Sorry to report that the Ameriprise Gold card is dead. The upside is the AmEx Platinum Ameriprise version comes with a 60K MR bonus after $5k spend. They dropped the first year free benefit, but it did not apply to us because they would have waived the $550 annual fee anyways for military. For what its worth, I went ahead and tried one more time to upgrade my existing Ameriprise Gold card to another platinum on the phone, and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to do it without any trouble. I tried last month but was denied. The trick was to wait more than a year from opening to ask for the upgrade.
I don’t have an Ameriprise account and have not been shut down, yet! Not sure when this loophole get shut down.