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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
  •  IC
     Retention: $50 SC
  • 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

Seems to be clearly spend related while also no rhyme or reason to who gets offers

 • Business gold:5k-15k/$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
 • SPG personal: 7k for 1k spend in 3 months.
 • SPG business: 10k no spend.
 • 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)/up to 50k/$150 SC for 1k spend.
 • Personal Platinum (another data point [zow]) - 30,000 MR for $4,000 spend in 3 months.
 • Business Platinum: 10k no spend/20k for 10k spend/30k no spend +50k for 40k spend

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 #6020 on: February 23, 2018, 11:50:45 AM »
Did you get it waived every year till now?
Was it a regular Rep or someone higher up?
Previous years I received points, don't remember how many.
The rep asked her supervisor who told her to waive the fee.

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6021 on: February 23, 2018, 02:34:11 PM »
Previous years I received points, don't remember how many.
The rep asked her supervisor who told her to waive the fee.
can you call for me too?

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6022 on: February 25, 2018, 01:47:08 AM »
can you call for me too?
How may figures do you put on your card
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6023 on: February 25, 2018, 11:10:15 AM »
How may figures do you put on your card

I put 6-7 figures on my card. You think it will help ?
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6024 on: February 25, 2018, 11:36:30 AM »
I put 6-7 figures on my card. You think it will help ?
I'm sure it's a factor in some sense or another.
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6025 on: February 25, 2018, 11:52:09 AM »
I'm sure it's a factor in some sense or another.

Time will tell...
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6026 on: February 25, 2018, 11:53:59 AM »
Time will tell...
Make sure to report back.
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6027 on: February 27, 2018, 10:33:18 PM »
Got $150 on Ritz Carlton no spend.

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6028 on: February 27, 2018, 10:45:18 PM »
Got $150 on Ritz Carlton no spend.
How much did you spend on the card?

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6029 on: February 27, 2018, 11:17:36 PM »
A lot, 80k
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6030 on: February 28, 2018, 12:50:24 AM »
A lot, 80k
Marriott Platinum status

you must be friends with @yehuda

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6031 on: March 05, 2018, 12:00:28 PM »
Chase Ink Plus

$95 statement credit
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6032 on: March 08, 2018, 08:25:00 AM »
Please explain for the uninitiated how these retention bonuses work. I read the Wiki here (seems outdated) but don’t understand how to find and get these bonuses.

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« Reply #6033 on: March 08, 2018, 09:08:12 AM »
Please explain for the uninitiated how these retention bonuses work. I read the Wiki here (seems outdated) but don’t understand how to find and get these bonuses.

Look behind your card
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6034 on: March 08, 2018, 09:20:24 AM »
Look behind your card
I’m looking, now what?
Please explain procedure, thanks!

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6035 on: March 08, 2018, 09:54:56 AM »
Please explain for the uninitiated how these retention bonuses work. I read the Wiki here (seems outdated) but don’t understand how to find and get these bonuses.
Sometimes, if you important enough for them as a customer, they'll offer you either some point miles or some money, so you should leave your account open, it usually comes with a spending requirement.

Call them, ask if there's any retention offer available.

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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6036 on: March 08, 2018, 10:15:07 AM »
Sometimes, if you important enough for them as a customer, they'll offer you either some point miles or some money, so you should leave your account open, it usually comes with a spending requirement.

Call them, ask if there's any retention offer available.
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Some banks (reps) won't appreciate being asked straight up for a bonus then won't give you one. You have to ask for a courtesy credit/points etc. to have them offer it on their own.
Asking straight up does work for Chase, and YMMV with Amex.
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6037 on: March 08, 2018, 10:36:56 AM »
Sometimes, if you important enough for them as a customer, they'll offer you either some point miles or some money, so you should leave your account open, it usually comes with a spending requirement.

Call them, ask if there's any retention offer available.
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Some banks (reps) won't appreciate being asked straight up for a bonus then won't give you one. You have to ask for a courtesy credit/points etc. to have them offer it on their own.
Asking straight up does work for Chase, and YMMV with Amex.
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
« Reply #6039 on: March 09, 2018, 01:35:04 AM »
Any recent success of fee waived on Ink?
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