20% off Lowe’s, Zappos, Crate & Barrel, and more

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AmexOffersForYou

American Express has unveiled a number of terrific new “Offers for You,” also known as “Sync Offers”.  Not all offers are available to every person or to every Amex card they have.  To see your offers, log into your American Express account, scroll down, and click on the “Offers for You” tab.  Between my wife and I, we have many active American Express cards including those where we are alternate users on each other’s accounts.  Here are some of the deals I found on our cards:

  • Lowe’s: Spend $50 or more, get $10 back (up to 20% savings)
  • Zappos: Spend $150 or more, get $30 back (up to 20% savings)
  • Crate & Barrel: Spend $50 or more, get $10 back (up to 20% savings)
  • Hampton Hotels: Spend $150 or more, get $25 back (up to 16.7% savings)
  • Petco: Spend $25 or more, get $5 back (up to 20% savings)
  • Petsmart: Spend $25 or more, get $5 back (up to 20% savings)
  • iTunes: Spend $5 or more, get $5 back (up to 100% savings)

I’ve detailed before how to maximize savings and points earned from offers like these.  For review, please revisit the following posts:

I haven’t yet had a chance to experiment with the current offers, but here is my initial research on each one:

Lowe’s

  • Frequent Miler Laboratory: People have reported getting portal points or cash back both from buying physical gift cards at Lowes.com and from using gift cards.
  • CashBackMonitor:  Best portal rates include 5% cash back via Shop Discover and uPromise; 3X via Barclaycard RewardsBoost, Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall, and AA portal
  • GiftCardGranny: Lowe’s gift cards have up to 81% resale value

One option: Buy physical gift cards online through portal $50 at a time.  Either resell gift cards or use through portal to buy merchandise.

Best bet: Bring enrolled Amex cards to Lowes and use them to buy gift cards to other merchants in-store.  Make sure to buy cards $50 at a time.  Lowes carries a wide variety of gift cards, so this is a chance to get 20% back for buying gift cards to gas stations, Amazon.com, Southwest Airlines, and much more!

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Zappos

Best bet: Buy gift cards online $150 at a time but only if sure to use the credit.  Resale is break even at best so not worth the hassle.  When buying and using gift cards, go through portal just in case (and report back whether or not it works!)

Crate & Barrel

  • Frequent Miler Laboratory: People have reported getting portal points or cash back both from buying physical gift cards at Crateandbarrel.com and from using gift cards.
  • CashBackMonitor:  Best portal rates include 5% cash back via Shop Discover and uPromise; 4X via United portal; 3X via Barclaycard RewardsBoost, and AA portal
  • GiftCardGranny: Crate & Barrel gift cards have up to 84% resale value

Best bet: Buy physical gift cards online through portal $50 at a time.  Either resell gift cards or use through portal to buy merchandise.

Hampton Hotels

Best bet: Use deal for actual planned Hampton Inn stay.  Alternatively, try going to Hampton Inn, in person, to buy $150 Hilton gift card.  I might try this just to see if it works.

Petco

  • Frequent Miler Laboratory: People have reported getting portal points from using gift cards online, but there’s no data about buying gift cards.
  • CashBackMonitor:  Best portal rate is 10% cash back via Shop Discover
  • GiftCardGranny: Petco gift cards have up to 65% resale value

Best bet: Buy physical gift cards online $25 at a time but only if planning to use those gift cards to buy merchandise.  When shopping at Petco, go through Shop Discover portal.

Petsmart

  • Frequent Miler Laboratory: People have reported getting portal points or cash back both from buying physical gift cards at Petsmart.com and from using gift cards.
  • CashBackMonitor:  Best portal rate is 10% cash back via Shop Discover
  • GiftCardGranny: Petco gift cards have up to 79% resale value

Best bet: Buy physical gift cards online through Shop Discover portal $25 at a time.  Either resell gift cards or use through portal to buy merchandise.

iTunes

This offer is for a 100% rebate so might as well use it!  The only real question is whether it is worth the effort to change my credit card on file multiple times.

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