Last Chance For A Cap-Free Blue Cash Preferred Card…

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Originally posted on 10/11:

Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express

The Blue Cash Preferred Card currently gives 6% cash back at grocery stores, 3% cash back on gas and department stores, and 1% cash back elsewhere.

The 6% is quite lucrative obviously and people were buying gift cards and prepaid credit cards (which can be cashed out) at grocery stores to take advantage of that. Plus my local grocery store gives 6%-12% of gift card purchases back to you in the form of discounted or free gasoline, so the actual net discount on gift cards was 12-18%.

All good things come to an end though and at your next card renewal date (when you get billed the $75 annual fee) that occurs on or after 01/15/13 you will be subject to a cap of $6,000 of grocery spending. After you spend $6,000 (earning $360 of cash back) it will drop to just 1%.

The good news is that cards that are opened before 11/05/12 will have an entire year of uncapped 6% cash rebates on grocery purchases! Cards opened on or after 11/05/12 will be subject to the new $6,000 cap immediately.

If you are an existing cardholder and pay your annual fee in March for example then the cap starts in March of 2013. If your annual fee normally comes up in December than you’ll have all the way until December of 2013 with no cap.

•Earn $150 cash back in Reward Dollars when you spend $1,000 in the first three months of Cardmembership.
•Get 6% cash back at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets, 3% cash back on gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations and select major department stores; 1% cash back on other purchases.
•Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit. Cash back is earned only on eligible purchases.
•Simple and Straightforward: With the Blue Cash Preferred Card, you can start earning cash back. No rotating reward categories. No enrollment required.
•An annual fee that can pay for itself: With 6% cash back at supermarkets, if you spend $25 per week at your supermarket, you can earn over 75 Reward Dollars per year and your $75 annual fee will pay for itself.
•Terms and Restrictions Apply.

HT: DP7, via DDF

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Any word on the Gas and Department stores 3% back? Is it going to be capped as well?


Those will not be capped.


Any word if the cap applies retroactively after the renewal period or from the renewal date onward? My account renews in August – What happens if I spend 10k on groceries until August?


The cap is per calendar year, so if you spend $10K before August 2013 you won’t get the 6% from August-December of 2013.


At least PenFed is still sticking with the 5% back on gas.


They knocked off all the other categories on that card, that will be the next to go.



I’m trying to stay positive 😉


Is walmart, Costco… considered department stores?



Any idea if they will take away the 4k extra @6% if I spend 10k before the contract renew date?


No, though some Super Walmarts are categorized as grocery stores.

They definitely will not take it away.




Do you know what type of stores are categorized as Department stores to get the 3%?



Macy’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, etc.


Which prepaid cards can be cashed out & how?


seems like name brand shoprite, pathmark etc are left out “stand-alone supermarkets” would preclude the namebrands of the 6% rebate
and for those of us in lkwd NPGS doesnt accept amex period so no graet shakes for lkwd


Why would Shoprite and Pathmark be excluded?
Any supermarket/grocery should work just fine.


@ari: NPGS has been accepting AMEX for almost a year already!


Will this apply to the standard Blue cash card (no annual fee)
I currently get 5% on Groceries.


That card has been discontinued for quite some time. Check your October statement for any possible changes.


@Dan: Where is the best to transfer Amex points NOW?


Nope I use it everyday.
And the reason why I never upgraded was that I did the math and it didnt make sense to change. I get %5 on gas too and i travel a lot. preferred only gives you %3.


Dan- Will AMEX allow us to get another card is we sign up now?


Depends on your needs.



@Dan: to sell them afterwards


If my renewal date is Aug 2013 and I were to spend $10k between Jan 2013 and July 31, 2013, do I still get to spend $6k and earn 6% between August 2013 and December 2013? Or will my spend in Jan-July be counted toward my cap after the renewal date (since it’s the same calendar year)?


Call a broker.

My guess is that the previous spend will count towards the calendar year limit.


hi if i want to do a 3 BM for amex for my husband and myself and we already have spg which we cannot close bec theyre the oldest cards by far, which two should we get besides this? id prefer high initial points without crazy spending requirements.tx


I have 4 active primary SPG cards 😀

Other AMEX cards can be found here:

grocery releif

hi, i just got 2 new chase cards what can i get bets for grocery shopping i do use cc for groceries a lot dont think i can apply now again for new cc card what u think


It will be an interesting call with retention/cancellation if they’re trying to get me to pay $75 in August 2013 and immediately after paying i’m getting only 1% on groceries for the rest of the year.


When I tried to click on the link above to apply for this card, I got this notification: “We apologize that the offer you are looking for may no longer be available.
Click here to learn more and apply for the current offer available to existing American Express ® Cardmembers.” Does this mean the offer is dead? Is there another link I can use to get these benefits for a full year?


if you get that error you need to browse incognito and then click the application link again.
to browse incognito just press shift+ctrl+n in chrome or shift+ctrl+p in firefox or internet explorer.


If I have this card and my wife has a second card on the same account will it be $6K per card or $6K per account? The cards each have their own # but the 2nd card was ordered as a second user on my account.



are you saying i can reapply for another spg card without closing the old one? or do you mean business – cuz i seem to have understood you cannot do business and consumer in one 3BM.

also from the link you posted it wld seem to me that i shd apply for the blue cash preferred, premier rewards gold card, and then either the blue sky or delta. what do u think?
also r those links in the jan article the best ones to use?


@Mendel: no it is not target wall mart etc. are considered superstores


Do Kosher Supermarkets generally get 6% cash back as well. AMEX told me that specialty supermarkets are excluded. Does that include kosher?


Per account I would assume.

You can do consumer and business in a 3bm.

They should work just fine in my experience.

Stacy Smith

I read the actual wording from my latest statement and basically it says that from Jan 15, 2013 my cashback will be capped for a calendar year.

I got the card in June 2012. So contrary to what you are claiming (getting a full year before cap goes into effect) I will not be getting time until June 2013.

You should clarify that.


@Stacy Smith:
Actually the wording from the statement is “This change becomes effective when your account renews on or after January 15, 2013”
Your account renews when your next annual fee comes due.

Stacy Smith

I take that back. I spoke to customer service and they clarified:

“This change becomes effective when your account renews on or after January 15, 2013

So I am good until next June


@Stacy Smith:

So the 6k cap starts and resets on your anniversary date?


Could someone please explain the prepaid card cashout process?

6 percent

on my letter from amex it made no mention that old members wont be capped.
m’hecha taisi?


Is there an annual fee the first yr?


Dan did you confirm that cards opened after 11/5 will be subject to the cap?




@Dan: TY, time to apply for a few more.


Dan! Idk wat credit card to apply for as my 1st credit card. I have no credit. All I have is a wells Fargo debit card. And my parents don’t have credit cards either. Way shud I do? Thanx


Is my local grocery considered a stand alone supermarket?


is there any credit card out there that covers you for collision and liabilty when you rent a car?


is there any credit card out there that would over me for collision and for liability when I rent a car.


Hi. I just spoke with an American Express Representative and she told me the following:
1)For new card members, there WILL be a cap after November 5th. She said that there is no offer that waives a cap.
2)Stand-alone refers to a specific set of supermarkets and gas stations. There is a list, which includes large chains such as “Pathmark”(Supermarkets)/Shell, Mobil(Gas) and some others. Local groceries or even large stores such as Kollel Store are not eligible for the 6%.


Okay – now my husband spoke with a different representative who gave completely different information about the card…confirming the information that Dan posted. So I’m just confused!


Which Grocery stores will provide additional % back? Grocery stores in East Coast will not have that promotion.


My info is that if you are approved for the card before 11/05 you will get a whole year of uncapped grocery spend.
And anything coded as grocery qualifies, even local kosher stores.


Dan is there a reconsideration number for amex? I got a 14 day review message


In any case the Kolel store does not accept Amex and most local groceries don’t either.


I filled out an application but canceled before submitting because of the $75 fee. I had thought the first yr would be free. So, I have to spend over $1200 just to cover the fee. For me it’s not practical because, as I said in my previous post, most local groceries don’t accept the Amex card.
However, I was thinking If we order an additional card for spouse, the fee would still be only $75; and if they have the $25 bonus per card like they did last year for Sat. spending in Dec. maybe it is worth it.
What do you say Dan?


Add 2 free additional cardholders and you’ll get back the $75 in Small Business Saturday credits.
Add more and profit.


Hey Dan – What’s the deal with cashing out prepaid gift cards?
How does that work?


you also get 150$ sign up bonus.. that covers 2 yrs in fees…


I singed up for this card Thanks to Dan
any one knows if I use this card only for grocery shopping will it trigger a FR by AMEX?


Signed for the card on November 4th and I received it yesterday. On the list of rules they already mention the cap of 6k..


I signed up for the card before the deadline supposedly pre-cap. List of rules mentions cap anyways. Now they just sent me a letter stating that supermarkets will receive 3% cash back this coming year. I hope this an error, but I fear the card is being downgraded.


Hi Dan

I know this post is quite old – just wondering what is the best cash-back program without ANY cap which allows purchase of gift cards in groceries (or anywhere..) ? So far I know Citi Double offers 2% cash-back on all purchases.. Is there anything out there that beats this?

Also, is it possible to open multiple AMEX cards to increase cash-back rate (i.e, $6,000 per card..)?