Posted by Chuck on July 3, 2016
AmEx Offers

Published on July 3rd, 2016 | by Chuck

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Amex Offers: Free Sam’s Club Membership + $10 Moneymaker [Targeted]

The Offer

There’s a targeted Sam’s Club offer you might see in your Amex login:

  • Get a $45 statement credit by using your enrolled card to spend $45 or more in a single transaction on a new Sam’s Club Membership
  • Valid through September 30, 2016
  • Valid on new memberships only
  • Only valid for memberships purchased in-club at any Sam’s Club in the USA, not valid online or over the phone

sams club amex offer $45 july 2016

Sam’s Club $10 Bonus Offer

There’s another deal going on through July 4 (only two days left, today and tomorrow!) offering a $10 Sam’s gift card when purchasing Sam’s membership.

Direct Link

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Just enter you email address on the landing page, and you’ll get an instant email with a unique code for the $10 gift card offer.

Notes about Membership Purchase

The fine print stipulates:

  • Valid only on a new Sam’s Club Membership (Savings, Business or Plus) purchased in-Club at a Sam’s Club location in the 50 U.S. states
  • Not valid on membership renewals, upgrades, add-ons or additional membership or any purchase of Sam’s Club Gift of Membership or Prepaid Sam’s Savings Membership

Tips & Notes

  • Let your past membership expire and sign up for a new one; that should work to trigger the offer. If you still have a bit of time left on your Sam’s membership on September 30 when this Amex Offer expires, try going along with a family member and opening a second membership under their name.
  • Previous Sam’s membership offers were truly limited to membership purchases, and we assume this one will work the same. No way to fool it by purchasing gift cards at the Member Services desk; this offer will only get you membership, nothing else.
  • If you have the offer on multiple Amex cards, you should be able to buy Sam’s Club Plus membership for $100 and split the charge between two cards, reducing the cost of Plus to just $10. I’d guess this would work to trigger two Amex Offers. (Plus membership gives you 2% cash back rewards on your Sam’s purchases paid out at year’s end, among other perks. See this Comparison Chart for more details.)

Update: Multiple people are reporting that Sam’s ends up charging BOTH cards $100 when you try splitting up the $100 between two cards. This is obviously a bug/glitch and you should be able to fight the charge, but beware.

Our Verdict

Interesting to see such aggressive marketing by Sam’s. First they offer a temporary free membership to Costco members through July 4th, then they add a $10 bonus for whoever signs up for a paid membership (details above), then they release this Amex Offer making membership effectively free.

This offer is targeted, and I couldn’t find it on any of my cards or AU cards, unfortunately. If you do have this offer, try going in to Sam’s today or tomorrow (July 3 or July 4) so that you’ll get the extra $10 Sam’s gift card. Just make sure to check out their holiday hours schedule.

Remember that Chase Freedom is offering 5x at Wholesale Clubs, including Sam’s, until year’s end. You can spend $1,500 in July – September and $1,500 in October – December and get 5x on that spend. That’s another bonus for shopping at Clubs.

And Sam’s has the best gift card options from all Wholesale Clubs, so even if you aren’t enamored with doing your regular shopping at Wholesale Clubs, it might be worth taking out this membership to be able to buy up gift cards at Sam’s or samsclub.com. (Sam’s Club accepts all major U.S. credit cards.)

View all our Amex Offer posts here and check out these 12 Things to Know about Amex Offer Deals.  Also keep in mind that there’s also a free membership deal at BJ’s with Amex Offers that some people are still seeing. Valid through August 31.



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John K
John K

(1) Can I access Amex offers such as these on a Wells Fargo Propel World card?

(2) I know I can get access to offers via twitter or facebook, but am I understanding correctly that these targeted offers are only showing up on american express logins, such as a hilton card or amex everday?

MilesCollector
MilesCollector

FYI. I opened the membership today but was not able to get the $10 gift card. The associate tried to enter the code but kept getting error – even not available. She did tell me that it says to sign up for membership AFTER July 4th to get the $10 GC. Since I already signed up and paid with my AmEx card she told me to come back on July 5th and she will give me the $10 GC.

Anthony
Anthony

I had the offer on my AMEX card, but I reread the terms. It reads that you must purchase a new membership AND make $45 or more in purchases, I went on live chat to confirm. Chat verified that you must purchase the membership then make an ADDITIONAL $45 purchase to trigger the offer. In the end, it’s not a money maker.

Anthony
Anthony

The email I received from AMEX after I selected the offer, verifies this….three steps:

Success! You’re enrolled.
Here’s how to get $45 back on a new
Sam’s Club Membership.

1. Visit your nearest Sam’s Club location in any of the 50 US states. Remember, this offer is not valid online or by phone.
2. Purchase a new Sam’s Club Membership by 9/30/2016 using your enrolled Card listed above.
3. Get a one-time $45 statement credit when you spend $45 or more on a new Sam’s Club Membership. Membership renewals, upgrades and add-ons are not eligible—see complete offer terms below.

Nikki
Nikki

That says you’ll get the credit when spending $45 or more on a membership, not that you have to buy the membership and spend $45 more. I think the posted deal is right.

Rick
Rick

“If you do have this offer, try going in to Sam’s today or tomorrow (July 3 or July 4) so that you’ll get the extra $10 Sam’s gift card. Just make sure to check out their holiday hours schedule.”

This is wrong. Please correct it. The promo $10 is for Sam’s club sign up after July 4th. You need to sign up for the promotion by July 4th not signing up for Sam’s club by that day.

If what Anthony said is correct, then this deal is not as good as it sounds.

PS: http://milestomemories.boardingarea.com/ has posted this yesterday

Andrew
Andrew

If I did not get targeted, is it worth trying to get AMEX to send me the offer?

William Charles

Don’t think that has ever been successful.

kd
kd

Just enrolled. I’m looking into the T&C wording:

Details
Get a 1X $45 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend $45+ in a single transaction in-Club on a new Sam’s Club Membership at any Sam’s Club location in the 50 U.S. states by 9/30/16. Valid on new memberships only. See terms for exclusions.

Terms
Enrollment is limited. Valid only on a new Sam’s Club Membership (Savings, Business or Plus) purchased in-Club at a Sam’s Club location in the 50 U.S. states and not valid on memberships purchased online or by phone. Not valid on membership renewals, upgrades, add-ons or additional membership or any purchase of Sam’s Club Gift of Membership or Prepaid Sam’s Savings Membership. Must add offer to Card and use same Card to redeem. Limit 1 statement credit per American Express® online account. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 9/30/2016, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you will not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. Sam’s Club is not a sponsor of this promotion. POID: CC1C:0001

Highsky
Highsky

Just got a new membership with a $10 gift card at Sam’s Club. Had one in the past which expired a year ago.

Used my enrolled AMEX card, yet hasn’t received the email.

The lady at the front desk did not even bother to check the $10 email. She said that it is confusing because of the contradictory words. She just went to give me the gift card directly. I assume that it means anyone who has this email would be able to get the gift card, no matter before or after July 4th.

BTW, I did check out the Plus Membership. The lady mentioned that it is totally refundable, which means if I am not satisfied by the end of the membership, I can get $100 – $45 = $55 back. This could potentially be a money-maker.

CaptainSave
CaptainSave

Are there any requirements for a business card? Saving and business card cost the same but business have more perks.

FelixTheCat
FelixTheCat

0/3. Sigh.

Rob
Rob

I think it’s all Amex trying to take a swing at Costco. At the end of the fine print in the Amex Offer it says “Sam’s Club is not a sponsor of this promotion.”

William Charles

Haha, bit bitter maybe.

LG

0/2 in SC. But I just shopped at SAMS two days ago with my dad’s Costco for access and paid with Amex… I also never got the gas station offers. Looks like these targeted offers are for people who wouldn’t shop there.

Skor
Skor

Did anyone have issues with how the charge is posting to AmEx when split across 2 cards? I went for the Plus membership and paid with 2 AmExes to trigger 2 offers.. When the charge was pending both showed $50 each, now however, the first AmEx shows a charge of $100 and no charge for the second AmEx!

Eric
Eric

That’s exactly what happened to me. It’s fine if they have the policy that you can only use 1 credit card for a membership but they should tell us that BEFORE we make the purchase. My membership charged tax. Did yours?

Skor
Skor

No mine did not.. It was $110 along with the GC and then $10 discount with the code to bring it down to $100. Receipt shows 2 payments of $50 each charged to 2 AmExes.

Skor
Skor

Btw, is that really Sam’s Club policy? Single card for membership?

Eric
Eric

I have no idea. I wrote “if” it’s their policy. Did your store have $500 MC gc in it?

Skor
Skor

Yes it did, haven’t bought them yet but will do so..

Skor
Skor

I opened up disputes with AmEx since the final charge posted was showing as $100 on both cards. I did get the $45 credit on both but the transaction amount is incorrect. Since another reader here has had the same issue, I would caution those trying to do the Plus membership and splitting it across 2 cards.

VTIVX
VTIVX

Same thing happened to me. I haven’t opened any disputes yet though. Hopefully AmEx will simply refund $50.00 back to each card, without impacting offer credits received. Has AmEx resolved things for you yet?

Eric
Eric

My 2 Amex cards were also charged $100 each instead of $45. Oddly my 3rd credit card (not an Amex) which I charged the remaining $17 to was charged correctly. Do you think it’s a better idea to contact Sam’s Club instead of Amex to see if they’ll refund me the $110 that I was overcharged? I am a little hesitant to contact Amex since my 2 $45 credits did post and I’d prefer that doesn’t get taken away.

Houstonmama
Houstonmama

I used 2 amex cards for $45 each plus 1 different card for the last $10. My card posted (1) $100 final transaction and I received only (1) $45 credit today. The third card I used was not refunded the $10 so I paid $110.

How can they just change transactions like that? Thats crazy!

Eric
Eric

Did you chat with them about this or is there a more formal procedure to dispute it? Have you heard anything yet?

Kevin
Kevin

I purchased a new membership with my Amex card and managed to also get the $10 GC. I was offered a $5000 Sam’s credit card and declined when one CSR stated a hard pull would happen.

Looked around and did find the GC display. Really nothing to my liking, except one for SWA. $142 and change for (3) $50 GC.

There was a display for movies that gave e-Movie rewards, up to $8 per tix. A few are priced @$5

Steve
Steve

Like others here, I went for the $100 Plus membership (they offered a $25 GC instead of $10) and split it on two cards, the SPG ($45) and PRG ($55). No email congrats showed up – I assumed it meant they were reviewing these manually to be sure it was a membership charge. Then a few days later, they migrated the whole $100 to my SPG and gave me a single $45 credit back for a $55 remaining charge The other $55 on PRG is still pending, but I assume it will disappear soon. Sam’s Club had said that a person could downgrade their Plus membership at any time and get the difference back. I think I’ll be doing that sometime.

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