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This may be a bit of a review post for some, but I thought it would be a good idea to review how to take advantage of Amex Sync offers. Periodically, American Express offers statement credits for purchases at specific vendors.
These are generally really good deals that you want to take advantage of, especially if you’re already planning on shopping at these particular vendors. Even if you’re not, there are sometimes some free or money making offers that you can do with gift cards for the particular vendors.
To find Amex sync offers, log on to your American Express account online. At the bottom of the main page, it looks like this:
Once you click on the Amex Offers For You tab, you’ll see the following screen:
There you can see a list of all of the Amex Sync offers that your card is eligible for, as well as the “See More Offers” which… wait for it … wait for it… loads more offers :-).
These are all free money if you happen to be shopping at the merchant in question. But of course, don’t fall into the trap of buying things you don’t need just because there’s an offer – that’s how they “GET” you :-P. Even if you are not planning on buying things, some offers still may make sense. You probably noticed the $5 off a $5 purchase at McDonalds – they probably have that there to try and get you to go to McDonalds and then spend more than $5. They probably weren’t counting on me taking advantage of 5 of the Amex Sync offers to get 5 McDonalds gift cards and then using that $25 to take the 8 of us out to dinner…. 🙂
Loading multiple Amex Sync offers
One disadvantage of signing up through the website is that once you load the offer to one of your cards, it will “disappear” from your other cards. The way to get around this is to use multiple browsers (or tabs).
What I do is to sign in to my American Express in 2 different tabs, and then choose each of my 2 Amex cards in the separate tabs. (I am down to only 2 because the retention offer I got on my SPG Amex was super weak. I’m going to also probably cancel my Amex Delta card but I am waiting to get the free $30 for Small Business Saturday)
Once I have them both open, I make sure to go to the My Offers card so I can SEE the offer in question for both cards. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: If you can’t see offers on both cards, once you load it on one card it will disappear from the other card. So you’ll need to click on “See More Offers” if it’s not immediately visible for both cards BEFORE you load it on to one card.
Amex Sync Offers via Twitter
You can also sync your Twitter account to American Express. The disadvantage is that you can only sync one card per account. You may want to consider not syncing your primary Twitter account so as not to spam your followers :-). While you’re there at Twitter, you surely want to join the hundreds of people that are finding awesome travel deals and free money offers by following @PointsWithACrew on Twitter, right?!!?
For instance, the McDonalds deal might be able to be activated by syncing your Twitter account and then tweeting #AmexMcDonalds (though it appears, per the comments, that this particular deal is not accessible via Twitter)
Personally, I don’t bother with this and always just sign up online at AmericanExpress.com – just remember that you’ll need to open up each of your cards in a separate tab to make sure that each of your cards can load the offer. I’ve never found that I’ve missed out on an offer by doing that, but maybe someone will correct me if I’m wrong.
Which cards are eligible for Amex Sync offers?
Most American Express personal cards are eligible, as well as Serve cards. (EDIT per comments: Bluebird is now also eligible). One trick can be to sign up authorized users (AU) on your American Express card, since generally speaking, an AU card will ALSO be eligible for Amex Sync offers.
American Express gift cards, and most corporate Amex cards are NOT eligible for Amex Sync offers.
I hope this gives you a bit of an idea on how to make the most of free money with Amex Sync Offers. Look for some additional upcoming posts about some more advanced ways to take advantage of Amex Sync offers.