Making the Most of Your AmEx Offers

by Michael on Dec 16, 2013

American Express (Amex) Logo

About two weeks ago, my wife and I signed up to get $25 off $75 at Amazon via our American Express credit cards. That offer has since gone away, but they have a ton more.

As a reminder, you can access these offers from insider your AmEx account. Just log in, scroll down on the account summary page to the “Offers For You” tab, click to select it, and then click the “Offers Available” button to see the offers available for you card(s).

Here’s a screenshot:

From there, you should see a long list of available offers. I’m not sure if the offers vary from one customer to the next, but I have access to things like:

  • $25 off $250 at Best Buy
  • $5 off $25 at BP (re-usable)
  • $15 off $115 at Costco
  • $5 off $30 at ExxonMobil
  • $10 off $50 at JC Penney
  • $10 off $50 at Kohl’s
  • $25 off $100 at Land’s End
  • $5 off $25 at Toys’R’Us
  • $10 off $50 at Macy’s
  • $20 off $79 at Walmart
  • $30 off $150 at Zappo’s

and many, many moreā€¦

Most are one-time deals, and all have expiration dates, but new offers come available on an ongoing basis. To opt-in, all you have to do is click the “Save Offer” button alongside each one and they’ll be saved to your account.

Note: Yes, it’s possible to “sync” your account with Twitter and opt-in by tweeting about the deals, but just running down a list and clicking “save” is (imho) way easier and far less invasive.

From there, once you satisfy the terms of the offer, the discount will be automatically credited to your account.

Maximize your Amex offers

To make the most of these offers, I suggest simply logging in from time to time and saving them all to your account. As you can see front the image above, I currently have 51 active offers saved to my account.

Because of this, I don’t even really have to keep track. Sure, there are some — such as the Amazon deal — that I will seek out intentionally, but there are others that I will trigger inadvertently just because they’ve been saved to my account.

And if you really want to maximize your discounts, you should create a separate login for any authorized cardholders. That way, you can save the offers to their cards, too, and they might trigger discounts without even knowing it.

Note: As I’ve noted in the past, Amex offers are typically applied on a per-card basis so, if you can opt-in with multiple cards, you can get multiple discounts.

I’ve done this with my wife’s cards and she wound up getting the Walmart, BP, and Kohl’s discounts this past weekend without even realizing it. That’s a total of $35 in discounts. Not bad considering the minimal effort required.

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