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Admittedly I have been a bit too busy the last few days (trying to work from home to care for a kid who is home from daycare with pink-eye) to pay much attention to the new American Express Twitter promotions. However, when Dan’s Deals emailed me today to point out that I could donate money to the Austin Children’s Shelter for free, and get paid $5.00 for doing so, I made time to learn about the Amex Twitter promos in a hurry. These deals so far aren’t explicitly travel related, but I figured many of us have Amex cards and like free money and/or helping others.
In my “day job” I have had many interactions with the Austin Children’s Shelter, and they are a top-notch facility, so I was happy to help them out. Here’s how you can donate $5 to them, and earn a $10 statement credit (so $5 profit for you) – or just donate $10 to them without keeping any for yourself.
1. Sync an American Express card to Twitter. Remember which card you sync, so that you are sure to use that one when you make your purchase.
2. Tweet @AmericanExpress #AmexAustin10 – you must include the @AmericanExpress portion as well as the hash tag portion. If you did it correctly, you will get a tweet back under the @Connect section of Twitter. While you are at it, you might as well tweet @AmericanExpress #AmexTix50 to get $50 a $100 Ticketmaster purchase.
Update: You may just need the hash tag and not the @AmericanExpress part. Less time tweeting and more time getting free money. 😉
3. Make a purchase in Austin today (expires 3/13) and receive a $10.00 statement credit. Clearly there are tons of ways to accomplish that – especially if you are in Austin, but one way is to go to the Austin Children’s Shelter online and donate at least $5 (the minimum you can donate). I donated $10 since I really like them, and figure it is free money anyway, but if you want a nice little profit for yourself, donate $5. 😉
4. Within a few minutes you will get a receipt from the ACS thanking you, and then a few minutes after that you will get an email from Amex saying:
Congratulations! By using your synced American Express® Card ending in xxx09, you
saved $10.00 on your purchase at an Austin retailer. Expect a statement credit in 3-5 days.
Super quick, super easy, and super good for others (and yourself). Reportedly the Jewish Federation of Austin also works. I’m sure there are other stores and charities that work as well – so feel free to add any you used in the comments section. While you are in Twitter World, feel free to follow me @Mommy_Points.