Somehow it has been a year since my wife applied for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. My Google calendar reminded me it was time to for the credit card annual fee.
I wanted to avoid paying the $65 annual fee for the card so I called American Express to see if they would waive my annual fee.
Me: I would like to cancel this card please
CR Rep: Let me go over the wonderful features of this card.
Me: (Thinking) I probably know more about this card than he does.
CR Rep: Bla Bla Bla Review….Are you still sure that you’d like to cancel the card?
Me: Yeah, I already have this card and don’t want to have to pay the annual fee on my card and my wife’s card.
CR Rep: That is understandable. What if I were to entice you to keep the card by offering 2000 Starpoints? Would that make you keep the card?
Me: Could you do 3000 points? That would get me one free night at a category 2 hotel.
CR Rep: I see you know quite a bit about the card. I’m sorry, 2000 is the best I can do.
Me: Alright. Let’s do it.
I know that 2000 Starpoints isn’t super sexy, but it is better than nothing.
I also remembered that the American Express Small Business Saturday is coming up again in November. That means that I’ll get $25 back from them, so I see the 2000 Starpoints as worth more than $40, which made it worth it for me to keep the card for my wife.
A few tips to remember when it comes to credit card annual fees:
- Mark your calendars right now for each of the cards that you have. Make sure you plan on calling to cancel before the fee is due.
- If you do plan on keeping the card, call anyway to see if they will give you any type of credit card maintenance bonus just like my wife got.
- Remember that your relationship with the credit card companies is important. Don’t do anything that might them put a “black mark” on your account.
- You want to keep your “average length of credit history” as long as possible. For this reason it might be worth keeping a credit card to make sure that your credit has a great foundation.
What other credit card annual fee tips do you have? What experiences have you had lately with your annual fees? Share them in the comments.
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