Register for $25 Free Amex Dollars Now! (Small Business Saturday)

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I posted a little while back that American Express Small Business Saturday was returning this year.  Small Business Saturday is 11/26, the day after Black Friday.  Basically if you spend $25 or more on a registered American Express card at a “small business” you will get a statement credit in the amount of $25.  It is a max of one statement credit per registered card.  I’m personally excited because that is free money – plus you get to help out small businesses!

The good news is that registration is now open I’m pretty sure that there are only a limited number of “slots” available for this deal, so go ahead and register your American Express cards now.  I can’t guarantee how it will work this year, but last year each authorized user card also was eligible for the $25 statement credit. I am registering all of my cards, albeit with different email addresses (not sure if that matters).

Here are some terms and conditions that may help clarify a few questions you may have:

To be eligible for the Small Business Saturday $25 statement credit, you must (1) register any valid U.S. American Express® Consumer Card or Business Card by clicking on the link at www.facebook.com/shopsmall and follow the directions provided, and (2) use that Card to make a purchase of $25 or more at a small business on November 26, 2011. Registration starts November 1, 2011 and is limited. Limit one statement credit per registered Card, regardless of the number of transactions you make using that Card. Additionally, if you received a $25 statement credit in connection with Small Business Saturday through American Express’ offer on Facebook or Foursquare, you will not be eligible to receive the statement credit through this offer.

Eligible small business merchants are independently owned small businesses located in the United States that accept the American Express Card. Purchases made at large or national chain stores, at franchised business locations and at government agencies are not eligible. Prepaid, Corporate Cards and ExpressPay transactions are not eligible.

If you want to read up on how this promo worked last year, check out this  helpful Flyertalk thread.  I am excited and ready to put my multiple Amex cards to good use on 11/26!  This is an awesome deal for families who have multiple Amex cards.  Make sure to share this deal with your friends and family as well so they can get in on the “free money” action.  🙂

Did you get in on this deal last year?  Are you going to try it out this year?

Also, I just read on Dan’s Deals that registration for $25 Amex gift cards, sponsored by FedEx, will start today at 1PM Eastern.  There are only 30,000 gift cards available, so I am sure they will go quickly.  “Like” FedEx on Facebook to get started and for more information.  November must be free money month!  Update: the gift cards are now all gone, but you can still register for the Small Business Saturday statement credit. 

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    • @Maury, I signed up using the link I listed, but there may very well be others. As long as you get registered and get the confirmation email, I doubt it matters.

  1. I signed up last year and bought some stuff at an art supply store. I spent a little over $25. Got my credit for $25. Worked great. Just signed up for this year!

    • @MoneyandMap, it is probably over-kill on my part to do that, but that’s how I roll sometimes. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. Signed up earlier this morning – had this on my calendar so I wouldn’t miss it. Last year it worked great with authorized users (we had 12 cards – got lots of gift cards from local restaurants). And this year I was able to register our two Citi AAdvantage AMEX cards (not the additional users on those though as Citi uses the same account number for the additional user). It is a great deal and is the only reason why we are hanging onto 2 of our 3 SPG cards from last year’s big bonus sign up.

  3. I signed up my Citi AMEX card so hope it works. I am disappointed that they advertised the promotion as “free gift cards” and made no mention that you had to be an existing cardholder – seems to be misleading to me.

    • @Larry, you didn’t have to be a Amex card holder for the free $25 gift cards they gave away today. (But, you did have to be super lucky and persistent to be one of the first 30,000). You natrually do have to have a Amex card to get the statement credit on 11/26. They were two separate promotions. Glad you were able to sign up your CitI Amex!

  4. Signed up as well. Having trouble finding a list of what qualifies as a small business on the Amex facebook page. Am I missing something?

  5. Thanks for the links, MP… makes it much easier to figure out where to sign up. I hope you don’t mind that I reposted your FB post on my page. Trying to get my family and friends to sign up as well but not everyone is excited about free money as I am! Oh well.

    SEE – I don’t think there is an official listing of businesses… basically anything that isn’t a chain or big-box type of store *should* qualify. Check last year’s Flyertalk thread for more information on what was and was not approved.

    As for myself, I will be using my 7 statement credits in various ways. There’s a liquor store just down the street from me that’s independent, so I will be buying a few bottles of wine for Xmas presents. A few cute little shops in my town definitely need the business so I will be shopping there for Xmas gifts as well. I also may go to my favorite watering hole and buy a few $25 gift cards that day – I know those will get used for sure! 🙂

  6. I managed to grab one too!!! The Fedex Facebook page was crazy! The promo wasn’t loaded right at 1:00 p.m. like they said and people were not happy to say the least. I was there right on schedule because I had programmed it into my phone. The whole thing took me maybe 15 minutes of waiting and trying to reload the page. I think Facebook was just overloaded. It was acutally funny! I didn’t mind waiting since I was just sitting by the computer doing school with my son.

    Thanks for the info on the other promo. I had forgot about this one!!! I will mention it on my blog and link over to your article.

  7. Is there a way to confirm cards one has registered? I have 6 different AMEX cards:

    1. Starwood AMEX
    2. Premier Rewards Gold AMEX
    3. Platinum AMEX
    4. Delta Gold AMEX
    5. Citi AA AMEX
    6. Citi HHonors AMEX

    I have registered all 6 cards, but a bit hesitant to go on a spending spree to then find out (for whatever reason) not all 6 “took” in the registration process.

  8. Apologies – I received a confirmation e-mail for each card, so I’ve answered my own question. Now, I wonder if my local restaurant (who is participating) will allow me to split a $150 bill across my AMEX cards? 🙂

  9. I just registered all *17* of my Amex cards. How on Earth do I have 17? Well some are BofA issued, some are Citi issued, some are authorized cards on the same account? I am confident it will work? I did the same thing last year and got 10 cards to work. A very nice free $250 from Amex. Every single one worked. I used the same email address for every single one. My plan this year is to just go to our local wine store which is a small indy place. They are more expensive than the chains but have a lot of really good stuff and when Amex is paying for it who cares? I will just ask if they mind me buying $425 of wine but splitting the bill 17 times over all the different cards. I doubt they will care

  10. OK so I know this is an old post but checking into this to find a small retailer on the AMEX facebook page it seems that many of the small businesses listed are also listed as Idine members Soooo I’m thinking I’ll double dip for miles at one of those and get the $25 credit. If I really wanted to stack on this I could use a restaurant.com certificate, get miles and get the $25 for a big enough spend.

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