BBVA Compass NBA Amex Experience
A few weeks ago I wrote about the BBVA Compass NBA credit card. The bonus on this no annual fee card has doubled to 20K points ($200) after $1K in spend. That is an amazing bonus for a no annual fee card, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. This card also earns 2X at supermarkets and gas stations and 5X on all purchases during NBA All Star Weekend and the NBA Finals.
My initial application for the card was not approved automatically, so I had to wait. I did call in to BBVA Compass the day after applying and was told it could take a couple of weeks until a decision was made. Thankfully, my patience paid off and a week later I received the following email:
This was good news. Unfortunately the email didn’t say my credit line, but BBVA Compass is known to be fairly generous in the department, so I wasn’t worried. One thing did stick out in the email though. The bonus amount was wrong.
SHAWN, nice job – you’re approved and on your way!
You can rack up valuable points and score great rewards with your new BBVA Compass NBA American Express® Card. We’re super excited and you should be too!
Once your card arrives, activate it as soon as possible and start scoring TripleDouble Rewards. Don’t forget, you will enjoy 10,000 bonus points for your first $500 of qualifying transactions made within the first 90 days of account opening.
Confirming the Bonus
Fortunately I decided to wait until I received the card before contacting BBVA regarding the bonus. I have screenshots showing the higher 20K bonus and their site still reflects it. My guess is that email was a form letter that hasn’t been updated.
Thankfully I received the card today and it does indeed contain the following language:
Activate your card now to start earning rewards. The BBVA Compass NBA American Express Card rewards you with an introductory offer of 20,000 bonus points for just $1,000 of qualifying transactions made within the first 90 days of account opening.
Getting Ready for 5X
While not as generous as some other people have reported, BBVA Compass gave me a credit line of $17,000 which should be a good start. NBA All Star Weekend is in the middle of February, so I think this is a perfect time to get the card. My spending to hit the $1K minimum should establish the card’s use, so hopefully I don’t end up with the fraud alerts others have reported when using this card in the past.
Registering Amex Offers
This card is eligible for Amex Offers, so I have already linked my Twitter account and setup my sync recipe with IFTTT. Right now there is no auto-syncing due to issues caused by Twitter, but I have the mechanism setup so this card will work the same as my others if the ability to auto-sync returns.
If you applied for the NBA credit card and have received an email with the wrong bonus amount, then don’t worry. It seems to be fixed when you get the card. Overall, I am excited to have been approved for this card not only for the bonus, but for the potential 5% back opportunities. I will start using it now and plan to ramp up its use in February for All Star Weekend and then again during the NBA Finals.