$25 Free Per AMEX Card Used at a Small Business This Saturday!

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Get $25 back on your credit card statement when you use an American Express card at a small business this Saturday (November 26, 2011) and spend at least $25.

Small Business Saturday
$25 free when you use an American Express this Saturday!
You can get the $25 credit once per American Express card, so don’t forget to register all your American Express credit cards to get the most amount of $25 statement credits.

I was going to use this at my favorite European grocery shop in town, but I realized that I’ll be visiting Emily’s family.  I was salivating about the pounds of Spanish jamon (ham) which I was planning to buy!

Emily and I have 6 American Express cards which we registered:

  • 2  Starwood American Express cards
  • 2 Virgin Atlantic American Express cards
  • 1 Citi AAdvantage American Express cards
  • 1 American Express Business Gold Rewards cards

So that’s $150 (6 X $25) in free money this weekend!

American Express cards issued by other banks such as Citi or Bank of America

You can register cards issued by other banks, but carrying the American Express logo, such as the Citi AAdvantage American Express and Virgin Atlantic American Express for the $25 statement credit.

American Express Credit Cards issued by American Express

You can register your primary American Express card for the promotion, as well as additional cards!

That’s because American Express issues a separate credit card number for additional cardholders and folks reported getting the $25 credit for additional cardholders as well.

Where can you shop?

The terms define small businesses as:

Eligible small business merchants are independently owned small businesses located in the United States that accept the American Express Card. Purchases made at large or national chain stores, at franchised business locations and at government agencies are not eligible. Prepaid, Corporate Cards and ExpressPay transactions are not eligible.

The terms also say that the statement credit is issued in 5 business days, but may take 2 billing cycles to reflect on your account.

How to maximize the deal:
  • 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

I can’t help but point out the irony of American Express trying to “help” small businesses by encouraging folks to shop at small businesses, when American Express is usually disliked (& not accepted) by many small businesses because of their higher fees!

Bottom Line:

American Express is giving you $25 to spend at a small business this Saturday!  Don’t forget to register your card(s) before you go shopping!

What are you going to buy from a small business this Saturday?

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