Earn 1,000 Bonus Amex Points For Spending $40 At Staples (Targeted)

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For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.

To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.

At the moment we’re seeing a new promotion that could be more useful than some might assume on the surface.

There’s a targeted Amex Offer for 1,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $40+ at Staples by September 30, 2019. You can earn the bonus points based on one or multiple transactions, and the purchase can be made either in-store or at staples.com.

Personally I value Membership Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me the 1,000 points are worth $17, which means $40 worth of stuff is really only “costing” you $23.

There’s also a version out there offering a $10 statement credit when spending $40, though given that I value Membership Rewards points at more than a penny each, I’d prefer the version offering bonus points.

Like most Amex Offers, this one is targeted, so not all accounts are going to be eligible for this offer. If you’re eligible you’ll want to register ASAP, and then you’ll have until the deadline to complete the offer.

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What makes this deal so awesome is that Staples sells all kinds of gift cards, both in-store and online. For example, Staples sells gift cards for Uber, iTunes, Southwest Airlines, etc. In looking at the terms, there are no exclusions for gift card purchases (other than purchases “in bulk,” which this wouldn’t qualify as). These are the listed exclusions:

ELIGIBLE PURCHASES: Offer valid in-store, via the Staples mobile app and online at Staples.com. Valid at participating locations in US. Not valid on purchases shipped outside of the US. Excludes Quill, Smilemaker, Staples Business Advantage, Staples 4 Government, Staples Toner Services, Staples Technology Solutions, Staples Promotional Products, Staples Print Solutions, Copy and Printing Services, Staples Contract and Commercial, Staples App Center, Staples Industrial, Staples Book Rental, Staples Simplexity, Staples Share Fund, Coastwide Labs, Catalog and Staples Fundraising. Not valid for gift cards in bulk purchases.

Were you targeted for this offer, and if so, do you plan on taking advantage of it?

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  1. I got this on my Gold and my BCP. My gold also has the extra MR for purchases at Staples. Probably just buy a single $200 VGC and have the card linked to DOSH for the extra $5 and eat the GC fee.

  2. I was targeted for this offer but also have another one I enrolled in for $5 back after spending $25 at an office supply store. If I take advantage of the staples offer, I wonder which one it will apply to…maybe both? Ha

  3. Got this on my personal Platinum Card. Buy all my work supplies from Staples for reimbursment so this works out as free MRs for me!

  4. @Trex, those offers will stack. I got the offer mentioned in this post, plus the offer for $5 back for spending $25 at office supply stores, plus an offer for an extra MR point per dollar on Staples. I just ordered a $50 Uber gift card and got multiple emails from Amex confirming that I’d made use of the offers. Usually those emails from Amex don’t refer to exactly which offer applied, but one of the emails was in a different form from the others and specifically called out the $5 for $25 offer.

  5. Mine is $10 off $40. I never seem to get the MR offers. I have about 1.4 million MR and wonder if that is why? Like AmEx wants me to spend some first.

  6. @beachfan… split transaction

    $40 on amex
    $166.95 on ink cash

    = 1080 (with business blue) mr
    834.75 ur (ink cash or ink plus)…

    Id rather have both

  7. Like Matt said above, I never get MR Amex Offers on my Gold Card – all seem to be cash back instead. I’d obviously prefer the MR offers as the points are more valuable if converted. Does anyone have experience/knowledge on why this is and if anything can be done to get MR offers instead?

  8. Interesting, i got both the offer mentioned, expiring 9/30/19, and another Staples offer, expiring 12/31/19, get 1 addititonal MR point per dollar spent, We’ll see if the two stack.

  9. @Keyser Soze – I got both offers, as well. I certainly hope that the stacking works!
    I think I got an email offer for $$$ off from Staples, as well, so I hope to pull off a rare “triple stack”! LOL

  10. Some of my Chase Offer triggers on buying mileage x gift cards. For example, the 5-10% back from starbucks, if you buy the mileage x gift card, you get the 5-10% back + 1x united miles + 3x UR points from CSR.

    Anyone know if Amex does the same?

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