I’m a big fan of AMEX Offers. They’re a great way to save money and offset the annual fee that’s charged for many of the American Express cards. What I like even more is when there’s an AMEX offer that’ll give me money back for charges I’m going to make anyway.
There have been offers in the past that would give money or extra miles if you used an enrolled card to pay your cell phone bill or insurance bill and I took full advantage of those offers when they were available. I was excited to read about this new offer that was hitting accounts on Thursday:
If you spend $100 on a cable or satellite TV bill with an American Express card that’s targeted, you get 1000 Membership Rewards points. That’s 10 Membership Rewards points per dollar. That’s better than the normal 5x points I get when paying with my Ink Cash card and worth the trouble to take advantage of this offer to the fullest. Here are the details of the offer:
I checked all of our accounts to see if any of them had this offer. While none of Sharon’s accounts had it, I did have the offer showing on two of mine. I used the trick I mentioned in this post on AMEX Offers to sign up for the offer on both cards. Here’s how I’m planning on taking advantage of this offer:
Since the offer gives 1,000 points for any charge of $100 or more, I plan on charging $100 to each card each month. That way for August, September and October I’ll be paying $200 towards my cable bill. Now, my bill isn’t that much but I’ve found that companies really don’t mind if you overpay and keep a balance with them. Over the 3 months I figure that I’ll end up making an extra payment but that’s worth earning 6,000 Membership rewards points. One of the cards targeted for this offer was our AMEX Everyday Preferred card so besides earning the 1000 extra miles for each $100, I’ll also be earning 1.5 Membership Rewards points per dollar.
If you have the offer on your accounts, I’d suggest signing up for it ASAP. Sometimes these offers have a maximum number of people they’ll let sign up and after that the offer will disappear. I’ve had that happen and isn’t a good feeling.
These type of AMEX Offers are truly my favorite. I get to pay my bills and I get to earn bonus miles to do it. How about you? Were you targeted for this offer? How are you planning to get the most for your spending?
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