For the past few years, Amex has been especially generous around the holidays, tossing out bursts of lucrative bonuses for cardholders that add up to big money if you’ve got a few Amex cards in your wallet. For example, last year they offered a deal where you could register all of your AmEx cards to earn a $25 statement credit (per card!) when you spent $75 or more at Amazon.com.
Looks like they’re back at it this year. Yay! So far, the deals have been incredible for my family: between Josh and myself, we’ll earn almost $800. And it’s not even November yet – can’t wait to see what they come up with in a few weeks. 😉
Here’s how our deals are stacking up – hopefully you can take advantage of them, as well.
1. Amex Serve and Softcard.
This is a dynamic duo for sure. I need to write a couple of posts about my adventures with Serve. They are – as per my usual adventures – madcap. But I really want to tell you guys how to get a Serve account if you don’t already have one, because the way I did it was the WRONG way, and I ended up leaving thousands of points on the table. Grrr.
Anyway, if you’ve got a Serve account, right now you can get a $20 Amazon gift card for each participating credit card that you add to your account…and use ONCE. Like, a Jamba Juice once. Or a pack of gum. Once.
Between the two of us, Josh and I have eleven eligible accounts. So that’s $220.
2. Amex Serve.
As if that wasn’t enough, Amex Serve is also running its own promo. Between now and December 31, you will get $1 back on each purchase of a dollar or more when you tap to pay with Serve – up to $50 a month.
Because I literally just activated our Serve accounts today, we will net out with up to $300 for this one if we stay on top of it. I’m assuming that we won’t get the entire $300 – 50 is a lot of taps!
If you have absolutely not idea what I’m talking about, I assure you that this isn’t as complicated as it seems. It’s really easy once you just dive in. As I said, I’m planning a post on this, so you can stay tuned…or just Google “Amex Serve” and sift through the results. I know you could easily figure it out. 🙂 And just as an aside, I find it mildly annoying that the disembodied hands all of these campaigns use are all “businessman hands” of a certain type. But maybe that’s just me. Maybe no one else has noticed?
3. Amex Small Business Saturday
I love this promo! This year, you can get up to $30 per eligible Amex card (in the form of three $10 statement credits) for in-store transactions at participating small businesses. Again, the way to maximize this promotion is to register and use all of your Amex cards – including your authorized user cards.
For this one, set your alarms. Literally. Registration will be limited, and begins on November 16th at 12AM Mountain Standard Time. Small Business Saturday will be the Saturday after Thanksgiving on November 29th.
Since I try to shop small as much as possible, I have a ton of go-to boutiques, bookstores, and restaurants in my neighborhood where I will be happy to max this promo out! The Amex site has a handy map so you can see the businesses in your area that are participating.
Between the two of us, we’ll earn $270 in statement credits (assuming we get in during registration!).
Adding it all up.
Between the Serve/Softcard $20 Amazon gift card promo, the Serve $50/month for tap and pay, and the $30/card on Small Business Saturday, we stand to earn $790. To me, that is just a staggering amount. It’s just huge. So I have to say a huge “thank you” to Amex!
How about you? Are you going to get in on any of these Amex promos? Are you as thrilled as I am?