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Update: Amex has strongly cracked down on these bonus IDs, so I no longer recommend applying if you only want the increased bonus
As I’ve written about in the past, one of my favorite ways to earn points is simply by asking. I certainly do not encourage people to needlessly complain to get points, but I do think leveraging your loyalty to increase your point wealth is fair game. This type of relationship happens every day in the business world – companies always ask vendors to lower prices if they buy in bulk or refer their business. I see no difference with credit card companies and high-end customers. If you use your credit card a ton and pay on time, then why not ask for a little love here and there?
Recently, several TPG readers have emailed me saying they’ve been able to ask American Express to give them an extra 50,000 points, because there was a little known promotion that was offering a sign up of 100,000 points. If you’ve recently gotten a Platinum card (and I know a lot of you have), it can’t hurt to either call or send Amex a message through the secure message center (when you log into your Americanexpress.com account you’ll see a message box with X amount of unread messages displayed on your home screen), asking for the 50,000 point difference. I would be as nice as possible (throw in how much you love the Platinum card and all of the benefits) and ask for them point difference as a gesture of goodwill. Mention the 100k promo Offer ID: 3882 or 5748 . For more information on this topic, check out this Flyertalk thread.
Premier Rewards 75k bump code: 5985
Don’t get upset if this doesn’t work out, but considering it will only take 2 minutes of your time to do it, it’s worth a shot. Please feel free to report your experience in the comments section.