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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.