Sam’s Club to Accept AMEX, Great News for Starwood Cardholders!

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Great news for folks looking to meet minimum spending requirements on AMEX cards.  And even better news for those of y’all with Starwood AMEX cards!

Beginning October 1, 2015Sam’s Club warehouse stores will accept AMEX cards.   I’ll explain why you should consider using your Starwood American Express cards at Sam’s Club to earn Big Travel.

Sam's Club To Accept AMEX Great News For Starwood Cardholders
You Can Use Your AMEX Cards at Sam’s Club Starting October 1, 2015!

I’ll also show you how to shop with your Starwood AMEX at Sam’s Club to save money at Disney!

Use Your American Express Cards at Sam’s Club for Travel Rewards

Link:   Sam’s Club

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

When you shop at Sam’s Club, you’ll be able to pay with AMEX cards starting October 1, 2015.

Sam's Club To Accept AMEX Great News For Starwood Cardholders
Sam’s Club Sells Electronics, Gas, Groceries, Furniture, and More! Now You Can Earn AMEX Starwood Points on Your Purchases!

This is terrific for folks who have AMEX Starwood personal or small business cards!  That’s because warehouse stores like Sam’s Club earn 1 mile or point per $1 spent on most credit cards.

But with AMEX Starwood cards, it’s like earning 1.25 miles per $1 spent when you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to airline miles.  Because you’ll earn 5,000 bonus miles when you transfer to their airline partners (like American Airlines) with a 1:1 ratio.

That’s 25% more miles when you use AMEX Starwood personal or small business cards, even better than some airlines’ own credit cards!

Easier to Meet Credit Card Minimum Spending Requirements

If you need to meet the minimum spending requirements on an AMEX card to earn a sign-up bonus, it will be a lot easier if you shop at Sam’s Club often.

For instance, the AMEX SimplyCash small business card has a $5,000 minimum spending requirement.  But those of y’all who load up on business supplies at Sam’s Club might find it easier to unlock the $250 welcome bonus.

Sam's Club To Accept AMEX Great News For Starwood Cardholders
Buy Disney Gift Cards at Sam’s Club to Earn Starwood Points Toward a Vacation, and to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements

This is also great news for folks who want to stay at a Starwood hotel at Disney World, like the  Walt Disney World Dolphin or Walt Disney World Swan.  Because you can buy gift cards to Disney at Sam’s Club.  So it’s easier to earn Starwood points for a family vacation and meet minimum spending requirements in 1 place!

Sam’s Club Cash Back Alternatives

You can currently use your AMEX cards to shop at Sam’s Club online but NOT in-store.  So this will be helpful if you buy fresh food, or large items like furniture, or supplies in bulk.

Of course some folks will prefer to use a card that earns cash back, like the Citi Double Cash Card , Discover ItDiscover It Miles, or even the AMEX Fidelity.  But if you like to earn Starwood points for award stays at Starwood hotels, or to transfer to ~30 partner airlines, this is a terrific new option.

It looks like American Express expanded their partnership with Sam’s Club to counter the effect of losing Costco.  Because starting March 31, 2016, you won’t be able to use AMEX cards at Costco any more.

Bottom Line

Starting October 1, 2015, you’ll be able to use your AMEX cards at Sam’s Club warehouse stores.

This is great news for folks with the AMEX Starwood personal or small business cards because you’ll earn 1 Starwood point per $1 spent.  And effectively 1.25 miles per $1 spent if you like to transfer points to partner airlines, which is even better than some airline credit cards!

Shopping at Sam’s Club also makes it easier to meet minimum credit card spending requirements on AMEX cards.  And remember you can buy lots of gift cards at Sam’s Club, including for Disney World, and use them later!

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