One of my favorite days of the year for free money is returning this year to kick off the holiday season.
Small Business Saturday (Shop Small) will happen on November 29, 2014.
Last year’s event was a bit of a downer due to the reduced statement credit of only $10 per card. However, this year Amex has stepped it up by offering three $10 statement credits per eligible American Express card! That is effectively $30 in statement credits per card!
Registration is limited (though I don’t recall ever being shut out of registering) and will go live on November 16 at 12AM MST.
Make sure you register every single Amex card you have.
As usual, corporate and prepaid cards are not eligible, but Serve and Bluebird cards are this year!
Eligible Small Businesses & Strategy
You can always check out the map of eligible small businesses to plan your day with the utmost efficiency.
Last year, I found a great local liquor store who had no problems ringing up our 16+ cards separately. Sadly, this year we only have 8 Amex cards, but I’ll still hatch a plan that will earn us $240 in statement credits.
Again, you will only receive the $10 statement credit if you make a purchase of at least $10 at an eligible small business. Do this 3 times per card. Don’t just charge a single $30 transaction.
Here is a link to the full Terms & Conditions.
One thing that I noticed in the terms & conditions that is different from last year is:
Purchases at gas or service stations do not qualify for the statement credit, regardless of whether they appear on the Shop Small Map.
Looks like I won’t be stopping by the gas pump to have Amex reimburse me for driving around on Small Biz Saturday.