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Yesterday I wrote about the new Amex Offer which gives a $20 statement credit with a $20+ purchase at Sam’s Club online. This ultimately means free money! As I mentioned, this offer is available to everyone and you can take advantage of it for every single American Express card you have!
- Sync every American Express credit card you have with Twitter. If you have not already done this, follow the directions outlined in this previous blog post.
- Tweet #AmexSamsClub from EVERY twitter account. I personally use TweetDeck to simplify my life as I am able to just send off one tweet and it registers all my accounts! This will register you for the Amex Sam’s Club promotion. Just make sure you receive the confirmation tweet back from @AmexOffers.
- Make your $20+ purchase by September 30, 2015.
Over the course of the day, I did a bunch of digging, and found a bunch of ways to fully maximize on the deal. Here is what I found:
- Purchase a Sam’s Club membership at a discount. While having a Sam’s Club membership to take advantage of this deal is not necessary, if you want to purchase a year long membership Groupon is offering a good deal. $45 for a ‘Plus’ membership which also includes a $20 gift card and about $22 in food vouchers. Keep in mind though that this membership voucher can only be redeemed in-store. However, if you do not want a membership, you can always purchase items online with a 10% surcharge (although read #2 for a workaround).
- Sign up for a guest account with a California address. If you have a California address, you will NOT be charged the 10% surcharge. You can always have the item shipped to a different address than what is on your account.
- Purchase Sam’s Club gift cards. You can purchase a $20 Sam’s Club gift card directly online. No where in the terms does it state that gift card purchases are ineligible. You can then use a Sam’s Club gift card at Walmart! You can purchase a Sam’s Club gift card here.
- Purchase a Vanilla Mastercard Gift Card: Purchase a $50 Mastercard gift card for $52.38. After the $20 statement credit, this will cost you only $32.38. You can then use the $50 gift card as cash at any merchant that accepts Mastercards. You can purchase a Vanilla Mastercard gift card here.
- Purchase another merchants Gift Card at a discount: Sam’s Club (similar to Costco and BJ’s) sells gift cards to many other merchants at a discount. From what I see online, gift cards go anywhere for between 1% to 10% off. A few examples: Purchase a $50 UNO’s gift card for $39.98. With the $20 statement credit, the $50 gift card will end up costing you only $19.98, giving you a 60% discount. Or, you could purchase a $100 Southwest gift card for $96.98. With the $20 statement credit, the $100 gift card will cost you $76.98, about a 23% discount. If you do not have a Sam’s Club membership, you are not able to purchase eGift cards. You can purchase merchant gift cards here.
- Use multiple Amex credit cards in one transaction: To maximize your purchase, you can use up to two American Express cards per purchase. This means if you have multiple Amex cards, you can purchase a $40 gift card in one transaction, or a $50 Mastercard will end up costing $12.38, or a merchant gift card will cost even less!
Currently, ALL purchases made at Sam’s Club online are being coded as a Photo purchase which is excluded from the cash back promotion. Clearly this is a glitch in the system, so I suggest holding off on making your purchase until all is worked out. If you already made a purchase, you can always call American Express and have them manually credit your account. The problem arises when you have a third party Amex card (i.e., Citi American Airline Amex) where Amex will direct you over to Citi and Citi will not take responsibility.
Remember, since this is available via Twitter, ALL American Express credit cards are eligible. This includes hotel and airline branded Amex cards (i.e., Starwood Amex, Delta Amex, Hilton Amex, American Airlines Amex, etc.), store branded Amex cards (i.e., Costco Amex, Macy’s Amex, Bloomingdales Amex, etc.), authorized user cards, Bluebird by American Express, Serve, etc. Essentially the only cards not eligible are American Express corporate cards, pre-paid cards, and Target REDCard. You can check a list of all eligible American Express credit cards here.
Personally, I once people start reporting that online purchases are triggering the statement credits, I will be purchasing Sam’s Club gift cards to use at Walmart. This will allow me to purchase gift cards in exactly $20 increments so I will not be putting out any additional money.
Enjoy your free purchases!