AMEX - cancellation before first annual fee

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  1. Smithy789

    Smithy789 Junior Member

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    My mate has received brand new AMEX Explorer card.
    The bonus points for meeting the spend requirement have landed, and the $400 travel voucher is also present.
    The annual fee doesn't yet appear on the account, and may not appear for another few weeks.
    Does anyone know: Will the annual fee will still be payable if he moves the points out, spends the travel voucher and seeks to close the account?
    Is it an 18-month waiting period for new cards?

    Many thanks!
     

  2. robbo135

    robbo135 Junior Member

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    The annual fee gets charged in the first billing cycle, and your 'mate' will be liable for the annual fee. No such thing as a free lunch...
     
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  3. liuyz

    liuyz Intern

    Jan 11, 2018
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    Generally, you will have 1 month from the billing date of the annual fee to cancel for you/mate to get the full fee back, provided that the travel credit is not consumed.

    Not sure about the bonus points.
     
  4. jamestran84

    jamestran84 Newbie

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    you can get the points and avoid the fee if you are fast enough to transfer out, but not the travel voucher.
     
  5. Jellyfish

    Jellyfish Newbie

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    Hi I have an amex explorer and my annual fee is not due until Dec-18. However I already received the new travel credit, used the old travel credit earlier this year. If I use the new travel credit right now and cancel the card this month, will I get charged for the annual fee?
     
  6. SOPOOR

    SOPOOR Established Member

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    One of my relatives about 12 months ago. Signed up. Got bonus. Didn't use travel and cancelled and was never charged the fee.
     
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