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I'm trying to summarize success stories mentioned in this thread.
From @TC610
It never hurts to ask - retention is a big YMMV.  If you don't like the offer given to you when you call for retention, ask for a better one.  Scan through the thread (use the search bar - reading through 130+ pages of posts can be time consuming) to see what others have been offered. Please post what you've got if its better then whats in the WIKI

Citi:
AA
Retention: $95 Statement credit after 5 transactions (no minimum...) in the next 3 months
09/17/2014 $95 refunded no need to make any transactions + 1000 Bonus Points per month for 16 months if made purchases of $1000+
05/12/16 AA Executive: $50 credit every month spend $1500 or 15K Miles for $5K in 5 Months
08/14/17 AA Exec $250 credit for spending $3,000/m * 3m OR 15K Miles for $5K in 3m.

Chase: - Call 800-945-2006.
  IB/IP
     Retention: 10k UR after 5k spend
  UA (Club)
     Retention: $150 account credit
     Retention: 10k miles for spending $2000 in 3 months.
  UA (Presidential)
     Retention: $100 account credit
  BA
     Retention: 9k Avios for spending $1500 in 3 months
  Freedom (5x catagories)
     Retention: 2,500 UR

Barclay's:
M&M
Retention: Waived by SMing

Arrival
Retention: 5K miles, for keeping the card open randomly.
AF waived, HUCA

US air:
AF waived

American Express

  Business gold $100 statement credit no spend required.
  Delta Gold Skymiles - 12.5k Delta miles for paying the annual fee (no extra spending required) or $100 Credit on the account
Business Gold 15,000 MR no spend
  SPG personal - 10K - no spend required.
  Personal Platinum - 20,000 MR for $3,000 spend in 3 months. (Actually gave me 5,000MR immediately, then 15,000 when I spend the $3k).


Retention contact numbers:
Citi: 800-444-2568
Chase: 800-945-2006
Amex: 800-452-3945
Barclays: 18664084064 (credit dept)
US Bank:

Click on link to get backdoor numbers for most banks:
http://ficoforums.myfico.com/t5/Credit-Cards/Backdoor-Numbers/td-p/408066
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #90 on: December 28, 2010, 12:28:40 AM »
Sounds like the guy who told a Chase branch near me that he was opening and closing accounts every year just for miles and now that branch checks to see if you are a churner before opening an account for you. 
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Just to clarify, I never cancel my credit card without a legit excuse (need more miles isn't legit in my books) so I don't see how it can cause an issue but you obviously know better

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #91 on: December 28, 2010, 06:16:11 AM »
Just to clarify, I never cancel my credit card without a legit excuse (need more miles isn't legit in my books) so I don't see how it can cause an issue but you obviously know better
Why would you tell a rep that you'll take the miles and call back tomorrow to cancel?  Was it not good enough for you take the miles and not say a word?
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #92 on: December 28, 2010, 06:28:05 AM »
I thought perhaps it would be stealing if I did that wanted to make sure it wasn't. Now I know and I don't say anything (happened to me again last night)

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #93 on: December 28, 2010, 09:56:44 AM »
At worst you should have asked or said I will think about it but I might still close it.

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #94 on: December 30, 2010, 09:19:51 PM »
Just called AMEX about my SPG  card and they were only willing to give me 200 starpoints to keep it open. (granted, i only spent about 10,000 on it this year, but should i try tomorrow and see if i can get more? or am i being unrealistic?)
Also i called my chase united card and they are giving me 1000 miles to keep it open :) I'm pretty happy about that
and i  called my citi aadvantage and they said they would give me a statement credit of 25 dollars which im happy about since i still have like six months until i get charged a fee anyhow and can cancel before then... (didnt tell them that though)

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #95 on: January 01, 2011, 03:35:27 PM »
Just called AMEX about my SPG  card and they were only willing to give me 200 starpoints to keep it open. (granted, i only spent about 10,000 on it this year, but should i try tomorrow and see if i can get more? or am i being unrealistic?)
Also i called my chase united card and they are giving me 1000 miles to keep it open :) I'm pretty happy about that
and i  called my citi aadvantage and they said they would give me a statement credit of 25 dollars which im happy about since i still have like six months until i get charged a fee anyhow and can cancel before then... (didnt tell them that though)
In regards to your Starwood amex I had the same issue when I tried to cancel they only offered me 200 pts. I called back a couple of times till a Rep. gave me 3000 pts.   

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #96 on: January 01, 2011, 06:27:02 PM »
I called to cancel AMEX PLAT last year they gave me 32,500 MR points!!!
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #97 on: January 01, 2011, 06:35:39 PM »
thats pretty awesome

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #98 on: January 01, 2011, 07:00:35 PM »
how much did u spend on the card before u called to cancel?
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #99 on: January 01, 2011, 07:05:30 PM »
how much did u spend on the card before u called to cancel?

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #100 on: January 02, 2011, 01:38:17 PM »
In regards to your Starwood amex I had the same issue when I tried to cancel they only offered me 200 pts. I called back a couple of times till a Rep. gave me 3000 pts.   
awesome so I guess it can't hurt to try again. Did you spend a lot on it?

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #101 on: January 02, 2011, 01:53:12 PM »
awesome so I guess it can't hurt to try again. Did you spend a lot on it?
No, My year end summary was $5,286.74

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #102 on: January 02, 2011, 03:45:01 PM »
No, My year end summary was $5,286.74
k thanks I'm for sure gonna try again and post what happens

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #103 on: January 03, 2011, 05:58:00 AM »
Did anyone get a retention bonus for the Platinum Amex recently? What was it?

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #104 on: January 03, 2011, 10:22:01 AM »
what reasons do you give for wanting to close a card if it's relly just to get retention points or to be able to reapply for the card for bonus purposes?