The AMEX Offers program by American Express provides targeted discounts or bonus point earning opportunities to cardholders when they’re logged into their account. These offers are great because the savings you earn offset the annual fees that American Express charges for many of their points earning credit cards. While looking at my account this month, I found a new AMEX offer that’s really appealing. We received this offer on several different cards and the offer was different depending on the card it was offered on. Since you can only attach an AMEX Offer to a single card (once you select it for one card, it disappears on all your other cards), it’s important to check all of your card accounts before selecting your offer.
Here’s the offers we received for charges from JetBlue:
Spend $200 or more, get $40 back
Spend $200+, get 4,000 Membership Rewards Points
This is a great return on JetBlue purchases, as you’re either receiving a 20% rebate or earning 20x points extra per dollar spent. We love flying with JetBlue and recently named them our favorite US airline. To earn the bonuses, you need to spend at least $200 at JetBlue.com, on the mobile app or by telephone in either a single or multiple transactions by November 20, 2018.
When I checked all of Sharon’s and my American Express cards, we received the $40 back offer on the following cards:
- AMEX Everyday Preferred (Both primary and additional cardholder)
- SPG AMEX Personal card (Both primary and additional cardholder)
We received the 4,000 point offer on one of our cards:
- Green AMEX personal
I found it interesting that American Express didn’t offer the bonus on the American Express Platinum card. This would be the card I’d want to use for airfare because it earns 5x points on airfare purchased from airlines. I’d guess that’s why they excluded the Platinum card, as it would be too expensive for them to allow cardholders to stack the offers.
What Card Should You Choose For The Offer
Since I get to enroll one card from each of us in the offer, I signed up for the one where we get 4,000 Membership Rewards points as I value these points at more than a penny each. For me, 4000 MR points > $40. I fully expected all of the other JetBlue AMEX offers for $40 to disappear from the other accounts, but they didn’t. It looks like the AMEX computer views them as different offers. So if you have offers for both on the same account, but on different cards, you may be able to take advantage of both offers.
I now needed to choose between the SPG AMEX and the AMEX Everyday.
- SPG AMEX earns 2x Marriott points per dollar.
- AMEX Everyday Preferred earns 1x Membership Rewards point per dollar with a 50% bonus if you use the card 30 times per month.
Since we use the Everyday Preferred more than 30 times in a month, I’ll earn the 1.5 Membership Rewards per dollar and I’ll take those over the 2x Marriott Points. This is the total opposite as my previous thinking, as I’d always use my SPG card for earning Starpoints. The Marriott-SPG merger has devalued the earning with the SPG Card by 33% and at the new earning structure, I don’t have any real desire to earn more Marriott points at this time. However, I do need more Membership Rewards points, as I transferred a bunch to Delta for my really expensive same day award ticket during my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad travel day.
I’d suggest you not delay and select the offer you want now, if you have one offered on your account; AMEX offers can disappear if they reach the maximum number of participants allowed. Don’t wait until you’re going to book a ticket and then remember that you never registered your card for the offer. Just remember which of your cards you registered before paying for your JetBlue flight.
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Here’s the full terms of the 4,000 point offer:
These are the terms of the $40 offer:
Enrollment limited. Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem. Only U.S.-issued American Express® Cards are eligible. Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card. Offer valid on airline tickets and vacation packages purchased directly from JetBlue via jetblue.com, mobile app, or by telephone. Purchases such as seat upgrades, baggage fees, travel insurance, and pet fees are included if purchased at time of booking. Excludes JetBlue Cruises, hotel bookings, car rentals, shopjetblue.com purchases, purchase from partner or third party sites linking to/from jetblue.com and on-board flight purchases. Offer is non-transferable. Limit of 1 statement credit(s) per Card Member. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 11/20/2018, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchase from merchant until all items from your qualifying purchase have been provided/shipped by merchant. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: GBPL:0001
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