Amex BVG ending? Bad News!

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The Best Value Guarantee program will terminate on October 1, 2006 except the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card which ends November 1, 2006. Any purchases charged to your Card account after the program termination date will not be eligible for the program. Accordingly, the provisions under the heading Best Value Guarantee that accompany your Cardmember Agreement are deleted after the program termination date.

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Pfff...

No big loss...
Became pretty much worthless after they stopped matching web sites.
I know I maxed it out during those early years, as did many FW'ers! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>


Well, that rots!!! Of course, the whole reason I got it was to purchase an expensive camera lens, and they approved the SAME lens and BVG for my friends within the same time period but NOT for me.


grrr..... that was the whole purpose for my AMEX card!! Thanks for the bad news, won't shoot the messenger.

This was the reason I got the Starwood card as well. But right when I got it in Feb. is right when they started denying all the good BVGs because of rebates, stores having a PM policy, etc. But since then I've found the card is worth it for other things. The Starwood program itself is great. Also, they give out CL increases like candy.

This stinks! One of the main reasons I got the AMEX Gold card.

isjka said: [Q]This stinks! One of the main reasons I got the AMEX Gold card.

used to be my primary reason too...
but now... my primary reason is the double/triple membership rewards equals to 2x/3x CashBack


FW and deal forums are what killed BVG...do you really want to kill all the other options

didYOUsearch said: [Q]FW and deal forums are what killed BVG...do you really want to kill all the other options
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I'm a big fan, dYs, but... you (and me) get cranky about people asking basic questions they could learn on their own. Now you want to "hide" deals. And strategies are notorious for being withheld...

What exactly should FWF be? Aren't the obvious non killable deals something people should search on their own? And everything profitable/fragile should be hidden?

AnalyticalDave said: [Q]What exactly should FWF be? Aren't the obvious non killable deals something people should search on their own? And everything profitable/fragile should be hidden?

You've just described how the world works. A few have it good, but get too naive and lose everything. Keep the good stuff to yourself or you'll end up with nothing. BTW, FW caused global warming.

mgdeals said: [Q]AnalyticalDave said: [Q]What exactly should FWF be? Aren't the obvious non killable deals something people should search on their own? And everything profitable/fragile should be hidden?

You've just described how the world works. A few have it good, but get too naive and lose everything. Keep the good stuff to yourself or you'll end up with nothing. BTW, FW caused global warming.

So everyone on FWF should be a lurker who exploits the deals but never contributes anything? fair enough, although somehow I don't think this new suggestion is going to be sustainable

theres a whole thread on it, so its not hidden for anyone with enough intelligence to search for other options.

yes ,I do think it doesnt need to be spoonfed and prominently feature it for those who are too ignorant to find it on their own to exploit. The people who cant find it by looking for it are the same people who just take and dont contribute.


I am just wondering why are they dropping BVG. Could it be the way overrated Wishlist? Boo!

Does the platinium card still allow internet pricematch up to that time?

RagingBull said: [Q]Does the platinium card still allow internet pricematch up to that time?

Presumably. Guess they've had just about enough low-balls. Max out the BVG's to the $1K limit in the next few months, then cancel the card for a pro-rated refund. It was just a matter of time until this great benefit disappeared.

Sigh.........I did some really sweet deals with my Starwood card......

Sigh... I got awesome deals back in da day... Any other cards out there with BVG?

My SPG card is coming for renewal in August, will have to think about paying the fee to keep it.

Program cancellation verified with CSR this morning.

well they have been very strict lately anyway with BVG so i stopped using it. It was good while it lasted.

Latest scoop is that BVG will NOT be cancelled for AMEX Business Cards, only personal cards.


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How funny that the link goes to China ...

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dudetheobscure said: [Q]Latest scoop is that BVG will NOT be cancelled for AMEX Business Cards, only personal cards.

Just wondering how do you know that?
Thx

superbabyl said: [Q]dudetheobscure said: [Q]Latest scoop is that BVG will NOT be cancelled for AMEX Business Cards, only personal cards.

Just wondering how do you know that?
Thx

An AMEX CSR (confirmed with a Supervisor) said they had an internal email to that effect, dated 7/6. This could be accurate, as some AMEX business cards offer enhanced privileges and come with a high annual fee.

If I recall, the Charles Schwab card (by MBNA) also offers BVG. Never used it though.

I think they timed the end date to prevent BVG on BF ads. We won't know ahead what is on sale during BF on 11/1.

[Q]Latest scoop is that BVG will NOT be cancelled for AMEX Business Cards, only personal cards.

Hope the Costco Business Card is included!

WOW, and I just hit this thread SPECIFICALLY to find a good AMEX with good BVG. THANK you.

I used to have one but gave it up when they stopped website BVG. Looks like I can save myself yearly fee money...lol

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

There is one personal AMEX card that is continuing BVG, according to a very reliable source. AAA Mid-Atlantic's AAA Rewards American Express card (an MBNA card) is fee-free, rewards, bonus, etc., plus AMEX's BVG (no internet matching, though; for that you need a Juniper Bank World Mastercard, such as the US Airways Dividend Miles Mastercard).

no big loss for me as i have never used this feature ever

LocalMotion said: [Q][Q]Latest scoop is that BVG will NOT be cancelled for AMEX Business Cards, only personal cards.

Hope the Costco Business Card is included!

Not True. My Costco Business Card will be ending BVG just like other cards.

I want to stick to AMEX for cancelling BVG. I have been an AMEX business customer for many years. I rarely used the BVG in all those years. Couple of months ago I bought memory for my laptop for Staples and submitted all my paperwork for BVG. It was denied because Staples already has PM policy. How can we make the best use of BVG in next two months? Remember if AMEX denies BVG we still have the option to return the stuff under some other AMEX program.

fboyfboy said: [Q]If I recall, the Charles Schwab card (by MBNA) also offers BVG. Never used it though.Yes it does, I have it, and it works reasonably well. They are tougher than AMEX -- at least, the last time I used both, the Schwab Visa PM was harder to get than the AMEX Gold PM.

ttocs said: [Q]There is one personal AMEX card that is continuing BVG, according to a very reliable source. AAA Mid-Atlantic's AAA Rewards American Express card (an MBNA card) is fee-free, rewards, bonus, etc., plus AMEX's BVG (no internet matching, though; for that you need a Juniper Bank World Mastercard, such as the US Airways Dividend Miles Mastercard).

Interesting. However, the latest generally verifiable information is that the BVG program will unfortunately be cancelled for ALL AMEX cards by November, and that no claims will be honored by the Colorado Claims Center for purchases made thereafter. Planning to cancel and recoup a portion of the (exorbitant) annual fee, I've been actively P/M'ing to approach or hit the $1000 annual limit by then and blowing off "Rewards" points. Looks like AMEX is simply kissing off low (or negative) margin customers like us.

dudetheobscure said: [Q]ttocs said: [Q]There is one personal AMEX card that is continuing BVG, according to a very reliable source. AAA Mid-Atlantic's AAA Rewards American Express card (an MBNA card) is fee-free, rewards, bonus, etc., plus AMEX's BVG (no internet matching, though; for that you need a Juniper Bank World Mastercard, such as the US Airways Dividend Miles Mastercard).

Interesting. However, the latest generally verifiable information is that the BVG program will unfortunately be cancelled for ALL AMEX cards by November, and that no claims will be honored by the Colorado Claims Center for purchases made thereafter. Planning to cancel and recoup a portion of the (exorbitant) annual fee, I've been actively P/M'ing to approach or hit the $1000 annual limit by then and blowing off "Rewards" points. Looks like AMEX is simply kissing off low (or negative) margin customers like us.

True but I think in the process Costco will also loose lot of customers. I have a Costco AMEX business card with free Costco membership but when I cancel my AMEX card I am also going to say goodbye to Costco and take my business to Sam's Club.

On the AMEX Starwood card, does anybody know if it's $1000 per account, or $1000 per number? On my Costco Business card, I know it was $1000/card number, but it appears the credit cards do things differently than the charge cards.

Can you clarify your question?

1000 for BVG?

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leshchin said: [Q]Unfortunatelly, Return Protection is not available on the Costco Card. I called twice and 2 separate reps told me that.
Yeah, I found that out when I almost had to utilize it to return a DVD player to Sears, because I had not realized there was a restocking fee and short return period.



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