I'm an RTFM kind of girl, and have spent the last two days reading and reading and reading on soooooo many sites. I want to have a clear plan before I start my credit card rush but I'm pretty sure I'm overloaded on info right now. One of the things I can't get straight has to do with Amex cards. I have a Green card; it's my first (and therefore oldest) "credit" card. Opened in 1995, so... holy cow that was a long time ago. I also have a Blue card, which I never use and always forget about, but it's a long-standing card so will keep it. Those are my only two Amex cards. (I have many other cards, none of which are travel-oriented, and a 770+ credit score). I'm trying to work out a strategy for getting credit cards but right now my question is specifically about Amex. I'm interested in the Amex Platinum and the Starwood Amex card. My confusion is... I keep reading that if you already have an Amex card, you won't qualify for the bonus on another card. Yet I also keep reading examples where it seems like that's what people are doing. These are all related questions and maybe even the same question, but it's really late and I'm super tired, so I'll just ask them all. My questions right now are: 1. Will having an active Green and/or Blue card preclude me from MR bonuses if I were to apply for the Platinum and/or Starwood cards? 2. If I can and do get the Starwood card, would that card prevent me from a Platinum MR bonus? 3. Do Amex cards have to be completely closed before you can successfully get a bonus on another one? One of my goals (in the long-term plan) is to get a Platinum card and my fervent wish is to get it with a 100k MR bonus. I can wait for it but want to be sure I don't do something that will prevent me from getting it whenever the time comes. Or that I do whatever needs to be done beforehand so that I qualify for the bonus.