Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back

I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card.

Get a one-time $50 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a total of $300 or more on purchases made directly with any airline by 9/15/15. See terms and conditions for details and exclusions.

I think this is an easy & self-explanatory one that any readers of this blog can take advantage of. Just make sure the purchase is directly with the airline and not through a third party like Orbitz, Priceline, etc.

I’ve read that there is a better version of this offer (spend $300, get $75 back) and that it’s highly targeted. Hopefully, you find this offer in your American Express accounts. Any discount on airfare is a welcome one!

Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday

Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live!

Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can.

As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29th, will be different from previous years.

Each eligible American Express card will be allowed a $10 credit up to 3 times.

To earn the $10 credit, one must make a minimum $10 purchase at a shop/store/restaurant participating in Small Business Saturday. See the map here for establishments in your area.

I’ll probably be doing all our transactions at a local liquor store that was kind enough to work with us to swipe all our cards last year.

So don’t delay in registering because you never know when registration will be filled and then Amex will pull the offer!

Small Business Saturday 2014

Shop Small

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

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.

Terms

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.

30% Transfer Bonus From American Express Membership Rewards to Virgin America

Get 30% more Elevate® points when you transfer Membership Rewards® points to your Virgin America Elevate account. Offer ends April 30, 2014. Terms, conditions, and restrictions apply.

Instead of the normal 200 Membership Rewards points to 100 Elevate points, the limited time bonus turns that ratio into 200:130.

You can calculate how many points you need for partner redemption on this page.

Transferring MR points to Elevate points rarely makes sense due to the non 1:1 transfer ratio. Hopefully, this is just an appetizer of Membership Rewards transfer bonuses to come.

Let’s hope for better transfer bonuses in the coming months (come on, Avios!), especially with great new products out in the EveryDay & EveryDay Preferred credit cards.

My New American Express EveryDay Preferred Credit Card

When the application links for the American Express EveryDay & EveryDay Preferred went live earlier this week, I couldn’t help but apply.

I went for the Preferred version because it earns at a better rate and we do spend a fair amount in its main bonus category – groceries. Not to mention if we complete 30 transactions each billing cycle, we’ll earn 50% more Membership Rewards points!

So without further adieu, here’s the brand new EveryDay Preferred credit card!

American Express EveryDay Preferred

American Express EveryDay Preferred

It’s pretty cheesy looking; the HUGE reflective square front and center is actually a bit annoying. It basically looks like a black and white version of the “Blue” line of Amex credit cards.

Note, again, it does come with an EMV chip, which is actually smaller than Chase’s EMV chips. Currently, it’s only Chip-and-Signature.

And here’s how things will look in your account at americanexpress.com:

An Amex Full House

An Amex Full House

There’s also a handy transaction tracker which will be VERY useful to ensure I complete 30 transactions per billing cycle.

Transaction Tracker

Transaction Tracker

You can click into the transaction tracker for a more detailed look at your eligible transactions. Currently, I don’t have any.

Transaction Tracker Detail

Transaction Tracker Detail

Mobile App Transaction Tracker

Mobile App Transaction Tracker

Just thought I’d give anyone interested a sneak peak of the EveryDay Preferred card. The regular EveryDay card will like look exactly the same, both the physical card and the interface on the Amex website.

Has anyone else already gotten their EveryDay card?