On the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 24, 2012 this year) American Express curries favor with small businesses by encouraging folks to shop at small businesses by offering a $25 statement credit for using an American Express credit card on a purchase of more than $25!
Registration is now open, so register all your American Express cards for the promotion.
I wrote more in about this promotion in an earlier post, but you can register your American Express credit cards, as well as those of authorized users since they have a separate card number.
You can also register American Express cards issued by Citi, Bank of America and Barclays, but not those of authorized users since they have the same card number as the primary card holder. You will get a message indicating that the card is already registered if you try to register both the primary and authorized user, but you should be able to register either the primary OR authorized user.
Here are the terms and conditions for the Small Business Saturday promotion from the American Express website.
How to Maximize the $25 statement credits:
- Buy $25 gift cards, with separate American Express cards, for your favorite independent store or restaurant and use them later
- Go to lunch or dinner and ask the server to split the check 5 ways (each above $25). Don’t forget to tip extra!
- Buy something you want and split the bill in $25 increments and pay for it with multiple cards
- Buy gift cards or make purchases at small businesses online. However, your card has to be charged on November 24th to get the credit, so it could be better to call and have them run your card immediately. The terms say that only in-store purchases work, but I did get a credit for an internet & telephone purchase last year, but your miles may vary
Million Mile Secrets Marc is offering to help process your multiple American Express cards if you buy magazines through him. He also offers to match the price of his magazines in case you find them elsewhere for less.
The American Express Small Business Saturday is a fun way to earn $25 for every American Express credit card you have, as long as you spend at least $25 with an American Express card.