Published on July 14th, 2015 | by Chuck98
Amex Checkout Credits Posting, How to Maximize, and More!
Amex Express Checkout
We reported on a great offer released by Amex which gets us a $10 credit for purchases at various online merchants by using Amex Express Checkout, see Free Money with the New Amex Express Checkout!.
This offer works a little differently than typical Amex Offers in that it’s not something you ‘Save’ to the card and we don’t get a ‘Congrats’ email when it’s used.
Readers are now reporting that the credits are beginning to post, entirely in-line with standard Amex Offer procedure of having the offer credit post within a week of making the purchase.
The real interesting stuff is being reported by MilesToMemories:
- The offer credit is working per Amex card. This is huge news as the language of the Terms indicate that it will only work once per Amex login. This multiplies the value of the offer many times. (Note that there is a risk that Amex can change this sometime in middle of the promo. I’ll be maxing out these offers as quick as I can.)
- The offer credit does not need a $10 purchase trigger. Even a 1¢ purchase would work to trigger the credit. This is something we speculated in the original post and I actually expected it to work. Nice to have the confirmation.
- Even digital codes seem to be working for the offer. Aside from e-gift cards which are working to trigger the offer credit, there’s now reports of this 40¢ digital code working for this offer.
One thing to note is that readers pointed out that the Amex Checkout system only shows up to 3 cards (at least for some people). Others pointed out that you just need to scroll down and you’ll be able to choose from any one of your cards.
Previously, we wrote about the $10 e-gift cards sold by Newegg and how you can get those free with this Amex Offer. Now that we have confirmation that less than $10 purchases are working, that 40¢ digital code is a better option. Another reader mentioned a 1¢ download – if anyone has the link for that please let us know and we’ll add it.
Here’s a list of options from Orensmoneysaver:
Thief: Opportunist – $0.40 per code (profit $9.60), Limit 5 Per 48 hours
Thief: Ghost Booster – $0.40 per code (profit $9.60), Limit 5 Per 48 hours
Thief: Predator Booster DLC – $0.40 per code (profit $9.60), Limit 2 per 48 hours
Assassin’s Creed codes – $.99 (profit $9.01), Limit 5 per 48hrs
Update: Dansdeals has a better link which currently has items for just 18¢ available. Note that the Terms of the Amex Offer indicate that “offer only valid on orders shipped within the United States and its territories”. Some of these items at the above link are shipped from overseas. I’m fairly confident that these items will trigger the offer credit, but there’s no way to guarantee this.
As we noted in the original post, many have trouble checking out with Amex Checkout on Newegg. The trick is to either use the mobile app or to begin the checkout with Newegg and only transfer over to Amex Checkout at a later step.
Without a doubt, Newegg is the best part of this deal, but in the name of looking outside the box, it’s worth looking at the other merchants as well. Remember, we can get a $10 credit at each of the merchants under this Offer.
You can buy a $50 Burberry gift card and that should trigger the $10 credit ($50 is the smallest denomination), though there isn’t any resale profit there. The main benefit here is that then you should hopefully be able to use multiple gift cards on a future purchase.
The cheapest Burberry item I found so far is this nail polish for $22, which will be $12 after the Amex credit hits.
Note: I can’t seem to find the Amex Checkout option on Burberry.
You can buy a 3-month subscription for $12, or $2 after the offer credit hits. Not sure if you can do multiples of this and pay out for a number of years of WSJ across multiple Amex cards.
You can buy a $50 gift card and trigger the $10 credit. Or you can buy these $35 socks. Anyone?
You can buy some wipes for $4, but there’s ~$12 shipping fee. Forget it. (Can we ask them not to ship it and just throw it in the garbage instead….?)
UPDATE: Readers pointed out that you can buy a $10 e-gift card to Sabon. You can then make one large purchase with multiple gift cards. You’ll even get free shipping on orders over $69. Free stuff, plus you’ll get 8% cashback going through the portal. [You can also try code: July05 for orders over $50, July010 for orders over $85, and July015 for orders over $120.]
You can get sunglasses for $95 which will trigger the $10 credit.
They sell some sort of subscription of treats for your dog, or something like that (not entirely sure). There is a $19 monthly plan. Get it and cancel after a month – trigger the $10 credit. [You may also get 10% off you order with promo code: REGULARABANDON2. (source)]
They do sell gift cards, lowest is $25. I’m a little worried here since in previous Amex Offers gift cards were excluded in the terms from getting the offer. Let us know if you have success with this.
If this does end up working, it could be an easy moneymaker by reselling the gift cards for $21, a net profit of $6 per Amex card.
If gift cards work, it would make it easier to maximize the offer even for someone who wants to purchase tickets, since you can buy multiple gift cards with your Amex cards and then purchase the tickets at a 40% discount. [UPDATE: @yehuda tells us that Ticketmaster only allows one gift card to be used per order. Also, a reader notes that the Amex Checkout option does not come up for Ticketmaster gift card purchases.]
wsjwine.com, laithwaiteswine.com, virginwines.com
There are some single bottles of wine for under $15; problem is the $20 shipping fee. I don’t see any gift card option, so there’s no easy way to broaden the discount. I’m stumped…