American Express Small Business Saturday Registration Open – $25 per American Express Card!

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American Express Small Business Saturday Registration Open – $25 per American Express Card!

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Link:  American Express Small Business Saturday

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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Hi there,

I noticed that when registering your Card for the American Express Card Member Offer for Small Business Saturday one of the restrictions says Corporate Cards and all prepaid Card products (other than American Express Serve ) are not eligible. This may sound like a silly question but is a Amex Business Card considered (ie Amex SPG Business, Amex Business Gold Card…) count as a “corporate card” and therefore ineligible?

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@Sandy – That’s a good question. The Starwood Business Card is not a corporate card. By corporate card, they are referring to cards issued to employees of large companies which have the American Express logo on it.

@Brian & @Lita:

My family & I used 2 Citi Amex cards, both of which we enrolled (& received enrollment emails for doing so), and neither of which we received email confirmation about AFTER we spent on SBS. However, the credits showed up this morning on our accounts.

I’ve read elsewhere that Amex has asked people to give them until Dec. 1 to post all credits, and to call if they don’t show up by then.

Million Mile Secrets

@Brian – I got the credit on my Bank of America Virgin Atlantic card.

@Lita – Glad you got the credit! The Virgin Atlantic is issued by Bank of America so looks like the credit for those processed automatically.

@jac – Thanks for sharing!

WARNING about enrolled cards for which you receive no email confirmation of enrollment:

I was wondering why I didn’t get confirmation emails for enrolling my two Citi AmEx cards, whereas I did with my Hilton HHonors and my Virgin Atlantic AmEx cards. When I tried to re-enroll the two Citi AmEx cards, said these cards were already enrolled. I found this suspicious, so I called AmEx’s Digital Assist and Escalation Team at 800-297-7500. They said that the promotion only applied to cards issued directly by AmEx. I said that this wasn’t fair because I had no way of knowing this AND because the website told me that my Citi cards were enrolled. The supervisor at the given phone number issued me $50 worth of statement credits to make up for this (which she said I should be seeing on the account within 48 hours).

I had a question regarding this promotion. On my SPG and Blue Amexes, the credits have already posted, but on my Citibank AA Amex, they havent. When I called them to ask, they said they wont give me a credit (but sounded confused by it all). Do you know if Citi AA Amex qualifies and, if so, does the credit just come later (since it’s a different issuing bank)?

@Carrie: I understood that businesses needed to opt in as well to participate in this promo. However, the map is definitely quirky. I’ve come across a few businesses that were pinned to a wrong location. When the visible map window does not include those locations, the businesses don’t even come up if you type their names in the search field.

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