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5 Tricks to Quickly Make 30 Transactions to Earn 20% to 50% More Points With the AMEX EveryDay Cards

5 Tricks to Quickly Make 30 Transactions to Earn 20% to 50% More Points With the AMEX EveryDay Cards

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Do you know the 5 easy ways to get 20% to 50% bonus American Express Membership Rewards points on all your purchases with your American Express EveryDay or EveryDay Preferred card?

I like doing the least amount of work to earn miles and points every month.

So I was happy to learn Million Mile Secrets reader Scott’s trick to quickly make the required number of transactions to meet the requirement for earning bonus American Express Membership Rewards points with the EveryDay cards.

And this inspired me to share 4 more ideas!

5 Tricks To Quickly Make 30 Transactions To Earn 20 To 50 More Points With The AMEX EveryDay Cards
You Can Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points to Certain Airlines Like British Airways

Keep reading to find out how.

American Express EveryDay and EveryDay Preferred

Link:   AMEX EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   AMEX EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card

Link:   My review of the AMEX EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express and AMEX EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card

You get 10,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 on purchases within 90 days of account opening from the American Express EveryDay card.  As always, terms and conditions apply.

You get:

  • 2X American Express Membership Rewards points per $1 (up to $6,000 a year) at US supermarkets
  • 2X American Express Membership Rewards points per $1 on Uber
  • 1X American Express Membership Rewards points per $1 on other purchases
  • NO annual fee card (which helps you build your credit)

With the American Express EveryDay Preferred card you get 15,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after spending $1,000 on purchases within 90 days of account opening (terms and conditions apply).

You get:

  • 3X American Express Membership Rewards points per $1 (up to $6,000 a year) at US supermarkets
  • 2X American Express Membership Rewards per $1 at US gas stations and Uber
  • 1X American Express Membership Rewards points on other purchases

The $95 annual fee is NOT waived the 1st year.

5 Tricks To Quickly Make 30 Transactions To Earn 20 To 50 More Points With The AMEX EveryDay Cards
Use Your American Express EveryDay and EveryDay Preferred Cards at US Grocery Stores and Earn Extra American Express Membership Rewards Points

How to Get the 20% or 50% Bonus Points

20% Bonus With AMEX EveryDay

With the American Express EveryDay card, you get 20% bonus American Express Membership Rewards points when you make 20+ purchases within a billing cycle (less returns and credits).

So instead of earning 2 American Express Membership Rewards points per $1 at US supermarkets and Uber, you’ll earn 2.4 points.

So that $100 grocery bill will earn you 240 American Express Membership Rewards points instead of 200 points.

50% Bonus with AMEX EveryDay Preferred

With the American Express EveryDay Preferred card, you get 50% bonus American Express Membership Rewards points when you make 30+ purchases in a billing cycle.  (Again, not counting things you return for a credit.)

You’ll earn

  • 4.5 American Express Membership Rewards points at US supermarkets instead of 3 points per $1 spent
  • 3 American Express Membership Rewards points at US gas stations and Uber instead of 2 points per $1
  • 1.5 American Express Membership Rewards points everywhere else instead of 1 per $1

You can transfer those points to these airlines and hotels:

 American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners 
AeroMexicoAir CanadaAlitalia
ANAAsia MilesBritish Airways
Delta El AlEmirates
EtihadFlying Blue (Air France / KLM)Hawaiian Airlines
IberiaJetBlueSingapore Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
 American Express Membership Rewards Hotel Transfer Partners 
Choice HiltonStarwood

And sometimes American Express has transfer bonuses which get you more miles for your points!

5 Easy Ways to Make the Required 20 or 30 Transactions Each Billing Cycle

1.   Amazon

Add 50 cents (that’s the minimum) directly to your Amazon account here.  Do this 30 times with your AMEX EveryDay Preferred and you’re done!  Or 20 times with your AMEX EveryDay card.

Or you can buy Amazon gift cards in denominations as low as 50 cents each!  And then apply each gift card code to your Amazon account.  But you have to type in the long gift card number.

5 Tricks To Quickly Make 30 Transactions To Earn 20 To 50 More Points With The AMEX EveryDay Cards
Reload Your Amazon Balance Multiple Times With Your American Express EveryDay and American Express EveryDay Preferred Cards to Earn Bonus American Express Membership Rewards Points

2.   Parking Meters

Parking meters in some cities take credit cards.  So you can use your American Express EveryDay and American Express EveryDay Preferred to pay for street parking in 25 cent increments.

5 Tricks To Quickly Make 30 Transactions To Earn 20 To 50 More Points With The AMEX EveryDay Cards
Feed Your Parking Meter

3.   Groceries

You can split your grocery shopping purchases into smaller transactions.  But make sure there isn’t a line behind you and the cashier is friendly.  Or use the self-check-out lane.

5 Tricks To Quickly Make 30 Transactions To Earn 20 To 50 More Points With The AMEX EveryDay Cards
Pay for Those Peppers 1 at a Time

4.   Serve

You can load up to $200 per day (up to $1,000) per month with your credit card to your Serve account.  Instead of loading $200 once a day, load your Serve account 10X with $20 a day.  This will get you part of the way to your 20 or 30 transactions!

5 Tricks To Quickly Make 30 Transactions To Earn 20 To 50 More Points With The AMEX EveryDay Cards
10 Loads of $20 a Day With Your American Express EveryDay Card Gets You Closer to More American Express Membership Rewards Points That Billing Cycle!

5.   Gas

When you’re filling your tank, don’t fill up all the way.  Stop and pay after a few dollars and then start again.

5 Tricks To Quickly Make 30 Transactions To Earn 20 To 50 More Points With The AMEX EveryDay Cards
Fill Up Your Tank a Few Gallons at a Time

Bottom Line

The American Express EveryDay card gives you 20% bonus American Express Membership Rewards points when you make 20+ transactions each billing cycle (minus returns and credits).

And you get a 50% more points from the American Express EveryDay Preferred card when you have at least 30 purchases in a billing cycle.

Buying Amazon gift cards or reloading your Amazon account, using your card at parking meters, and splitting your grocery, gas, and Serve transactions can help you get additional purchases every month.

What other tricks do you use to get 20% to 50% bonus American Express Membership Rewards points each month?

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I don’t see why I should concern myself with how much credit cards fees the business owner pays. I am also not concerned with how much rent he pays, etc. Same as he doesn’t care if I can really afford what I’m buying from him, or will I get into debt.

The owner made a business decision to work with Amex and accept their terms. He must have concluded that even with the fees and the risk that people buy small $ amount items, it’s worth it for him, as more people will buy from him.

If he realizes that it’s not worth it for him because of the fees, he’ll stop working with them.

Simple as that.

another david,

You are correct in what you posted. Many people couldn’t care less about how what they do affects others. I don’t feel bad about buying $.50 Amazon gc with a debit card to meet requirements though. If Amazon was losing money they probably wouldn’t offer that low of a denomination. I am guessing they have some kind of deal with card companies that they don’t pay such high fees. The parking meter and gas “ideas” are the shadiest ones mentioned here in my opinion.

To those advocating $6K in gift cards at supermarkets in Dec and Jan: yes, this has been fine in the past. But so was using the Old Blue Cash (albeit to buy much much more) and then in October Amex started closing lots of accounts. It MAY be that $6K a year of this type of spending is beneath their concern, but doing it all in Dec and Jan really is asking to be hit: as unless you spend a lot the other months (in which case you exceed the cap anyway), it’s not to hard to assume what is going on. Spreading it more throughout the year helps, but then you have to hit the 20/30 threshold in more months.

This site has become total garbage.

Paying parking meters for $0.25 a pop? Seriously? Is this really teaching the audience something valuable?

Next month’s feature: drive to a *neighboring town* and pay $0.25 parking meter fees. That way, when their town is forced to increase taxes, you’re still in the clear. SCREW ‘EM ALL.

A lot of parking meters don’t take American Express cards.

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