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If you’re an AMEX SimplyCash cardholder, it’s time to select your 3% cash back category for 2016! You have until January 31, 2016, to make your selection.
About the AMEX SimplyCash
Link: SimplyCash® Small Business Card from American Express – $250 Sign-Up Bonus
When you sign-up for the AMEX SimplyCash card and spend $5,000 on purchases within the 1st 6 months of opening your account, you’ll earn $250 in cash back.
Other perks include:
- 5% cash back at US office supply stores and US wireless service on up to $25,000 per rebate year
- NO Annual Fee
- Terms & conditions apply
Plus, you can earn 3% cash back in 1 category of your choice (on up to $25,000 in spending per rebate year).
How to Choose Your 3% Cash Back Category
You can earn 3% cash back in 1 of these 7 categories:
- Airfare purchased directly from the airline
- Hotels (excluding time shares, banquets, and events)
- Rental cars (from certain major companies)
- US advertising (select media)
- US gas stations
- US restaurants
- US shipping
Select Based on Your Spending & Other Cards
I won’t select categories like rental cars, hotels, or airfare, because I’d rather earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points with my Chase Sapphire Preferred. That’s because you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel partners for Big Travel! But do what works best for you!
If you do a lot of spending in these categories the savings can really add up! For example, if you spend $15,000 in advertising for the year, you’ll save $450 ($15,000 x 3%)!
New cardholders can make their initial selection within the 1st 2 months of opening their account. Then, you can make your choice between December 1st and January 31st each year by calling the number on the back of your card or online.
Once you’ve decided, you won’t be able to change it again until next year. So choose wisely!
What Happens If You Miss the Deadline?
If you don’t choose your 3% cash back category by January 31, 2016, you will keep your current category. And you won’t have the ability to make a switch to a new category until this time next year.
New cardholders who don’t choose a category will default to 3% back at gas stations.