Amex is on a an incredible roll lately. Through various promotions, they’re handing out cash to cardholders like its going out of style. Here’s a roundup of some of the best current offers and how to play them…
American Express regularly offers deals to their card members. Often, it is possible to signup for deals simply by logging into your Amex account and finding the deals under “Offers For You”. Sometimes, though, it is necessary to signup by syncing your Amex card with a social media account. Most of the latter deals are available through Twitter, but some are only found on Facebook, Foursquare, or TripAdvisor. You can find information about all of these deal channels here: www.amexoffers.com.
The key to getting the most of these offers is to learn how to signup multiple Amex cards. You can find full details about signing up multiple cards here: Maximizing Amex Sync offers. Part 1: sync multiple cards. Seriously, read that post if you haven’t already.
The following type of Amex cards are each separately eligible for Amex Offers:
- Amex credit cards and charge cards issued by American Express
- Amex credit cards and charge cards issued by other banks (e.g. Citibank, Fidelity, etc.)
- Authorized user accounts of cards issued by American Express
- Amex Serve cards
- Amex Serve subaccount cards
- Bluebird cards
- Bluebird family account cards
The following cards are not eligible for Amex Offers:
- American Express gift cards
- American Express Prepaid card
- American Express Campus Edition card
- American Express for Target card
- REDbird: Target Prepaid REDcard
- Authorized user accounts for cards issued by banks other than Amex
AT&T Wireless: Spend $150, get $150! (free money!)
This deal is only available for Amex business cards. Simply pay (or prepay) $150 worth of your AT&T wireless bill and you’ll get $150 back. If you don’t have an AT&T wireless bill, but you do have the offer, find a friend with AT&T and make them a “win-win” deal (e.g. offer to pay $150 of their bill if they’ll give you $75 back).
How to signup: Only by logging in and looking under Offers For You
More details here: Amazing Amex deal! $150 free for AT&T customers!.
Small Business Saturday: Spend $10, get $10
This doesn’t sound like a lot, but you can do this three times for each Amex card, so the savings can add up fast. This is a great way to do a mini shopping spree, paid for by Amex!
How to signup: Click here.
Be sure to read: How to maximize Amex Small Business Saturday.
Office Depot / OfficeMax: Spend $50, get $10
Both of these stores sell merchant gift cards. If you’re lucky, you can even find $200 Visa or MasterCard gift cards for $206.95. Load up your cart with gift cards that you want and then, when paying, ask to split tender $50 at a time. For each payment, use a different Amex card that has been enrolled in this promo. This way you’ll get the equivalent of about 20% back on all gift cards!
How to signup: Offers for You, or Twitter (Tweet: #AmexOfficeDepot)
Walmart: Spend $15, get $5
To maximize this deal, buy a $15 Walmart gift card (online only) with each enrolled Amex card you have. With your gift cards, you can then buy anything you want in store or online at Walmart or Sams Club. You will get the equivalent of 33% back!
How to signup: Offers for You, or Twitter (Tweet: #AmexWalmart)
Uber: Spend $10, get $10 (40% off Uber!)
This is a great deal, but you do have spend $10 with Uber before the end of this year in order to get the statement credit. If you don’t have immediate plans for Uber rides, you can buy Uber gift card credit instead. The minimum gift card amount is $25. The $10 Amex rebate is like a 40% discount off future Uber rides.
How to signup: Offers for You, or Twitter (Tweet: #AmexUber)
For more details, see: 40% off Uber rides!
Sony: Spend $100, get $25
Go through a portal to Sony and buy gift cards $100 at a time. Pay with your synced Amex cards. Go through a portal again to use the gift cards to buy stuff. With 5% cash back portals, you should get the equivalent of a 35% rebate.
How to signup: Offers for You, or Twitter (Tweet: #AmexSony)
Starbucks: Spend $10, get $5
Best bet here is to use your synced Amex cards to reload a Starbucks gift card $10 at a time. This is equivalent to getting 50% off all of your Starbucks purchases.
How to signup: Offers for You, or Twitter (Tweet: #AmexStarbucks)
Best Buy: Spend $250, get $25
You can use this deal to get 10% off gift cards purchased at Best Buy (which may include Visa gift cards and Amazon gift cards). However, if you have Best Buy purchases to make, consider the following:
- Go through a points portal to Best Buy and buy a $250 physical gift card (According to reports in the Frequent Miler Laboratory, points-based portals work for this, but cash back portals do not).
- Pay with your Synced Amex card for a 10% statement credit
- Go through a portal again to buy merchandise with the gift card (or, sell the gift card and come out roughly even).
This deal gives you 10% off anything at Best Buy (including Apple products) plus points and miles!