Amex Is Also Clawing Back Delta And Marriott Points
Over the holiday weekend we shared the news that Amex was posting and then immediately clawing back Hilton points for grocery spend. This is after American Express increased payout amounts for grocery spend across many of their cards. Many people that made large purchases at grocery stores had their points held back even though they showed up properly on their statement. Amex reps said they were simply delayed because of the promo but most people questioned if they would be clawed back, as they eventually were. I forgot to point out this weekend that this also happened for people that put spend on the Delta and Marriott cards.
Just like the Hilton clawbacks, Amex posted the Delta Skymiles or Marriott Bonvoy points and then immediately removed them from the account. Many people were wondering if it was possible for Amex to pull back points from co-branded programs and it appears they can. I found it a little strange they did it with the Bonvoy cards as well since they put a cap on the bonus spend. Something they failed to do with the Delta or Hilton cards.
Purchases that were for actual groceries were clawed back along with any gift card purchases. It seems that if you tripped their alarm that all of your purchases were considered tainted.
It is no surprise that Amex did this, it has been their modus operandi of late. Many people questioned if this would end badly when the promo was launched. At this point if there is a promo, upgrade offer or welcome offer it is best to steer clear of anything but organic spend with American Express.
Did you have any Delta Skymiles or Marriott Bonvoy points clawed back? Share your details in the comments.