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)
See also: New Amex Sync offer: OfficeMax $10 off $50!
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)
See: Sony PlayStation 4 brand new for $260. Here’s how…
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!
Is there a way to get cash back/points by buying amazon.com gift cards ?
No, but if you use another person’s Amazon affiliate link, they will earn something
How can I add offers to Bluebird? Is Facebook the only way?
Facebook, Twitter, Bluebird app
Thanks for all the info – subscribing
Further Update: My purchase at Office Depot for Merchant Gift Cards — paid with my BlueBird — got posted today.
Hell, Small business Saturday, can we do 3 $10 transaction at the same store to get $30 credit ?
Thanks.. I ment to say Hello.. accidently typed Hell…
My first Credit from offer added on Blue Bird posted today…
I added Walmart offer on my card…made the purchase….and today received the credit.
I’m thinking the Uber sync deal ended, am I wrong?
I don’t know if they’ve closed it to new signups or not, but the offer was to spend $10 through December 31st to get $10 back.
I purchased merchant gift cards at my local Office Depot last night..I’ll be able to confirm the credit in a couple of days…
I did get the email confirmation almost immediately, though.
The Office Depot/Office Max offer terms say “Excludes…. electronic gift cards” – maybe that is why KEVIN didn’t get credit? FrequentMiler – any confirmation that this Amex Synch offer does in fact work with VISA gift cards?
Well, I bought merchant gift cards and it worked for me. I’ve heard that others got confirmation when buying Visa gift cards, but I don’t have firsthand evidence. I’d be extremely surprised if they are somehow handled differently.
Thanks, Jamie. I didn’t think of that. Have a good day.
I saw Walmart in MY OFFERS (not in Available Offers). I don’t recall saving them. Did Amex do it automatically, because I saved it a different time? Or, is it there from the last time I saved them – but I used it the last time, so it shouldn’t still be there, right? Please advise. Thanks a million!
Ron – I’ve never had Amex add an offer automatically. That one came out quite a while ago, so maybe you added it, but forgot. Double check your “savings” column to make sure you haven’t already used it.
I don’t know how it would have gotten there if you didn’t either save it or add it through another method (Twitter, Amex app, Facebook, etc.)
I don’t see $250 physical Best Buy gift cards online max for me seems to be $200. Anyone see different?
How about one $200 card and one $50 card?
10 off 50 at officedepot.com is on my list, I made a purchase of office max $50 gift card, but didn’t get the Amex notification on using the offer.
I bought a bunch of them today and received email acknowledgments for each one. If you never get the credit from Amex you can contact them and ask them to add it.
Isn’t store.Starbucks.com just for merch, not Starbucks cards or reloads?
I successfully reloaded my Starbucks card 3 times with 3 different cards for $10 each and received the rebate.
Many have reported it working for gift card reloads
You might want to highlight the walmart offer is online *only* at walmart.com
Just wanted to add that there are lots of items that can be ordered from Walmart.com & picked up in store so it counts for the Amex offer (like coffee!).
Thank you! I missed that one. Updated.
FM – thanks for the summary. Is there a way to track what offers have been added to the bluebird card?
Try syncing it to Facebook. Within Facebook you can see all of the offers: https://apps.facebook.com/amexlinklikelove/?extlink=syncHome
Thanks for the “how to play” suggestions! I already tried to see if I could “slide” my U-verse under the Amex radar, but no luck. But I hadn’t thought at all about paying a friends ATT bill. Just gotta find a friend with ATT….
I could be your friend as I didn’t get the promo. 🙂
Do you know…
Can you buy physical GC from Sony.com?
Can Sony eGC earn portal CB?
Sony doesn’t sell physical GC online.
eGC earn portal points/CB.
Might check back during the day for the Amazon deal. Spend $15 get $15 back.
Just got a $15 gift card reload(no exclusion in t&c) for nada.
Wow, where did you find that deal?
I got the same Amazon offer for $15 off $15 for all three of mine and my wife’s cards as well.
$15 off of $15 at Amazon is a VERY targeted promo — probably aimed at folks that AMEX/Amazon can’t identify as existing customers (AMEX is trying to get good at this: have you noticed when you look at the Small Business Saturday merchant map they “recommend” certain merchants based on your spending patterns?).
My family has 27 AMEX cards (you’d be nuts these days not to take out lots of companion cards). We have the offer on 1, our teenage daughter’s only AMEX card. I guess I’d better sign her up for more cards!
“…27 AMEX cards..”??
That’s a lot of AMEX cards:)
I know it sounds like a lot, but really isn’t. Combined, my wife and I only have 5 real AMEX accounts. Three of them are no-fee (Blue, HHonors)so we just keep them, and two are “entrepreneurial” that we sign-up for the sign-up bonus. We then have Serve cards with their various subaccounts. So if you have teenagers or other family members you can add to your regular AMEX accounts, it’s very easy to get to a large number of promo-eligible accounts — this is not “extreme” credit card manipulation. Very useful this month for Small Business Saturday.
I received the Congrats email from Amex for buying a $15 Giftcard with free 1 day delivery. Not bad, free money.
Just got this same offer… Amazon: Spend $15, get $15 back.
Blue Cash (Old version) & Hilton HHonors Card showing Amazon.com, Spend $15 or more, get $15 back, Exp. 12/31/2014. But not Gold Delta, Costco, Blue for Biz or SimlyCash Biz card.
None of “my” cards got it, but both of my husbands (which don’t get used nearly as often) had it. I’ll take $30 worth of free amazon stuff any day!
That’s a fantastic offer. I wish it had appeared on at least one of my many cards!
Thanks for this recap with more detailed information on how to best maximize the offers. Finally synced my cards and am ready to go!