Posted by William Charles on May 24, 2019
Gift Cards

Published on May 24th, 2019 | by William Charles

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American Express Sending Some Platinum Cardholders $295 BLADE Giftcard

Update 5/24/19: American Express is sending out more BLADE gift cards, this time for $295. Blade rides are currently $120 from Manhattan.

On occasion American Express sends out gifts to select Platinum cardholders, for example last year they sent out Amazon Echo’s. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason why some cardholders are selected and others aren’t (e.g even those with really high spend aren’t always if ever targeted).

Some TPG readers have reported receiving a $250 gift card to BLADE. BLADE provides helicopter transport and airport transfers via helicopter. Rides start at $195 for scheduled flights between JFK and Manhattan, a BLADE Ultra passport will set you back $20,000 (but comes with $20,000 in BLADE credit and other freebies).

From the datapoints I’ve seen, only personal cardholders are receiving this $250 gift card and it seems to be highly targeted as well. It’s also not a true gift card as it expires on July 15th, so the window to use it is small. It would also be useful to know how this arrived if any readers also received one. I like these freebies, but I don’t think it’s a smart play to send out high value items to only a few select cardholders as it ends up causing resentment across the cardholder pass. I think Discover does a better job of this by sending small occasional gift cards to some cardholders.



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Skor
Skor

Discover does? 🙁 too bad i haven’t received any till date. Just to add, did not receive the personal platinum gift either

TomTX
TomTX

Wait, Discover sends out bonus gift cards? I have 2 Discover cards that are 20+ years old and have never seen one.

Chris
Chris

A bit over a year ago I got a $5 Starbucks gift card from them, but that was about it. It seems pretty random and I have no idea what triggers it. Had a Discover card for ~7 years.

windyfly
windyfly

Luggage tags and stickers with advertisement are only extra things I received from Discover.

jamesb2147

You know, considering the targeted “offers” we all get from AmEx, I’d bet these are extensions of the same program. That is, it’s not American Express purchasing and providing these “gifts” but an advertiser targeting their desired demographic.

Alexa is just another way to bring the Amazon point of sale into the home and remove barriers to spending money. A $250 gift card won’t get you a free helicopter ride, but it might get you to try the service, and I’m sure every trip is profitable.

SB
SB

to clarify it’s 195 from Manhattan TO JFK. Not available other way around

Chaser123
Chaser123

So my boss just handed me one of these that expires July 15, 2018.
Do you think I will be able to use it. It does say non transferable but curious if it is enforced. I do have a platinum card.

Leo
Leo

Your boss gave you a gift certificate that expired a year ago? How generous!

Clarence Chen
Clarence Chen

Timestamp, pal.

Leo
Leo

Hahaha. I didn’t realize this was an update of an old post. Doh!

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

I feel like this is going to crash.

J T
J T

What you did there, I see it.

Dave
Dave

Actually, I have the Amex Gold Personal card, and I received a $295 Blade gift certificate coupon.

Brian
Brian

If someone has an code to trade for an Amazon gift card, let me know!

Peter
Peter

It’s not eligible for the $195 flights from Manhattan to/from JFK

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