It Never Hurts to Ask: The Art of Emailing for Points

Feb 9, 2011

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The phrase; “it never hurts to ask” certainly applies to the loyalty points world. Whether it’s by giving  upgrades or waiving fees, travel companies want to keep their top customers happy.

I’ve been reading a lot of reports lately of people successfully complaining to Chase and American Express because they got sign-up bonuses that were less than what is currently being offered.

Both Amex and Chase are offering 50,000 points on their respective Platinum and OnePass cards right now. A lot of members who have been loyal customers or signed up for less lucrative offers, have been receiving points by raising their voices and pointing out how they missed out on the deal.

A Frugal Travel Guy reader recently reported getting 25,000 Membership Rewards points just for sending a quick email to Amex customer service. See the post blog for the exact wording he used (it was very brief and to the point).

I’m not advocating that everyone go out and frivolously complain in order to get compensation, but it may be worth it to ask your credit card provider for a little love if you’ve been a good customer and haven’t gotten any bonuses in a while. As much as card companies want to lure new customers, they certainly don’t want their best ones leaving. Feel free to report in the comments if you’ve had any success with this method.

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