Anybody have one of these?

Snade

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AmEx Green Card

I'm not that into status (most of the time) - I drive a VW Jetta and my primary stereo amp is a $80 chip amp. (laughing)

BUT, I have owned an American Express green card for 44 years.

The question is why? I almost never use it, and it carries a fairly big annual fee.

I think about cancelling it every year, but I always renew it.

It may be two reasons:

- it's almost a nostalgia / holding on to good memories thing. This is the first credit card I owned after getting a "real job" out of college.

- maybe I am still influenced by the "Member Since 1980" advertising campaign and the related "status".

Boomers - we do some crazy sh_t.

Snade

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My first card as well.
Had to lie through my teeth to get it.

Too expensive to keep once I got better options.
 
I keep the gold variant because it brings certain benefits when flying Delta. Aside from that use, though, it sits idle.

On the other hand I do routinely use the blue variant, which has no annual fee, and results in 6% cash back on groceries. Around here, oink oink, that can really add up. ;)
 
AmEx Green Card

I'm not that into status (most of the time) - I drive a VW Jetta and my primary stereo amp is a $80 chip amp. (laughing)

BUT, I have owned an American Express green card for 44 years.

The question is why? I almost never use it, and it carries a fairly big annual fee.

I think about cancelling it every year, but I always renew it.

It may be two reasons:

- it's almost a nostalgia / holding on to good memories thing. This is the first credit card I owned after getting a "real job" out of college.

- maybe I am still influenced by the "Member Since 1980" advertising campaign and the related "status".

Boomers - we do some crazy sh_t.

Snade


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Had one when Costco had the tie-in with them. Went away when Costco switched to Visa.
 
Oh yeah had one for work for many years until I moved positions and stopped traveling for work. After a couple of years of no charges the corporation cancelled it.
 
I have not had for about 40 years .
Used to have about a 400 dollar party tab on every month.
 
Not since my last employer dropped it, cards are extremely competitive now days, especially travel cards….

Andy
 
Had one when Costco had the tie-in with them. Went away when Costco switched to Visa.

Actually, in a stroke of genius, they blindside dumped Costco, which only accepted Amex, like they do Visa now.

I wonder how that worked out for them, breaking an exclusive deal with the third largest retailer in the world behind WalMart and Amazon? My Costco Visa is the only credit card I have and use it for everything I can for the cash back.
 
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Actually, in a stroke of genius, they blindside dumped Costco, which only accepted Amex, like they do Visa now.

I wonder how that worked out for them, breaking an exclusive deal with the third largest retailer in the world behind WalMart and Amazon? My Costco Visa is the only credit card I have and use it for everything I can for the cash back.
I didn’t remember that. And yeah, it’s the only card I use also. Cash back and Costco gas. The other day gas at almost all stations around was $3.79; Costco $319. That alone is worth the price of membership.
 
Never had an Amex card--never really felt the need for one. My dad, though, had one forever. But I don't recall if he ever used it? He probably did but I never paid much attention. (Probably when we went on vacation.)

- it's almost a nostalgia / holding on to good memories thing. This is the first credit card I owned after getting a "real job" out of college.
I mean, you could cancel it and still carry the card around. Nobody has to know the expiration date... 🤫

Could you show a photo of the entire card?
And get both sides, so we can see that little three-digit number on the back.

I didn’t remember that. And yeah, it’s the only card I use also. Cash back and Costco gas. The other day gas at almost all stations around was $3.79; Costco $319. That alone is worth the price of membership.
Yep, it's paid for itself here also. We're close to a freeway exit, so most of the stations are at $3.69, and the Greedways are the first to jump when prices go up. If you look on GasBuddy you can find stations near Costco's price (there's a Valero at 13/Utica that is nearly as low as Costco, for instance), but they can be a bit of a distance away, and the stations or the gasoline are probably too janky to trust. We're only a couple of miles from a Costco so it's been our go-to.
 
I didn’t remember that. And yeah, it’s the only card I use also. Cash back and Costco gas. The other day gas at almost all stations around was $3.79; Costco $319. That alone is worth the price of membership.

I use premium gas 93 in my car and the Costco savings is about 75 cents per gallon. All local stations jack-up premium, except for Costco.
 
Our Costco (and I believe all US Costcos?) have stopped selling diesel.

I wish they'd sell non-ethanol gas. Our local gas distributors call it "recreational fuel." And charge 50 cents to a dollar more than premium for it. It's all I run in the yard equipment, and would use it in the cars (like I do when I'm out west, where it's readily available) if it weren't so expensive. "Rec" fuel is probably $5.50 or higher here per gallon...
 
AmEx Green Card

I'm not that into status (most of the time) - I drive a VW Jetta and my primary stereo amp is a $80 chip amp. (laughing)

BUT, I have owned an American Express green card for 44 years.

The question is why? I almost never use it, and it carries a fairly big annual fee.

I think about cancelling it every year, but I always renew it.

It may be two reasons:

- it's almost a nostalgia / holding on to good memories thing. This is the first credit card I owned after getting a "real job" out of college.

- maybe I am still influenced by the "Member Since 1980" advertising campaign and the related "status".

Boomers - we do some crazy sh_t.

Snade


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At least you won’t have to worry about people not recognizing you! Just don’t leave home without it.

 
Of course on the travellers cheque, erm check, side there was Karl Malden. Great spokesman for the company.

Btw, can you still get travellers cheques?

 
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