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If you hold an American Express card you will have a section within your online Amex account where you can see what offers Amex has targeted you for and this is a section you should be checking on a reasonably frequent basis – there are points to be banked and there’s cash to be saved.
If you’re accessing your account via a desktop device you’ll find your offers on your account homepage underneath “recent transactions” (you’ll almost certainly need to scroll down):
If you’re accessing your Amex account via the Amex app you should see an option to view your offers at the bottom of the app (after you log in):
Amex offers are one of the many reasons I like holding American Express cards as, despite the fact that we can no longer load a single offer on to multiple cards, the offers can still be used very effectively to boost Membership Rewards balances or to save cash.
Right now I’m seeing quite a few good/excellent offers across my Amex accounts (some have been available a while and some are pretty new) so I thought I’d highlight a few to make sure readers aren’t missing out.
While Amex offers cover a whole range of categories I’m mainly going to concentrate on the offers that cover the travel sector. You’ll find a few non-travel related offers below but there are a whole lot more that I’m not covering.
Amex Offers – Airlines
The only Amex offer I can see right now is one for Aerolineas Argentinas but, if that can be of use to you, a $100 back from $500 spend is a healthy rebate to get and one of the bigger airline rebates (percentage-wise) that I’ve seen.
Amex Offers – Hotels
I may only have spotted one airline offer but the number of hotel offers available right now is impressive….and your account may show even more.
Amex Travel is offering $100 off when you spend $600 on prepaid hotels….
….but don’t forget that bookings through Amex travel do not qualify for hotel loyalty/elite status earnings nor will your elite status be recognised at most chains when you book through Amex Travel.
There’s an Amex offer for $100 a $500 spend at Hilton properties in the UK:
You can get $60 off a $300 spend at Kimpton properties:
Marriott loyalists should enjoy $60 off when you spend $300 at Marriott properties….
….and although the Marriott offer excludes Ritz-Carlton properties that shouldn’t be an issue because there’s also an offer for $100 off a $500 spend there too:
All these offers have been for cash rebates but you should also find a number of hotel offers through which you can earn bonus Membership Rewards points.
You can earn 5,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $250 with Caesars Entertainment:
10,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $250 at IHG’s InterContinental Hotels (don’t forget to stack this with the cashback you can earn at TopCashback.com…which is 10% at the time of writing):
5,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $250 with Crowne Plaza (don’t forget to stack this with the cashback you can earn at TopCashback.com…which is 10% at the time of writing):
5,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $250 with Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites & Home2:
There’s an excellent 15,000 Membership Rewards points on offer when you spend $750+ with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts:
You’ll bank 3,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $175+ at Hampton by Hilton and Garden Inn properties:
If you hold multiple American Express cards you may well see two offers for spend with the same hotel chain – your Membership Rewards card(s) may offer you bonus points while your other card may offer you a cash rebate and individual circumstances will dictate which is preferable.
Amex tends to value Membership Rewards points at 1 cent each so, for example, you may well see these two offers in your accounts:
- 5,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $250 with Crowne Plaza and
- $50 off when you spend $250 with Crowne Plaza
You can only use one of these offers so you’ll have to choose which is best for you.
I value Membership Rewards points at 1.5 cents each so the 5,000 points on offer is worth more to me ($75) than the $50 rebate so that’s the offer I’ve saved to my card.
Amex Offers – Car Rental
Just as with the airline offers I only see one car rental offer across my Amex cards and it’s this one:
$200 off when you spend $200 or more with Enterprise, National or Alamo.
I’m passing on this offer as I prefer to book my car rentals using my Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card as it offers considerably better insurance than any of my Amex cards and a $20 rebate isn’t enough to change my mind (the Chase Sapphire Preferred card offers equally good primary car insurance).
Amex Offers – Cruises
What I know about cruises, cruising and cruise lines would leave blank space if written on the back of a postage stamp so I’m just going to let you know what the offers are and let you work out if they’re of any use:
Amex Offers – Miscellaneous
There are a lot of other Amex offers available that have little or nothing to do with travel but three in particular caught my eye.
You’ll earn 500 Membership Rewards points each time you spend $1,000 (up to a maximum of 3 times)….
….and while that shouldn’t be a good enough reward to tempt anyone into choosing one card over another, it is a nice bonus if you have it on a card that you’re using anyway (e.g. if you’re booking airfare with the Amex Platinum card).
There’s an offer for 4,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $200+ at Universal Hollywood….
….and I consider this to be a better offer than the cash version which is already floating around:
I value 4,000 Membership Rewards points at $60 so that beats $40 every time.
My last pick is a niche one but one that may be useful to readers who are business owners – you can get a $300 rebate on $300of spending on Yelp ads.
Personally I have no use for advertising on Yelp but others may and this will be an offer that works well for them.
Have you spotted any other good travel-related Amex offers which I haven’t mentioned here?