For those of you who got the 50,000 point sign-up bonus Amex Gold card this past May, you may want to check your Membership Rewards balance. Some people (including me – yea!) just had an extra 40,000 points deposited into their accounts. If you recall, the original offer was 10,000 points after first purchase and another 40,000 points after $500 spend. However, it turned out the offer was targeted (which most people didn’t realize when they applied). Before I called to activate the card, I checked with a customer representative to make sure the offer was still the same as what I applied for. They said they couldn’t offer it to me because it was targeted, but they did say they’d give me 40,000 points as good customer service.
At this same time, many other people got American Express to bump the signing bonus to 100,000 points based on a different offer code that was floating around at the time. From what I’m reading on the different blog sites, people who didn’t bump their offer to the 100,000 point offer are seeing an extra 40,000 points in their account this week. Now there is no guarantee that they won’t pull these 40,000 points back, but hey, it will be awfully nice if they don’t. Do not call American Express about this. If it is a mistake, you’d be alerting them to it and I guarantee they will pull the points back.
And another thing you might want to consider this week is transferring your Membership Rewards to Continental Airlines. Amex’s relationship with Continental is ending on September 30. And those Continental miles will then transfer into United when the United/Continental merger is complete.