This program is very popular overseas, yet I am always surprised to discover how few U.S. cardmembers even know about. In a nutshell, the American Express Selects offers a variety of exclusive opportunities for cardmembers to save money. I will review with you what I like and dislike about the program.
As I write this review, nationwide there are 26 different restaurants in the United States with active offers available (this is much less than the 47 available in 2011 when I first reviewed it). If you live in major cities like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, you will probably find some deals in your area. Speaking of Chicago, strangely enough that’s where 24 out of the 47 are located!
Here are some examples…
- For Chicagoans that just want some pizza, I actually see several deals available. One of which is at Connies Pizza. Through all of 2011 you can get 20% off any dine-in, pickup, or delivery order by using your American Express card. A pretty good deal but if you have a pizza addiction like me, I suppose that might be a drawback.
- For New York City, I see Grace’s Trattoria listed and the offer is for a $10 savings if there are 2+ people eating an entrée for lunch or dinner. That deal ran for 6 months from 12/1/10 thru 6/1/11.
What I don’t like about AmEx Selects is that it basically discriminates against everyone living outside the major cities when it comes to restaurant offers. However I did see one “normal” restaurant that is pretty big in the Midwest and that is Ruby Tuesdays…
Unfortunately American Express makes it very confusing as to which locations this particular coupon can be used at – they don’t list it under any of the cities. Under the “Locations” tab on the deal’s page, it directs you to the locator on Ruby Tuesdays’ website. I assume that means it likely could be used at all locations but don’t quote me on that.
Verdict? Great for Chicagoans and not-so-much for everyone else.
The shopping selection is much better than the restaurant options. As I write this there are 228 American Express Selects shopping partners.
Almost every offer is for online shopping and I would consider the deals comparable to what you would find on your run-of-the-mill coupon sites. That being said, there were several that I have not seen elsewhere like…
- $5 off $50+ at Target.com
- $5 off $50+ at Kmart.com
If you used those on orders that were exactly $50, that’s a 10% savings. Then if you stacked them with what you could earn through the AmEx Bonus Points Mall, you could save even more.
Verdict: American Express Selects has a few one-of-kind offers. The rest is similar to what can be found elsewhere.
There were 59 current offers available. Some were very lackluster, like online discounts for booking a “Body Glove Cruise” (why a clothing company is having cruises, I have no idea). However if you are in the right location, there are some nice deals to be had. Here are a few…
As you see, there’s a lot of 2 for 1 deals and ticket discounts.
Verdict: If you happen to live or be on vacation in places the participate, these are some nice offers for sure.
We all know travel is a strong point when it comes to AmEx credit cards, so it comes as no surprise that they have a nice selection of deals for this category. And unlike the shopping deals which were mostly identical to coupon codes you will find elsewhere, the AmEx Selects US program has savings opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.
There were 140 when I looked at here are a few random ones to give you an idea of what’s available…
Verdict: This is probably the most useful category out of all the American Express Selects offers because you get some real savings, plus many of these savings can be used by people no matter where they live in the US.
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Written May 2011