Posted by Chuck on June 7, 2016
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Published on June 7th, 2016 | by Chuck

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What to do with the $100 Mercedes-Benz Gift Certificate from Amex Platinum Card

Amex Platinum Mercedes-Benz cardholders get $100 MB gift certificate which can be used to buy various accessories like mugs, umbrellas, notebooks, wallets, and more.

Background

Many of us are proud new Amex Platinum cardholders, specifically Platinum Mercedes-Benz cardholders, due to the (still ongoing!) 75,000 Membership Rewards points signup bonus.

Aside from the regular Platinum benefits that come with all Amex Platinum cards ($200 airline reimbursement, etc.), this MB version comes with various benefits for Mercedes-Benz users.

  • 5x Membership Rewards points on select Mercedes purchases
  • Receive a $1000 certificate each year you charge $5,000 in purchases, good toward the future purchase or lease of a new Mercedes-Benz
  • Up to 2,000 excess miles waived at lease-end on leases through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
  • $100 certificate at renewal of your Card account, good toward Genuine Mercedes-Benz Accessories

$100 MB Gift Certificate

Most of these benefits don’t help those who don’t have a Mercedes car, but Therewardboss and Mommypoints point out that the $100 MB gift certificate can be used to buy regular trinkets that all of us can use.

  • Umbrella $25
  • Different kinds of mugs, tumblers, and bottles
  • T-shirts, polo shirts, golf shirts
  • Leather notebooks
  • Leather wallets, purse
  • Men’s/Women’s Sports Watch $125/$198
  • Nike Golf Balls $35
  • Key rings, keychains $12-17
  • Visor $15
  • Cap $19
  • Pen $15
  • Thermometer (for outdoors) $19
  • Teddy bear
  • Sweater for $110
  • Camping chairs
  • Gum-ball machine
  • Sun glasses $65
  • Toy remote control car $98
  • Clock
  • Flashlight

All of the stuff come branded with the MB emblem. And some readers report in the comments here that they were able to have the Mercedes store order for them any accessory on the Mercedes website. If your dealer agrees to do that for you, it expands you options.

Let us know if you see anything else and we’ll add it to the list.

mercedez store accessories amex platinum

Image from Therewardboss.com

The $100 certificate comes automatically when you signup for the card initially (should come within a few weeks of signup), and again each year at your card anniversary. Many of us will cancel the card at year’s end and won’t get the second certificate which comes at renewal.

It should be possible, however, to wait for the certificate to come in the mail before cancelling the Platinum card. Amex will refund the annual fee if you cancel within 30 days of statement close (the statement that shows the annual fee). I imagine you can still use the certificate after cancelling the Amex MB card, but we don’t know that for certain.

Final Thoughts

We mentioned this $100 certificate in passing in the original post but I thought it was worth dwelling on it more since most people probably didn’t take notice.

The 75k Platinum bonus is a pretty good deal and I personally just signed up for it last week too. Nice to be able to add a bit of value to the card with the $100 MB certificate, and I’ll probably end up using it to buy a few umbrellas so that I can have the luxury of losing them. 🙂 We’ll see…

Remember, though, that after September 1, 2016, it will no longer be possible to get the annual fee prorated in mid-year so you’re committing to the $475 annual fee by applying for this card.

Hat tip again to Therewardboss



33 Responses to What to do with the $100 Mercedes-Benz Gift Certificate from Amex Platinum Card

  1. Richard says:

    Just got my certificate thanks to your 75k recommendation! I don’t suppose the $1,000 is re-sellable/transferrable?

  2. Gman says:

    You are not necessarily committing to the card if you still cancel before September 1st…

  3. MBPLatter says:

    Most of this stuff is small junk. The larger catalog of items is generally available to dealers, but they may have to order it. One of my favorite jackets is a waterproof MB jacket very much like Columbia or Jack Wolfskin in quality.I went to a dealership, did not like their trinkets, and they showed me a catalog. They ordered it and had it shipped to me at their expense. The jacket was more than $100 (closer to $200) but in terms of quality it was worth it. And I got the bonus points for making the purchase at the dealership.

  4. TravellerAtoZ says:

    My Mercedes dealer let me pick anything from the accessories.mbusa.com website. I got a rolling duffel bag and the rc car with my $200.

    • Chuck says:

      Did they ship it to you or they gave you the stuff in store? And how did you have $200 – 2 cards?

      • TravellerAtoZ says:

        They didn’t offer to ship it home – they called me to go pick it up from the dealer. My partner and I both got the card recently.

  5. gary says:

    they have a mint/gum dispenser (gumball machine) with the Mercedes logo for $50. they were on the checkout counter but not in the display so didnt know they were for sale as thought it was just something for customers complimentary mints, I needed to ask the checkout rep about it as its not marked. he said they do sell it with 2 bags of mints for $50

  6. A. says:

    I got a cool purple purse made from seat belts.

  7. Rayn says:

    I got one of those remote control car toy two years ago for $98, so free after the ceritificate. It was very big and super cool as a gift for kids. Last year, the car is not on the catalog any more and I got a ride-on Mercedes truck.

  8. John says:

    I used mine to buy my sister a weatherproof trunk mat for her MB SUV as a Christmas present. She was thrilled, it only cost me like $30 out of pocket, and it was probably one of the nicer gifts she got that year.

  9. Chris says:

    Can this be used at the service center to service my vehicle?

  10. Grant says:

    I used to buy ~$100 worth of MB key chains/rings and sell them on eBay. Then I would get flagged by Diamler (MB partner) for selling counterfeit MB merchandise. Even after sending them copies of my MB receipt, it was a pain.

  11. Sam says:

    Anyone have more information on how the lease certificate works? My mother has a mercedes lease and I live at the same address as her. If I get this card and spend the 5k, can I apply the lease certificate to her current car lease?

  12. Peter says:

    Does the card still have to be open in order to redeem the certificate?

  13. blam says:

    Is this card different from the AMEX Platinum? I have already received the bonus for the AMEX Plat.

    • Chuck says:

      This is a separate product. You should be able to get the bonus for this card so long as you never had the Mercedes Platinum card before.

  14. nrek says:

    What if I canceled MB Plat before I redeemed this voucher? Can I still use it after I cancel the card? Thx!

  15. farsighted99 says:

    How long does it take before you can ask for the $200 Airline Gift cards?

    Normally I wouldn’t bother, but since Amex is changing it’s policy I might just go for it as long as I can cancel by August.

    I’m a little nervous about the clause “This offer is not valid for existing Platinum Card Members from American Express.” I already have a platinum Amex Business card (but not a MB Platinum).

    • Chuck says:

      You can get it right after you get the card, just be sure to assign yourself an airline before you make the purchase for the airline credit.

      I believe that history tells us that each Platinum product is treated differently and thus you can get MB Plat if you never had this specific product. Nothing is 100% guaranteed.

      • smay says:

        yeah, forgot to assign airline to my daughters card. did it 2 weeks later but before statement posted. Any data points on getting it in that scenario? I’ll post when I find out if you don’t know.

        • Chris says:

          DP on Amex GC through United App Posting:

          IF you select United AFTER the Purchase took place, it will NOT be reimbursed. The same day and later (in my experience) charges done on the same statement WILL be refunded in the usual 3 or so days.

          • Smay says:

            You are correct – it didn’t post. I assigned United and did a amazon GC which did post in 3 biz days. First one never posted. Thanks for the reply.

          • Chuck says:

            @Chris How long after making the purchase did you select United as your airline?

  16. Paul says:

    I got a MB clock for the house.
    Had to order/wait …broke on receipt ….another wait Died a week later…….gave up.
    The MB flashlight is great goes on all trips. Stays magnetically attached to cable box

  17. Jack says:

    I cancelled my Ameriprise exec plat before utilizing the $200 airline credit. Anyone else successful in getting it back after cancelling?

  18. wes says:

    can i use 4 gift certificate for one purchase ?

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