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I just returned from the US, with a new Amex Card.. not happy about the 2.7% foreign transaction fee, but getting 200 usd bonus, if I spend 1000, with no annual fee.  I used it at King Power.. (liter of Jameson, 900 THB).. I recall them working at Tesco.  Whatabout 711?  Any other nuances?  Will there actually be businesses that only take Thai Amex?  MEA?  Been using us visa card.  Big C? 

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I think the OP has the wrong AMEX card. Mine is issued in US has an annual fee of $495 dollars. No foreign transaction fees. $300 spending credit at hotels, one free marriot/sheraton yearly and a priority pass membership (airport lounges). Pays for itself.

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1 hour ago, moontang said:

But how do you pay your girlfriend's family? 

 Got it wrong it is $450 per year. Last two times I stayed I was upgraded to suites.

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Crossy said:

I have used my Thai AmEx card

Crossy did you manage to keep your UK Amex when you got that - if you had one?

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1 minute ago, topt said:

Crossy did you manage to keep your UK Amex when you got that - if you had one?

 

Nah, never had a UK card.

 

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Why on earth bother?  Since moving to Thailand, I have been able to get both a Capital One cc with 1.5% cashback, and a State Department Federal Credit Union card with 2% cashback.  No foreign transaction fee on either.  The SDFCU card hasn't arrived yet, but I have been using the CapOne card regularly for some years now without any problems.  I still have an Amex card, but I would never use it outside the US.

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2 minutes ago, cmarshall said:

Why on earth bother?  Since moving to Thailand, I have been able to get both a Capital One cc with 1.5% cashback, and a State Department Federal Credit Union card with 2% cashback.  No foreign transaction fee on either.  The SDFCU card hasn't arrived yet, but I have been using the CapOne card regularly for some years now without any problems.  I still have an Amex card, but I would never use it outside the US.

You feel it worthwhile to mention getting back 15 usd on a 1000 spend, maybe put on your bottle bottoms and read the part about me getting 200 back on a 1000 spend... only 1200% more.  Next. 

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11 minutes ago, moontang said:

You feel it worthwhile to mention getting back 15 usd on a 1000 spend, maybe put on your bottle bottoms and read the part about me getting 200 back on a 1000 spend... only 1200% more.  Next. 

Right.  One time teaser of $170, not $200.  Do I have to explain to you what happens in the future?

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On 10/11/2019 at 8:03 AM, Crossy said:

Many places like HomePro etc. don't accept it but IIRC Index Living Mall do (it was a while ago).

My local HomePro certainly accepts it, the local Index Living Mall didn't accept it, but started doing so recently, got an email when they came on board, I seem to recall that Index in Bangkok always accepted them.

 

Usually use mine at Gourmet Market, Lotus and Villa, hotels and for flights, building up points slowly but surely.

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19 minutes ago, cmarshall said:

Right.  One time teaser of $170, not $200.  Do I have to explain to you what happens in the future?

Did it occur to you that most of my charges would still be in the US?  Did it occur to you that I may just keep the card for emergencies, and use my other cards in LOS?  Did it occur to you that this thread is about using Amex in Thailand, and not what kind of consumer credit you and your partner use for hamburgers and coffee?  

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1 hour ago, moontang said:

Did it occur to you that most of my charges would still be in the US?  Did it occur to you that I may just keep the card for emergencies, and use my other cards in LOS?  Did it occur to you that this thread is about using Amex in Thailand, and not what kind of consumer credit you and your partner use for hamburgers and coffee?  

Sorry, I assumed the benefit of a one-time bonus of $170 was too insignificant to be worth discussing.

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4 hours ago, cmarshall said:

Why on earth bother?  Since moving to Thailand, I have been able to get both a Capital One cc with 1.5% cashback, and a State Department Federal Credit Union card with 2% cashback.  No foreign transaction fee on either.  The SDFCU card hasn't arrived yet, but I have been using the CapOne card regularly for some years now without any problems.  I still have an Amex card, but I would never use it outside the US.

Depends on which Amex card. The gold card earning 4 points per $ on dining. Depending on the redemption, Amex points can be worth much more than 1.5% cash back.

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