[Expired] WOW: Get those Bose for a net ~$27 (sorta). Or tons of other deals amplified.

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Talk about saving the best for last: if you still have the ability to get 20% via either of the 2 Amex Membership Rewards promotions, you can get a monster deal. I can’t take credit for this discovery — a reader commented on my post from late last night / early this morning, and it seemed good enough to share as all of the best Amazon deals can be maximized for a further discount by adding an Amazon gift card to make up the difference between the “original” price and $500, thereby netting a full $100 discount.

As an example, let’s look at the Apple version of the Bose noise-cancelling headphones that we posted last night. As you can see, the “original” price is $279 (the “price” under the list price):

As we noted last night, the 20% off that you can get by paying with 1 Amex Membership Rewards point (if you aren’t eligible for that promotion, see the section titled “Second 20% off promo” below) is taking 20% off of the original $279 and subtracting it from the sale price of $125.

20% of $279 = $55.80
$125 (sale price) – $55.80 = $69.20

And that’s how it comes up in the cart:

However, reader Larry figured out how to make this deal much hotter. Remember that the 20% off promo works on an order size up to $500 — you can get a max discount of $100. As Amazon is figuring the discount based on the “original” price of the headphones, Larry figured out that if you add an Amazon gift card worth the difference between the original price and $500, you’ll get a total discount of $100.

In other words, $500 (max order for discount) – $279 (original price of headphones) = $221. If you add a $221 Amazon gift card to your card, you’ll get a total of $100 off. Start off by adding the headphones (Apple version) to your cart plus a $221 Amazon gift card.

This is what your cart will look like.

When you go to checkout and apply at least 1 Membership Rewards point either using the original promotion or the new promotion (more below), this is what your total will look like:

That’s a total of $247.99. For $247.99, you get:

  1. $221 Amazon gift card
  2. the Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

And if you stack with the Quick Deal that Stephen posted earlier (See: New Amazon Amex Offer: Earn 3x Membership Rewards), you’ll also earn 744 Membership Rewards points. Now that’s a steal. If you were to value the Amazon Gift Card at face value, that would mean a net cost of $27 for the headphones. An Amazon gift card isn’t the same as cash that can be spent anywhere, but if you’re an Amazon Prime member, I’m sure it’s pretty close in value to you.

That same technique works on tons of other items. Here is the Sonos One with a total of $301 in gift cards ($50 as part of the bundle + $251 added to hit the $500 mark) for $353.91.

That speaker alone normally sells for $199. Getting that plus $301 in gift cards for $353 is an awesome deal.

This works for tons of the other good deals we’ve posted. As a reminder, here are some of them. Do the math on adding a gift card to the “original prices” crossed out below to hit $500 and trigger the full $100 discount. Some of them become really awesome — though note that some may no longer be available.

There are lots of other possibilities.

Second 20% off promo

As we reported last night, Dan’s Deals notes that there is a second Amex promotion for 20% off that is separate from the one we wrote about a week ago. This one requires you to pay with at least 1 Membership Rewards point and add coupon code AMEXSWP20PD. Word is that this deal may work for people who maxed out the previous 20% off promo and/or may work for those who weren’t targeted for that one. There’s no guarantee — but it’s worth a shot.

Bottom line

If you are still eligible for either of these promotions and you value Amazon gift cards anywhere near cash, adding a gift card to hit the max discount looks like the best deal yet. Thanks to reader Larry for pointing this one out!

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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C.J.
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C.J.

Not working for me. Only giving me the $39.60 for the headphones

Justin
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Justin

Worked for me! I wasn’t eligible for the Amex promo, but the coupon worked. Added Bose Headsets plus a $221 Amazon gift card to get the full $100 discount.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Using just the AMEX 20% off promo did not apply for the gift card. However, when using the coupon code AMEXSWP20PD, it discounted from both headphones and gift card.

Larry
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Larry

Wow — I made the big time! Credit where it’s due, I don’t think I figured this out on my own but more from cobbling together frequentmiler information from Nick, TPG, and doccredit. It was all pretty much already there. FWIW, I used the promo code. When I tried to register for the promo by clicking on the link it said I was not eligible, but after I chose my payment method using 1 Amex point it took the promo code just fine.

Nick
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Nick

Nice one Larry! Hey did you already use up the previous 20% off before using the new promo code? I keep getting the error that I can’t use this new promo code, and I’m wondering if it’s because I’ve got about $48 left on the previous promo one and it applies that first…

Larry
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Larry

Nope, I couldn’t use the prior deal. It kept saying I was not eligible. It was only the promo code that made it work.

AlexL
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AlexL

I do not think it worked if you already participated in the previous 20% discount.

fll
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fll

Yes. You have to use up the previous $100 regardless whether it is the first time or X times, you have to completely use up the balance of the $100 before the site would let you get any new deal.
I am in the same situation.

Leo
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Leo

I Just did it ($100 applied automatically). Thanks Nick/FM for this fantastic deal!

voyager
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voyager

Worked for me!! Thanks Nick/FM !!!

AlexL
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AlexL

It worked! Pull the trigger for the QC25. Thank you, Nick and Larry!

T. S.
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T. S.

Discount isn’t working for the gift card for me. Does work for the headphones.

A H
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A H

Try again by using 1 MR point and promo code AMEXSWP20PD together, should work

A H
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A H

Worked for me, but I had to use 1 MR point AND use the code AMEXSWP20PD. I tried using just 1 MR point and it was only giving me 20% off the headphones, not the gift card as well

A H
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A H

And also activated 3x MR points on Amazon, for a MAJOR win!

James
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James

In for 2. Thanks Nick.

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losingtrader
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losingtrader

Not working for me. I’m registered for the 20% off. Then I used 1 point and it’s not discounting the gift card.
I switched to using the promo code and that came up as invalid

A H
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A H

Happened to me as well. Try using 1 MR point AND the promo code together. that worked for me

losingtrader
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losingtrader

That worked . Thanks.

Yuri
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Yuri

You can just buy $100 third party gift card of your choice, and add $400 Amazon GC to maximize the deal. Worked for me for Uber GC. Also earned 4x MR points with Amex BBP.

USB
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USB

Great deal if you are just buying one. If you are buying more than 1, as in my case, then you’d be paying close to $150 for 2 no matter what.

kevin
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kevin

I can’t get it to work. And I definitely used a point and the promo code AMEXSWP20PD . tried many times, 2 different accounts, 2 different cards. it’s only taking the 20% off the physical item, not the value of gift card

Raghu Kankanala
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Raghu Kankanala

I am able also unable to get the 20% off on gift cards. I can get discount on other items but not on gift cards. Any ideas

Jimm
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Jimm

Worked flawlessly for me. $24.99 net for the Bose headset, and a $221 Amazon GC after applying 1 MR point and using the 20% off coupon code. Thanks Larry and Nick!! 🙂

Credit
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Credit

I don’t think these are two separate promotions. If you have used the previous one you can’t get the code to work.

Paul LoBo
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Paul LoBo

My mother in laws account worked for me for this promo. I already did the first promo twice. I added my wife’s Amex card, and scored a new set of Bose 25’s for about $27. Damn. 90% off. I’d say that’s a great deal. Thanks for the tip.

Dan
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Dan

Somehow I ended up getting these Bose QC 25s for absolutely free – I don’t get it either but I’m not complaining. I added a $302 Amazon e-gift card to my order (android headphones were originally $198, and after applying 1 MR point and using the coupon code, Amazon marked it down $52 for the 20% coupon (makes sense), and then $73 off for Prime savings, and then a further $73 off for the Deal of the Day. It looks like they somehow discounted the $73 ($198 to $125) twice – not complaining, but wow.

Barry
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Barry

Thanks for posting this Nick. I already own the headphones, but couldn’t pass on a deal like this. I was able to get 3X membership rewards on the purchase too. I’m a fan of the AirMod QC25 wireless adapter (sold on Amazon or eBay for about $59) for anyone wanting Bluetooth with these headphones.

Leah Poplawski
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Leah Poplawski

Nick so I seem to get these emails a day later. This popped up in my email late the am of the 18th although post date was the 17th. Sadly everything expired.

Kevin B
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Kevin B

Thanks so much for posting! I ended up buying the Roomba but not the same one you listed since it was unavailable. HOWEVER, in hindsight I made a Slight MISTAKE. The amazon gift cards ended up being 20% OFF. I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT $500 in gift cards THEN BOUGHT PRIME DAY DEALS WITH THE GIFT CARDS SINCE PRIME DAY DEALS WEREN’T DISCOUNTED 20% OFF. BOOM