Posted by Chuck on July 1, 2016
AmEx Offers

Published on July 1st, 2016 | by Chuck

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15 Things to Know about Amex Offer Deals

Aside from the temporary Amex Offer deals that we post so often, we’ve also written numerous posts explaining certain aspects of these offers. To make it easier to find the permanent info, we’ll put it all here in one place. We’ll also keep this list up-to-date with any future articles or changes.

  1. AmEx Offers: An Introduction & Profitable Examples This is the place to start to see the basics of Amex Offers; which cards have these offers, where to find the offers, and how it’s possible to use them or even profit from them. Also, check out the Amex Offer FAQ page and this Frequentmiler guide to learn more.
  2. How To Sign Up For Multiple American Express Sync Offers The real value of Amex Offers is in multiplying your savings/profit by each eligible Amex card you have. This can be done by having each card synced with a separate Twitter account or by opening multiple tabs in the Amex login. Be sure to open all the tabs first since after saving one it will disappear from the rest.
  3. Do Amex Offer Deals Work on the Purchase of Gift Cards? It really depends on the offer. Some offers allow gift cards and some don’t. Also, some exclude only e-gift cards but allow physical gift cards.
  4. 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.
  5. How to Make an Offer Magically Reappear If you save the offer on one card via the Amex login, it will disappear from the other cards in that login. Luckily, you can usually get the offer to reappear by opening a new Amex login or by removing the card which has the offer from the existing login.
  6. If you forgot to save the offer on a card or if you find out about an offer soon after shopping at the merchant, try saving it immediately to the card and it might work to trigger the offer, especially if it’s still the same day the card was used.
  7. Do I Need To Make A Single Purchase For AmEx Offers, Or Is It Cumulative? This is one of the most common questions about Amex Offers. In reality, it depends on the language of the offer; sometimes the terms specify that it needs to be one purchase, and other times they indicate that you can make multiple purchases to reach the total.
  8. Do Electronic Wallets Trigger the Offer Credit? The terms of Amex Offers recommend not using an electronic wallet (e.g. Paypal) since that won’t trigger the Offer credit. In practice, it seems to vary by the wallet; some run the transactions on their own system and it doesn’t come through to Amex as being done directly with the merchant, yet others merely facilitate the transaction and it comes through as the merchant itself. Paypal and Samsung Pay don’t work, but others like Visa Checkout and Apple Pay seem to be working.
  9. How Much Are AmEx Offers Worth Annually? The actual value will obviously vary by person and by the year, but it’s worth estimating these annual recurring values when deciding whether an Amex card is worth its annual fee.
  10. Amex Offer Credit Not Posting, What to Do? Amex Offer credits usually post within a few days to the account. If that doesn’t happen, there are various options to try getting the credit, including chat, Twitter, and a couple of phone numbers.
  11. How Does American Express Decide Who Receives What AmEx Sync Offer? Many Amex Offers are targeted at specific cardholders. There are various reasons for this; it’s sometimes based on geographic area or other demographics factors.
  12. What Happens When You Have Two Active AmEx Offers For The Same Store? It’s rare, but occasionally you might have two Amex Offers for the same store active on your card at the same time. When this happens, you can get credit for both of them with a single purchase.
  13. If you got a new card number on your Amex due to fraud or any other reason, you might lose all the offers saved on the card. It seems to depend on which type of card it is; ‘real’ Amex cards apparently get the Offers transferred over, but third-party Amex cards or prepaid Amex cards will lose any unused offers. In all cases, you’ll have to re-sync the new card number with Twitter (if you use the Twitter method). A new expiration or security code should not be problematic, however.
  14. We’d be remiss not to mention the well-known Small Business Saturday offer from Amex. For a number of years, they basically gave out free money, ranging from $10 to $30, on each card that enrolled in the offer. In 2015, they sent out a much more targeted offer on certain personal and business cards. We’ll have to see what they do in coming years when it happens. (Previous SBS offers: 1, 2, 3.)
  15. If you’re reviewing which Amex Offers you’ve used, use the old Amex interface since the new one is buggy.



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I logged on to look at my Amex offers this morning and got this one on my Everyday card:

Details
Get 10% back as a statement credit every time you use your enrolled Card to make eligible purchases at U.S. gas station locations by September 30, 2016, on up to $250 in total eligible purchases. See below for terms and exclusions.
Terms
Enrollment is limited. Offer valid for purchases at gas station locations in the U.S. An “eligible purchase” means a purchase made with your enrolled Card at U.S. gas station locations by 9/30/16, on up to $250 in total purchases, excluding: online purchases and marina fuel or any type of commercial fuel (e.g.- jet fuel) purchases. For purposes of this offer, “gas station” means a merchant that is in the primary business of selling gasoline to consumers. Gas stations may sell other convenience items, but its primary business must be selling gasoline to consumers. The following are NOT considered gas stations: Superstores, supermarkets, and warehouse clubs that sell gasoline. Offer is limited to a total of $25 in statement credits per American Express® online account. Must add offer to Card and use same Card to redeem. Offer is non-transferable. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 9/30/16, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Statement credit may be reversed if eligible purchase is returned/cancelled. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchase from merchant until all items from your eligible purchase have been provided/shipped by merchant or if your purchase is not made directly with the merchant. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with a merchant. In addition, 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. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: CBJ5:0001

I tried a multi tab trick a couple days ago and there was an error message on 50% of the cards I was attempting to enroll in the same offer. I’ve done this before without issue, but it seems that avenue of multiple sign ups might be closing.

Thanks for the summary. But I still have question on #5 (5.Do I Need To Make A Single Purchase For AmEx Offers, Or Is It Cumulative?)

For example to the Google Express Offer that runs today. Can anyone educate me if it is cumulative? In other words, if multiple purchases to reach the total is fine. Below is what is listed on Amex offer.

Get a one-time $15 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a minimum of $30+ in one or more transactions online at Google Express by 7/31/2016. See terms for exclusions.

My experience is that Amex offers are not worth the time or effort (unless you’re buying the product anyway). Probably have taken advantage of 100 or so offers and MAYBE 20 have actually credited.

Well it depends if u have only 1 card or 5 cards. Amex been coming thru with some great offer this past couple of months. All have been credited.

Me and my gf did the chewy offer on all of our 9 amex cards.
Spend $75 and get $25 back
We spent $675+ and got $225 back.
Thats basically a 33% discount on Chewy
And we now have enough dog food, treats, pads etc for over a year!

Glad to hear you took advantage of this offer.

Do Amex Offers count towards signup bonus spend requirements? E.g. if you use an offer where you get $40 off of $50 spend at a specific location. Does $50 count towards the spend requirements? Or just $10 (50 – 40)?

I always assume it counts as $10 but it might vary depending on the bank.

Amex Offer: PuritansPride.com (Spend $30 And Get $10 Back) And Others (YMMV) at Puritans Pride
expiration date 92417
Will I qualify for the Amex Offer: PuritansPride.com (Spend $30 And Get $10 Back) if I go thru a cashbk site?

Datapoint: I was really worried when I forgot to use one of the Martha wine offers until late 9/30 (11:12 pm central). Thankfully I got the “you’ve used your offer” e-mail right away, but the date of the charge showed up as 10/1. I was worried the offer wouldn’t work as it went from “redeemed” to “expired” after 10/1. However, the offer posted on 10/5, yay!

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