CFU AU
Perks: Delta Plat., United Explorer, IHG49, Hyatt, "Old SPG"
Mostly SD: Freedom Flex, Freedom, Arrival
Upgrade/Downgrade games: ED, BCE


Mostly earning MRs and cash back as I use up hotel and airline points spread across several programs.
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wasCB14
Super Contributor

Re: Amex Gold - winning?


@newmomnewme wrote:

I thought my experience might be useful for someone. I opened a Green card in 1994 then burned them for 6k a few years later.  They didnt let me back in until 2014 (Gold NPSL and Blue 5k cards)

In 2017, They snatched my NPSL after a few late payments (under 30 days of course) and I was sitting at a 2k limit until yesterday I got a message saying my NPSL was back. 👍🏼

Two thoughts 

1. Burn them and they forgive after 20 years

2. Miss payments they forgive after 5 years

 

I know all credit profiles are different, but maybe there is something to it. Just as my NPSL was reinstated I am wondering if the $250 annual fee is worth it for me. 

 


I get it about the Gold AF. The rewards are very nice, but I have other grocery and dining cards. I often change my mind about what the dining credit is actually worth to me with all the micromanagement.

 

But I'll keep it as long as I keep getting $15/$35 in monthly Uber credits (instead of $10...I guess no one told Uber I PCed the Platinum to Gold).

Personal spend: Amex Gold, Amex Schwab Plat., BofA PR+CCR(x2), Costco
Business use: Amex Bus. Plat., BBP, Lowes Amex AU, CFU AU
Perks: Delta Plat., United Explorer, IHG49, Hyatt, "Old SPG"
Mostly SD: Freedom Flex, Freedom, Arrival
Upgrade/Downgrade games: ED, BCE


Mostly earning MRs and cash back as I use up hotel and airline points spread across several programs.
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OmarGB9
Community Leader
Super Contributor

Re: Amex Gold - winning?


@Binbinimiwi wrote:

Congrats on the reinstatement!

Newbie to AmEx and I'm still learning... could someone please advise how you know if you have a NPSL?

Thanks so much!


Well it'll say on your homepage as pointed out by someone above. Also, the only cards with NPSL would be the charge cards: Green, Gold, Platinum.


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mattayy
Frequent Contributor

Re: Amex Gold - winning?

I had my Gold card reinstated 1.5 years ago with a hard limit of $2k - please don't tell me I have 3.5 years still of this Smiley Sad

 

I upgraded to the platinum card a few weeks after it was reinstated too so I use it for travel and with a 2k limit it is hard to book anything other than a weekend trip since a single charge can't be higher than 2k....

 

I spend anywhere from 4-6k/month on it and pay off in full every month since it's been reinstated and nobody seems to be able to explain what is being monitored or what actions weigh most in removing or increasing this limit.

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elixerin
Established Contributor

Re: Amex Gold - winning?

my issue with amex spend limits was entirely different so can't comment to that, however i do know if you get hit with late fee and under 30d you arent sitting in timeout for 5 years.. they give u penalty apr for 6 months and thats that im pretty sure. As for how it relates to NPSL, almost certain it doesn't.

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elixerin
Established Contributor

Re: Amex Gold - winning?


@mattayy wrote:

I had my Gold card reinstated 1.5 years ago with a hard limit of $2k - please don't tell me I have 3.5 years still of this Smiley Sad

 

I upgraded to the platinum card a few weeks after it was reinstated too so I use it for travel and with a 2k limit it is hard to book anything other than a weekend trip since a single charge can't be higher than 2k....

 

I spend anywhere from 4-6k/month on it and pay off in full every month since it's been reinstated and nobody seems to be able to explain what is being monitored or what actions weigh most in removing or increasing this limit.


removing the NPSL limit was an arse, i closed the card as the convenience just couldnt outweigh anymore.. i sat in negative balances the majority of my time to be able to use that card, after i stopped using it for 3 months they removed the NPSL limit, ATP i was just using the rest of the months credits and a few other benefits before next AF n closing it out.

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