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Apparently Small Business Saturday was so much fun that Amex has brought it back in a modified version. I posted some about this $10 statement credit deal a couple days ago, but I wanted to dedicate a little more time to it since most of us have Amex cards due to our point collecting, and we might as well use those cards to pick up some free cash as well! I know not everyone has interest in using Foursquare due to privacy issues and related concerns, but for everyone else here is some info on how to get $10 free dollars from Amex.
This go-round Amex is offering a $10 statement credit for syncing your Foursquare account to your American Express card. You then have to check in to a “small business” on Foursquare and spend $10 or more to get a one-time $10 credit on your next Amex statement. The beauty of this promo is you can see which businesses qualify as “small businesses” on Foursquare because it will say “Check in Special: Spend $10 to get $10 – American Express”. Simply “check-in” and then “unlock” the Amexcheck-in special. Since the discount is not coming from the small business, you don’t have to show your phone to the cashier to receive the discount. You’ll receive the credit on your Amex statement within 5 business days. You can find qualifying businesses in your area by hitting ‘Specials’ on the ‘Explore’ tab on your foursquare app (there are hundreds of thousands of participating businesses). Be sure that the small business you check-in to actually accepts Amex. It sounds obvious, but you may want to double-check.
You can find more information about this promo here. The terms and conditions for Syncing your Amex with Foursquare say that each Eligible Cardmember may only have one Registered Card per Foursquare or Facebook account at a time. That may put a damper on the multiple transactions a la Small Business Saturday, but I’m sure some people have more than one Foursquare account and Amex card. I don’t, but I’m sure some people do…. There are some questions about this promo like, when does it end? I have no idea. I know as of 9PM CST on 12/7 that it is still working for me, but it could go away at any time as far as I know. Once you load the check-in special for the $10 credit to your phone, you have 24 hours to make a purchase and have it count. So, I am all loaded up for tomorrow’s purchase at a local restaurant. Of course it is a restaurant that also participates in the United Dining Rewards program, so I am all set for another double-dip.
In case you are new to Foursquare or to syncing your Amex to Foursquare, here are some very basic instructions on how to get it done.
1. Make sure you have a mobile device that is up-to-date enough to download the FourSquare app.
2. Download the FourSquare app from the “app store” or similar on your mobile device.
3. Go to this website to start the process of syncing your American Express card and FourSquare account.
4. Once synced, you can check in to businesses on Foursquare to unlock specials (like this one) for Amex cardholders.