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Check Your AMEX Accounts For These Restaurant Offers

by joeheg

I’ll admit it, I’ve been bad about checking our AMEX Offers recently. Besides the one I used earlier this year to save on a Marriott hotel stay in New York, I haven’t enrolled for any other offer. I guess I was less interested in them since AMEX shut down the ability to sign up multiple cards. That’s no excuse to leave free money on the table so I went and looked at the offers, and boy, there were a bunch of them.

I was particularly happy to see so many restaurant offers since Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is approaching and I’ll be able to stack some of these offers with the special pricing available at restaurants we usually don’t visit.

A few reminders:

  • Check all of your AMEX cards before enrolling in any offer. Different cards may have different offers for the same place. You only have one shot to enroll any of your cards for a specific offer.
  • If you have an AMEX Gold personal card, check to see if the restaurant offers are available on that card since you’ll be earning 4x Membership Rewards points plus the offer on restaurant purchases.
  • Not all cards will receive an offer. In fact, you may not receive an offer on any of your cards. Thus is the fickle world of AMEX Offers.
  • When traveling, it can pay to check the “Offers Near Me” in the AMEX app since some offers will only show up if you’re in the general area. For instance, I’m receiving many offers for places in Florida. Those will be of no use if you don’t live here. So if you’re out of town, you may get to see some offers for restaurants that are local chains that won’t show up when you’re at home.
  • If you receive similar yet different offers on two cards, you should be able to sign up for both. For instance, if you see an offer for cash back on one card and extra points on another, they should both be eligible offers.
  • Only Membership Rewards earning cards will offer bonus points, all co-brand cards and cashback cards will offer statement credits.
  • Business cards will often show different offers than personal cards. Be sure to check both.

Here are just some of the offers I found:

Restaurant - Seasons 52

Seasons 52

Get 10% back, up to $100 in credits and a different offer for 1 additional Membership Rewards points per dollar spent

I’m thrilled to see this offer for one of our favorite places to eat in Orlando

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Get 10% back, up to $100 in credits and a different offer for 1 additional Membership Rewards point per dollar spent

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Spend $125+, get 1,500 Membership Rewards Points

The Palm

Spend $125 or more, get $25 back

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Spend $100 or more, get $25 back

Texas de Brazil

Spend $100 or more, get $20 back

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar

Spend $50 or more, get $10 back

Buca di Beppo

Spend $50 or more, get $10 back

Hard Rock Cafe

Spend $50 or more, get $10 back

California Pizza Kitchen

Spend $40 or more, get $10 back

Mellow Mushroom

Spend $25 or more, get $5 back

Duffy’s Sports Grill

Spend $25 or more get $5 back

TooJay’s Deli

Spend $30 or more, get $10 back

Boston Market

Spend $15 or more, get $3 back

Final Thoughts

There is an opportunity cost when redeeming AMEX offers. Depending on which card shows the offer, you may only receive 1 Membership Reward points, 1-2 co-brand program point or 1% back on those purchases. You can use a card that gives maximum rewards for dining and earns 5 ThankYou points, 4 Membership Rewards or 3 Ultimate Rewards per dollar.

However, with most AMEX Offers you’ll be getting 20% to 25% rebates back on your purchases. That’s a way better return than a few extra points which at most would get you around 7% to 10% value if you made a fantastic redemption with them. I’d rather always have some extra cashback and if this is still one of the things AMEX is still willing to give cardholders, I better be taking advantage of it.

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