May was an amazing month for Amex Offers. I don’t think I’ve ever earned as many points in a single month from Amex Offers as I did in May. And I’m not even done yet! I got over a dozen incredible cash back promotions and *only* earned 32,000 points out of a possible 85,000. If you haven’t checked your Amex Offers yet, you’ll want to do it asap and keep an eye out for the following deals:
Amazon: Spend $50, earn 2,000 Membership Rewards
I can spend $50 on Amazon with my eyes closed, so this was an easy 2,000 points for me. I added a bunch of essentials to my cart and knocked out this offer in a matter of minutes.
Amex Hilton Ascend: Spend $3,000, get 10,000 Hilton Honors points
The 10,000 bonus point offer from the Amex Hilton Ascend card almost makes up for the fact that I didn’t get a sign-up bonus out of it. I had planned on cancelling my dad’s Citi Hilton Honors Reserve card, but the transfer happened sooner than I had anticipated. The $3,000 could be spent on anything, which made this a no-brainer for me.
I found out pretty late that the Hilton deal could be redeemed three times. I had five days to get the remaining $6,000 worth of spending done, so I paid a bunch of bills and bought some Visa gift cards at Safeway. The terms specifically exclude gift card purchases, so I figured I could mask it as a a large grocery purchase over a holiday weekend. Time will tell if the bonus will apply.
Get 10% back on your cell phone bill (up to $20)
This one was easy (and timely). I paid my cell phone bill and completed this offer instantly. Gotta love Amex for running deals like this pretty frequently.
Amex Travel: Spend $600+, get 10,000 Membership Rewards Points
Did I mention I have a million trips planned this year? This 10,000 point bonus from AmexTravel couldn’t be more timely – the fact that I have access to two of them is perfect. I can put it to good use on airfare to Istanbul in the fall, my July flight to Toronto, or a trip to Cabo that I’ll probably take in June. Bottom line: This bonus offer will not go to waste.
Hilton: Spend $300+, get 3,500 Membership Rewards points
Unfortunately, this offer does not apply to gift card purchases, otherwise I’d be all over it. However, there’s still a chance I might be able to take advantage of this 3,500 point bonus. For starters, I might stay at an actual Hilton hotel by June 30. I’m also trying to figure out if buying a gift card at hotel will qualify. I think some people did that the last time around and it actually worked. I’ll dig around and see if that’s a possibility, because I would definitely put that gift card to use at some point.
Sunglass Hut: Spend $200 or more, get $50 back
These $50 off Sunglass Hut deals from Amex Offers are pretty much standard by now. The great thing about them is that gift card purchases are eligible. I got target for a couple of these, so I plan on buying gift cards and then liquidating them via The Plastic Merchant.
Before you give me any grief about The Plastic Merchant, keep in mind that I’ve personally never had a payment issue. I also haven’t sold them more than $23,000 worth of gift cards in a month so I’m not that worried about payments coming in late. Bounced checks are a different story, but I think TPM is making an effort to meet their payment obligations in a timely manner. Until things go south, I’ll continue selling to them when I need to.
Apple Pay: Spend $5 or more, get $2 back, up to 5x
There’s a coffee shop near my work that has the best frappes ever. Sorry Greece, the Butterfinger Frappe at Grace Coffee in downtown Sacramento takes the cake. The great thing about this spot? The next five times time I go in for my daily calorie bomb, I’ll get $2 back thanks to this deal form Amex Offers.
Bergdorf Goodman: Spend $500, Get 10,000 Membership Rewards
I love this offer from Bergdorf Goodman. Truthfully, I can’t find a single thing I’d want to buy from Bergdorf Goodman. But thanks to some great tips from seasoned resellers, I can break even reselling designer merchandise, while banking 30,000 Membership Rewards points.
In addition to these offers, I also got targeted for Marriott and other Hilton Amex Offers. I probably won’t take advantage of these. I’ve been considering buying a Casper mattress and Amex Offers is running a $300 off promotion. It’s kind of creepy how I was researching the brand and the next time I logged into my Amex account, the promotion appeared.
A friend of mine mentioned that happening to her while she was shopping for furniture online. I just thought it was a coincidence, but now I wonder if Amex does in fact track your online browsing habits and target offers accordingly. If so, maybe I should start hanging out on Tesla’s website for a while…
Anyway, when all is said and done, these offers will earn me over 85,725 almost fee-free points and miles. That’s better than the current sign-up bonuses on most credit cards.
PS. If anyone has a Casper mattress and feedback to share, let me know. This article about mattress review sites has me convinced that there is no such thing as an unbiased mattress review site. Please share in the comment section!