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So today I worked up enough energy to call Amex about the odd number of Membership Rewards on my first Premier Rewards Gold statement.
To recap, I spent $1,083 – enough to hopefully trigger the signup bonus for getting the card, even though I technically didn’t qualify for it, per the T&C.
I was expecting to get 1,083 Membership Rewards points this month. But then I noticed I had 2,221 pending points and called an agent for an exact points breakdown. Here’s where it got interesting.
I had only five charges on my first statement:
But apparently, I earned triple points for the online purchases, including for Amazon Payments.
Line by line:
- BirchBox: $20 – 60 MR (3/dollar)
- EZ Laundry $10.49 – 10 MR (1/dollar)
- Amazon Payments $500 – 1500 MR (3/dollar)
- CVS (Vanilla Reload card) – $503.95 – 504 MR (1/dollar)
- Fab.com $49 – 147 MR (3/dollar)
Totals: $1083.44 – 2,221 MR points
Bizarre, right? I asked if that was some sort of special spend category, as none of it was airfare, gas, or groceries – and should have only generated 1 point per dollar spent.
The agent told me that because I had a Platinum Card, the Premier Rewards Gold card was generating three points per dollar with all of my online shopping – including for Amazon Payments.
I asked for more details about this. Was it all online shopping? Was it a new category? A special promotion? The agent had no answers other than all of my Membership Rewards points were now included in the Membership Rewards First program because of having the Platinum Card.
Even still, this could be really beneficial, as I shop online a lot. BirchBox and Fab.com are “deal” sites, and Amazon Payments I use for paying back friends or generating spend on new cards. I wonder if this will continue, and for how long. I’ll keep an eye on it, as this is a totally new spend category I didn’t know about until I called today.
The agent also said the category was added as part of the promo I got when I applied through creditcards.com. He also said – knock on wood – that I’d be getting the signup bonus next month of 50,000 Membership Rewards points!
He also specifically said I would get triple points on all shopping through Amazon.com.
I don’t know why or how, but I’m surprised at this newest development with the MR program.
Anyone else noticed this? Surely I’m not the only one.
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