I applied for the AA VISA/Amex 4/2012 and was approved for both. I recently called and was looking for a retention bonus for one of the cards and the rep asked what I was concerned with. I told her I did not know if the annual fee was something I was prepared to pay for the card benefits. She offered to close the card on the spot despite me asking to be transferred to the retention department. I do have several other citi cards i have been approved for this past year-a couple of which I am still working on the min spend. Should I try to call back to try again? Wait until closer to renewal time? I have read the FT thread ab retention reports, but was hoping to glean more recent experience from fellow MPers.