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Holiday Deals from American Express

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American Express Holiday Wishlist was a big thing back in 2007 and in 2006 when I last time participated. Last year was a disappointment as I couldn’t get on any of the deals - the quantities were so limited and the offers would sell out in seconds. Let’s see if this time is going to be different.

It is worth to note that American Express has now turned the Wishlist into a year around enterprise but the variety and quantities increase as the holidays approach and so in theory the chances of getting anything should improve (unless the demand increases proportionally). Below is the schedule for the current week. In addition to these, there is a few secondary smaller offers plus some not so great promotions that you can take part in at any time (‘Shop Anytime’ section):

Tuesday, Nov 24

  • $100 American Express Gift Card for $50.00 (Total Qty: 75)
  • $250 Back When You Spend $500 or More at TigerDirect.com (Total Qty: 100)

Wednesday, Nov 25

  • $100 Charity Certificate to GivingExpress for $50.00 (Total Qty: 30)

Friday Nov 27

  • $100 Back When You Spend $200 Or More at Walmart (Total Qty: 500)
  • $75 Off When You Spend $150 or More PUMA Online Shop (Total Qty: 200)
  • Nintendo Wii Gaming Console CompUSA.com for $119.00 (Total Qty: 150)

Monday Nov 30

  • 2010 BMW 328i for $16,838.00 (Total Qty: 3)
  • $100 Back When You Spend $200 or More at Amazon.com (Total Qty: 200)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook for $199.00 (Total Qty: 100)

Tuesday Dec 01

  • Samsung 46” LED 1080p HDTV for $999.00 (Total Qty: 100)
  • LG Home Theatre System LHB953 for $239.00 (Total Qty: 150)
  • 50% off FedEx (Total Qty: 700)

Wednesday Dec 02

  • Spend $200 Or More at Target and Get $100 Back (Total Qty: 500)
  • Dell Studio XPS 8000 Desktop w/ Monitor for $1099 (Total Qty: 100)
  • $200 Back When You Spend $500 or More at Best Buy (Total Qty: 125)

Register your Amex card for 5% BP gas cashback

I logged into my American Express account to check the balance and upon logging off noticed an ad on the right hand side (see the screen shot below) which claimed I could register my credit card to earn 5 cent cash back from each dollar I spend at PB gas stations. Here are more details about the offer and the sign up link:

To be eligible for the offer, you must register your American Express Card at americanexpress.com/bpcashback and complete all qualifying transactions by December 31, 2009. You may register more than one Card for this offer, but only those Cards you register individually for the offer will be eligible to earn statement credits. Certain American Express Cards, including prepaid, OPEN(R), and Corporate Cards, as well as additional Cards with a different Card account number, are not eligible. Statement credits will generally be issued within 5 days after each qualifying purchase, but may take up to 2 billing cycles to post to your account. Additional terms apply. See registration website for details.

You will need to enter your name and CC number upon registration. There is no fee for signing up and the CC number is needed to verify eligibility (according to the message that pops up).

Sure enough my American Express from Costco qualified for the promotion which is terrific news since any additional discount is good in the touch financial times like these

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Sign up bonus from American Express (worth $150)

GoldPremCredit card sign up bonuses are rare these days and this deal looks unusually hot, almost like the old times. The card is called Premier Rewards Gold Card and when you sign up you will receive 15,000 Membership Rewards bonus points when you spend $1,000 in your first 3 months of membership. You can convert these to 15,000 frequent flier miles or buy $150 in gift cards to stores like Old Navy, Home Depot or Barnes & Noble.

This card overall is pretty good for frequent travelers since it offers 3X points on airfare in addition to 2X points on gas and groceries and 1X points on everything else.

If you spend $30,000 per calendar year you will earns additional 15,000 bonus points (yes, another $150 gift card!) however by the time you get these points you will be hit by the $175 annual fee (which is waved in the first year) so the value of this additional reward is questionable.

How would I personally use this card? I would apply for it if I knew I had some major vacation coming in the next several months. For example, we are planning a trip to Ukraine next summer to visit our family and friends. This by itself is over $5000 in airfare or over 15,000 in rewards points. If I signed up and bought the tickets now I would both satisfy the $1000 in purchases requirement to get the bonus points and also would get the 3X rewards points on the airfare to Ukraine, a total of over 30,000 points or $300 in gift cards!

Holiday Deals from American Express

Just like last year, American Express is running Holiday Wish List featuring several products daily between November 27 and December 12 with an ultimate giveaway on December 13. The giveaway prizes are 2008 Volvo C-30 and C-70 cars. There is also a smaller giveaway on December 5 for a private flight on JetBlue Airwaves.

Notable other offers include a Dell notebook on Monday for $900, a BMD K 1200 R bike for $5000 on Tuesday, and my favorite, two around the world tickets for $3000 on December 12. You do need an American Express card to participate. There is a limit of one product per merchant, per day and 4 wish certificates per household during the entire program period.

American Express Wish List 2007

Besides the main sale, American Express is offering a long list of coupons and promotions which is very similar to what you can find all year long from AmEx, Visa and Mastercard using the links at the end of this post.

FatWallet has a long thread discussing the promotion. Everyone is wondering why Amazon gift cards are not offered like they were last year. Maybe it is because Amazon now has a show of their own? ;-)

Costco waves 5% surchage for non-memebers

Costco.com and American Express jointly run a promotion which lets non-members shop at Costco.com without incurring the usual 5% surcharge. To participate, go to Costco.com and enter 111775758538 member id at My Account page before registering (you will be prompted to register after you add an item to your shopping cart).

The offer is valid online only at Costco.com (will not work in store) and you have to pay with an American Express card. The promotion expires August 26, 2007. Click on the image below for more details.

Costco and Amercian Express promotion

Source: discussion thread at FatWallet forums (via WiredDeals)




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