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A few days ago I saw some tweets about the American Express Gift Chain. I was crazy busy at that moment, so I didn’t dig too deeply into the promo at the time. However, yesterday I got a minute to do some research and I found out the American Express Gift Chain = awesome! I guess this promo was just overshadowed for a while by Small Business Saturday, but it is very much worth checking out if you have an Amex card.
Here’s how it works:
- Register your American Express card. Unless you are making over 10 purchases at the eligible retailers, I don’t really see a huge need to register every single Amex you can find in your sock drawer, but do keep in mind you can only get 10 “gifts” per card.
- Then, use that card to spend $25 or more at a participating online store between November 28 and December 21, 2011, and you could get a surprise gift. Eligible retailers include: J. Crew, Pottery Barn, Toys R Us, Walmart, YoYo, Dell, REI, American Eagle Outfitters, Zappos, Blue Nile, Bed Bath and Beyond, the Nike Store, Game Stop, and more… Yes, you can still go through a shopping portal, and yes you can buy gift certificates to meet the $25 spending requirement. You get the idea…… 😉
- After you make your purchase of at least $25 with an eligible retailer, you may receive a gift from Amex! I am a little bit confused on whether every purchase gets a gift until the gifts are gone, or whether it is a bit random. I did two Walmart purchases yesterday and both received gifts. The first received a year of ShopRunner free, and that email came within minutes of the purchase. The second purchase received a $5 Amex statement credit if I make another minimum $5 purchase at Walmart between now and February 29, 2012. That email came about 18 hours after the purchase was made. I plan to make a few more purchases at eligible retailers, so we will see what I get!
It’s that simple. Register, spend $25 on something you needed anyway at one of the eligible retailers, and get a prize. Some examples of available gifts are: $10 Walmart gift card, $500 American Express gift cards for you and three of your Facebook friends (psst, I’ll be your friend!), $300 Dell gift card, $25 Toys R Us gift card, statement credits, and Membership Reward points.
Are you already a part of the gift chain? I learned through Twitter that chiefmbh bought $225 in Walmart gift cards and received statement credits and more gift cards. Way to go! (If you want to have fun with me on Twitter you can follow me @Mommy_Points) What did you get from the gift chain?
This promo is just further proof that it pays to have a diversified credit card collection. That way you don’t miss out on any of these card specific promos! If you don’t already have an Amex, I have several good Amex cards listed in my Top 5 Family Credit Card deals. In this case, you had to to have had your Amex card by 11/27 to take advantage of this promo, but at least you will be ready for next time!