American Express launched some great Amex Offers for Platinum cardholders last week. One of those was for WineInsiders.com which gave $30 back when spending $30+. While not as good as the BestBuy.com and HomeDepot.com offers, it had the appearance of a decent offer which meant you could pick up almost-free wine.
Ordinarily we recommend taking advantage of any and all stacking opportunities. That can include using promo codes, card-linked programs, shopping portals, etc. With this particular Wine Insiders Amex Offer though, we’d recommend using caution with using promo codes and shopping portals.
The reason why is due to some of the exclusions listed:
Excludes voucher purchases, taxes and shipping costs and promotional offers through www.wineinsiders.com/promos/ , www.wineinsiders.com/promotion/ , www.wineinsiders.com/collections/ , and www.wineinsiders.com/vouchers. Excludes Refer A Friend promo codes at Checkout.
There are comments on the Doctor of Credit post about this offer which suggest that doing anything other than visiting the site directly and buying regularly-priced wine will affect the tracking of the offer.
For example, one person clicked through from Rakuten to earn cashback and didn’t receive confirmation from American Express that they’d used the offer. That’s not always an issue with Amex Offers as they sometimes track even if you didn’t receive a confirmation email, but in this case they cancelled their order and re-ordered after not clicking through from a shopping portal. That second order did trigger the Amex Offer statement credit, so assuming they ordered the same wine with the second order as they did the first, it seems like the tracking from the affiliate program affected the offer.
That seems to be backed up by another comment relating to a past Wine Insiders Amex Offer. They placed an order via a portal which didn’t track, whereas a second order not placed via a portal did track.
Another DoC reader noticed that clicking the ‘Gifts & Sets’ menu option takes you to https://wineinsiders.com/collections/shop-all-wine-sets. Orders from https://wineinsiders.com/collections/ are excluded from the offer, so that presumably means deals under the ‘Gifts & Sets’ listing are also excluded.
It therefore seems like the safest option for taking advantage of this offer is to buy wine from the main ‘Wine’ tab which takes you to https://wineinsiders.com/categories.