Bloomingdale’s Amex Offer might get even better than advertised

This morning, Charlie at Running with Miles reported a great (but highly targeted) Amex Offer for $75 back on $200 or more at Bloomingdale’s. That’s a great offer if you’ve got it, but it might get even better than that.

Amex Offer Bloomingdales

The (initial) Offer

  • Get a 1-time $75 statement credit on a purchase of $200 or more at bloomingdales.com

Initial Thoughts

Nice deal!  That’s a great discount if you’re buying stuff at Bloomingdale’s. Right now, Ebates has 15% cash back at Bloomingdale’s as part of the birthday week cash back bonanza.

Bloomingdale's 15% back

If you bought $200 worth of “stuff”, you’d get $30 back plus $75 back — a total of $105 back on $200. That’s pretty solid — a savings of more than 50%.

Alternatively, it’s plenty to earn a profit if you’re just going to buy and sell Bloomingdale’s gift cards:

Bloomingdales Sell

The downside was that the offer is targeted.  I didn’t get it on any of my Amex cards. However, my wife got it on two of hers (including one that is an AU on one of my cards). We synced the offer, and my wife bought a $200 gift card with Amex #1. And that’s when it got more interesting…..

Congrats! You’ve used your Amex Offer

You know the email — every time you use an Amex Offer, you get an email congratulating you on using it. If you’ve had a few Amex cards for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen them a bajillion times and these days you just look to see if you got the email. You don’t actually click on it, right?  Lucky for us, my wife is the type who does click on that email. In this case, it caught her eye because the subject line was a little different than usual…

Amex offer unlocked

Unlocked another?  The body of the email was vague, but said she had unlocked another offer by using the first offer.

Amex Offers Unlocked Another Email

Clicking on “Learn More” brings up the details — the additional offer is another $30 back on $150 in-store at Bloomingdale’s:

Amex Offer 30 back on 150 Bloomingdales

For those wondering, this second offer does not show up in her synced offers in her online account. She proceeded to place a second order with Amex #2 (to which the $75 back on $200 offer was also synced) — and she received the same email that this $30 back on $150 in-store offer had been automatically added.

Final Thoughts

The initial offer is very good — that’s 37.5% back on $200 and enough to make an easy $30 per offer reselling gift cards. It’s even better if you’re buying merchandise and earning 15% cash back as you’ll save more than 50% (the Frequent Miler Laboratory has mixed results, but indicates that portals probably won’t pay out on gift card purchases). Getting an additional $30 back on $150 or more sweetens the pot. I have never noticed a similar email from any of the Amex Offers I have used (Greg hasn’t either). It’s possible that my wife was just individually targeted for this, but the fact that she got the same email after using both offers makes me think that anyone using this offer will probably get that “unlocked” email. One thing’s for sure: I’m going to take a closer look at the “Congrats” emails going forward.

Have you ever used an Amex Offer that unlocked another offer? Let us know in the comments.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Amol
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Thanks for the post – forgot to add these. Found them on 2 cards and immediately made orders. Got the same in-store offer on both cards.

Greg The Frequent Miler
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Was the offer on your mom’s business cards? The reason I’m asking is that the offer was on all of my wife’s business cards, including an AU card in my niece’s name. The offer didn’t appear on any personal cards or men’s cards. My hypothesis: they’re targeting businesswomen

Devon
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Devon

This was on my wife’s 1 business card and both business cards of mine where she was AU. EXACT same thing happened with the Sak’s recent offer.

Greg The Frequent Miler
Admin

Thanks. From multiple datapoints it is now clear that this is targeted to business cards, but not just to women.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I found them only on business cards, both on primary and AU. Both male and female as primary cardholder.

Good luck getting an order through though. All 3 of mine have been canceled (combination of merchandise and e-gift cards). Received an email saying to call so they can verify my information. 15 minutes on hold and then immediately hung up on. Then 30 minutes on hold only for them to tell me that my orders had already been canceled. They offered to create a new order for me but then I would lose out on the eBates 15%. 🙁

Ken
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Ken

Out of 14 cards I got this on my platinum biz card. Doesn’t look like any of the GC sites will buy eGCs, only mailed physical cards.

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I got it on one buss card only, but spouse did not get it on the same card in her account! I haven’t used that card much in a while.

John
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John

got it on my 14 business cards and already re-sold 3 200 gift cards, will wait to buy and resell 11

Anne
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Anne

Hi I have 2 questions, can anyone kindly answer these? Do offers appear just one time a month or are they added randomly throughout the month? I get an email with offers but wonder if I should be checking regularly for new ones to pop up. Also I was wondering, where can I read up on syncing Amex offers? Not sure how to but want to learn.
Thanks.

laurie
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laurie

ebates is now 3% was that only a one day discount?

Greg The Frequent Miler
Admin

Looks like it. Discover Deals is at 10% though

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