Last summer I wrote about all the great benefits of my Amex cards when it came to promotions with social media. The promotions this past summer weren’t as good but there were still a few decent ones here and there. But with Christmas time coming up, Amex is really turning up the heat when it comes to partnerships and free cash back for spending.
The nice thing about most of these deals is that the offers are redeemed through Amex. So you don’t have to worry about the merchant applying the promotion correctly or anything like that. Most of the deals so far have been good but probably not applicable to everyone. But Amex’s latest offer of $25 back after spending $75 on Amazon.com is something I know that everyone can use. The whole process only takes a few minutes and you get a free $25.
All you have to do is sync up your card(s), tweet or load the offer, spend the money and you get the cash back. If you’re interested in getting some free cash, there are two ways you can get these offers.
The Easy Way
The easiest way to load these offers to your card is to sign onto your Amex account and click on the My Offers tab. You should see a long list of targeted offers there and you can add them to your card in one click. You can add the same offer to each one of your cards as long as it is a true Amex card. Co-branded amex cards like Citi Amex or Costco Amex won’t show up in your account on AmericanExpress.com so you’ll have to use the Twitter method below.
Since the offers that show up under your My Offers tab are based on your spending you might not see every offer. In that case, you’ll also have to use the Twitter method below.
The Hard Way
Most Amex Sync promotions can be added to your account using the designated hashtag. I’ve listed all of the best current promotions below and the hashtag that you need to tweet in order to get the offer loaded to your account. Here are the steps involved in syncing your Twitter account to your Amex card.
- Sign up for a Twitter account
- Sync your American Express Card to your Twitter account(Click on the twitter icon in the upper right corner)
- You should receive a confirmation e-mail that the card ending in XXXXX has been synced with your twitter account(If you have multiple Amex cards you’ll need multiple twitter accounts so be sure to write down which account is synced to which card)
- Tweet using the designated hashtag for the deal(for the Amazon.com deal it’s #AmexAmazon )
- You should receive a sync notification in the mentions section of your Twitter account within a minute or two
Here are some of the best sync deals out there right now:
Amazon.com | Spend $75 get $25 | Exp 12/31/13 | Use Once | On Twitter [americanexpress.com] #AmexAmazon - I would just buy a $75 gift card here and apply it to your account. If you order multiple items with Amazon and they don’t ship at the same time, you won’t be charged the full amount all at once.
Best Buy | Spend $250 get $25 | Exp 12/31/2013 | Use Once | On Twitter [t.co] #AmexBestBuy - I don’t ever shop at Best Buy but you can buy Amazon Kindle cards here and use them like regular gift cards on Amazon.com.
California Pizza Kitchen | Spend $40 get $10 | Exp 12/31/2013 | Use Once | On TripAdvisor [americanexpress.com] - CPK has a promotion going on right now where if you buy $100 in gift cards, you get a $20 promo card. If you have two Amex cards, buy 2 $50 gift cards at the same time and you’ll get $20 off from Amex and a $20 promo card from CPK. So that’s $120 in gift cards for only $80.
Costco | Spend $115 get $15 | Exp 12/31/2013 | Use Once | Online Only | On Facebook | On Twitter #AmexCostco
Lowes | Spend $50 get $10 | Exp 12/24/2013 - Lowe’s sells a wide variety of gift cards so you can buy $50 worth of Shell Gas cards for example like I did.
PF Changs | Spend $40 get $10 | Exp 12/31/2013 | Use Once | On Twitter #AmexPFChangs - PF Changs also has a promotion going on right now where if you buy $100 in gift cards, you get a $20 promo card. If you have two Amex cards, buy 2 $50 gift cards at the same time and you’ll get $20 off from Amex and a $20 promo card from CPK. So that’s $120 in gift cards for only $80.
Staples | Spend $75 get $25 | Exp 12/10/2013 – Staples has lots of gift cards including Shell and Amazon.
Walmart.com | Spend $79 get $20 | Exp 12/31/2013 | Use Once
Some of these deals like the Staples and Walmart offers will only be available through the My Offers tab but remember they are targeted. So if you don’t see a certain offer in your My Offers tab and there’s no Twitter option, unfortunately you’re out of luck. Whatever you end up buying, make sure that the total(including tax) equals the minimum spend. So it doesn’t matter how you spend $250 at Best Buy, as long as the total amount charged to your Amex is $250 and done in one transaction, you will get the credit.
If you’d like more info or to read more about the promotions and see a full list of all the offers, check out this Slickdeals thread.
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-Harry @ PF Pro