20K Offer on a No Annual Fee Card that has Amex Offers, 5% Cashback on Certain Days & More. I’m Adding it to my Wallet Soon!

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Awesome NBA Amex 20K Offer

BBVA Compass issues the NBA American Express credit card. For a limited time they have doubled the normal offer on the card from 10K to 20K. There are quite a few interesting things that you may not know about this card, so I thought it might be a good time to take a look at why I am planning on adding it to my wallet soon.

The Offer

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The normal offer on this card gives 10,000 bonus points ($100) after $500 in spend during the first 3 months. For a limited time that offer has been doubled to 20,000 bonus points ($200) after $1,000 in spend during the first 3 months.

Direct Application Link (Non-affiliate)

Card Features

  • 2x points at gas stations.
  • 2x points at supermarkets.
  • 3x points on transactions for qualifying NBA tickets, NBA in-stadium transactions, and NBAStore.com transactions.
  • 5x points on ALL PURCHASES, including non NBA related items, during the NBA All-Star Weekend and two weeks of the NBA finals.
  • No annual fee

Why I Am Applying for This Card

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Some of the possible designs.
  • A $200 bonus is fantastic on a no annual fee card.
  • BBVA Compass is a smaller bank and I don’t already have a card with them.
  • This card earns 5% everywhere on NBA All Star Weekend and during the NBA Finals. (5% EVERYWHERE!)
  • This card is eligible for Amex Offers if you sync it with Twitter or another social network.

Potential Drawbacks

  • BBVA Compass is known to give low credit limits.
  • During past 5% windows they were quick to lockup cards with a large amount of purchases citing fraud alerts.

Analysis

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More design choices.

The way I see it, this card gives me access to Amex Offers with no annual fee and comes with a $200 sign-up bonus. The fact that it earns 5% everywhere for two+ weeks a year is just icing on the cake. (And sweet icing at that.) My plan is to pickup this card very soon and do some spending on it so it’ll be primed and ready come NBA All Star Weekend in February.

Conclusion

I really think this is a great deal on quite a few levels as mentioned above. Given the combination of Amex Offers, high sign-up bonus, no annual fee and 5% opportunities it is a card I think would be good for a lot of people. I almost applied before last year’s NBA Finals, but their website broke and I gave up. Now it is time to add it to my wallet. The only thing I need to decide is which team to customize it to! Actually, I have already made that decision.

HT: Danny the Deal Guru


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32 COMMENTS

    • Could be but that is a financial transaction and may not earn the bonus. I have heard that this card does work for making online Serve loads though without a cash advance.

          • One other benefit that probably get’s swept under the rug is that by showing monthly usage of the card, when the time comes to hammer the promotional window we’re more likely to not have the system put a freeze on our account. Call it a hunch but that’s what I believe will be true.

  1. Just clicked your link to sign up and the bonus is only 10000 points for $500 spend in 3 months.?? What gives?? And, does it give Amex Membership Rewards points that will go into my Amex Platnum to increase my Amex points or????

    • The front page says 20,000 but apparently they haven’t updated all of the pages. You can call the bank if you want to confirm. Others have called and have been told everyone will get 20K, but I understand your concern. BTW that is a direct link to the bank’s website and is not an affiliate link. Thanks!

    • It’s a third party card which don’t go against your limit of 4 credit cards. Costco and SPG are two of the notable exceptions to Amex cards that count against your limit.

      You’ll be able to load Serve and you’ll get the 1% cash back as well. So if you link this card you’ll get $10 in cash back and meet your minimum spending right off the bat.

    • Nope, just points that are effectively used towards cash back at 1:1 ratio. Hence 20,000 points is $200. IIRC you can redeem them for other things but there’s really no point when the best option is a statement credit redemption. Or in the case of the new BBVA Wallet app you can even redeem your points against a purchase so that you are redeeming them in real time.

      Compass Bank is actually upping their game lately and while their service is still very fragmented between their bank and credit card department I’m excited to see where this all goes.

  2. In my experiences and from what I’ve read, they actually give much higher limits than other banks.

    I’ve had mine for a while now and over the NBA Finals I bought $12,000 in AGC. Took a while for them to manually give me the 5% but months later they did in fact give it to me despite the post date being outside of the promo period.

    Yeah, they definitely do whatever they can to slow down any recycling of your limit and in some cases account freezing. A quick call though and a rep will unfreeze it and let you be on your way with more purchases. In most cases I never felt like the rep was interrogating me. In fact you got the impression they deal with it a lot and they were preemptively wanting to let me be on my spending way and get off the phone.

    I’m currently doing their $50 promo on my existing card and I just signed my wife up today. Her’s went into the 7-10 day pending, just like mine did when I applied, so I’m not too worried about it. I’m hoping to get an email in a few days with the approval response.

    Also, contrary to what seems to be popular belief, you CAN set up automatic payments. It’s a bit of a pain but it’s doable and worth the effort, as it only takes one time to miss a payment and screw up your credit.

  3. The fine print is NOT encouraging:
    Superstores and wholesale clubs are excluded from bonus categories. Purchases made through a third-party payment account or on an online marketplace (with multiple retailers) will not earn additional points. A purchase may not earn additional points if the merchant submits the purchase using a mobile or wireless card reader or if you use a mobile or digital wallet to make the purchase.

    • I believe that pertains to the bonus categories like supermarkets. It really comes down to how Amex codes the transactions. For example, neither superstores nor wholesale clubs count as grocery stores on any American Express card. The language above is pretty standard.

    • I think every purchase during the 5% period counts. I’m pretty confident this is the case but take it as just my opinion.

    • Everything I’ve found is 100% experian. Shawn posted about a database in the past which is here: creditboards.com/forums/index.php?app=creditpulls

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