Friday, December 24, 2010

American Express is stepping up the offers

Until my wife got an AMEX card, I never paid much attention to its offerings beyond its standard rewards program.  While we don't participate in that one, but the Starwood Hotels, Starwood Preferred Guest one instead, AMEX's rewards programs are all pretty robust.  However, after reading a number of consumer-oriented blogs, occasioanally, I have come across offers that extend the value of AMEX cards even beyond their standard 1 point/$1 spent typical benefit.

Take for example a recent promotion in which by spending $25 at a small business (think mom and pop restaurant) one can earn (or get rebated depending on your view) a $25 statement credit.  Read: $25 for free.  Register for this offer here, and then spend $25 before 12/31.  But, only spend money on something you would have normally, in case it doesn't work out for you, or you missed one of the terms and conditions of the offer.

Then, this morning, I came across another offer from AMEX where one can 5 cents back by buying gas and/or other items at Exxon Mobil stations until January 20, 2011.  The blog post where I learned of this offer stipulated that it might be a targeted offer, meaning to a certain financial and/or customer demographic, but I always register for offers regardless if I am the intended recipient.  Even if it doesn't work out, it was still worth it to try.

Bottom line: pay attention to all of those offers you get in the regular mail and your email.  Every bit of savings helps.