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How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?

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tussking
Established Contributor

How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?

Curious how it affects your account. Is it viewed as negative? I have some large travel purchases and considering using it.

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Veronik2019
Contributor

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?

I mean it is there for you to use. And you are foreseeing carrying a balance, the plan it feature could cost you less than your APR on your card. 2 things i have noticed since being on it. You wont be eligible for credit limit increases if you have a plan it on any card. But also, I havent gotten charged an annual fee on my Delta Gold nor my Amex Gold for the past 2 years. Im on a plan it since Dec 2020 for 24 months. It will be up next month and annual fees are up on February. I kinda want to get on a few hundred dollar plan for Christmas to slip the annual fee. 👀 

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Dadof31978
Established Member

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?


@tussking wrote:

Curious how it affects your account. Is it viewed as negative? I have some large travel purchases and considering using it.


what do you mean how does it feel? it's a bank...they have no feelings...if it's available to you, there has to be a reason why....bigger issue why would you buy travel purchases if you don't have the money to pay for it...that's a bigger concern I'd have...

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Jeffster1
Frequent Contributor

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?


@Dadof31978 wrote:

@tussking wrote:

Curious how it affects your account. Is it viewed as negative? I have some large travel purchases and considering using it.


what do you mean how does it feel? it's a bank...they have no feelings...if it's available to you, there has to be a reason why....bigger issue why would you buy travel purchases if you don't have the money to pay for it...that's a bigger concern I'd have...


Aren't you saying the same thing as the OP? Youre saying the concern on Amex's part would be why someone is making a large travel purchase for which fhey don't have the cash. The OP is, as I understand it, asking the same thing...whether Amex would view that as negative and whether it would affect an ongoing relationship. 

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TheRedHat
Frequent Contributor

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?

I've had nine different plans spread out over two AMEX cards for a few months before paying them completely off. They don't care. As long as you make all your payments on time and stay under your Pay Over Time limit. Just remember that if you are going to use your Pay Over Time feature, that you DO NOT pay off anything before your statement closes.

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Namaste7
Established Contributor

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?


@Veronik2019 wrote:

I mean it is there for you to use. And you are foreseeing carrying a balance, the plan it feature could cost you less than your APR on your card. 2 things i have noticed since being on it. You wont be eligible for credit limit increases if you have a plan it on any card. But also, I havent gotten charged an annual fee on my Delta Gold nor my Amex Gold for the past 2 years. Im on a plan it since Dec 2020 for 24 months. It will be up next month and annual fees are up on February. I kinda want to get on a few hundred dollar plan for Christmas to slip the annual fee. 👀 


These are interesting DPs. I'm not sure why Plan It would impact CLIs or the AF. Has anyone else experienced this while using Plan It? 

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uncredited
Frequent Contributor

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?

Following with some interest as it's a feature I'd consider using, especially with the 0% promo.

 

Also curious if the sudden spike in util would send other lenders' radars off.

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SouthJamaica
Mega Contributor

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?


@TheRedHat wrote:

I've had nine different plans spread out over two AMEX cards for a few months before paying them completely off. They don't care. As long as you make all your payments on time and stay under your Pay Over Time limit. Just remember that if you are going to use your Pay Over Time feature, that you DO NOT pay off anything before your statement closes.


Curious as to why you advise not paying off anything before statement closes.


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Brian_Earl_Spilner
Community Leader
Mega Contributor

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?

I've commented on this topic many times in the past. It seems whether it throws up a red flag is dependant on your profile. In my case, I paid in full for 2 years on all my Amex and I have a dirty profile. Been unable to get a CLI on my Delta cards. Thought I would shake things up by setting up a plan. Paid it off in 2 months because it made me uneasy. My feelings were right. Amex gave me a hard limit on my gold within a month or so. I'd have to look it up because I don't remember the dates exactly, but made 70k and I believe I had no debt at the time other than my car loan iirc. I believe it threw up a red flag and the computer took AA thinking I might be under financial strain. There are others on here that had a similar experience. There's also many others that have used it without any issues whatsoever. Those that have had AA had less than stellar credit which leads me to believe that any negative reaction is profile dependant. 

    
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Brian_Earl_Spilner
Community Leader
Mega Contributor

Re: How does AMEX feel about using the Plan It feature?


@SouthJamaica wrote:

@TheRedHat wrote:

I've had nine different plans spread out over two AMEX cards for a few months before paying them completely off. They don't care. As long as you make all your payments on time and stay under your Pay Over Time limit. Just remember that if you are going to use your Pay Over Time feature, that you DO NOT pay off anything before your statement closes.


Curious as to why you advise not paying off anything before statement closes.


Because if you pay more than the adjusted balance to pay down non-plan charges, the excess goess to the plans. For example, if you have 500 in plans and charge an additional 500. Your adjusted balance could be 100 plus the plan payments and fees. If you paid an additional 400 for the rest of the non-plan balance before statement close, it would instead pay down your plans to 100 and your next bill would be 400, plus new charges, plan payments and fees. This is actually one of the reasons I paid my plan early. I didn't realize this would happen and ended up with a 1300 bill, thinking I had paid off my non-plan charges. At that point I just paid everything off a couple of weeks after paying the bill. 

    
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