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One of the main reasons I like having a good number of American Express cards is that, quite often, I get targeted for some very useful offers via the Amex Offers section of my account page. Not only can these offers save me quite a bit of money but they also effectively lower the cost of holding my Amex cards in the first place.
Last year I used a $200 Delta credit, courtesy of an Amex offer, to book an $888 Business Class flight on Air France/Delta and I used the same offer to lower the cost of a Premium Economy/Business Class trip that Joanna & I took to New York. I got $600 of value out of the Delta offer and, as my Amex annual fees cost me $545 across all my cards, it effectively put me in profit for the year…and that was just with one offer 🙂
It’s not only cashback that you can get through the Amex offers – you can earn bonus points too. If you hold Membership Rewards cards there are often offers which award bonus points for hitting a spend target with a given retailer. Right now there’s just such an offer for shopping with Amazon….and it’s FANTASTIC!
Spend $50 at Amazon.com and earn 2,000 bonus Membership Rewards points
As with most Amex offers this is a targeted promotion so not everyone will have it available to them….but those of us lucky enough to see this in our accounts can earn a great bonus very, very easily.
I hold just two Membership Rewards cards but both of them showed the offer.
While the T&Cs of the offer rule out the purchase of “corporate gift cards” there doesn’t appear to be anything in the T&Cs that rule out the purchase of an Amazon gift card to trigger the bonus…so that’s exactly what I’ve done.
As the headline of the promotion reads “spend $50+” and the body of the promotion reads “spend $50 cumulatively” I decided to err on the side of caution and, using my Amex EveryDay credit card, I ordered a $51 eGift Card from Amazon.
Within a few minutes I got a notification from Amex showing that my purchase had tracked…..
….so, from my experience, it looks like gift card purchases will trigger the offer – that’s great news.
Amazon credit/gift cards are pretty much the same as cash to me as I do a lot of my shopping though the site so, effectively, it looks like Amex just gave me 2,000 Membership Rewards points for no extra outlay.
Will I Get An Unexpected Bonus?
I very rarely use my Amex EveryDay card so I’ve never really paid much attention to the 20% bonus (Membership Rewards points) you can get for making 20 transactions on the card in a single billing cycle…but this month I’m going to hit that target and it’s got me thinking.
Will Amex pay out the 20% bonus just on the points earned from spending or will I get the bonus on all Membership points earned in the billing period (which would include the 2,000 bonus points from my Amazon spend)? I don’t know the answer to that but I’m looking forward to finding out!
Hopefully a lot of readers will have been targeted for this and will grab the chance to earn some very easy Membership Rewards Points (why wouldn’t you!). But, if you haven’t been lucky this time, make sure you keep a close eye on the “Amex Offers” section of your account page – you can do very well out of some of the offers you’ll find there. In some periods the offers may not be all that appealing but, every now and again, there are some great deals that you shouldn’t miss out on.