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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:19 pm

Whole Foods again. $15 off PRG. $99 to go, and within striking distance of breakeven from the airfare credit - though I've still not specified an airline yet, and won't likely fly for 2 or 3 months.
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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby Gamma » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:55 am

Good offer just came out today that is if your store allows you to purchase gift cards with credit card.
Lowe's
Spend $150 get $30 back

This offer seems targeted because I didn't receive it on my RPG, only my blue cash cards.

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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:32 pm

Gamma wrote:Good offer just came out today that is if your store allows you to purchase gift cards with credit card.
Lowe's
Spend $150 get $30 back

This offer seems targeted because I didn't receive it on my RPG, only my blue cash cards.

Didn't get Lowe's on any of mine. Used the PRG ExxonMobil. Rocketmiles normal prices look high, but saving $50 nominally could be worth $20 or $30 economically.
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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby Vattené » Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:18 pm

I just recently used three Amex Offers. Before those, I haven't gotten anything useful since last year (well, I could use some and get a deal, but would end up spending money/buying something I otherwise wouldn't have). For me, there were a lot more useful offers around the holidays last year; I'm hoping that happens again this year.

Just within a week last month, though, I was able to use three good ones:
  • Dollar General - $5.00 nominal; $5.00 economic
  • Boxed.com - $10.00 nominal; $10.00 economic
  • Petco.com - $15.00 nominal; $10.00 economic

I wish there was an ExxonMobil around me or I would have taken advantage of that, too. I almost used one for Amex gift cards a while back (I think it was $10 off $200), but after shipping and processing fees (which they weren't waiving at the time) it would have ended up costing money.

I do keep an eye them, but just haven't seen anything useful to me in a long time. I'm glad I was able to use Amex Offers again.

Edited to add: I have had Sam's Club added to my card for a long time, and $20 off $20 is a great offer. I need to get around to using it before the end of the month when it expires! I use a friend's membership from time to time, so it will be $20 nominal and $20 economic value.
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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:56 pm

I should have used Boxed.com. Some of the prices are pretty good for long-shelf life stuff. I just didn't really look into it in time.

I've got $10 off $10 at Adobe and $25 off $50 at Dropbox, both on PRG. I don't use their services, though.

There was no local Dollar General that I could think of.

2x Discover beats most of the other offers I have right now, and Costco gas is getting cheap enough that even an ExxonMobil offer wouldn't offset the difference.

I don't see much that's appealing right now. My upcoming overnight travel is looking nonexistent right now, but I have a month and a half to use Rocketmiles.
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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby Vattené » Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:42 pm

That is exactly what I did: stocked up on deodorant, toilet paper, etc. They don't have a ton of product offerings or they may have made a semi-regular customer out of me. I'll look back at them and see if I can make use of them again later, but I don't know if that will happen. I was able to combine my order with an offer I found online, too ($15.00 off of $85.00). I had to add a box of Cheese Its for something like $7 to make the threshold :ppp but it still made the total economic value of the purchase about $18.00.

I've added a few offers to my card, including the Saks Fifth Avenue (6,000 MR for $400), Best Buy ($25 off $250), and American Eagle ($15 off $75), but I doubt I use them.

I would imagine if my ED has it, your EDP would also have the offer of $100 off $600 at Amex Travel. I don't know how useful Amex Travel is to begin with, and $600 may be stretching it even if you had any other upcoming, definite travel plans.
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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:03 pm

Vattené wrote:That is exactly what I did: stocked up on deodorant, toilet paper, etc. They don't have a ton of product offerings or they may have made a semi-regular customer out of me. I'll look back at them and see if I can make use of them again later, but I don't know if that will happen. I was able to combine my order with an offer I found online, too ($15.00 off of $85.00). I had to add a box of Cheese Its for something like $7 to make the threshold :ppp but it still made the total economic value of the purchase about $18.00.

I've added a few offers to my card, including the Saks Fifth Avenue (6,000 MR for $400), Best Buy ($25 off $250), and American Eagle ($15 off $75), but I doubt I use them.

I would imagine if my ED has it, your EDP would also have the offer of $100 off $600 at Amex Travel. I don't know how useful Amex Travel is to begin with, and $600 may be stretching it even if you had any other upcoming, definite travel plans.

I got all the offers you mentioned except Best Buy. I'm more likely to buy electronics at Costco, though. My Costco computer's monitor/tower incompatibility was a headache, but the return process was easy - and I got a check from Costco, so I got to keep the points and bonus earned on Arrival. :ppp

$600 would be a big single travel transaction for me, although I could have used such an offer twice this year for multi-night/multi-room Marriott reservations. For a cushier stay, I'd probably use some URs at Hyatt.
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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:22 am

Picked up $15 on CSP for Visa Checkout.
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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby augiedog » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:02 am

Here's one I just did the math on.
$10 off $200 Amex gift card $3.95 fee, free shipping (code used), and 194 Plenti points earned: $7.99 economical.

Today I just got an awesome offer. $10 off $75 on phone bill 2x. I plan doing two separate transactions worth $75 on my AT&T bill. Sounds like it should work, right?

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Re: Amex Offers vs. AFs Challenge

Postby Vattené » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:24 am

Jealous I didn't get that offer! I've never seen one that let you get two credits, either!

Your carrier is explicitly listed so it should work. It does say you have to pay it online - not sure if setting autopay up would be a loophole to that, but the full terms may provide some insight. All the offers I've used have been pretty straightforward and seamless. You might as well just use your Amex for your next 2 cell phone bills & get $10 each month.
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