Posted by William Charles on March 26, 2019
AmEx Offers

Published on March 26th, 2019 | by William Charles

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AmEx Offer Trick: Add Amex Connect Offers to Your Amex Issued Cards

Note From Will: This is a guest post from reader Alex, a massive thanks goes to him for sharing this method. If you’d like to thank them for this useful post please consider using one of their referral links found here

A lot of people were recently targeted for various Hilton Amex offers but unfortunately, many people reported not having specific offers on their Hilton cards, which is where they would be most valuable. For example, having the $250/$50 Hilton Hotels and Resorts offer on your Aspire card would stack nicely with the $250 statement credit that the card offers itself (on resort stays). You could triple stack this on a trip to Hawaii if you also had the $1000/$200 Hilton in Hawaii. You can see that there are a lot of possibilities with the right offers on the right card.

I was actually at a Hilton Hotel when these offers first appeared but only had my Aspire and a few other cards with me, and was disappointed to find that the $250/$50 offer was not under my list of Amex offers. But, thankfully, DOC reader, Aubergine, posted the following:

For those with 3rd party Amex cards, most of these are also showing up on the Amex Connect site if you want to enroll your Pathfinder, WF, NFCU card etc.

Since I happened to be holding my Wells Fargo World Propel Amex (brought along to assist in my signing up for their Business checking account). Aubergine was able to save me $50. But once I got home, I started wondering if the Amex Connect site would allow me to add these offers to Amex issued cards (my Aspire for instance). Turns out it will.

You should be able to simply log into your Amex account in one tab, and then head to the Amex Connect site in another one. Click the Amex offer you want, and fill in your information for your Amex-issued card. The site will tell you that unfortunately, this site is meant for non-Amex-issued cards, but that you should be able to add the offer by signing in. Click their link to sign-in and the offer you previously weren’t targeted for *may show up with the ability to add it to your account. I say *may above, because there were a few instances when Amex gave me one of the two following notifications:

Notification one:

Notification two:

If you get Notification 1, you usually just need to logout and close out of everything and start over with a new incognito window. If you get notification 2, it doesn’t seem possible to add the offer to your account.

One caveat though: If you use this method, it WILL remove the Amex offer from your other cards that WERE showing the offer, as you might have expected. For example, my Amex Blue Cash Preferred was already showing the $250/$50 Hilton Hotels/Resorts offer, but once I added it to my Aspire via the Connect site, the offer no longer showed on my Blue Cash Preferred. For the sake of science, I tried adding the offer via the Connect site to my Blue Cash Preferred, but got the following, again, as you may have expected:

So, it’s possible you already know this works. But then I noticed some of the Amex Connect offers (they’re all cash back, of course, since they’re meant for non-Amex-issued cards) were offers that were “duplicates” of membership rewards earning offers (for instance the World’s Greatest Cruise Lines $500/$100 offer has a similar $500/10,000MR offer). I was able to successfully add the cash offer to a card that had already had the MR offer added, which should allow me to utilize both Amex offers on a single $500 cruise purchase. Again, you may get one of the notifications above, in which case, you won’t be able to add the offer. Hope this helps some readers.

Note from Will: A massive thank you to reader tutoringalext for sharing this post with us. If you’d like to thank them for this useful post please consider using one of their referral links found here



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JAMES SCOTT WAGNER
JAMES SCOTT WAGNER

Love it!

Tyler
Tyler

Great tip, worked for me just now to add the Marriott offer to my Brilliant AMEX

T
T

Ditto! Thanks for the tip because it wasn’t showing up on my Brilliant prior.

Elton
Elton

If it is added to a third party amex card, will it be subject to the 1 amex offer across all amex offer channel constraint?

Alex
Alex

You should be able add offers to third party Amex cards without harming your ability to add the offer to an Amex issue card.

Newbie
Newbie

I don’t have any Amex card, how can I add this offer to Hilton or Amex brilliant.
Thanks.

Mark
Mark

So if I have 5 other third party Amex cards, I can add the same offer to each one?

Thomas
Thomas

I wonder how long before Amex starts clawing these back… caveat emptor

Mikey
Mikey

I thought that too. But I think the main concern of AMEX Is offer duplication like the 10% back at Staples which was capped, but obviously the limit could be multiplied by however many AMEX cards were in ones possession to which the offer was added. Clawbacks unlikely with this.

LC
LC

another way to game the system (which i love) but just another way amex can claw back.

Joe
Joe

Well done Alex!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Nick
Nick

Just worked for me on the Marriott offer

Ryan
Ryan

Hey! That worked! I was able to add the Marriott spend $200 get $40 to my Marriott Brilliant card! Good post Doc!

aubergine
aubergine

Pretty cool idea of trying the Amex Connect on other cards! I’d observe that the offers for their payment network cards are much less plentiful than their own Amex issued cards.

Still can’t complain!

Mike
Mike

Work like charm!!! Add marriott bonvoy. Thanks DOC & tutoringalext

az
az

Great! Thanks!

sevillada
sevillada

thanks for this

Aus Biker
Aus Biker

Genius!

Sonya
Sonya

So what’s more advantageous? The 250/50 offer shows up on the Amex Platinum BUT must be booked through hilton.com. Doesn’t that take away the 5x points offer that comes from booking through the Amextravel website? Or can one get both??

John Doe
John Doe

Hmm, it didn’t work for me somehow.

I had added the Marriott and Hilton offers to the non-hotel AmEx Cards (unfortunately, of course, these offers wouldn’t show up on my Marriott/Hilton AmEx Cards).

Then I went to the AmEx Connect website, entered my info, and then received this message: https://i.imgur.com/orWEAY7.jpg

Then I clicked on the “go to your account” link, logged in, and the first thing I saw was the offer, under the specific non-hotel AmEx Card I had linked the offer with. I navigated to my Marriott/Hilton AmEx Card and that offer wasn’t there, so there’s no way for me to even try to link/add the offer to my Marriott/Hilton card. So there’s no way for me to “move/switch” the offer over from my non-hotel AmEx card to my Marriott/Hilton AmEx card(s).

Did this both in both regular and Incognito Modes.

I saw the 1st notification you mentioned above, but doing it over and over again too (even closing Incognito browser, reopening it, and redoing it), I just kept seeing the notification over and over again and that’s it. No ability to move the offer over to my Marriott/Hilton card.

From what you’ve written, it sounds like it’s possible to move the offer over from one card to another via this method and that once it’s done, the offer linked with the previous/initial card would be removed.

Anything I did wrong or was there anything I missed?

Chuck William Charles

Alex
Alex

Once you’ve added an offer to an Amex-issued card, you won’t be able to add it to another amex-issued card. Their rule of one offer per social security/name is enforced. For instance, if you added any of the connect offers to your Amex Platinum, you won’t be able to add them to Marriott or Hilton cards moving forward. Adding the offer to your Penfed Pathfinder or Wells Fargo World Propel Amex cards (or any other non-amex issued card) shouldn’t affect your ability to add the offers to your Amex-issued cards.

John Doe
John Doe

I think this trick could work for offers that are not yet added to/linked with any of your AmEx-issued card.

Unfortunately I had added them to my Everyday Card.
Otherwise, it would’ve been possible to move the offers over from my non-hotel AmEx card(s) to the Marriott/Hilton card(s).

Lesson learned: don’t add offers unless you’re going to use them.

Thomas
Thomas

I was trying to add a Ralph Lauren offer to my gold card, but it didn’t let me. When I log in from the connect site it always takes me to my Delta Gold card which has the offer available.

I did not add the offer to my Delta gold card.

I suspect this trick only works if you don’t have ANY card for which the offer you’re interested in is available.

Also, I wonder how many of the people who thinks this trick worked for them, actually ended up adding it to the wrong card, because they may not have noticed they were taken to a different card…

Alex
Alex

Definitely not the case. As mentioned in the article, I had the Hilton offer on my BCP (and several other cards), and was able to add the offer to my Aspire via Connect. This killed the offer on my other cards though.

Now, it may be because all of my cards are on different log ins. Sounds like you’re using the same log in for multiple cards.

zzz
zzz

Yep, I’m in the exact same situation as John Doe. I already added the offer to my everyday card and now can’t add it to my bonvoy card since it’s all the same log in. It is possible to split up the cards up into different log ins when they’re already together?

ssss
ssss

I had the same issue. The offer linked to my Everyday card despite using my Aspire number.

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