Posted by Chuck on July 15, 2015
AmEx Offers

Published on July 15th, 2015 | by Chuck

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Free $20 or 1400/1700 Southwest/AA Miles with WSJ & Amex Checkout

We’ve written about various offers with Amex Checkout.

The Offer

  • Purchase a 12-week Wall Street Journal subscription for only $12, pay with Amex Express Checkout and receive a $10 statement credit.

Net result will be a $2 charge for the 12 weeks. You can cancel before the subscription renews and you won’t pay anything more than the $2. You can choose to buy a digital subscription or a paper subscription; both have the same initial $12 cost.

Okay, that wasn’t so exciting. Now the exciting part….

There are various portals which pay out high amounts for an initial WSJ subscription. See the options here.

  • $20 cashback with Citi Bonus Cash Center, Fatwallet portal (my referral link),  or Lucky Rewards.
  • 2000 points with Barclay Reward Boost [UPDATE: Mileswhip notes that this 2000 points will become $22 after the 10% travel bonus, making Barclay the best deal.]
  • 2100 points with Plenti (technically worth $21, but not necessarily the best option since it’s not that easy to cash out)
  • 1700 AAdvantage points with the AAdvantage Shopping portal
  • 1400 Southwest points with Rapidrewards Shopping portal
  • 1000 United points with Mileage Plus shopping portal

NOTE: The $12 rate is only for new WSJ subscribers who have not been subscribed for the past 180 days. The is tied to an address – it’s per household or business address. [My understanding is that you can get the introductory rate at each address separately, i.e. once at your home address and once at your office. You can try verifying this with WSJ.]

The Fine Print

Like all of these Amex Checkout deal, they are valid until 9/7/15. We don’t know if the portal deal and the introductory WSJ deals will last forver, but I’m optimistic.

Our Verdict

Interestingly, this deal could have been good even without the Amex Offer, but perhaps not worth the hassle. With the Amex Offer, you’re getting the subscription for just $2 so it really becomes a good deal. Whether you opt to buy $20/$22 for $2 or opt to buy 1000-1700 airline miles for $2 you’re in for a win.

IMPORTANT: Mark down on your calendar to cancel the subscription within 12 weeks. The second charge is around $30 and you don’t want to be hit with it!

Multiples?

Where it gets more interesting is if you can multiply the number of subscriptions you can make. We mentioned earlier that the $12 would appear to be tied to an address, so you may be able to (legitimately) make two separate $12 subscriptions for separate addresses and pay with separate Amex cards.

Also note that the terms sound pretty clear (to me) that the portal payout is irrespective of whether you are a first time subscriber or second time subscriber; only the $12/12-week deal which is to first time subscribers. (As noted above, this is is dependent on the past 180 days, and seems to be tied to the address rather than the person.) It appears that the second-time subscription is at least $28.95 so it probably won’t be worthwhile.

Another ‘multiples’ idea would be to subscribe to the introductory digital subscription for $12 and a separate order of introductory physical subscription for $12. My guess is that this would work, but I can’t guarantee it.

Note that they do require you to call in to cancel, no way to do it online.

HT: @jaywogi on Twitter



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Nick
Nick

We’re really gonna milk this thing to the last drop,eh.

mk712
mk712

MileagePlus portal shows me 1600 miles for WSJ… maybe it’s because I’m a Chase MPE cardholder?

mk712
mk712

Just received my 1600 miles.

Dave
Dave

Does Amex qualify for Citi Bonus Center cash back?

Vince
Vince

No, you can’t use Amex at Citi Bonus Center and receive cash back. From the Citi Bonus Center for The Wall Street Journal:

You will need to provide your Citi Account Online login prior to shopping at the merchant and use your Citi credit card at time of purchase so that the additional cash back can be posted to your Citi credit card account.

The key phrase: use your Citi credit card at time of purchase

Eric
Eric

You are probably right but Discover says the same thing and most of the time you get credit without using it. Of course I wouldn’t take that kind of risk for $20.

yang
yang

Barclay Reward Boost has to do with their own card? not sure…

Pag
Pag

Did you find an answer? I paid with Amex checkout via Barclay Reward Boost. Wondering if I’ll get the bonus.

Pag
Pag

My points were posted today in my barclay account. I paid with Amex Checkout.

thegazelle
thegazelle

Anyone having any issues checking out with WSJ? I clicked through the AA portal and logged into Amex checkout. When I click submit, it instantly tells me that it’s not able to process my transaction.

Vic
Vic

Chuck,

Can you confirm that the Amex Checkout Offer is per card per merchant?
That is:
If I have received $10 on my SPG on Newegg, I can still get $10 on my SPG on WSJ.

Is this statement correct?

Vic
Vic

Let me answer this myself:

According to the original Amex Checkout post, yes, we can receive $10 per merchant, for the same card.

tym2trvl
tym2trvl

yep!

Mark
Mark

Isn’t there language in these offers stating that the points are clawed back if you cancel within 90 days? The 12 week offer is only for 84 days so does this deal still make sense if this is true?

Andres
Andres

I’m having problems creating the WSJ account. I was able to pay through Amex Checkout, but then, on Step 3 (Create an account), when I click on the link, it doesn’t do anything.

I checked my Amex pending charges, and sure enough, there isn’t any pending charges from WSJ, as expected. Anyone knows what can be the problem? This is my first go at the WSJ offer.

Justin
Justin

You don’t have to click on Create Account, it is already open, you just have to fill in your details below it. I tried 3 different Digital only subscriptions with different names/emails. We’ll see if it works.

thegazelle
thegazelle

I’m having the same problem. Tried several times yesterday as well as this morning. No dice. When I click submit it immediately takes me to the page that says my request can’t be completed. Its as though its not even attempting to send my info to their server,and the response is being generated with AJAX

Compeek
Compeek

I also have no pending transaction so far (signed up yesterday).

thegazelle
thegazelle

Finally got it to work just now. I created a WSJ.com account, then went through the AA portal and did Amex checkout. It appears that there is a problem creating new accounts during the signup process.

Eric
Eric

Aren’t you supposed to sign up after going through a portal?

thegazelle
thegazelle

You have to sign up for the *subscription* after clicking through the portal. I’m fairly certain you would not have to create your WSJ.com account after clicking through.

A WSJ.com account is not the same thing as a subscription.

Eric
Eric

You’re correct. If the portal bonus is only for “new subscriptions” rather than “new accounts” then it’s fine what you did. Did you have a problem creating an account like so many others?

Eric
Eric

Chuck, what is the minimum cash out for Fat Wallet? What is so bad about Plenti? Can’t the $21 be used at Rite Aid or Exxon/Mobil? Is Barclay Reward Boost for any Barclay’s card?

Adam
Adam

say you do one digital and one to your address, can you use the same FW acct to get the $20 CB? or is that limited to one offer as well?

if you had access to more addresses, could you run all your AMEX CCs thru one FW WSJ offer for the $20 CB to sign up for the ‘1st time subscriber’ deal? or do you need a new login/use other portals for each subscription?

mommafrica
mommafrica

Hello. Please explain how you’re getting back $20/what you have to do.

Miles Whip

there is also an offer for 1400 Alaska Air miles too

Audrey
Audrey

How do you create an account without giving a cc for them to charge?

thegazelle
thegazelle
Audrey
Audrey

Thank you so much! That was crazy-making.

thegazelle
thegazelle

Glad I could help. Lets just hope it gets the credit + points. I clicked through the AA portal at least 10 times over the last day trying different things to get this to work. I just hope my effort counts for miles. If not, still a decent deal for WSJ.

Eric
Eric

This is the first time I didn’t receive an email from Amex Checkout for using it for the “firs timet. Did all of you guys receive an email when you signed up for WSJ? I have a print screen showing that I used Amex Checkout but I’d rather not have to fight Amex over it.

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