Good news! For those that got the 50K bonus along with the military waiver you can actually make $1,180 on a $9,000 deposit to NRL Federal Credit Union. That is a sweet 13% return on “investment” with zero risk.
Application is easy, just join the American Consumer Council (ACC) that is a member of the FCU, then upload a photo of your drivers license, set your cash advance fee to zero by calling 866-408-4064 (Barclays Credit Department). Charge the max of $9,000 to your Gold Card to satisfy the $3k in 90 day spend requirement for the 50K points. You will get 9,000 points for the $9k spend earning 59,000 points redeemable at 2 cents a point for $1,180 statement credit.
Note above the $200 charged on Amazon Gift Cards on MPX does not get reimbursed as it has the merchant spent on the charge. However this trick does work for amex platinum.
So if you got the bonus, good for you, if you missed the boat, shame on you because $1,000 is a lot of money you just denied yourself for being lame. Well at least you can get $180, and repeat this for a checking account.
Lastly there have been some reports of a gold pen being sent out to card members. However no one at FPO/APO had gotten theirs. Its been a month thinking its a UPS issue, but I called up my trusty CDR friend in Florida who reports also not getting a pen.
The O-5 called Barclay Concierge who said that only a select few card holders get Luxury Gifts as they come out. So there is your answer! Better luck next time!