Posted by Chuck on July 6, 2018
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Published on July 6th, 2018 | by Chuck

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Amazon $100 Membership Rewards Promotion Working for a Second Time on Same Account

We wrote about the promotion going on Amazon now where you can get 20% off your Amazon purchases when using Shop-With-Points and a linked American Express credit card. There is a maximum of $100 discount you can get total ($500 in spend).

Activate the offer at this link (our affiliate link here and below)

The terms of the promotion exclude getting the discount on ANY gift card, yet when the promotion rolled out initially it was working on third party gift cards, and it was even discovered to work when you buy $400 in Amazon gift cards + $100 in third party gift cards. However, sometime today, they enforced the gift card exclusion on Amazon gift cards, but third party gift cards are still working. So you can buy $500 in third party gift cards for $400, but Amazon gift cards won’t work toward the discount at all. Even the terms now only exclude Amazon gift cards, don’t exclude third party gift cards.

Interestingly, as part of the newly enforced rollout, the promotion got reset, and those who already used the promotion can do it again. Reader Benjamin (ben89 on DDF) noticed himself being able to use the promotion again, and I tested it and found the same.

A few additional points worth noting:

  • Some people got it to work after a few days of trying, it might be rolling out slowly to work on more accounts.
  • While many of us are no longer able to use the promotion on Amazon gift cards, a few readers report still being able to buy $400 Amazon + $100 other gift cards, as we were doing before.
  • Not everyone was able to get it to work a second time – seems to be working for most. Be sure to click to ‘Activate’ a second time and see if it works for you.
  • There have been sporadic reports of being able to do this offer a third time, though that’s not working for most of us. Also, some have been able to do it twice back-to-back, even if they didn’t get in on the deal originally. It can’t hurt to try.

We initially reported here that it’s only working on Prime accounts, however some non-Prime users are now getting it to work as well. As before, odds may be better it’ll work on a Prime account.

You can of course signup now for Prime, or even just do a 30-day Prime trial to take advantage of this offer. If you’ve already used up your 30 days in the past, consider buying a one-month Prime membership for the Prime Day deals, and cancelling afterward.

On a different point, according to reports we’ve seen, you don’t have to use the entire $100 allowance up in one purchase. You can just organically make purchases over the next 12 days through Prime Day, and use up 1 Membership Reward point on each order, and get the 20% discount on each one. Note, Amazon can always pull the promotion early, so if you want to lock in the discount, better do it sooner than later. I’ll be buying $500 in gift cards for $400 which is a great deal.

Remember, the promotion only works on items sold by Amazon themselves, not items sold by others which are shipped by Amazon.

What’s Working

All third party physical and electronic gift cards are working now.

What’s Not Working

  • Amazon gift cards are no longer working (even if you purchase $400 in Amazon gift cards + $100 in other products. The 20% only applies to the $100 in other products)

Why is It Showing a $30 Discount – Isn’t it Supposed to be $100?

There are two separate deals going on now: the 20% deal which maxes out at $100, and a more targeted (older) $30 off $60 deal which you may not have done when it first came out.

Activation Link for $30 Deal

You can not do both in the same transactions, and some say that when you do the $30 deal it causes the $100 deal to vanish – first do the $100 deal (uncheck the $30 deal on the payments screen), then do the $30 deal.

Can I use an Amazon gift card in conjunction with Shop-with-Points?

Yes you can. Three ways to do so:

  • If order total is more than your gift card balance.
  • If your Amex card is set as your default payment type.
  • You can apply an unredeemed gift card on the checkout page and access your gift card balance. More details in this dedicated post. 

It’s Not Working For Me!!!! What’s Wrong?

  • Make sure you’ve activated the offer first.
  • Try removing all credit cards on your Amazon account apart from one Membership Rewards card.
  • Make sure you’re applying at least one Membership Rewards point
  • Do you have prime? Sometimes it doesn’t work for those without it. Read this guide to maximize your membership & get the best deal signing up.
  • Got other tips? Leave them in the comments.



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Jerry
Jerry

Bought 400+100 yesterday. Tried again, looks like after activation, 20% only works on the 100 part, not the 400 Amazon GC.

savemesf
savemesf

Trying to use it for the second time with 400 amz gc + 100 WF gc and the 20% discount only getting applied to the WF gc (i.e. $479.99 total purchase price)

Jerry
Jerry

Looks like not working on amazon gc anymore, but still works on other gc.

savemesf
savemesf

Yes, seems to be working on other pgcs. I.e. can order $500 of 3rd party pgc and get $100 off

CAS
CAS

When do you see the discount? I am a prime user and have tried several gift cards after applying one MR point and the total only reflect the 1 cent less in cost.

XenaWP
XenaWP

Used it before on AirBNB gift cards for $100 off. Just tried again with AirBNB gift cards and getting a new $100 off. Thanks, DoC!

jimmyg
jimmyg

no matter what device i use, i get the not eligible message.

William Charles

For what it’s worth, I’m much less confident that this is going to stick around than Chuck is. Especially for those who have done the deal previously.

Mark
Mark

And yet just used. Very grateful. Great discounts!

Lance
Lance

Unfortunately ,I am not eligible for this offer.(1st time or 2nd time)

A
A

Same here.

Information Booth
Information Booth

Yep… did the offer on July 4th and just activated it for the second time!! Happy churning…John 3:16

Milo
Milo

Done. It still works on third party GCs. Now I am waiting for the third time

Austin
Austin

Just worked for me on Airbnb egc, but not Amazon GC.
Had previously used the promo yesterday as well (for more GC)

ALTHOUGH, I did use a different MR card this time around.

Thanks!

sam rock
sam rock

I wasn’t eligible on my prime account, so i tried another non-prime account and it was eligible yesterday. i purchased $300 in Amazon Gift Cards and $220 in Starbucks and Whole Foods — I received the entire $100 rebate on the $$220 charge (much more than 20%) and the Amazon GC were sent as a different order with no rebate. So, I guess it worked. I also just checked to see if I was again eligible on my non prime card — and I am! Thanks DOC. And, and you pls confirm the $100 comes directly off my Amex card?

Eric
Eric

What do you mean by confirm the $100 comes driectly to your amex card? The $100 off $500 (20% off) is reflected at checkout. You pay $400 for $500 worth of gift card amount.

Kurt
Kurt

As others mentioned, does not work of Amazon GC but was able to do full $500 of 3rd party GC with full discount.

hardTacoKit
hardTacoKit

Worked for me!

Yesterday I Got $400 amazon plus $100 Uber for $400

Just now I got $500 hotels.com for $400

Joe
Joe

Is the Southwest GC physical? Sorry, wrong comment

Megg
Megg

looks like it. i just got soutwest gcs and they’re gonna be delivered on saturday

Andrew
Andrew

Non-prime – used to have prime a year ago (if it makes a difference). Worked both times. 1) $400 + $100 2) 3rd party GC $500.

Isaac K.
Isaac K.

Did it twice. I have Prime. First time $400 Amazon GC + $100 Southwest. Posted instantly. Second time $500 Southwest (paid with $400 Amazon GC).

Joe
Joe

Is the Southwest GC physical?

John
John

Just got it to work for second time. All third party gift cards, $100 of which was a physical Southwest physical gift card.

Isaac K.
Isaac K.

Amazon was electronic, all Southwests were physical.

Kid
Kid

Thanks, was able to pick up a Whole Foods and Starbucks gc and apply 1 membership point and use the gc I bought yesterday to pay

Scolpstic
Scolpstic

This was an absolute nightmare for me. I was able to roll my amazon gift card into some lyft e-gift cards. But the ones that amazon sent me (after re-sending three times) don’t work on the lyft app! Amazon is giving me the run around and lyft is “looking into it.” Has anyone else run into this issue with lyft e-gift cards? Amazon essentially sent me $200 in gift cards that aren’t valid!

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