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Amex Small Business Saturday 11/24/2012

American Express is willing to give you $25 PER card to spend at small businesses Saturday the 24th. Don’t miss it!

Shop Small on November 24th, 2012Procedure:

  • Sign up each card here
  • On Saturday, November 24, 2012, spend $25 or more on each card and get $25 back
  • It is believed that you will get $25 for each card even if they are authorized users of the same account as long as they are different card numbers (generally Amex generates different card numbers for authorized users while visa and mastercard personal cards usually don’t)
  • Note: Franchisee, government agencies and “large” business don’t count
  • Don’t forget Amex network cards issued by other banks such as the Citi American Airlines Amex; I have not found explicit mention that these are included, so beware, but I have heard that people were successful with some non-owned Amex cards last year
  • Spending ideas include buying gift certificates for your local masseuse, trainer or the like in $25 increments, going to dinner at a local restaurant and splitting the check between your cards (though tip extra since it is a pain for your server)

2011

Last year I had 12 valid Amex’s between my wife and I, so that was a free $300 for us!

  • My SPG Personal Amex – $25 off my dinner at Chimichurri Grill, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • My SPG Business Amex – spent at liquor store, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • My Amex Premier Rewards Card Gold – $25 off my dinner at Chimichurri Grill, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • My Amex Platinum Card – $25 off my dinner at Chimichurri Grill, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • My Amex Blue Cash Preferred – used at Chimichurri Grill, but didn’t get confirmation email; maybe I missed something up but my batting average is good enough that I am fine letting this one slide
  • My Citi AAdvantage Amex – spent at liquor store, received confirmation from Amex
  • Wife’s SPG Personal Amex – spent at liquor store, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • Wife’s SPG Business Amex – spent at liquor store, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • Wife’s Amex Premier Rewards Card Gold – spent at liquor store, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • Wife’s Amex Platinum Card – spent at liquor store, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • Wife’s (authorized user) Amex Blue Cash Preferred – bought 2 bottles of Avalon Cabernet for a net of $3, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11
  • Wife’s Delta Skymiles Amex – bought a $30 bottle of zin for $5, received confirmation from Amex, received credit on 11/29/11

Also:

  • Mom’s Amex Premier Rewards Card Gold – $25 gift certificate to our favorite Indian place in Boston, received confirmation from Amex
  • Mom’s Amex Platinum Card – $25 gift certificate to our favorite Indian place in Boston, received confirmation from Amex
  • Dad’s SPG Business Amex – $25 gift certificate to our favorite Indian place in Boston, received confirmation from Amex
  • Dad’s Amex Premier Rewards Card Gold – $25 gift certificate to our favorite Indian place in Boston, received confirmation from Amex
  • Sister in Law’s Amex Premier Rewards Card Gold – $25 toward a $52 bottle of Single Malt Scotch, received confirmation from Amex
  • Sister in Law’s other card (maybe a Nordstrom’s Amex) – $25 toward the same $52 bottle of Single Malt Scotch, received confirmation from Amex
  • Note, there is some language that could be construed to mean per person, so please don’t get mad if you only get the benefit on one card, but I would be very surprised if that is the result.

    Let us know what you bought!

    Update (11/26/11): Included the current status of my spending above. Note, after every purchase Amex sends me the following email:

    Dear: [REDACTED]

    Congratulations, you completed all qualifying transactions on your Card
    ending in [REDACTED]. Expect a statement credit in 3-5 days.

    Thank you for supporting Small Business Saturday®!

    Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities and supporting
    them is a great way to help fuel the local economy. “Like” Small
    Business Saturday on Facebook to stay informed about the Shop SmallSM
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    discover exclusive offers in your favorite social networks.

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