Amazon Prime Day: Don’t Forget To Save 20%

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At the beginning of the month I wrote about a great promotion that Amazon is running. Specifically, you can get 20% off when you use Amex Membership Rewards points to pay for at least part of your purchase. You’ll want to redeem exactly one point to get a one cent discount, which in turn would save you $100 (redeeming Amex points for Amazon purchases isn’t actually a good deal, so that’s why you want to redeem as few points as possible).

For those of you who haven’t taken advantage of this offer yet, I think it’s worth posting a reminder of it, given that it’s Amazon Prime Day, which offers some of the biggest discounts on the year on Amazon purchases. You can stack those savings with up to 20% off with the Amazon promotion on items sold directly by Amazon.

Amazon Prime Day kicks off at 12PM PT, and runs for 36 hours, through midnight PT tomorrow, with various promotions throughout the period.

The basics of the promotion

The process of taking advantage of Amazon’s 20% off promotion is easy:

  • You first have to activate the offer by clicking the “Click to activate” button on this page
  • Then add eligible items to your shopping cart, which includes virtually anything that is sold and shipped by Amazon
  • At check-out use at least one Membership Rewards point for your purchase (and that’s exactly what I’d do — I recommend redeeming exactly one point); be super careful when making the purchase, because it’s easy to accidentally redeem points for the entire cost of the purchase, which is a bad deal

Furthermore, in practice gift card purchases are eligible for this offer, though it is taking a few hours for them to process.

How I took advantage of this promotion

If you haven’t taken advantage of this promotion and don’t have anything you want to buy on Prime Day, there are two strategies you can take that still seem to work:

Bottom line

Amazon Prime Day is one of the most popular days of the year for Amazon purchases. While the savings are good to begin with, you might as well take advantage of this 20% off deal using Amex points if you haven’t done so already to score an even better deal.

Comments

  1. @Lucky

    I am trying to buy some stuff and use the discount by paying with MRP’s but when I click on the link, it tells me that I am not eligible for the offer. Was this targeted? My AMEX is not in my amazon wallet. Is that why it shows my ineligibility?

  2. anyone else notice its giving 20% off the original retail price and not the prime day price? Just picked up the bose quiet comfort for $91 (it should have been $125 – 25$ which would be $100 + tax) . Only works on the prime day deals of the day (not the

  3. Also, dont forget to use smile.amazon.com

    Only difference is a small percentage of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice.

  4. Can one of the Trump supporters who frequently comment on this blog defend his press conference with Putin today, please? I am still trying to wrap my head around it.

  5. @ Tav — If you add it to your wallet as your primary card, hopefully it will start working.

  6. This is Amazing. They are giving the 20% on the original price. Those Bose headsets are coming out for $73 total for me.

  7. Hi Lucky I tried to get the 20% off today July 17. But seems not working. Do you think they stopped? I enrolled my platinum AMEX to the account and want to buy a gift card for 500USD as you said applied 0.01 Points but the total costs shown is 499.99USD still…. no discount added.

  8. @ bjoern — What kind of a gift card you trying to buy? If it’s an Amazon one, this will only work if you buy a $400 Amazon gift card and a $100 gift card from another retailer.

  9. Thanks Lucky. Between this and your Saks 5th Ave post you helped me save a lot of money today. I appreciate what you do.

  10. It seems to be possible to re-use this deal multiple times, possibly triggered by using multiple affiliate links and/or multiple MR accounts.

  11. @ lucky, they added the following…..is this new?

    Gift cards and digital products are not eligible for this discount.

    Customers will click the “Click here to activate” button on the promo landing page to attach the promo code to their account. This credit will stay active for that customer ID until the promo expires or they reach the $100 maximum redemption limit.
    Customer will add one or more of the eligible items shipped and sold by Amazon to their cart. Gift cards and digital products are not eligible for this discount.
    Under “Choose a payment method,” the customer will select their Membership Rewards eligible American Express Card and pay for at least a portion of their order with Membership Rewards points.
    Savings will be reflected on the final order checkout page if the items in the customer’s order is eligible for the promotion credit. See below for Terms and Conditions.

  12. @ bjoern hering — That has been listed the whole time, but the discount has still applied.

  13. How do you use 1 point? It’s only giving me an option to use a dollar amount of points. $1.00 is 143 points. I don’t want to use 143 points.

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