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Amex US Gold Card: A Stunning 75,000 MR Points! Ricky February 25, 2021

Amex US Gold Card: A Stunning 75,000 MR Points!

Back in the summer of 2020, the American Express US Gold Card came out with an elevated welcome bonus of 60,000 US MR points through both the refer-a-friend and public channels, which has remained in place until now. 

Well, the US offers just keep on climbing. A new record-high offer of 75,000 US MR points has now surfaced, to celebrate the return of the Rose Gold version of the card.

If you haven’t applied for the Gold Card yet, there’s never been a better time to pull the trigger.

75,000 US MR Points Via Incognito Mode

The best-ever bonus on the Amex US Gold Card is 75,000 US MR points upon spending US$4,000 in the first six months. Compared to the more common minimum spending window of three months, the six-month window gives you a lot more leeway to meet the relatively high spending requirement. 

The offer for 75,000 US MR points doesn’t appear to be available through referral links at the moment. Instead, it’s only available through public channels, and your best bet of seeing it is to browse to the Gold Card’s landing page via incognito mode or private browsing.

Given that Amex US enforces a strict once-in-a-lifetime rule on welcome bonuses, it’s best to wait for historical high offers before applying for any product you haven’t held before, and this offer on the Amex US Gold Card fits that bill exactly.

As a reminder, some of the best uses of US MR points these days might include:

  • Transferring to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club to book ANA First Class for 120,000 miles round-trip
  • Transferring to ANA Mileage Club to book an ANA round-the-world award with eight stopovers and four open-jaws
  • Transferring to Emirates Skywards to book Emirates First Class to Europe for 135,000 miles round-trip
  • Transferring to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer to book elusive Singapore Airlines business class, First Class, and Suites Class awards
  • Transferring to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles to book Cathay Pacific flights with much greater award space

As you can see, the welcome bonus of 75,000 US MR points would go a long way towards many types of aspirational awards.

If you’ve already gotten started with US credit cards, then you can simply go ahead and apply to add the Gold Card to your portfolio.

If not, you can quite easily apply for this card via the Nova Credit service, simply by checking the box that says “I don’t have a credit history in the US, but have had a credit card or loan in the UK, India, Mexico, Canada or Australia” on the application form, where it asks you for a Social Security Number.

The Nova Credit service will then link to your Canadian credit file to assess your creditworthiness, although you may still be required to give Amex US a call for identity verification purposes. Be sure to review the full guide to getting US credit cards for Canadians for more information.

Gold vs. Rose Gold

The Rose Gold version of this card was briefly available as a limited-time edition back in 2019, but has now been brought back permanently. You can choose between the Gold and Rose Gold version of the card before starting your application. 

As someone who’s held both versions in the past, I do have to say that the Rose Gold colour is unique, striking, and instantly stands out in the wallet. I’d pick the Rose Gold version if I were submitting a new application. 

Existing Gold Card holders can also request a replacement card in the Rose Gold colour – it’s as simple as sending a message over the Amex Live Chat to put in the request. 

Is the Amex US Gold Card a Long Term Keeper?

While I wouldn’t say it’s an entirely clear-cut decision, I do think there’s a strong case to be made for keeping the Amex US Gold Card for the long term, despite its US$250 annual fee.

The card offers a handful of annual credits totalling US$220, which, if maximized, will offset the vast majority of the annual fee. For Canadians, though, these credits may be tricky to use without spending significant time in the US:

  • There is a monthly US$10 Uber credit that can be used towards Uber or Uber Eats, but only for rides or orders in the US. 
  • In addition, there is a monthly US$10 credit that can be used towards any of GrubhubSeamless, Boxed, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Shake Shack. Again, it seems that these can only be used in the US.

For most Canadians, I think it’ll be a matter of doing their best to maximize these credits on their trips to the US, and then weighing whatever’s left of the US$250 annual fee against how much you value the Amex US Gold Card’s most attractive benefit: its 4x earning rate on restaurants worldwide.

If you’re an avid foodie and eat out frequently both at home and along your travels, the Amex US Gold Card will be one of your closest companions. Even if you’ve just sat through the most amazing meal of your life at that three-Michelin-Star restaurant you’ve dreamed of visiting, it’s never easy to digest the final bill at the end of a meal like that, so the least you can do is earn 4x US MR points on those dollars you’re dropping.

In most cases, once you factor in the exchange rates in terms of both the dollars and MR points, I’d say that the 4x earning rate on the Amex US Gold Card outstrips both of the optimal choices we have in Canada for dining spend: the Platinum Card’s 3x MR points and the Cobalt Card’s 5x MR Select points. If food and travel are both a big part of your lifestyle, then the Gold Card can quite easily justify its annual fee year after year.

For Canadians, the other strong perk of the Amex US Gold Card is the 3x US MR points on airline purchases, which is a stronger earning rate on airfare than anything we have in Canada at the moment.

Compared to other US cards, the US Platinum Card still dominates on airfare spending with its 5x return; however, its US$550 annual fee means that it might not be the right fit for everyone, and in my view the Amex US Gold Card strikes a better balance between strong benefits and a reasonable annual fee.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that the card also offers 4x US MR points on up to US$25,000 of purchases at US supermarkets; however, it has been verified that this indeed does not extend to Canadian supermarkets. Alas, what a cool benefit that would be.

Will I Be Applying?

Personally, as someone who falls squarely within this card’s ideal demographic, I very much regret that I had cancelled the predecessor to the Gold Card (the Premier Rewards Gold) back in the day, making me ineligible for the spectacular 75,000-point welcome bonus.

I had also gotten my fiancée Jessy to sign up for the Gold Card last year, back when the offer was at 60,000 US MR points, and I thought it couldn’t possibly increase beyond that. Alas, that’s just how things play out sometimes.

However, Player 3 on my entourage has yet to get started with US credit cards yet, so I may well consider kickstarting their US game with this incredible 75,000-point offer.

Apply Now

Credit card offers in the US continue their meteoric rise. A year ago, the Amex US Gold Card carried a standard offer of 35,000 US MR points; now it’s at a staggering 75,000 US MR points in exchange for only a US$250 annual fee. 

Unlike last summer’s offer of 60,000 US MR points, the current bonus of 75,000 US MR points doesn’t appear to be available through refer-a-friend channels.

You’ll want to navigate to the Gold Card’s landing page on the American Express US website, and try using incognito mode to open the page if the 75,000 US MR points don’t show up immediately.

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76 Comments
  1. Avatar
    Peter

    Just a DP on getting your first US AMEX card (as of Feb. 2021). My wife just applied for the Hilton Honors card. The telephone interview was fairly painless, however AMEX did want proof of a US address. They accepted our US bank account statement.

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    Eric in NL

    I always think the exchange rate should be factored into the earning. Lets say this card is 4 points per 1.30 rather than 4x on dining. Or we could say that the gold card is 4x per dollar and the cobalt is 5x per 0.77.

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    Sash

    Catching up on this thread just now. Thank you Peter for using the referral link

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    Alex

    I think the answer is no, but is there a way to downgrade from this AMEX Gold card to another card and retain the credit history build up over the 11 months?

    I am debating whether to get this card for the high WB or stick to my original plan and get a low/no annual fee card to keep building my US credit history.

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      Ishan

      Amex Green Card is the only downgrade path since it is a charge card. Bear in mind if you do, you’ll lose the chance to earn welcome bonus on Amex Green Card. If not, apply for Amex Everyday Card and cancel the Gold Card.

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    Ishan

    Would buying gift cards from Whole Foods and using them in Canada trigger 4x? I wonder what’s the exchange rate when using USD gift cards in Canada?

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    Osvald

    Thanks very much Ricky – and all – for this super helpful forum.

    Just applied for the 60K Gold Amex US card as a Canadian. My first Amex US card ever. Got an email asking to call them and verify something, presumably my identity and US address.

    Before calling them next week, I just added my US address to my US bank file. Now my US address is listed as my ‘Mailing Address’ and my Canada address as Residential Address.

    Will this do? I hope there is no need to list my US address as residential because I do not live in America (and would not dream of it).

    Grateful for any thoughts. Many thanks.

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      Osvald

      The Amex phone interview was quite painless. They did not ask for any proof of employment or address. Interestingly, they said the Canadian SIN was not of much use to them either. They wanted every detail of my Canadian passport, then vanished for 5 mins for checks and came back with an approval. Easy-peasy.

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    Ben L

    I have a Green Card and no ITIN. Applied using a referral (2x – both signed out, and then signed in). Checked ‘use Canadian credit history’ both times (otherwise needed to enter SIN), and was rejected both times. Called AMEX and they said no way to bypass, that I would likely need to submit a IRS form (4506T) which, based on research, is a transcript of tax returns. Since I don’t file US taxes this could be an issue…any ideas?

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    Max

    Those who are looking to start the US Amex game but are hesitant paying the $70 for 24/7 mailbox rental fee, consider looking into Planet Express. They have a free mailbox option and you only pay about $15 for every mail you get through them.

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    PL

    Jeremy — how long have you had your other US card, and is it an Amex? Why did you go the incognito route rather than relying on your other US card in the application? I just applied (not incognito) and got the dreaded pop-up message that I’m not entitled to the WB. I’ve had the basic US Amex Preferred card for nearly 4 months, which I do use occasionally, so not sure why I got the dreaded pop-up. Wondering if I should try again, incognito, using your method.

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      Jeremy

      My other US card is the old Bonvoy Amex from 1+ year ago. I used incognito to be able to get the 60k offer, but once on that page I logged in and it used my existing history.

      How occasionally have you been using your card? For me I’ve only been putting my Netflix sub on it every month, sometimes a few more things (most recently to use up the small shop credits).

      Not much you can do besides putting more regular spend on the card and hoping the pop-up goes away before the 60k offer is gone.

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        PL

        Thanks for the reply — that’s useful info. I spent 95/650/750 over 3 statements, and then another 200 before I applied. Maybe it’s just not a long enough history. Will put some more spend on it and try again in a month if it’s still offered.

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    Krall

    When applying through the Novacredit website that you posted Ricky, it lists the Amex Gold as 35,000MR when spending $4000 in 3 months. Can I assume it has not been updated and the real offer is 60,000MR when you’ve spent $4000 in 6 months?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      The Nova Credit site won’t give the 60K offer. Instead, open a referral link and tick the “I’m a cardholder in Canada” box to *use* the Nova Credit to apply.

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        Mike

        Do you need to have a US address to apply for it though? And if so, how exactly do you get one?

        1. Ricky
          Ricky

          Yes. Either use a friend or family member’s address or set up a mail forwarding service.

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      Ricke

      Nope you wont get the 60K points if you apply directly through novacredit

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    Josh

    Any idea when this offer might expire? I’m planning to hold off until I can get to some major purchases and travel.

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    Jack

    I get this message after confirming the terms (page 2) of the application, regardless if I input my ITIN or not, check off the nova credit box or not. I have a no fee hilton card thats been around for 10+ months, did not spend after meeting the initial MSR, until this month I tried a few shop small transactions. Never late and have a FICO score of 700+

    “____, based on your history with credit card balance transfers, American Express welcome offers, introductory APR offers, or the number of Cards you have opened and closed, you are not eligible to receive the welcome offer.

    We have not yet performed a credit check. Would you still like to proceed?

    Note: Your application will be considered withdrawn if no action is taken on this page.”

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      Jay*

      Your Hilton card has been dormant for an extended period of time, which is why you are getting the pop-up. Some regular spending should clear things up. Unfortunately you may have to wait a statement for AMEX’s backend to update your recent activity. Hopefully the current offer will still be around then.

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    Jason

    To transfer the US MR points to a Canada, do I need a Canadian Amex Gold Card as well? Or do I have to cancel the US Gold Card and open a Canadian one to do the transfer?

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      Jason

      So based on my calculations: I would open a US Gold and CAD Gold card because I want to eventually transfer to Aeroplan. I have to pay $250 US and $150 CAD to open both gold cards (~$480 CAD). I would then need to spend $4000 USD and $1500 CAD (~ $6,800 CAD) to get the welcome bonus which would eventually translate to 105,000 MR (1..33 USD/CAD). Now to spend that much I would most likely use Plastiq at around 2.75% so let’s say another $200 CAD. Also I would be spending that in Canada so the US Amex takes 2.5% extra (~$133 CAD). To fund USD, there will be around let’s say 1.5% cost (~ $65 CAD). So approximately $900 CAD of cost to get 105,000 Aeroplan points. Aeroplan is $0.03/mile which would cost $3,150. If they offer a 40% promotion, $1,890. So worst case scenario, you save around $1,000 and if you can manufacture $7K CAD in 6 months. But at this moment I paid most of my property tax and stuff so this is going to be a bit hard to do. Thoughts?

      1. Ricky
        Ricky

        The math is mostly correct except the US Gold Card has no FX fee (like most premium US cards), so that 2.5% extra wouldn’t be there. Also, once you factor in the points earned on minimum spending, you’re closer to 116,000 Aeroplan points, and perhaps more if you spend on the 4x/3x/2x categories.

        What you’ve described sounds like the classic trade-off between earning points the cheaper but more roundabout way (via signup bonuses, which does depend on your appetite/ability to spend) vs. purchasing them directly from the program. You’ll want to carefully think about your spending ability over the next three months and then only apply if you have a plan to meet the spending requirement. If you go ahead, I’d recommend starting with the US Gold Card, since there’s no telling how long this 60k offer will last, whereas the 30k offer on the Canadian Gold Card has been around for a long time.

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          Jason

          Thanks for the responses.

          I wish someone could clarify FX rates and fees on credit cards. My understanding is that the card networks take 2.5% markup on SPOT live rates. Then the additional 2.5% for FX fees. The no FX fees cards do not charge the additional 2.5% so there is at least 2.5% no matter what. Anyone can confirm this? TIA.

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            Annie

            I can confirm this, as I just opened the AmEx US Gold card and made my first purchase. The AmEx US Gold card does not charge FX rate at all, and actually gave me a very good, close to market FX rate:
            Actual charge: CAD 531.38
            Live rate on Google: USD 407.22
            Charged on my AmEx US Gold card: USD 407.63

            I also have the AmEx Canada Gold card. That card integrates 2.5% markup on live rate and does not charge you a separate additional FX fee. Example of my recent purchase on AmEx Canada Gold card:
            Actual charge: USD 100.00
            Live rate on that day: CAD 136.05
            Charged on my AmEx Gold card: CAD 139.57

            Hope this helps 🙂

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              Jason

              Thanks Annie. That’s good rates but some of my other cards show amounts when making a purchase in local currency but then the statement shows up and they adjust the amount based on date posted and have to look up the rates again but seems like this is a good card for FX.

    2. Ricky
      Ricky

      Emily is correct, any Canadian MR card will do, and no need to cancel anything to do the transfer.

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      Emily

      I think you just need a Canadian MR card open to do the transfer, and don’t need to cancel the US card for it.

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        Jason

        Thanks, and I used your referral link so hopefully you get that.

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          Emily

          Appreciate the gesture Jason! I did get the referral MR 😀

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    Daniel Fradkin

    Guys so you still need US address and phone number to apply through Nova Credit?

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    Lucas

    I’m seeing 6 months instead of 3. Anyone else?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      It’s six months. I thought I had corrected this earlier, but it should be corrected now.

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    Susan Martin

    You use the card in Canada though, right? Presumably it’s accepted at all the same places as Canadian Amex cards?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Correct!

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    Brent

    Rookie question: even if you apply through Nova Credit, do you still need to open up a US bank account to pay the monthly balances?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      That’s the recommended best practice. There are select Canadian bank accounts that can pay off US credit cards (for example, BMO’s top-tier banking package), but having a US bank account is still recommended for verifying your address with US issuers.

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    Omar

    oops..never mind..found the answer! 🙂

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    Omar Battistella

    one thing though…this card charges FEX fees right?

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      Ron Sigal

      No, no foreign exchange fees. However you have to pay in US dollars, and may incur fees *to your Foreign exchange provider, not Amex()in the process acquiring them.

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      If it worked for someone, I don’t see why not. Worse case you get one of them and have to wait ~3 months for the other.

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    Sash

    Ricky, going through Nova does not give you the 60K offer, only the public 35K offer.
    What i suggest for those who wish to get this Gold card as their first US Amex is to apply through a referral link, call global transfer, and request them process the using the application you have already created. This will work

    1-800-711-5266

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      Vik

      How would you suggest to apply this card for someone with no ITIN but already has existing US Amex cards? I couldn’t find this 60k offer when I try to login and apply. Do I still check no SSN while applying?

      1. Ricky
        Ricky

        Going for Round #2 of Nova Credit might work. The Reddit DP linked above seems to indicate this can be successful.

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          Clinton

          Yes it works! Just did round #2 last friday along with round #1 on the same day

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        Jeremy

        Curious to know this as well, I’m in the same boat.

    2. Ricky
      Ricky

      My understanding is that you’d click through the 60k referral offer first, then select I’m not a US cardholder but have Canadian credit, and Nova would take it from there.

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      Peter

      Thank you Ricky for this blog (and all your blogs, in particular all the work you did on the new Aeroplan Program)!

      FYI, I signed up for my first ever AMEX (Canadian Gold) card thru your referral link about a month ago.

      Just used Sash’s (thank you Sash) referral link this morning and got approved for the AMEX (US Gold) card, including the 60,000 MR points.

      During the month of August I opened an RBC Cross-Border chequing account, changed my Canadian address online to a US address (wife’s brother). While getting approved this morning thru AMEX Global Transfer, the AMEX CSR called RBC in the USA. All three of us were on the phone while the RBC CSR confirmed my US address. It was as simple as that!

      Thank you so very much Ricky!!! With your invaluable information I’ve managed to sign up for three credit cards since July 23rd (Alaska WE, and AMEX Gold (CAD & US)), and amassed 30K AS miles, and 90K MR points.

      Yours gratefully, (a Miles & Points newbie)

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        Max

        Doesn’t amex require the canadian cards to be open for atleast 3 months and in good standing before youre eligible for a global transfer?

      2. Ricky
        Ricky

        Love to hear success stories like this! 🙂

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    Wrubel

    Ricky. I have 1 US credit card – have had for two months – but no ITIN. How would I go about getting this card? Many thanks.

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Going for Round #2 of Nova Credit might work. The Reddit DP linked above seems to indicate this can be successful.

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    Peter

    Does anybody have an idea how long this offer might last, based on previous experience? I have a US address, but won’t be there until October to retrieve the mail… I presume they won’t mail the US card to a Canadian address

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      Jay*

      @Peter, they do mail US cards to a Canadian address, depends on the reasoning :).

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      Patti

      Another great option for using the US MR points is transfer to Asia Miles at 1:1.

      1. Ricky
        Ricky

        True, Patti. I’ll add that to the list.

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      Pablinho

      No idea. It is the highest we’ve seen and i would be surprised if it lasts longer than a few weeks.

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    Andrew

    Your writing says $4000 USD within 3 months, but the screenshot of the offer says within 6 months

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      6 months it is. That’s what I get for writing articles just before Happy Hour.

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    Ced

    If you go on AMEX US in incognito mode, there is also an offer for the gold card of 35000 MR on the first 4000$ and 250$ on the first 2500$ but it’s not as good as the referral offer.

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    John

    A note on the restaurant spend: it’s actually similar to the platinum. 1 cad = ~.75 usd. So the platinum earns 3.75x per USD on dining, vs. 4x for the us gold. A slight edge at current exchange rates, but not a large one. If the USD goes down the edge would grow.

    However, US Amex points are more valuable, so it depends on the expected use.

    Do you think repeat us to canada points transfers may trigger a shutdown of canadian accounts? Technically you’re not supposed to have accounts on both sides of the border. This is obviously not enforced, but such transfers might be a gaming signal used in future shutdowns.

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Yes, I’d definitely place a higher value on US MR points due the wider range of transfer possibilities, hence my recommendation for the US Gold over the Canadian Platinum.

      I personally doubt they’d take any issue with cross-border transfers: many individuals spend time on both sides of the border and have accounts in both countries, which I feel is the reason this feature is offered in the first place.

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      Jordan

      You can only do a Canada-US MR transfer once per year anyways. Kind of hard to get shutdown based on an annual datapoint.

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