Amex gift cards 3% cash back via TopCashBack

Valid through 8/24/2014:

TopCashBack is offering 3% cash back for Amex gift cards

Don’t use promo codes: Keep in mind that you won’t get cash back if you use a promo code to waive card or shipping fees.  It is OK to get free shipping with their premium shipping plan, though.

Don’t use Citi cards: Also remember: do not pay with Citibank cards since they’ll charge a cash advance fee!

Please read: Everything you ever wanted to know about Amex gift cards.  And, if you still have questions, please ask via the comments of that post so that we can keep information about Amex gift cards in one place. 

Important notes:

  • Portals no longer pay out when using a promo code to waive shipping or card fees.  Best bet is pay the card fee and subscribe to premium shipping for free delivery.
  • Amex gift cards do not have PINs.  They cannot be used to load Bluebird cards.
  • Some credit card companies charge cash advance fees when purchasing these online. Please read Everything you ever wanted to know about Amex gift cards for details.
  • Some portals restrict the top card amount to $500.  You can easily circumvent this by logging into your Amex account (after clicking through from the portal) and then you’ll see values up to $3000.  Yes, you should still get cash back or miles (that has been my experience).
  • Cash back can take several months to go from pending to payable.
  • Miles often take several weeks or even a month or more to post, but then appear immediately in your mileage account.

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4 Comments on "Amex gift cards 3% cash back via TopCashBack"

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Paul Huang

I accidentally used Citi AAdvantage visa last month purchasing Amex gift cards, fortunately, no cash advance was shown on the statement, maybe Citi has made some adjustment on their end, just FYI.

Frequent Miler

That’s encouraging! I still won’t advocate people use Citi cards because your experience might have been a fluke.


It’s not a deal if you never get paid. I used TCB several times, WITHOUT a promo code (though I did have free shipping through Amex’s trial program). I’ve never received a dime from them.


I’ve been successful three of three times so far. I always use incognito mode in the browser making sure I don’t click on anything funny and go right to check