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How the Free ShopRunner Amex Benefit Will Get You 2-Day Shipping at 140 Stores

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Susan Shain By Susan Shain Sep 06, 2018 | Updated Apr 02, 2020

Think Amazon Prime is the only way to get free two-day shipping? Think again.

If you’re an American Express cardholder, there’s another strategy you might not know about. And it’ll apply at more than 140 online stores — instead of just Amazon.

Here’s everything you need to know about the ShopRunner Amex benefit.

First Off, What Is ShopRunner, and How Does It Work?

ShopRunner is a subscription service for online shoppers. When its members purchase items from one of 140 partner stores, they get:

  • Free two-day shipping
  • Free return shipping
  • Members-only deals
  • Express checkout at select stores

For most people, this service costs $79 per year. But Amex cardholders can get a free ShopRunner membership.

We’ll dive into how to sign up below — first, here are a few more details about how ShopRunner works.

Around 30 ShopRunner stores require a minimum purchase to get free shipping and returns; for the ones that do, it’s usually $25. Not all products on partner sites are eligible, either — your chosen item must have the ShopRunner logo next to it.

How the Free ShopRunner Amex Benefit Will Get You 2-Day Shipping at 140 Stores

When it comes to partners, you won’t find big box stores like Target or Old Navy, but you will find brands like Ann Taylor, eBags, Express, Kate Spade, Lord+Taylor, MacMall, Neiman Marcus, and Staples.

You can sign in to the ShopRunner website or mobile app to browse eligible items from participating stores, or you can simply shop as you normally would with a ShopRunner partner’s site and keep an eye out for the ShopRunner logo we mentioned above. Regardless of how you browse, you’ll have to pay through the merchant’s website.

How the Free ShopRunner Amex Benefit Will Get You Two-Day Shipping at 140 Stores

How to Sign Up for ShopRunner Amex

As mentioned above, Amex cardholders don’t need to pay a dime for ShopRunner. If you have a personal or business (non-corporate) American Express card, a complimentary ShopRunner membership is one of your credit card benefits.

All you have to do is list your Amex as the default card in your ShopRunner account. (You don’t even have to use it to make your purchases.)

Here’s how to sign up for the Amex ShopRunner benefit:

1. Get an eligible American Express credit card: If you don’t have one already, we list several eligible cards below.

2. Sign up for a free ShopRunner account: If you already have an account, no worries; just add your Amex card as the default, and ShopRunner will cancel the remaining term and give you a prorated refund. How the ShopRunner Amex Benefit Will Get You 2-Day Shipping at 140 Stores

3. Log in when you’re checking out of ShopRunner’s partner stores.

How the Free ShopRunner Amex Benefit Get You 2-Day Shipping at 140 Stores

That’s it! As long as you keep your Amex listed as the default card in your ShopRunner account, you’ll never have to pay a subscription fee.

You can also get free returns. To be eligible, you must have made the initial order with ShopRunner — so, even if the retailer offers free shipping, use ShopRunner in case you need to return the item.

If Amex isn’t your cup of tea, Mastercard credit cards with the World and World Elite level of benefits, like the Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer (Review), may also offer a free ShopRunner membership. PayPal members can get a one-year membership for free, too.

How to Maximize the ShopRunner Amex Benefit

If you’re an online shopper, you use online shopping portals to maximize your rewards, right?

Well, when you combine shopping portals with the ShopRunner Amex benefit, you can really crush this whole rewards thing.

Let’s say you want to buy a new dress at Bloomingdale’s. You use a site like Cashbackholic to see which shopping portal offers the most rewards. At Bloomingdale’s, Chase offers a generous 5% cash back (1% normally plus an extra 4%), so you go with that.

How the Free ShopRunner Amex Benefit Gets You Two-Day Shipping at 140 Stores

You log into Chase’s portal, surf to Bloomie’s, find a dress, and then check for the ShopRunner symbol.

How the ShopRunner Amex Benefit Will Get You Two-Day Shipping at 140 Stores

When you’re ready to check out, you sign into ShopRunner to get free two-day shipping.

And you don’t even need to pay with the Amex card on file.

You can pay with whichever card makes the most sense for you. Conceivably, you could get free shipping with your Amex, earn Ultimate Rewards points by shopping through Chase’s portal, and then earn cash back by paying with a Discover card. It’s all part of the credit card rewards fun.

Which Amex Cards Work With ShopRunner?

Wondering if your Amex is an “eligible card”? Here’s what qualifies, according to the ShopRunner terms and conditions:

“An American Express U.S. Consumer or Small Business credit or charge Card that is not cancelled and that is issued to you by a U.S. banking subsidiary of American Express. Prepaid cards and products, American Express Corporate Cards and American Express-branded cards or account numbers issued by other financial institutions are not eligible.”

Basically, most personal and small business Amex cards are going to make the cut. But if you’re looking for specific recommendations, here are a few types of cards that will help you take advantage of the ShopRunner and Amex partnership.

Charge Cards

Charge cards must be paid off in full each month. They come with high annual fees, as well as a high potential for earning travel rewards. (Amex’s program is called Membership Rewards.)

Our favorite charge card is The Platinum Card from American Express, which comes with a slew of perks like airport lounge access, Uber credits, and a $200 airline fee credit.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts® program at over 1,000 properties. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. That’s up to $50 in statement credits semi-annually. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Cash Back Cards

If you’d prefer cash back over points, try the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express. It earns a whopping 6% cash back on select U.S. streaming services and on up to $6,000 of purchases at U.S. supermarkets per year (then 1%), plus 3% on transit and U.S. gas station purchases.

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

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  • Earn a $250 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%).
  • 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions.
  • 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations and on transit (including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more). 1% Cash Back on other purchases.
  • Low intro APR: 0% for 12 months on purchases from the date of account opening, then a variable rate, currently 13.99% to 23.99%.
  • Plan It® gives the option to select purchases of $100 or more to split up into monthly payments with a fixed fee and no interest.
  • Cash Back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit.
  • $95 Annual Fee
  • Terms Apply.
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Membership Rewards Cards

Like the charge cards mentioned earlier, these credit cards earn Membership Rewards points. The biggest difference is you can carry a balance on these credit cards (though we strongly advise against it).

The EveryDay Preferred offers 3X points on grocery purchases (for up to $6,000 per year), plus 2X at gas stations — and a 50% point bonus if you make at least 30 purchases in a billing period.

Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card

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  • Earn 15,000 Membership Reward® points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 50% more points: Make 30 or more purchases with your Card in a billing period and get 50% extra points on those purchases less returns and credits. Terms and limitations apply.
  • 3x points at US supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x); 2x points at US gas stations; 1x points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • You can use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points to pay for all or part of your flight, hotel booked and paid in advance, vacation or cruise booking through amextravel.com.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months, then a rate of 13.99%–23.99% Variable, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
  • Visit our credit card partner’s site in order to learn more and securely apply for The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express

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Co-Branded Credit Cards

You’ve got choices when it comes to co-branded Amex cards: Hilton, Starwood and Marriott, Delta, and Mercedes-Benz. The best card for you depends on where your loyalties lie.

One pick with a solid introductory bonus is the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card (Review). You’ll be able to earn 35,000 bonus miles for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months — enough to cover most or all of a flight. You can also earn a $100 statement credit for spending $10,000 in a calendar year. This card has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99. (Rates & Fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

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  • Earn 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free and Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights.
  • New! Get ready for your next trip – spend $10,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year and receive a $100 Delta Flight Credit to get you there sooner.
  • Earn 2X Miles on Delta purchases, at restaurants worldwide and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit after you use your Card on eligible Delta in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.
  • Terms Apply.
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Wrapping Up

We’re always surprised to discover how few people know about this valuable perk. Even if you don’t shop at many of the stores listed, we’d say it’s worth signing up for a free ShopRunner Amex account. That way, you’ll have it in your back pocket the next time you want to, um, get a new dress with pockets.

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At a glance

ShopRunner grants subscribers perks like free two-day shipping, free return shipping, and more, when they shop at a partner store. The service usually costs $79 annually, but it’s included with nearly every American Express personal and small business card.

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