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Most American Express card members usually consider their Amex points to be an opportunity for amazing travel opportunities. While that’s true, there is another, lesser-known use for it: redeeming it for purchases on Amazon. And Amazon has now expanded on a great promotion where you can actually save money by using your Amex points this way.
Currently, targeted American Express card members can save up to 50% on their next purchase from Amazon. This equates to a savings of up to $ 60 when you use Amex Points to pay for at least part of your purchase at checkout by June 30, 2021. Other card members receive 20% off for savings of up to $ 30, 40% off for savings of up to $ 50, or $ 10 off on purchases of $ 100 or more.
Targeted American Express card members may receive a 20% discount on Amazon for savings of up to $ 30 or one of several other offers.
Only some American Express card members are eligible for this promotion, so evaluating it can be a bit complicated. But we’re going to walk you through the process step by step to make sure you get as much discount as possible when you shop on Amazon.
To start with, you’ll need an American Express card that you can use to collect Membership Rewards points. Amex cards that earn other types of rewards such as cashback or airline miles will not work. However, there are many Amex cards that earn Membership Rewards points – a small selection can be found at the end of this story.
Next, you need to link your Amazon and American Express accounts. Add your American Express card as a payment method to your Amazon account if you haven’t already. Then, under the “Your Account” tab, find the option to log into “Shop with Points” and click the “Register” button for the Amex card you just added.
You must register your authorized Amex card in the Amazon “Shop with Points” program.
Once your accounts are connected you will need to activate the offer by clicking on this link. Remember, this is a targeted action so not everyone is eligible. They can be used specifically for one of the offers or none of them. Unfortunately, if you click the link and see a message stating that you are not authorized, you will not be selected for that particular action.
But even if you aren’t targeted, don’t give up hope. If you’ve just signed up for “Shop With Points”, you may have to wait 24 hours for Amazon records to update before knowing if you have been targeted. So check back in a day or so.
If you are eligible, activate the offer by clicking the “Activate Now” button. Your specific discount will be displayed on the registration page. You can then shop at Amazon as usual, although only products that are sold and shipped by Amazon are eligible for these discounts. Additionally, Amazon gift cards are excluded, but other third-party gift cards sold by Amazon are allowed.
But wait! There is one more step. When you’re ready to check out, make sure you select your linked American Express card as your payment method. Then you must use at least 1 point to pay for your purchase in order for the discount to be applied.
When paying with Amex Membership Rewards points at Amazon, 1 point corresponds to 0.7 cents. This is not the best value you can get for Amex points. Frequent flyer website The Points Guy awards Membership Rewards points up to 2 cents each when redeemed for travel.
However, it’s important to note that you don’t have to pay for all of your Amazon purchase with points to receive these discounts. Indeed, You can only use 1 point and pay the rest with your Amex cardand you will still see the discount that is applied to your order.
To pay with the minimum score required, enter $ 0.01 in the Points section at checkout. This only applies to 1 point for your payment. You can use any number of points. However, if you don’t make this change, Amazon will be used and the maximum number of points may be automatically applied to cover the entire purchase. So you should make sure the amount is updated before placing the order.
You can use any number of Amex points to get the discount.
Once you have applied at least 1 point to your payment, the discount will be added to your order. Note that if you want to receive the $ 10 offer on purchases over $ 100, you must have at least $ 100 in your cart of eligible items in your cart to receive the discount. However, the other offers don’t require you to take advantage of all of your maximum savings at once. The discount will apply to any order you place between now and June 30th until you have reached the maximum combined savings for your particular offer.
While these discount offers do not apply to Amazon gift cards, they do apply to many other third-party gift cards that Amazon sells. And Amazon literally has hundreds of options including retailers that might come in handy right now like Netflix, DoorDash, Safeway, and more.
Save money on your grocery bill by buying a whole foods gift card on Amazon with this promotion.
Even if you can’t find what you want on Amazon before June 30th, you can use the discount to buy yourself a gift card and deposit the savings for later.
You can also combine these promotions with many daily offers from Amazon or other money-saving offers such as: B. $ 20 when you spend $ 60 on select beauty products.
Even if you are not eligible for any of these special Amex promotions, offers like this will usually appear several times over the course of the year. So keep checking back. Amazon is currently running similar promotions for Discover credit card holders, Chase credit card holders, and Capital One credit card holders. Read our guides on each of these offers to find out how you can take advantage of them.
Amazon has been running incredibly lucrative promotions all last year – some of the best we’ve seen. So as we approach 2021, be on the lookout for more savings. If you are targeting any of these offers, be sure to take advantage of them before they expire on June 30th.
If you don’t currently have an eligible Amex card, you can consider the following options:
Amex personal cards:
American Express® Gold Card
The American Express Platinum Card®
Amex business cards:
The Blue Business® Plus credit card from American Express
American Express® Business Gold Card
The American Express Business Platinum Card®
Also, be sure to check out our guide to the best credit cards for Amazon to make sure you’re using the correct card when buying from Amazon.
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