$100 back on $600 at Amex Travel (works on refundable hotels)

American Express has had a slew of new offers out today, including 2x Membership Rewards points at a number of retailers through December 31st and a targeted $100 back on $300 or more at MR PORTER (we pointed out that a good use of this one would be for a GoPro). A third offer that is widely available is a $100 statement credit on $600 or more in prepaid hotel bookings at Amex Travel.

AmexTravel Offer

The Deal

  • Spend $600 or more, get a $100 statement credit
  • Valid only on prepaid hotel bookings at amextravel.com

Key Terms

  • Must book by 5/31/17
  • Excludes Fine Hotels & Resorts
  • Excludes any type of booking other than a prepaid hotel

Our Thoughts

This could be a decent deal if you are making a booking and do not care about elite benefits or credits as most hotels will not typically honor benefits or give credit for prepaid 3rd party bookings.  In the right situation, this could be a good chance to save a hundred bucks. Keep in mind that prepaid does not necessarily mean nonrefundableEdit: For clarity, I am not suggesting that you book to get the credit and then cancel later. I assume Amex would claw back the $100 statement credit. I’m merely emphasizing that this deal doesn’t lock you into dates that you can’t change/cancel. You can choose hotels with a flexible cancellation. You’re only giving up elite benefits/status/things like free wi-fi which may only be free for members who book direct.

For an example, see this hotel stay I looked up for Tuesday, November 7th, 2017:

Soffitel NY Cancellation Policy

Furthermore, folks with an Amex Platinum card — whether Personal or Business — should qualify for 5x points:

Soffitel NY Rate

Note where it says “Get 5X Points” under the $529 room rate.

Lest anyone think that hotel is not prepaid, here is the payment page:

Soffitel NY Book

So this hotel would both earn you 5X Membership Rewards points (3,050 points) and trigger the $100 back on $600. In the end, you’d earn about $61 worth of points toward airfare if you’re a Business Platinum holder (or $66.19 if our predictions are correct) on top of the $100 back on $600. That’s not a bad deal.  $600 for a room in NY on a Tuesday in November, on the other hand, isn’t anything to write home about — it was just an example for illustration :-).

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Richard
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Richard

If you cancel the hotel booking and the money goes back to your card, Amex will pull back the $100 statement credit. Trust me, I’ve done it before with them. (Not intentionally. I swear.) However, I will log into my Amex account after returning something from an Amex offer, and they take back the money they gave from the offer.

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+1 to what Richard said. Amex has clawed back a statement credit after I cancelled a reservation last year, with a similar offer. Datapoints on Flyertalk, for some people it resulted in FR. Be extra careful (I would say it’s not worth it).

Joe
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Joe

Many of the amex offers has a specific tern where they won’t credit you until after the offer expires. I’ve waited 6 months for a credit from last year. I think they do that to avoid hotel rebookings be it intentional or skirting the terns.

P
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P

Didnt previous Amex travel booking offers gave more cashback? Something equivalent to 20% back. Amex gabe you 5x MR instead of the old 2x but discount is less than 17%. You can get a better deal at Hotels.com using discounted gift cards.

Randy
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Randy

Really, you are asking people to book and refund, this is clear cut cheating. I am reporting this site to your advertising partners saying you are suggesting fraud to people

Gary
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Gary

You should probably read the article and comments again.
The author made it clear that he wasn’t suggesting that, and also that it wouldn’t work anyway.

(Reminds me of what “Bulldog”, on Frasier, used to always do. In case anybody watches re-runs.)

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Max
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Looks like this offer has dissapeared. I checked all my amex cards, it is on none of them anymore (was there few days ago).

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