If you have been around the points game for a while, you fondly remember that American Express rolls out the “Shop Small” promotion each November. If you had a number of Amex cards, you could register this promotion on each Amex card you had, visit your favorite stores, and buy gift cards to redeem the offer. Sometimes, you could do a split pay and use a bunch of cards, and sometimes you had to buy a bunch of small cards. Either way, it was a great way to lock in huge discounts for future use.
Then Amex shut down the way to register each of your cards and drove the value of this promo so low that it was hardly worth it. But we found a workaround that opening many tabs when logged into Amex let you register a bunch of cards like before.
Then Amex shut that down as well. 🙁
The only remaining one that has survived lets you register a bunch of cards (use incognito or private browsing) are cards that are not from Amex — but Amex logo or branded third party bank cards like the ones you see at the top of this post (there are a number of others, BTW). I have several of these cards for promos just like this one (link):
“Get a $10 statement credit by using your enrolled eligible Card to make a single purchase of $10+ directly at any business on the Shop Small Map (or Online Directory) in the US or US territories by 12/31/2021. Limit of 5 statement credits (total of $50 back)”
I was able to simply buy online a bunch of $10 gift cards at one of my local restaurants I frequent and received eGift cards. Each purchase triggered the e-mail from Amex that I had successfully redeemed the offer. In the past, the only frustration with these offers vs the “real” Amex card offers is it can take a month or two to get the credits to post.
Another offer many may take advantage of is the Happy Card offer for use at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or others i.e. you get $15 back when you spend $100 through the end of the year. – René
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