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Amazon is running a terrific deal that I imagine will sell out early this morning: get a Samsung Galaxy S9 unlocked and an Echo Show for 519.99. That’s a terrific deal as the phone alone regularly goes for more — and the new Echo Show has a regular price of $179.99. And it gets even better if you have the Amex 20% discount when paying with at least 1 Membership Rewards point as you can get it down to just $419.99 (plus tax). That’s pretty awesome if you’re looking to buy an S9 unsubsidized by a carrier (and a Samsung Galaxy S9 is of course great for Samsung Pay, which makes it particularly useful for those who can max out promotions on mobile payments this way).
- Get a Samsung Galaxy S9 + Amazon Echo Show for $519.99 (our affiliate link)
- Stack with this promotion to get up to $100 off when using at least one Membership Rewards point (targeted)
One of the major draws behind a Samsung Galaxy S9 for rewards card enthusiasts is the fact that Samsung Pay is so widely accepted. In addition to using the NFC capability that Apple Pay and Google Pay use, it also has MST — a technology designed to “trick” the magnetic stripe reader at a credit card terminal into thinking that you’ve swiped a credit card. These makes it incredibly useful as you’re essentially able to use Samsung Pay almost anywhere with a credit card swipe reader. I’ve been using a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch to get the same effect — though the phone has a couple of distinct advantages.
First, you can only link Chase Pay to Samsung Pay with the phone. While Chase Pay has very limited acceptance (and I’ve recently written about how challenging it can be to use), using it through Samsung Pay enables you to pay almost anywhere to take advantage of Chase Pay promos.
A second advantage of having Samsung Pay on a Samsung phone is access to certain promotions that only come up on the phone. Just last week, Samsung Pay offered 30% cash back at Best Buy and also 30% back on toys at Walmart. Both offers are incredible — but were only available on phones.
And of course being able to use Samsung Pay all the time means that you could earn 3x points almost everywhere on the US Bank Altitude Reserve. That’s worth 4.5% back when used towards travel.
Of course, this is still a lot of money for a phone — but if you’re the type to buy a flagship phone outside of a binding carrier agreement, this looks like a great deal. Whether you want the Echo or you sell it, you should come out nicely ahead if you’re able to stack these promos.
Note that the shipping date has been pushing out on this all morning. At the time of writing, it’s showing a ship date of December 11th — but that has been moving out day by day over the past couple of hours. I wouldn’t be surprised if this sells out soon.