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Registration is open for American Express Small Business Saturday! That means that you need to collect all the American Express cards that you have – including those issued by American Express, the authorized user cards with their own unique card numbers, and co-branded American Express cards issued by other banks (like some of the Citi AAdvantage cards and even some Macy’s cards are Amex co-branded cards). This isn’t cheating; the FAQ’s actually state that you can register each card on an account, so go for it! Corporate cards and prepaid cards (other than Serve) are not eligible, so no love for the BlueBird. This promotion is open to those in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Once you register, you can use the cards on Small Business Saturday which is Saturday November 30, 2013 and you will get a $10 statement credit for any single in-store transaction at an eligible small business on that day for $10 or more. There is a map available that lists participating small businesses that accept American Express cards. Historically that map was more of a guide than an all-inclusive list, but the terms are written this time in a way that seems to indicate the business really should be on the map. All of the small businesses I have used in the past are on the map this year, though that is admittedly a small sample.
Registration is open from November 24 (today) – 11:59PM MST on November 30th, but there is a max number of registrations accepted so I would do it sooner rather than later just to be safe. If for some reason you want to register by phone (or have a distant relative who would only want to register by phone), you can do that at 1-866-515-4134.
The last few years I have taken all of my Amex cards to a local restaurant and bought gift cards one at a time on each card. Last year we were able to do $25 gift cards since the Small Business Saturday limit was $25, but this year we will just buy $10 gift cards on each card with the new lower limit. We will go during a slower time for the restaurant so we don’t get in the way of normal customers who aren’t doing 10 small transactions, and then we will have gift cards to use throughout the year. Sure I wish that $25 was still the target amount, but I’m not going to shake a stick at $10 credits!
After you register, you will receive a confirmation on the screen, as well as a confirmation email. Make sure to register and use all of your eligible Amex cards to maximize this awesome promotion!