A few readers asked recently about using an electronic wallet for Amex Offers.
Can I use Paypal or Visa Checkout when taking part in an Amex Offer? Will the Amex offer credit trigger properly?
As per the terms on all Amex Offers: “in most cases, you will not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it.”
What works in practice?
- Paypal will not work
- Visa Checkout has been working
- Amex Checkout has been working
- Masterpass should work as well
- Apple Pay in-store has been working
- Apple Pay in-app purchase has been working
- Android Pay in-store has been working
- Android Pay in-app purchase has been working
- Samsung Pay should work, YMMV
- Smart cards, such as Coin – unknown if they work with Amex Offers
When paying with Paypal, the charge comes up differently and has Paypal in the transaction details. Since it’s coded differently, Paypal checkout will not trigger the offer credit.
Example of Paypal transaction
Note: multiple data points (in the comments here) indicate that Paypal payments worked for generic “insurance offers” from Amex. My best guess is that an Amex Offer which is for a general category is triggered by keywords and will work with Paypal, e.g. “insurance”, “bookstore”, “utilities”, or something of that sort.
While Amex Offers don’t usually work when you check out with Paypal, Chase Offers reportedly do work when using Paypal checkout.
Also, other merchant-specific (i.e. Saks) AmEx credits could get triggered when checking out with Paypal.
Visa Checkout, Masterpass
Visa Checkout or Masterpass should both work to trigger the offer credit. The key here is that the charge appears on the statement exactly as if you paid directly on the site. These wallets merely facilitate the payment and don’t charge it themselves.
Visa Checkout has been confirmed multiple times that it works to trigger Amex Offer credits. Masterpass should work too as it comes up on the statement as a direct purchase.
Example of Visa Checkout transaction
Example of Masterpass transaction
With regards to Amex Checkout, it is clear on the statement that the charge was done through their checkout system.
Example of Amex Checkout transaction
But it’s been confirmed that this works to trigger Amex offers without a hitch. Either they specially enabled that feature or the ‘CHKOUT’ addition is just for tracking purposes and has the same internal coding.
Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay
- In the comments of this post, it’s been confirmed that Apple Pay is working. Another DP
- Another report confirms that Apple Pay in-app works as well.
- Android Pay is also working.
- Android Pay in-app works as well.
- Samsung Pay has worked too (1, 2, 3,), though others reported that it wasn’t working for them.
- Multiple data point report Samsung Pay working for Chase Offers as well.