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It is confirmed that Citi will consider these as a Cash Advance. They will hit you with a fee AND won't count them toward spending.

HOW TO CASH OUT?
Blue Bird: Amex gift cards cannot be used to load bluebird.
Money Orders: Many locations require a debit card with a PIN; Amex GC don't have a PIN.
Try Amazon Payments, Target Amex or MC/VS GC's from many places.
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Re: New Amex Free gift card code
« Reply #30 on: June 21, 2010, 02:59:24 PM »
My UPS guy knows about all my names and Apts already. When he delivered my Gift Cards recently, he thanked me for ordering something lighter than coins. Little did he know....
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Re: New Amex Free gift card code
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2010, 03:21:22 PM »
WARNING:   I bought coins from the mint using AMEX gift cards, and the mint cancelled my order. I called up and they said there's a problem with my billing address that it can't be confirmed. I told them it's an AMEX GC and doesn't have any billing address (I used my shipping address). They said they don't accept them bec. the the billing address can't be cofirmed and I must use either a regular CC or debit card.
Shipped!!
Just to recap, I ordered 3 Gift Cards from Amex for $1000 each, Called Amex and put a name and address to each one (3 diff. names one address). Then ordered $1000 of coins on each card to the name the card was assigned to. The order went through bec. now there is a billing address associated with it. I assume I have to wait 10 days from when I placed the Mint order before I start the process again?

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Re: New Amex Free gift card code
« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2010, 03:33:45 PM »
Shipped!!
Just to recap, I ordered 3 Gift Cards from Amex for $1000 each, Called Amex and put a name and address to each one (3 diff. names one address). Then ordered $1000 of coins on each card to the name the card was assigned to. The order went through bec. now there is a billing address associated with it. I assume I have to wait 10 days from when I placed the Mint order before I start the process again?
Nice! Rinse and repeat!
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Re: New Amex Free gift card code
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2010, 03:33:51 PM »
Shipped!!
Just to recap, I ordered 3 Gift Cards from Amex for $1000 each, Called Amex and put a name and address to each one (3 diff. names one address). Then ordered $1000 of coins on each card to the name the card was assigned to. The order went through bec. now there is a billing address associated with it. I assume I have to wait 10 days from when I placed the Mint order before I start the process again?
Thats really awesome that it worked!
I will try the same

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Re: New Amex Free gift card code
« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2010, 03:39:27 PM »
Advantages of using GC's:

-Reduced risk of getting an FR due to mint purchases as now only GC purchases will show up on your AMEX.
-Ability to order more coins as you can use whatever name and billing address that you want!
-You can max out the $15K required for the bonus on the Starwood AMEX easily by ordering GC's.

Plus GC's are free for the next few months with the code supplied by the OP and there is free overnight shipping with the free 3 month trial shipping!
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why is there less of a reason 2 get FR'd from buying gift cards?
your still spending the $$ & they want 2 know where its coming from??

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why is there less of a reason 2 get FR'd from buying gift cards?
your still spending the $$ & they want 2 know where its coming from??
F/R isn't just about spending, it's also about where you spend.
Some people have reported AMEX telling them that coin purchases are a trigger for F/R because you are effectively circumventing cash advance charges by buying coins (even though that's not mileage collectors are after)

Doing it via GC's is definitely safer.
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why is there less of a reason 2 get FR'd from buying gift cards?
your still spending the $$ & they want 2 know where its coming from??
Amex knows that most people who order large amounts of coins from the mint are doing it to earn miles. Sane people don't exchange the convenience of a CC for thousands of bulky coins. It is totally normal to order Gift Cards to give out as gifts for Weddings, graduations....   so the fact that you are ordering $5000 of gift cards is not soo crazy

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So if I buy GCs with a *w card, I get SPG points for that $?

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So if I buy GCs with a *w card, I get SPG points for that $?
Sure. Its a purchase just like any other.

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I just made my first order of gift card purchases.  I'm assuming since they're "gift" cards they won't have my name printed on the cards? 

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Advantages of using GC's:

-Reduced risk of getting an FR due to mint purchases as now only GC purchases will show up on your AMEX.
-Ability to order more coins as you can use whatever name and billing address that you want!
-You can max out the $15K required for the bonus on the Starwood AMEX easily by ordering GC's.

Plus GC's are free for the next few months with the code supplied by the OP and there is free overnight shipping with the free 3 month trial shipping!

 thinking of taking 1 for the group. already have a few *W Hotels that was charged to my CC and not even sure I will end up getting the 30k, so since I dont really want the CC but just the bonus,Im thinking of simply ordering $1k from the Mint w/o doing via the GC to see if a FR pops up,its close to $400 charged just from the Hotels so its not like its just the coins and the coins will be ordered after the other charges have hit the CC

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I also ordered $500 in coins after about $700 in normal charges.  We'll see.

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thinking of taking 1 for the group. already have a few *W Hotels that was charged to my CC and not even sure I will end up getting the 30k, so since I dont really want the CC but just the bonus,Im thinking of simply ordering $1k from the Mint w/o doing via the GC to see if a FR pops up,its close to $400 charged just from the Hotels so its not like its just the coins and the coins will be ordered after the other charges have hit the CC
you have no other Amex cards? if they FR you for 1, they don't shut them all?

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 My CL on my new Amex SPG just was lowered by the amount I put in for the coins so far so good.