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Amex Offers is an often overlooked — yet lucrative! — benefit that allows American Express cardholders to score statement credits or Membership Rewards points when they use their card at participating retailers.
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When it comes to rewards cards, American Express offers some of the, um, most rewarding credit cards around. In addition to generous welcome bonuses and points earning capabilities, this credit card issuer sets itself apart with its Amex Offers rewards program.
If you’re not taking advantage of Amex Offers with your Amex card, we’ll be frank: You’re missing out. According to the company, Amex cardholders have saved more than $865 million with Amex Offers over the past decade.
Wanna get in on that chunk of change? Here’s how to make the most of this lucrative perk.
The Amex Offers program lets American Express cardholders save money or earn Membership Rewards points when shopping at a variety of popular retailers.
The offers generally come in one of three flavors (these are just examples; actual offers may vary):
All U.S.-issued American Express credit cards — both personal and business — come with access to Amex Offers. Even if you have an American Express® Serve® or American Express Bluebird Card, you can participate using your americanexpress.com account.
The only cards that aren’t eligible, according to the program’s FAQ page, are American Express corporate cards, gift cards, and prepaid cards (aside from the ones mentioned above).
Chase has followed in Amex’s footsteps, and now has its own program called, you guessed it, Chase Offers. Though not quite as robust as Amex Offers, it’s still worth checking out if you have a Chase credit card. Bank of America also has BankAmeriDeals; Citi has Easy Deals; Capital One doesn’t have a similar program yet.
While most Amex cardholders have access to Amex Offers, they probably don’t have access to the same ones.
To see which Amex Offers are available to you, log in to your American Express account and scroll to “Amex Offers & Benefits” at the bottom of the page. Or, if you’re in the mobile app, click on the “Offers” tab.
To get more details about each offer, including rules and restrictions, click on the arrow to the left of the company’s logo.
If you have multiple American Express credit cards, you can switch between cards — and their tailored offers — by clicking on the card at the top right hand of the page.
Want to see more than 100 offers? Add a few offers to your card. The “Available” tab will probably autofill with more offers the next time you log in, although in some cases it can take some time for more to show up.
Signing up for an Amex Offer is a cinch: Simply click on “Add to Card” — that’s it!
The only thing to be aware of? If you have more than one American Express card, double-check that you’re adding the offer to the card you’ll use to make the purchase. Use your dining card for restaurant deals, if you’ve got one, your grocery card at supermarkets, etc.
Since you’re only allowed to claim each offer once per cardholder, the offer will disappear from all your cards as soon as you add it to one of them.
Though each Amex Offer is only available once per cardmember, authorized users are a different story. If your partner, for example, is an authorized user on your credit card, you could both snag the same offer, taking advantage of the same perk twice!
According to Amex, enrollment in each offer “may be limited” and offers “may not be available after enrollment limits are met.”
Translation? If you’re pretty sure you’re going to take advantage of an offer, add it to your card. If you wait too long, and the offer reaches its enrollment limit, it may disappear from your list.
That said, you should only sign up for offers from retailers at which you’re already planning on shopping. If you feel like scanning the offers is giving you too much incentive to break your budget (I feel ya there!), consider only checking the list when you’re about to shop at a particular store or for a particular product.
After you’ve added an offer to your card, there aren’t many more hoops to jump through. You’ll just need to make a qualifying purchase, using your registered Amex card as the payment method.
In most cases, when you meet the requirements — say, making a $50 eligible purchase on your Amex card — the offer will be applied automatically. On occasion, Amex says merchants may ask you to use a certain link or enter a promo code at checkout.
To avoid issues, you should always complete your purchase directly with the merchant, and directly with your Amex card (avoid paying with a digital wallet).
You should also read the fine print: Some offers require you to spend the entire amount in a single transaction, while others allow you to spread out your purchases over time. Some only apply for in-store purchases, while others are only available through a merchant’s website.
Once you’ve successfully redeemed the offer, American Express will send an email promising to issue your statement credit or points within 90 days from the end of the offer period (though they usually show up much sooner). If you don’t see the credit after that time period, Amex suggests running through these steps and then reaching out at amex.co/chatnow.
To get the most out of Amex Offers, always try “stacking” other discounts, such as coupon codes and shopping portals, on top of them.
Here’s an example of how this might work:
Last step? Feel really proud of yourself for getting $100+ worth of stuff for less than $80!
Though participating in Amex Offers is a super straightforward way to earn bonus points or cash back, here are several hacks that will allow you to take your earning to the next level.
For the biggest variety of targeted offers, you’ll need to have four different cards: two personal cards (one that earns Membership Rewards points and one that doesn’t) and two business cards (one that earns Membership Rewards points and one that doesn’t).
While we wouldn’t recommend applying for a credit card solely to get Amex Offers, the program is a nice perk. And if you’re looking for a card to round out your collection, here are some ideas in each category.
As long as they don’t entice you to spend more than you’d planned, Amex Offers are an easy way to maximize the value of your American Express cards. Just in researching this article, for instance, I found an offer for $7 off an HBO Max subscription for up to three months. Since I already use that service, I was able to save $21 with just a few clicks. Go have a look and see what bargains you can find!
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Susan is a freelance writer who specializes in turning complex financial topics into engaging and accessible articles. She's been writing about personal finance for six years, and was previously the senior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a staff writer at Student Loan Hero. Her personal finance writing has also appeared in publications like MarketWatch and Lifehacker.
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