AMEX Offer: Make $200+ single purchase at Sherwin-Williams, get $50 Back

If you are planning various purchases at Sherwin-Williams brick and mortar stores by mid-December 2017, you may want to group all those purchases into a big $200+ purchase. That’s IF you have an American Express credit card, and IF you go to the AMEX OFFERS section of their website and locate this offer IF you are being offered it in your account.

But if you are, and you accept it, that’s a pretty good cashback amount! If your order total is just over $200 that’s like a 25% off discount. As Larry David likes to say, it’s pretty, pretty, pretty good!

AMEX Offer: Spend $75+ at Reebok, Get $15 Statement Credit

This is a potentially practical American Express offer. If you make purchases (they can be more than one) of $75+ total by September 4 in 2017 at Reebok’s website or their brick and mortar stores, you will receive a one-time $15 Statement Credit to your American Express account.

The offer only works at Reebok stores, not at any other shoe seller or department store. If you have multiple AMEX credit cards, make sure you pay with the one you activate the offer with, otherwise you won’t receive the statement credit.

AMEX Offers: Spend $15+ at GrubHub, Get $5 back

Another offer of edible interest is making the rounds at the American Express Offers, which you can easily find when you logon to your AMEX account. They are waiting for you below the account summary up top. One such offers gets you a $5 statement credit if you spend $15 or more at GrubHub during the promotional period which ends July 31, 2017.

You must first activate the offer by adding it to your account, which is easier than it sounds, you just press the “Add to Card” button 🙂 You only earn one $5 credit during this promotional period.

AMEX Offers: $300 off in Yelp Ads purchases of $300+

If you have a local business that you want to promote, and you have an American Express credit card, you may want to head on over to the American Express Offers. This is the section below your statement summary on the AMEX website, AFTER you logon with your account. There’s a variety of offers swimming in that ocean, but they are targeted, so not every card holder gets every offer.

This offer gets you $300 off a purchase of $300 or more in Yelp Ads to promote your business. This is a promo code to use when making the Yelp Ads purchase, it is not an “Add to Card” promotion. Here is a larger version of the picture below where you can see that the promo code to use for this offer is 0517YELPAMEX300.

Per the terms there, the offer is good for first time Yelp purchases, and it must be paid with an AMEX credit card. The promotion runs until 8/28/17. It cannot be combined with other offers. This is NOT a statement credit or Membership Points. You will get a straight up discount at Yelp. So if you order $310 in Yelp Ads, the coupon will drop the price down to $10. This is a random example, I don’t know what kind of ad packages Yelp offers!

AMEX Offers: Spend $15+, Get $5 statement credit

The battles for cordcutters are heating up as more and more companies are offering LIVE TV plans now. Once upon a time, this was thought of as unthinkable. Now it’s raining options. One of the options, one of the first in the game, is SlingTV, having the lowest entry price for a basic plan ($20/month). And they are participating in the American Express offers…

If you spend $15+ on SlingTV, paid with your AMEX card of course, you will receive a one time $5 statement credit. So to get this offer, all you need to do is paying for a month of the service. As usual, you have to first activate the offer by adding it to your card (see screenshot above). And needless to say, the AMEX Offers website must needs offer this option to you, because some of this offers are targeted or YMMV or limited activation quantity.

AMEX Offers: Spend $200+, Get $20 back on Car Rentals

If you have an American Express credit card, check the Offers section (below the activity summary page when you login to your account). There is a new offer that gets you $20 back as a statement credit if you spend $200+ at car rentals. These have to be booked directly with the car rental companies, not through agents/intermediaries. The good news is that three different companies are eligible for this, so you have more flexibility if you have particular preferences: Alamo, National, and the non Star Trek Enterprise 🙂

Make sure you pay attention to the deadlines. Also note that registration is limited, so if you are potentially interested, do the “Add to Card” thing to register the offer to your account. Registration may close before the offer expires. But once you register your card, you have until the expiration date to use it.

AMEX Offers: Spend $250+ at Hugo BOSS, Get $50 Statement Credit

If you are a fan of the Hugo Boss brand (and stores), check your AMEX offers to see if you have been offered this promotion. You login to your account, and below the account summary, the various AMEX offers are presented in an ever-scrolling fashion. One of them is this, screenshot of which below:

If you spend $250 or more, in a combination of purchases at their website and brick and mortar stores, you will receive a $50 statement credit on your AMEX account. One use per customer. The offer runs until 5/11/17. You must first claim it (“Add to Card”) before you can earn the bonus.

It appears to be offered on both AMEX Blue and Membership Rewards cards. YMMV as always with the AMEX offers.

Extra Membership Point at Best Buy and Macy’s

This is another American Express Offer you can find in the “Offers” section when you login to your account. It is available only to cards that participate in Membership Rewards (not the lovely AMEX Blue), and it is YMMV. First you have to find these offers in your account (some of them are targeted, so only some people get them), and then you have to manually activate them, which sounds ore complicated than it is, you just press the “Add to Card” button for every offer you are interested in. You can “Add to Card” on as many offers as you like, including all of them. But you have to do it one by one 🙂

An extra 1% may not be much but if you are only getting 1% in points anyway at Macy’s or Best Buy, then it is doubling up your Rewards points 🙂

Here are the screenshots of the two offers, Best Buy first, then Macy’s:

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YMMV Amex Blue Offers Upgrade to Preferred with $150 Bonus on $1000+ spend

If you have an American Express Blue credit card, check your AMEX Offers (at their website or app). You may have been offered an Upgrade promotion to the Blue Cash Preferred credit card. The upgrade promo is a $150 statement credit if you make $1000+ in purchases during the first three months of the upgrade.

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Buy $300+ in AMEX Gift Cards, Get $20 Staples Gift Card via Easy Rebate

Staples is back with another prepaid gift card Easy Rebate promotion, this time it is the turn of American Express to do the 20/300 dance. You buy $300+ in American Express gift cards at Staples stores until the close of business on Saturday 12/10/16 (in a single transaction) and you will receive a $20 Staples gift card via Easy Rebate (which can be submitted online, no need to mail anything in).

As with before, the trick is to get to $300 with one or two gift cards, so the activation fees won’t eat into your $20 Easy Rebate. If you pay with a credit card that has a higher percentage on office supplies (eg Chase Ink has 5%) then you can make a small profit there, and then use the gift cards to pay for items that would otherwise only get you 1% or 2% back in credit card rewards.

AMEX Offers: Spend $5+ at iTunes, Get $5 Statement Credit

If you have an American Express credit card and like to shop at iTunes, check your latest AMEX Offers! Their new offer is pretty good, if you make $5 or more in purchases until 12/31/16, you will receive a $5 AMEX statement credit. You don’t even have to spend the $5 in a single transaction. This is a cumulative offer. It has a limit of one per customer during the promotion.

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As with other offers like this, you have to manually first add it to your account by clicking the “Add to Card” button in the Offers section of the AMEX website. If you have more than one card on the same login, make sure you are activating it on the card you intend to do so.

Note also that while the offer is good until 12/31/16, the time frame to add it to your card is often shorter, because they sometimes have a limited number of activations. To cut a long story short, if you are planning of using it, add it to your account as soon as you see it, don’t assume it will be available to sign up for until the end of the promotional window.

Having said that, once you add it to your card, the offer remains in your account until the expiration date. The shorter time frame is for adding to your account, not using it (once you activate it).

AMEX Blue Preferred Twitter Offer: 10% back on Amazon (up to $200 or 6 mos)

Twitter too is a good place to find deals, case in point, among the various annoying sponsored tweets, you may actually find something useful. American Express is running a Blue Preferred Card promotion that in addition to the regular cashback rewards, you receive 10% back on Amazon purchases, up to $200 in Rewards (= up to $2000 in purchases) or for the next six months, whichever happens first. This is great for the holiday shopping season since most people spend a lot more during that time. In addition, you may be able to qualify for $250 back when you make $1000+ in purchases within the first three months.

NOTE that the Blue PREFERRED has a $95 annual fee. As much as you may find annual fees revolting, this is actually better than the regular no-annual fee AMEX Blue if you make an average of $265+ monthly purchases in groceries (or any other combination of bonus-percent category purchases).

This is because groceries are 3% with the default Blue. With this one, you get 6% (up to $6000 in purchases per year). So for the Preferred to be …preferable (sorry, I couldn’t resist), you need the extra 3% to be higher than $95 per year. Pull up the calculator, and the break even point is $3164 per year or $264 average per month. So if you spend more than that, you get more cashback with the Preferred even with the annual fee.

But you don’t just get more % rewards on groceries. You also get 3% on department stores and gas stations versus 2% with the no-fee Blue.

Transfer AMEX Points to Plenti Rewards, Get 50% More

For a limited time, the Plenti Rewards program is offering y’all an incentive to transfer your existing American Express Membership Points to Plenti with a 50% bonus. If you transfer 500 AMEX Points, you will receive 750 Plenti points while this promotion is running. Check your Plenti emails to see if you qualify for this promotion. They send it by email, I did not find it on their website.

Once you click through the email, it takes you to a page where you can calculate the numbers. Points must be transferred in 500 AMEX Rewards increments. They have a handy calculator there, as you can see, I entered 2000 AMEX Rewards points and it told me I would be getting 3000 Plenti points. The offer is good until 12/31/16.

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Considering that it is not easy to directly convert AMEX Membership points to cash or cash-equivalents at a 1:1 ratio (even paying with them at AMEX has an unfavorable conversion ratio), being able to transfer them to Plenti with a 50% bonus is a big plus ASSUMING you have no problem spending the Plenti points at Rite Aid or Macy’s or Exxon-Mobil or any of the other places that participate in the program.

Remember, Plenti [explainer post] is run by American Express, which is why they are able to rearrange the point chairs 🙂

PS: this only works with actual Membership Points. It does not work with the Blue Cash program.

YMMV $25 off a $50+ Amazon purchase if you pay with American Express Membership Points

If you have an American Express credit card that is participating in the Membership Points, there’s a hot new promotion running at Amazon until 12/31/16 that gets you $25 off a purchase of $50+ of items sold and shipped by Amazon actual (not by marketplace sellers) IF you pay (at least partially) with your American Express Membership points.

You don’t even have to pay for the full order amount with AMEX points. You can select how many points you want to use. This is important because the exchange rate is not favorable. One AMEX Point is the equivalent of less than a penny.

If you have eligible credit cards in your account, you will see this offer while adding items to your shopping cart or advancing to the checkout page.

NOTE: this promotion is YMMV as it may be targeted to customers with AMEX Membership Points in their account and it may be further sub-targeted based on whatever factors Amazon’s computers use to decide to offer these things. I have no way of knowing how many people are eligible…

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The AMEX Gift Card Offer returns at Staples stores on August 28

If you are a fan of doing the Staples Easy Rebate Gift Card Easy Rebate promotions, set your alarm clock to wake you up on Sunday August 28 in 2016 because the weekly promotion is back for American Express Gift Cards.

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