Posted by William Charles on July 7, 2015
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Published on July 7th, 2015 | by William Charles

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How To Automate Enrolling In AmEx Sync Offers

OffersBot & SyncAssist both no longer work for automatically enrolling you in American Express Sync offers. Frequent Miler’s solution of setting up Tweetdeck for multiple accounts is a good one, but it still requires you to send out the tweet yourself. Sometimes the really hot offers are gone in an hour or two, which means you’d miss out if you weren’t on your computer (make sure you sign up for text alerts if you want to receive notifications of hot offers like this so you don’t miss out).

My solution to this problem is simple, although it takes a bit of time to set up. If you’re short on time, it might be worth waiting because OffersBot should be up and running again shortly. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Create an IFTTT account
  2. Link your Twitter account which is already linked to AmEx sync offers
  3. Activate this recipe
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until all of your Twitter accounts that have linked cards are done

Basically all IFTTT does is that whenever the OffersBot account sends out a tweet, your linked Twitter account will also send out the same tweet. The OffersBot account will send out a tweet whenever it finds a new AmEx offer that is available on Twitter, so using this means you shouldn’t miss out on any special deals.

It’s not the most elegant solution, so if you know of something better then please let me and our readers know in the comments below. Hopefully OffersBot/SyncAssist will be up and running again.



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Fiby

I wish all these methods would just die. There are only so many people that can enroll in each Amex Offer. By automatically signing up for all Amex Offers available, you are depriving some people of offers they actually intend to use (because clearly, you are not going to use every single Amex offer available).

Yes, yes, I know, game theory tells us that the best choice for each individual is to use these automated systems. Doesn’t mean I have to like these kind of posts that encourage or help people to do this though.

K. Patel
K. Patel

Agree. It basically creates a lot of wasted enrollments. Basically the whole MS community is not going to use offer where there is no profit/breakeven. But some of the offers might be useful to others and will be wasted.

Although, those who are enrolling automatic are selfish in their way, I am selfish in my way as I don’t like the offers go wasted.

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

Keep in mind there’s been cases of an amex offer being discontinued prematurely. In cases like this, Amex gave the statement credit for the offer even if you hadn’t used it yet. Perhaps they paid out due to contractual obligations or fear of being sued, who knows.

My point is I register for offers added to my account. I won’t go out of my way to add them to Twitter if I don’t use them but I’m going to make decisions that add value. You could argue that I’m selfish. I could argue I’m losing value by not adding offers added to my credit card account and they’re mine to use. I don’t think either view is wrong.

Fiby

And just how often does that payout happen? Sure it happens every so often, but it’s a pretty rare event. You’re grabbing offers most of which you do not intend to use that other people may actually use (and not to MS or gift card churn for, but actually use for their personal purchases) just for the small chance that you might get the value of an Amex offer without using it.

Selfish in my book.
Are you a rational actor? Yes I get that. Do I like what you’re doing? No. Do I like posts like these? No.

Now do I still use things like TweetDeck? Yes, I do. But I only tweet out offers that I intend to use. And if I know that I will only be able to use the offer on one or two cards, then I only tweet on those accounts, not all of them.

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

Selfish? Absolutely not. I don’t appreciate your choice of words. I am not an inconsiderate person. Acting in self interest? Obviously.

If you consider adding (non-twitter) offers in your Amex account that you aren’t likely to use selfish then maybe you’re dabbling in the wrong hobby.

Also, if you’ve ever done any MS you’ve hurt non-MSers through hurting the longevity of said offer and renders your argument patently false.

Fiby

Selfish: “lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.”

Your pursuit of personal profit is hurting non MSers, pure and simple.

The only MS that I have engaged in are as follows:
Buying visa or Mastercard gift cards with a credit card
Funding bank accounts with credit cards

Non MSers aren’t concerned about the profit from either of the above. If they were, then they would be a MSer.
The non MSers just want to be able to buy visa or mastercard gift cards and open bank accounts with any method. My MS efforts do help lead to the death of such endeavors via credit card, no doubt. But they can still access those offers with cash or (well at least sometimes) debit cards.

In the case of the Amex offers, you are depriving them of access.

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

Like I said, if you’re going to label me as selfish then you’re labeling all MS as selfish. Also, while we’re at it, shall we call capitalism selfish? You’re ignoring the inherent methodology in which MS operates if you attempt to be selective in what is and is not selfish This isn’t a case study in a philosophy class so I’m not going to go down this path with you.

People like you make me shake my head. You live in hypocrisy and denial and there is no convincing you otherwise.

Fiby

“This isn’t a case study in a philosophy class so I’m not going to go down this path with you.”
“You live in hypocrisy and denial and there is no convincing you otherwise.”

Sounds like a convenient way of saying that you actually have no valid points of argument, but you don’t want to admit that so I’ll just start making personal attacks instead.

Fiby

Typo,
“Sounds like a convenient way of saying that you actually have no valid points of argument, but you don’t want to admit that so I’ll just start making personal attacks instead.”

Should read
“Sounds like a convenient way of saying that you actually have no valid points of argument, but you don’t want to admit that so you’ll just start making personal attacks instead.”

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

Amusingly (and ironically), your last response sums up my problem with you and your selective view of MS-related activites and your outing me as selfish (hence the hypocrisy).

Fiby, try following your own advice:

‘Sounds like a convenient way of saying that you actually have no valid points of argument, but you don’t want to admit that so you’ll just start making personal attacks instead”

Not replying further as it’s pointless. Have a nice life.

Fiby

Yea but your previous response had no actual points of argument. Mine did:

“The only MS that I have engaged in are as follows:
Buying visa or Mastercard gift cards with a credit card
Funding bank accounts with credit cards

Non MSers aren’t concerned about the profit from either of the above. If they were, then they would be a MSer.
The non MSers just want to be able to buy visa or mastercard gift cards and open bank accounts with any method. My MS efforts do help lead to the death of such endeavors via credit card, no doubt. But they can still access those offers with cash or (well at least sometimes) debit cards.”

You may consider me calling you selfish a personal attack (which I contend as a statement of fact, not a personal attack), but at least I have some actual points of argument. You don’t, so you’re just resorting to personal attacks.

Brian
Brian

Reminds me of this:

https://xkcd.com/386/

anthonyjh21
anthonyjh21

@Brian

Thanks for the hilarious link made me laugh. We’ve all been guilty of that at some point.

SBoyle
SBoyle

Thanks Again for a wonderful solution!

Jesse
Jesse

How do you complete step 2? Thanks.

Jesse
Jesse

Is there something that explains how to do step 2? Thanks!

nat
nat

i use the “sync assist” tool from wandering aramean: http://wandr.me/ – works great!

nat
nat

ugh – sorry! did not read closely. thanks!

Steeler
Steeler

I can’t figure out number 2 either. Help pls.

John
John

The link in step 3 seems to tweet everything offersbot posts, rather than just the amex deals – search for “from:offersbot #available” trigger seems to remedy that.

mike
mike

how can we be sure that the “sync offer” tag will actually capture what’s posted by Amex offers on twitter?

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life_is_to_live

My twitter accounts are locked and it is asking to enter a phone number to un-lock. any workaround?

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[…] How To Automate Enrolling In AmEx Sync Offers If you are a heavy user of Amex Offers, you might want to automate the system so that your cards get all publicly available offers from Twitter without any effort. After the initial setup, all offers should get saved automatically. […]

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Fiby

Is Offersbot dead now? It seems that way….

Chuck

Yup, they closed up shop

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