If you have an American Express card and don’t take advantage of AMEX offers, you may be leaving hundreds of dollars a year on the table. AMEX Offers are targeted promotions on your American Express account. Once you register for an offer, AMEX gives you money back or extra points when you use your card at that merchant. Common examples are to get $10 back when you spend $50 or double Membership Rewards points for purchases for the next 3 months. Since many AMEX cards have an annual fee, taking advantage of these offers is a wonderful way to offset the card’s cost.
If you have multiple accounts with AMEX, you need to check your account for each of your cards because there may be different offers on each one. If you have a terrific offer show up on multiple cards, you need to think about which card to use since AMEX only allows you to attach an offer to a single card. If you have multiple cards on the same account (i.e., spouse, children, parents), you can get AMEX offers on those cards as well. For example, Sharon has the AMEX Everyday Preferred card and I also have a card for the same account under my name. I can sign up for AMEX offers on my authorized user card in addition to the same offer that showed up on her account. This allows us to take advantage of a great offer twice. More details about the AMEX offers program can be found at this link.
The easiest way to find out what offers you have is to log into your American Express account. Go ahead, log into your American Express account. Look on the bottom of your account page and you’ll see your AMEX Offers and Benefits (make sure to click on “Load More” to show all offers). You’ll usually have over 100 offers to look over. You can also enroll in AMEX Offers by using the AMEX mobile app and tapping the “Offers” tab on the bottom of the screen.
It’s important to remember that you need to register for your offers BEFORE you use them. You can’t just shop somewhere and then add the offer.
Right now, AMEX has several offers that are good for the rest of 2021. Several co-brand cards offer $10 or $20 monthly dining credits and co-brand business cards are offering credits on wireless bills. By taking advantage of these credits every month, you can easily make more money than you’re paying for the annual fees for these cards.
While most of the offers might not be worthwhile, if you’re able to find a few offers a year, you’re going to end up ahead. To me, AMEX Offers are free money. I make back the AMEX card’s cost and then some, with little to no extra effort. Spending a few minutes to learn how to maximize AMEX offers can save you a bunch in the long run.
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