Do You Know the Secret of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card?

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Did you know you can get free 2-day shipping from dozens of online shops just by having an American Express card?

American Express cardholders get a free membership in ShopRunner, which normally costs ~$9 per month or $79 per year.  Once you enroll, you’ll get unlimited free shipping and returns at participating online merchants as long as you keep an AMEX card registered with them.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

American Express Cardholders Get Free 2-Day Shipping With ShopRunner

What’s ShopRunner?

Link:   ShopRunner

ShopRunner is a shipping service for online purchases that normally requires a paid membership of ~$9 per month or $79 per year.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

The ShopRunner Logo Is Pretty Self-Explanatory

If you’re a ShopRunner member, you’ll get free 2-day shipping at over 80 online stores.  Some of the stores are:

  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Babies R Us
  • Claire’s
  • Drugstore.com
  • FTD
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Petsmart
  • Radio Shack
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Toys R Us

You get unlimited free 2-day shipping with no minimum order requirement.  ShopRunner also offers free return shipping.

Emily and I do a lot of online shopping, and I like saving money, so I signed-up to check it out.

How Do American Express Cardholders Sign-Up?

Link:   American Express Cardholder ShopRunner Homepage

1.   Check If Your American Express Card Is Eligible

The terms and conditions say not all cards are eligible!  It has to be a personal or small business card issued by American Express.  Enter your American Express card number on the registration page to 1st find out if your card qualifies.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

Enter AMEX Number to Verify Eligibility

For example, it would not accept the Citi AAdvantage American Express card (which isn’t offered anymore).  But it accepted the Gold Delta Skymiles American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

No Luck With My Old Citi AMEX Card

2.   Complete the Registration Form

Enter your name and email address, select a password, and accept the ShopRunner terms and conditions to finish signing-up.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

Signing-Up Is Simple and Quick

3.   Shop Through ShopRunner or Directly Through Store Websites

Once you’ve signed-up, you can shop for items directly through ShopRunner, or on individual store websites.

To qualify for free shipping, the item you select must have the ShopRunner logo next to it.  Not all products are eligible for free shipping.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

Look For the ShopRunner Icon Next to Products

Let’s Go Shopping!

I looked around the jewelry section of the ShopRunner site because I want to get a nice pair of earrings for Emily.  But shhhh…don’t tell her! 😉

I found a pretty pair of Swarovski crystal earrings at Reeds Jewelers.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

Do You Think She’ll Like Them?

Clicking on the earrings brought me straight to the Reed’s Jewelers page and I found the little green ShopRunner icon next to the item.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

The Earrings Qualify for Free 2-Day Shipping From ShopRunner

At checkout, the shipping was already listed as free, because I clicked through the ShopRunner page to the Reed’s Jewelers page.  If you’re already logged in to ShopRunner, it should come up automatically.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

I Like Free Almost as Much as Emily Likes Jewelry!

That was pretty easy!  I wish I’d known about this sooner.  But then I got to thinking…

How to Earn Bonus Points *and* Get Free Shipping

I wondered if the ShopRunner free shipping still applied if you go through a shopping portal, like the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall.  Emily and I try to do all of our online shopping through portals to earn extra points and miles.

First, I logged out of ShopRunner.  Then I signed-in to my Chase account and noticed Brooks Brothers (a ShopRunner merchant) is offering 4 extra Ultimate Rewards points per $1 you spend AND 15% off when you shop through the Ultimate Rewards Mall.  So I clicked through and did some browsing.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

4 Extra Ultimate Rewards Points at Brooks Brothers…But Would ShopRunner Work Too?

I clicked on a shirt and saw the ShopRunner Free 2-Day Shipping icon near the bottom of the page.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

Free Shipping!

I signed-in to ShopRunner and clicked through to checkout.  The free 2-day shipping was already included.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

But Should I Get It Monogrammed?

And, I still got the 15% discount from Chase Ultimate Rewards!  So I suspect I’ll get the 4 extra points per $1 spent, too.  Folks on FlyerTalk report getting their extra points without any problems.

Do You Know The Secret Of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card

I Still Got the 15% Off From Shopping Through Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall

I did NOT have to use my American Express card to pay for the order.  You can choose any credit card you want.

That’s because the ShopRunner terms say,

Enjoy complimentary ShopRunner membership as long as you keep an eligible American Express Card as your default card in Express Checkout at ShopRunner.

I’ll definitely be using ShopRunner to save on shipping, especially because I can still shop through portals and earn lots of extra points!  That said, you may not get the bonus points all the time.

But I’ll still shop around on Amazon and other websites to make sure I’m getting the best deal.

Are There Drawbacks?

If you’re not an eligible American Express cardholder, you’ll have to pay ~$9 a month or $79 a year for ShopRunner membership.

In order to keep a free membership, your American Express card must be set as the default payment method in your ShopRunner account.  If you remove it, it won’t be free anymore.  But you don’t have to pay with your American Express card.

ShopRunner doesn’t physically ship your items themselves.  So if there’s a problem with your shipping, you still have to contact the merchant.

Right now ShopRunner only partners with ~85 stores, but they say more will be added in the future.  Not all items are eligible for free shipping, either.  But since I’m not paying for the membership anyway, I’ll just take the free shipping whenever I can get it!

Bottom Line

You can get unlimited free 2-day shipping at over 80 stores when you register your American Express card with ShopRunner.

You can still use a shopping portal and get the free shipping.  And you can use any credit card you want for payment.

Not all American Express cards qualify, and not all items are eligible for free shipping.  But it’s free to sign-up if you’re an (eligible) American Express card holder, so it doesn’t hurt to enter your card.

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16 responses to “Do You Know the Secret of Getting Free Shipping Using Your AMEX Card?

  1. Color me impressed, I’ve had AmEx cards for a long time and somehow never heard of ShopRunner. I doubt I’ll actually purchase anything online from any of these merchants, but it’s a nice little tidbit to put in the back of my mind.

  2. Any follower of SlickDeals has probably already heard of ShopRunner and Amex free signup.

    One of the most prevalent uses of ShopRunner is using it for free shipping on NewEgg.com and free delivery of Domino’s Pizza (both places are often mentioned on SlickDeals due to various online deals they have).

  3. Did anyone see the even better deal? 1 year FREE Amazon Prime membership from shoprunner.com!

    https://www.shoprunner.com/amazon-prime/

  4. sorry, NM has it backwards, sort of. Shoprunner is not offering free Amazon Prime membership; they are offering a free Shoprunner membership to current Amazon Prime customers who don’t want to pay the Amazon Prime increased fee.

  5. Holy cow, I can’t believe my bad reading comprehension. Thanks for the correction, Joy. So, if you don’t have an AMEX card, you can do that option for a year….

  6. I fill in my card #, it says it’s approved, I fill in my name, email, & password, click on the “accept terms”, and when I click on “complete account setup” it does nothing. Is there something wrong with your link?

  7. I’ve had shoprunner for 3 years, courtesy of my Amex card, and it doesn’t hold a candle to Amazon Prime. Shipments rarely arrive 2 days after placing the order and I recently placed an order from drugstore.com that arrived 6 days later. I contacted shoprunner customer service and they said 2-day shipping means that once it is shipped, you’ll receive it 2 business days later, not 2 days after placing the order. So drugstore.com took 4 days to ship, but still complied with their terms. I’m happy to use shoprunner for free, but would never pay for it!

  8. I totally agree! its a shame they have to con folks into the promotion.

  9. Does bluebird work for this?

  10. Shoprunner ALSO works for FREE delivery on Dominos pizza…

  11. Saw ShopRunner offered as a shipping option on NewEgg recently and I ignored it…. but now that I know it’s free, I’ll use it for sure!

  12. Thanks a bunch! Works on my Amex Blue. A big site you left off of your article that uses ShopRunner is newegg.com. They have some of the best deals on electronics around and free shipping makes it all better.

  13. I’ve been sitting on the fence about getting an AmEx card – all those sync offers have looked pretty tempting. I love doing deals at drugstore.com but rarely hit their free shipping threshold. Thanks for the “for dummies” thoroughness 🙂

  14. Free pizza all the time or just during House of Cards Marathon?

    Another partner of note is free FTD delivery.

  15. I saw the free delivery on FTD and thought that would be great because flower delivery charges are outrageous. Unfortunately, that one doesn’t seem to work with shopping through a portal (I guess free shipping plus 35 miles per dollar would be too good). If anyone figures out how to make that work, I’d love to hear it, because I do order flowers from time to time.