Another Round Of Amex Shutdowns: Targeted Offers This Time Around
Just when we thought we knew what was going on we see another round of massive Amex shutdowns. Late last week, and early this week, we had reports of multiple shutdowns. At first we weren’t sure what was causing them. Over the next few days, as the data points rolled in, we realized that they were from no lifetime language offers that came from one Amex employee, Adam. I had warned that this could spread in that article and it appears it has.
I have received multiple reports over Thursday and now into Friday that people were shut down by Amex. The people reporting it swear they have never heard of Adam or used a business manager for applications. The common theme seems to be the “expand your membership” offers from American Express. The sad thing is that Amex has been sending them out like candy on Halloween. That is the working theory right now at least. People that used multiples of these, even when they were personally targeted for them, have sometimes run into issues. Some others have questioned if gift card purchases have done the trick.
Right now we don’t know for sure what the common thread is but it has spread past Adam customers. This seems like the great culling or something. Amex has smelled blood in the water and continues to make their cuts.
I am sorry, but if you had a mailer with your name and info on it why should you think you are doing anything wrong? If they keep sending them, and approving the applications, why wouldn’t you take the offer? It seems like Amex marketing and Amex rewards abuse team (RAT) are not on the same page here.
If you do have your accounts shutdown be sure to call in to the Membership Rewards department. If you catch it quickly enough you should be able to still transfer your points out before a complete lock down. I’ll keep you informed as more info rolls in.