Similar to the Blue Cash Everyday offer, American Express is offering a different kind of a sign up bonus for their Blue Cash Preferred card as well.
Public Offer, Up To $350
New Card Members who apply for the Blue Cash Preferred Card before June 15, 2016 can earn up to $350 cash back, including 10% on purchases at U.S. Wireless Telephone Service Providers (up to $200) and a $100 cash back welcome bonus after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
The regular offer is just $100, and Amex has offered a $300 sign up bonus in the past for this card.
The $100 part is easy. The other $200 is in the form of 10% back at US Wireless Telephone Service Providers on the first $2,000 in purchases made on the Card Account in 2016. So you have until the end of the year to max this out. Let’s say there’s 9 bills left this year, so you would need to spend at least $222 a month to maximize this. That’s an insane phone bill, but it’s not unthinkable for those who have family plans. Phone purchases directly from Wireless Telephone Service Providers should also qualify towards the $2,000, so if you’re planning on getting a phone, it should be easier to get max bonus.
Incognito/VPN Methof Offer, Up To $450
Uscredicardguide has discovered a much better offer of up to $450, with a $250 sign up bonus and up to $200 back with 10% off wireless purchases. To get this offer you need to use the incognito tab method (right click this link and open in New Incognito Tab in Chrome) or the VPN method. If the Incognito method doesn’t work, then keep in mind that the VPN method “changes” your location so it might trigger a fraud alert. There’s a few reports of Amex requesting proof of address when you apply through this method. Read more here.
Once Per Lifetime Rule
Keep in mind that you can only receive personal Amex card bonuses once per lifetime, so if you have or have had the card in the past, you are not eligible to receive the bonus. If you’re not sure if you’ve had the card, here’s how to check what Amex cards you’ve had in the past.
- Apply Here (direct link)
- Expiration Date: 06/15/2016
- $100 bonus after you spend $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
- 10% back at US Wireless Telephone Service Providers on the $2,000 in purchases in 2016 ($200 bonus)
- 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%)
- 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations and select U.S. department stores
- 1% Cash Back on other purchases
- 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months
- $75 Annual Fee