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Thanks so much for Dan’s Deals for emailing me this morning to share the good news that American Express Small Business Saturdays is coming back this year.  I have to admit that I didn’t pay much attention to this last year since I didn’t have an Amex at the time, however I am very excited about it for this year as I now have many Amex cards (more on that in a minute).  This deal essentially puts some free spending cash in your pockets, so I am very excited about it.

What in the world is Small Business Saturday?

It is a great promotion by Amex that serves to promote driving some business on the busiest shopping weekend of the year (right after Black Friday) to some small businesses.  Last year, each American Express card would credit each registered card up to $25 for making a purchase at a non-chain small business.  The details for this year have not yet been released, but here is what the Amex Facebook page says:

Shoppers will be eligible for special offers and have opportunities to show their support for local businesses in their area. American Express Cardmembers who register or link an eligible Card can receive a one-time $25 statement credit when they spend $25 or more at a small business on November 26. Cardmembers should check back in November for details.

How do you register?

The process to register has not yet been released, but last year it was limited to the first 100,000 (later increased to 300,000) registrants.  So when registration is open, don’t wait!  Be sure to register each of your Amex accounts when the time comes…if that is allowed this year.

Which American Express cards will qualify?

It remains to be seen which ones will work this year, but last year all Amex cards worked.  This includes ones issued by third parties, like the Citi AAdvantage Amex that many of us have.  The real beauty is that all authorized user cards also worked!  I know many of us have tons of authorized user cards thanks the the infamous Amex authorized user promo from August.  Since so many of us still don’t have our points from that mess, at least our authorized user cards could do some good if this promo operates as it did last year.  The real beauty is that this promo isn’t just serving to help ourselves, but it is also helping drive commerce to small businesses who really need and appreciate it.

What date do I need to plan to have my Amex cards ready for some small business action?

November 26th!  Last year the promo was extended through the end of December, but no guarantees that that will happen again this year.

Thanks again to Dan for giving the head’s up about the exciting upcoming promo.  By the way, I am a HUGE Black Friday shopper, so you can expect more info on great Black Friday deals that relate to earning points and miles (or free money!) as the time gets closer.



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  1. Great blog. Thanks for the info.. Just noticed that the post is wrongly tagged under American Airlines instead of AMEX 🙂

  2. Never posed any comments so far but always enjoyed your blog mommy points!

    I will fly oversee on thanksgiving this year, and I have 6 AMEX card including AU. Do you have any tip to take advantage of this change for me??

    • @Kirk, thanks for your kind words. Last year it looks like they extended the date until the end of December, so that is always possible. Short of giving someone else your Amex to use, I don’t have any brilliant ideas yet. Maybe making purchases by phone to some of your local businesses?? Just a thought.

  3. I really hope that Dan’s Deals is right about the $25 credit promotion returning this year. The Small Business Saturday webpage and FaceBook page only say that the day is coming back, not necessarily the credit.

    Crossing my fingers, but until someone is posted that through some official channel or through some intermediary, I don’t think we can assume just because SBS is coming back that American Express intends to offer the $25 credits that they did last year.

    • @Tim, I think he is right. As I posted in my post, their Facebook page says there will be $25 credits. Check it out here. Always good to check the source though. 🙂

  4. Last year I registered 6 AMEX cards and used them on at small gas stations along the route for going skiing! It worked like a charm. $150!

    • @Nguyen, Amex says that…. 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.
      There isn’t a list exactly, but just not large chain/franchised stores.

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