Published on August 1st, 2018 | by Chuck177
The Amex Offers Multi-Tab Trick is Dead, There’s Now a Hard Limit of One Offer per Person
Well, it finally happened, stick a fork in it: the Amex Offer multi-tab trick died today, August 1, 2018.
Amex Offer Death
Until a month ago, it was possible to save the same Amex Offer on multiple cards in two ways:
- Cards in separate logins were all fair game, so if you made a separate login for each card, you could save the offer on every single card separately.
- Cards in the same login, the trick was to open a separate tab for each card, then proceed to save the offer on each one. This was known as the multi-tab trick.
The first approach died a few weeks ago when Amex created a block whereby once an offer is saved on a card, it gets removed from showing on cards in other logins with the same name/SSN (we don’t know the exact criteria, but something to do with name/SSN/address).
This did not hinder the saving of offers on multiple cards within the same login using the multi-tab trick: even cards with the same name/SSN could be saved using this trick.
Today, Amex apparently updated something whereby only the first cards gets saved when using the multi-tab trick. While the system will appear to save the other tabs, in practice those offers will not be saved on the account, as evident from refreshing the page and looking at your saved offers.
Presumably the multi-tab death is all based on the earlier demise which limits us to one offer per name/SSN thus blocking us from saving the same offer on two cards with the same name/SSN. If you have two cards in the same login with different names (if that’s possible), it should still be possible to do the multi-tab trick and save the offer on both of those cards.
Existing offers which were added remain on your card and won’t be removed. Some of the older offers can continue to be added using the multi-tab trick. The issue here is for adding newly-released offers and all future offers.
End of an era: you can now only have one Amex Offer saved per name/SSN. It was s a nice run. I imagine some people will be closing out some Amex cards with annual fees which are no longer worth their keep.
A few updates:
- It looks like you can add one statement credit offer and one membership rewards point offer (e.g these are treated as separate offers).
- In a seemingly unrelated development, they system is sometimes showing the MR offer and the cash back offer on the same card, so it should be possible, for example, to get $100 and 10,000 MR points with a single $500 purchase at Peninsula Hotels if you find both of those offers on a card. Image below.
- Some readers mention the idea of saving an offer on your phone and computer simultaneously and that might help them both get saved. YMMV
- On 8/3/18 they killed off the old Amex interface link which some people used to use for various reasons – it now simply directs to the standard login. Update 08/05/18: Old interface link is working again. Update 08/19/18: Stopped working again.
- A Frequentmiler reader points out that if you add an offer to an AU card, that person will then lose their own Amex Offer deal on their own primary card (as well as on any other AU cards).
- Amex has also now added an eligibility checker within the Amex Offers interface to show whether you have any uses left for the offer.
- 8/27/18: For the new Marriott Amex Offer deal the multi-tab trick is working; it’s possible there’ll be others in the future that work as well. 10/10/18: The Lyft offer works too.