Update: These offers for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
It’s no secret that Amex Offers are a fantastic way to save money using your American Express cards. In many cases I save more than I pay in annual fees on my Amex cards. These discounts are valid at all kinds of merchants, from hotels to airlines to restaurants to department stores.
There’s a new Amex Offer which came out this morning, which I think could be useful to just about anyone.
The Amex Offer is for $15 off a $60 Amazon purchase, valid through December 31, 2015.
Here are the basic details of the Amex Offer:
Get a one-time $15 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a total of $60 or more online at Amazon.com by 12/31/2015.
What’s so great about this offer is that:
- A vast majority of Amex accounts seem to be targeted for this promotion — all my American Express cards are, for example
- The offer is valid for the purchase of Amazon gift cards, so you can purchase a $60 Amazon gift card and receive a statement credit of $15
- I don’t think there’s a more widely useful retailer in the US than Amazon, so I think just about anyone would consider credit with Amazon to be just about “good as cash”
To maximize this offer and make it as simple as possible:
- Log into your American Express account and scroll to the bottom, where you’ll see the Amex Offers you’re eligible for
- If you’re eligible for the bonus, see if all your Amex cards are eligible; if they are, open the Amex Offers page for all your cards at the same time and click “Add To Card”
- For all eligible cards, buy a $60 Amazon gift card which you can add to your existing Amazon balance; this will make it easiest to maximize the bonus without getting your cards mixed up
Here are the full terms of the promotion:
Offer valid only for purchases made directly at Amazon.com or smile.amazon.com. Offer valid only for purchases made with the US Dollar. Offer not valid for purchases made with foreign currencies. Purchases made through other merchants or third party sites using “Checkout by Amazon” or other Amazon payment methods do not qualify for this offer. Not valid at international or non-English versions of Amazon.com or websites affiliated with/linked to from Amazon.com. Also excludes Corporate gift Cards, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Local, Amazon Home Services, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Supply, Amazon Local Register, Amazon Coins, Kindle Direct Publishing, Go-Go and Amazon Payments. Must add offer to Card and use same Card for one or more transactions in order to redeem. In order to receive your statement credit, all qualifying purchases must ship on or before 12/31/15. If items are ordered during the offer period but are shipped after 12/31/15, those items may not count towards determining whether your purchases qualify for the offer. If you receive a replacement Card during the offer and use that Card to enroll, you must update your Card on file with Amazon to receive the statement credit. Limit 1 statement credit per American Express Card® across all American Express offer channels. Enrollment is limited. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 12/31/15, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase(s). Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase(s) is/are returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transactions as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. Also, in most cases, you will not receive the statement credit for transactions made with electronic wallets or through third parties or if the merchant uses mobile or wireless Card readers to process them. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. If you use Membership Rewards® points for all or any portion of a transaction through the “Shop with Points at Amazon.com” program, the amount of that transaction that you cover with points will not qualify for the offer. Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. POID: BY4E:0001
I don’t think promotions get more “good as cash” than this. In my case I have eight cards eligible for this promotion, so it will save me $120 on purchases I’d make anyway with Amazon. In my case this includes the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, American Express® Gold Card, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, and The Platinum Card® from American Express.
Registration for these promotions is limited, so I’d suggest adding this Amex Offer to your cards as soon as possible.
Were you targeted for the Amazon Amex Offer? Do you plan on taking advantage of this promotion?