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This is my third post about the Amex Express Checkout promotion and I wanted to share with you all my great success! Here are the first two posts to fully understand the promotion: Free $10 Gift Card to Many Merchants for American Express Card Members! and Making Money with Amex Express Checkout!
Quick Recap of the Promotion:
American Express just introduced a new payment option which is available at select retailers online. All you do is select the Amex Express Checkout option, sign into your American Express.com account, pick the card you want to pay with and viola, all your details are uploaded into the checkout system and you do not need to manually enter any information.
To introduce this new feature, American Express will give you a $10 statement credit just for using it through September 7, 2015. This will give you one $10 statement credit per merchant per credit card! There are 11 participating merchants which means you can get up to $110 statement credits per credit card. And if you have multiple Amex credit cards times that by the amount of cards you have (although some merchants are better than others)! Only cards that are in your AmericanExpress.com account can be used (therefore, third party cards like Bloomingdales and prepaid cards like Target REDCard are not eligible).
The participating merchants include:
Thus far, I’ve made the following purchases:
- Newegg.com: $10 gift card
- Ticketmaster.com: $1 concert ticket
- Sabon.com: $10 gift card
At all three merchants I’ve receive the $10 statement credit! This means I ended up with a FREE $10 Home Depot gift card from Newegg, a $9 profit due to my Ticketmaster purchase, and a FREE $10 Sabon gift card. I’ve made these purchases on all 8 of my Amex credit cards and have received the statement credit on all cards.
Taking advantage of the promotion per merchant
As I mentioned, you can take advantage of this offer once per merchant. I’ve gone through every merchant and have detailed out the best way to maximize:
Burberry: No inexpensive options. Only good if you were thinking about making a purchase from Burberry anyways. They do sell $50 gift cards (the lowest denomination option), so you can purchase that to trigger the $10 statement credit.
Laithwaite’s Wine: No inexpensive options. Only good if you were thinking about making a wine purchase anyways. There is a link for gift card purchases but it has said none available since this offer appeared.
Ledbury: Currently Ledbury gift cards are only available in $50 denominations. Hopefully the lower level amount will re-appear at some point before the promotion ends. There are no inexpensive items on the site.
Newegg: You have three options: 1) Purchase an item you were going to purchase anyways and receive the $10 statement credit. 2) Purchase a $10 gift card to MANY merchants (i.e., Home Depot, Gap, Kmart, Groupon, Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s, CVS, Sports Authority, etc.) and receive the $10 statement credit – this option gives you a FREE $10 gift card ultimately. You can purchase a gift card here. 3) Find the cheapest item (many are downloadable codes) which allows you to make about a $9.50 profit. You can search for the cheap (sub $1) codes here.
Sabon: Purchase a $10 gift card and receive a $10 statement credit – ultimately giving you a $10 gift card for FREE! You can then use compiled gift cards to make a larger purchase on the site. Also, make sure to join the Sabon Club to earn 1 point for every $10 purchase (which equals an extra dollar!).
Ticketmaster: Find a cheap event to trigger the $10 statement credit. These options are constantly changing, but right now on Dan’s Deals he writes about a $5.20 child’s ticket. This means you are making a profit of $4.80. New ticket options are always appearing as well.
Virgin Wines: No inexpensive options. Only good if you were thinking about making a wine purchase anyways. There is a link for gift card purchases but it has said none available since this offer appeared.
WarbyParker: No inexpensive options. Only good if you were thinking about making a purchase from Burberry anyways. They do sell $50 gift cards (the lowest denomination option), so you can purchase that to trigger the $10 statement credit.
The Wall Street Journal: No money making opportunities, just a good way to save money if you are looking to subscribe or already subscribe. Although back in May they had an option to pay just $2 for a 2 month subscription. You could then cancel the subscription when the two months was over. If this type of sale comes again, this means you can make $8 per Amex card. I’ll be sure to let you all know if something like this appears again. Right now the current special is 12 weeks for $12. That means you can get 3 months of the WSJ for just $2 if you desire – just make sure to cancel afterwards!
WSJ Wine: No inexpensive options. Only good if you were thinking about making a wine purchase anyways. There is a link for gift card purchases but it has said none available since this offer appeared.
There are definitely some merchants available where you can get free items or make some money! I highly suggest taking advantage of Newegg, Ticketmaster, and Sabon at the minimum.
Feel free to report back with what you find! Enjoy making and saving money!