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Just a few minutes ago I posted about a great way to earn 5,000 Membership Reward points by purchasing an Amazon Prime Membership through your registered American Express credit card with Amex Offers. Unfortunately though this is limited only to those with Membership Reward earning credit card members and it still might even be targeted for those members. Make sure to read the prior post on how to register your card!
If you have no need (or desire) to purchase a $99 Amazon Prime Membership, there might be a loophole to still earn the points. If you purchase an Amazon Prime Membership gift for someone, you are charged for the purchase immediately, but can select a future date on when the Prime Membership is delivered. Now if the person you send it to (you can also send it to yourself) is already a Prime member, they can exchange the Prime membership for a $99 Amazon.com gift card instead. If you consider an Amazon gift card the same as cash (like I do since I shop on Amazon daily!), then earning the 5,000 bonus points on “purchasing” the Membership is pretty much free points! You are ultimately “buying” a $99 Amazon gift card to earn 5,000 Membership Reward points!
One thing to note: I am not 100% sure that purchasing an Amazon Prime Membership through a gift will trigger the 5,000 bonus points. I am assuming it will, but I do not yet know if it will. I will try it myself and report back! No where in the terms does it state gift purchases are disqualified – it just states that it only applies to the purchase of “non-discounted annual Amazon Prime membership” which this is. UPDATE: Based on comments below, it looks like this option is not triggering the statement credit. Although, within the next week or two we will find out definitely.