June 17, 2014
One of the best current deals for buying American Express gift cards is to shop through BeFrugal for
4% 3% cash back. This can be a great way to save money on everything you buy. That said, there are many complications involved with buying and using American Express gift cards, so I highly recommend that you read my overview if you are new to this: Everything you ever wanted to know about Amex gift cards.
In this post, I want to draw your attention to a free-shipping code shown on the BeFrugal site (and elsewhere): FSGRAD. When buying gift cards and going through the check-out process, this code can be used, through June 30th, to waive shipping fees.
Often, there are multiple discount codes available for Amex gift cards and they come in two forms: 1) free-shipping codes; and 2) codes to waive the $3.95 purchase fees. So, whether it is better to get free shipping or waived purchase fees depends upon how many cards you plan to buy and the cost of shipping.
Premium Shipping Plan
Its often possible to get both free shipping and fee-free cards by using codes to waive purchase fees, and enrolling in the Premium Shipping Plan which offers free next day shipping for an entire year. American Express offers this plan for $99 per year with a 90 day free trial to new subscribers.
To get this 90 day trial offer, add gift cards to your basket, click “Check Out”, and then sign in with your American Express credentials. You should now be able to select the Premium Shipping free trial as one of the shipping options.
After the free trial
I used the free Premium Shipping trial a couple of years ago and cancelled the service before once the trial was over. Since then, the offer for free shipping hasn’t shown up on my account. Then, last night, the author of Miles, Points, and Mai Tais told me about a neat trick she had stumbled upon. She found that the free shipping code, FSGRAD, could be applied to the $99 annual fee for Premium Shipping!
After clicking through from BeFrugal to Amex Gift Cards (for 4% cash back at the time, but now down to 3% today), I put a $3000 gift card in my basket, clicked “Check Out”, signed into my Amex account, and selected the $99 Premium Shipping Plan as my shipping option. And, I added the promo code FSGRAD. The next screen showed that the full $99 shipment plan fee was removed.
And, after placing the order, I received an email confirming that I am now enrolled in the unlimited 2 day shipping plan for a full year. Sweet.