[US] Amex Gold annual fee coming up -- what are my options?

Discussion in 'American Express | Membership Rewards' started by SFOCanuck, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. SFOCanuck
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    SFOCanuck Silver Member

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    My American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is up for renewal, and I'm wondering what my options are. I have almost 70k MR points, and I don't know where I want to transfer them -- ideally I'd like to keep my points in the MR program. Unfortunately, I don't want to pay the $175 annual fee for the privilege.

    Anyone know what the options are? Do they commonly lower the fee if you call to cancel? Do I have to actually be willing to go through with it? (I don't want to do this without liquidating my points first...) Do they have a lower-annual-fee card that is still part of the Membership Rewards program? I spend only a few hundred dollars a month on my Amex (most of my spend goes toward the $10k I need to get my bonus 50k AA miles), so I'm probably not an important customer to them.

  2. below sea level
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    below sea level Silver Member

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    They will often lower the fee if you call to cancel. They've completely waived the for me if I haven't used the card a lot and use that as the reason for canceling.

    Like any other bluffing though, you do have to be prepared to actually do it.
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