Thanks for the reply, much appreciated... What about the transfer of points from Gateway to Ascent? I read the Wiki page before posting, it didn't seem clear there.
The Explorer arrived today, so if I activate it and meet the minimum spend I'll get the 80k points on the Gateway program. That's all well and good. I applied for the Plat Edge just to get into the Ascent program for the better redemption rates, thinking once I had that I could transfer the 80k Gateway points from the Explorer over to the Ascent program, but someone else has said that's not possible - but I can't seem to find a definitive answer? Does anyone know about that?
You can't transfer the Gateway points to Ascent as they are two different rewards program. What others, including myself have done is call up AMEX and request to have the Gateway link to Ascent. There are reports where the CSR said this couldn't be done but there have been many positive feedback that it went through alright. You'll just have to try. Once it is linked, you should see all your points pooled into the Ascent program.