The Lucrative Amex Offers I’ve Used So Far
It’s only been a few months since I took the plunge and decided to apply for the Platinum Card from American Express. Since then, I’ve been making use of plenty of the card’s perks, from the included credits to the hotel status and airport lounge access. Among the other ways I’ve been working to recoup that steep $550 annual fee is through Amex Offers. These targetted deals allow cardholders to score extra Membership Rewards (MR) points, statement credits, and other benefits from select retailers.
So how have I been taking advantage of these promotions? Here are some of the Amex Offers I’ve been able to use in just the past three months of having my card:
As much as I love the used Sony camera I purchased when I first started on YouTube, it does have some limitations. That’s why I started thinking that perhaps subsidizing its efforts with a GoPro might come in handy when traveling and covering events for the Disney fan site Laughing Place. Luckily for me, Amex had a GoPro offer pop-up just before Thanksgiving.
This particular deal was a $60 statement credit when you spend more than $300 on the GoPro site. After doing some research, I originally resolved to buy the Hero 7 Black and a few accessories, which totaled about $370. However, on Black Friday, GoPro decided to put their newest camera, the Hero 8 Black, on sale as part of a bundle with some of the other accessories I had my eye on. The cost? $350. So not only did I get the newest camera and essentials for less than I planned on spending for the prior model but then saved another $60 after the fact — Pretty. Darn. Sweet.
Wine Country Gift Baskets
I’ll admit that I never really known what to get my mother for Christmas. But, as someone I know has a sweet tooth, chocolates and other dessert-rich gift baskets have been my go-to in recent years. Given that trend, when I saw I had an Amex Offer for Wine Country Gift Baskets, I decided to take a look.
Sure enough, within a few minutes of browsing, I found a Godiva chocolate basket that I thought she would enjoy. The fact that it was priced right at the $100 minimum I needed to trigger my $30 statement credit was pure coincidence. Now a couple of days removed from the big day, my credit has posted and my mom says she loves her tasty gift.
Amazon (double dip)
Every once in a while, you may notice that there are two Amex Offers for the same retailer. For example, I currently see two for Olive Garden — one offering extra Membership Rewards points and the other boasting cashback. In theory, these two can be redeemed at the same time, making the deal even sweeter.
That’s kind of what happened to me recently on Amazon. While it wasn’t a traditional Amex Offer, I was targetted for a promotion where I got $30 off a purchase of $60 or more. The catch is that I needed to pay for at least part of the transaction using points — which isn’t a great deal since the site only values your MR points at 0.6¢. Luckily, I was able to use exactly 1 MR point and trigger the offer, immediately knocking $30 off of my transaction. On top of that, I still had a regular Amex Offer for an extra 4 MR points per dollar spent on Amazon, making for a fantastic double dip.
Considering all of the great deals I’ve mentioned so far, this one might sound a bit underwhelming, but it was nice nonetheless. One of the first Amex Offers I had the chance to try, this one rewarded me with two extra MR points per dollar spent. Again, not a huge perk in comparison but I’ll take it.
Similar to my Best Buy offer, this one also didn’t amount to much — especially since I wasn’t spending hundreds of dollars on pizza. Despite this, the bonus 3 points per dollar were nice to have. In fact, that effective 4% back helped take the sting out of losing my Uber Visa card.
Finally, my latest attempt at using an Amex Offer came just days ago. After I noticed that I not only had an offer for $25 back on a $45 membership from American Express but also a similar $10 back deal from Dosh, I decided to see if I could trigger both of these promotions at once (and score myself a year’s membership for $10). Unfortunately, with the transaction still pending, I don’t know for sure whether or not my plan worked. Still, I’ll count it for now and hope for the best.
I should also mention that, while some offers are one-time use only, others can be redeemed multiple times. Plus, with new offers cycling through all the time, you never know what might pop up. Thus, as you can surely tell, I’m really loving these Amex Offers and my Platinum card overall.