Posted by Chuck on December 2, 2014
AmEx Offers

Published on December 2nd, 2014 | by Chuck

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Great Amex Offers: Zappos, Toys/Babies R Us, Saks, Bloomingdale’s and more, Money-makers

Zappo’s

  • Spend $200 and receive a $50 statement credit.

This offer is available via the online log-in and via Twitter by tweeting #AmexZappos from a connected card. The terms of the offer are clear that it will work on gift cards; only B2B gift cards are excluded.

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I already pulled the trigger on 2 $200 gift card orders. I haven’t found any portals that pay out for zappos, so I just ordered directly on zappos.com. I got the instant “Congrats” email from Amex.

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I’ll sell these gift cards for $160 or more, yielding me a $10 profit per Amex card. I usually aim for  a minimum 10% profit when I churn gift cards, but this is an online offer and a $10 money-maker, so I did it despite the lower margin.

We only have a few weeks to take advantage of this offer.

Office Depot

This one is really old, but we never mentioned it, so I figured I’d throw it into this post.

  • Spend $50 at Office Depot or Office Max and receive a $10 statement credit. Expires 12/31/2014.

This can be a great money-maker by purchasing Visa gift cards at Office Depot and splitting the charge between a few registered Amex cards. Grant did this successfully on $200 Visa gift card purchases. I don’t have any Office Depot’s in my area, but I hope to get in on this in a couple weeks when I’m away from home.

Bloomingdale’s

This one is targeted and not available via Twitter. Some of my cards had this offer, but many did not.

  • Spend $150 at Bloomingdale’s in-store or online and receive a $30 statement credit. Expires 12/30/2014.

If you want to use this as a money-maker, you can try buying $150 Bloomingdale’s gift cards and reselling them for slightly more than that. This probably isn’t worth it, but according to FM Labratory some portals pay out for the purchases of gift cards from Bloomingdale’s. This could possibly yield an additional 9-10% profit.

Note, that I haven’t tried this, and I can’t confirm that gift card purchases will trigger the Amex credit or the portal cash-back.

Toys R Us

There are actually two Toys/Babies R Us offers out there. The online one has been here for a while, and the in-store one is new.

  • Spend $25 in-store and receive a $5 credit. Expires 12/31/2014.

I happened to have been at a Babies R Us recently, and I noticed gas gift cards (Shell, I believe), and eBay gift card, among many others. I probably won’t bother with this as a money-maker, since it’s just $5 credit per card. Maybe I’d pick up a couple $25 eBay gift cards, but I’m stocked up from the recent eBay gift card sales that we had recently.

  • Spend $75 online and receive a $15 credit. Expires 12/31/2014.

Toys/Babies R Us gift cards do work to trigger the credit. I saw one report on slickdeals of an e-gift card working as well.

See also this slickdeals thread for some more Toys R Us deals.

Saks

This is a targeted offer appearing in many Amex log-ins.

  • Spend $350 at saks.com and receive a $75 statement credit.

 

Some other interesting offers are:

Of course, we also have the Hyatt Place offer, and the Best Buy offer, and the J Crew offer and Marriott offer going on. Additionally, the $5 off $15 at Walmart was extended. It’s now valid until 12/31/2014.



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Grant

I think Babies R Us has more gift card variety than Toys R Us, but I ended up buying 4 $25 Ebay gift cards yesterday. Nice 20% discount 🙂

Kent C
Kent C

I can confirm the Toys R Us e-certs got me the $15 credit. Bought 5 x $75 e-gift certs, already received credit for $75. Bought the Xbox One on sale on Friday for $329.00 less $75 credit = very good deal. Applied all 5 e-certs on the order page (max is 5 allowed anyway). Also went through TopCashBack and received approx $14 in cash back. Never had to leave the computer. Xbox 1 already delivered.

Seth
Seth

Question about gift card churning. I did the Marriot offer and sold gift cards to Cardpool. This is the only company I have felt with. They keep calling me for every order (4 sales between $200 and $800) wanting to verify address, know how I got cards, when I got them and why I was getting rid of them. Is this typical for all gift card resellers? Is it likely due to high volume or dollar amounts? Am I at risk of them doing something like banning me?

Grant

I have had this happen to me multiple times selling to Card Pool. It is their standard operating procedure to combat fraud. As long as your gift cards were purchased by yourself with your credit cards, there should be no reason that Card Pool would ban you from selling to them.

seth
seth

Thanks for the reply, Grant!

GranPa
GranPa

Looks like Zappos removed the $200 physical gift cards. Unless you’re selling E-Gift cards to sites on GiftCardGranny?

Audrey
Audrey

I bought the zappos e-gift card after checking on gift card granny that they could be sold. (At least, the codes can be sold.) However, when I received the egc it states it can only be used with my email account. I called and it was confirmed that only I can use it. Yet I see on abc/card cash codes that say gift certificates. Any thoughts? Not that happy to be stuck with this…but maybe so it goes…

William Charles

I’d be making a complaint if I was you with Zappos. Worst case scenario you might be able to find somebody who wants something from there and order it whilst giving them a discount

audrey
audrey

Re: making a complaint, what do I say about the fact that I bought it for myself? Hard to say I didn’t then want it. Still, is that even legal?

William Charles

To be honest, it’s going to be difficult because the fine print specifically excludes gift cards. I’d just say it was planned as a present for somebody and see what they say, worth a shot.

Audrey
Audrey

According to this post, only B2B gift cards are excluded. What fine print are you referring to?

William Charles

That’s true, I am just used to AmEx offers always excluding gift cards. That should make your complaint easier.

Audrey
Audrey

Also, I don’t see any mention of that in their t&c.

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