The two sister Amex Offers and Amex Connect programs entitle cardholders to discounts and savings by crediting users’ accounts when eligible purchases are made.
Or, in short, if you shop at a specific business, Amex will pay you to do so.
If you’re a holder of an American Express card, it is worth checking Amex Offers and Amex Connect regularly to take advantage of rotating promotions, like these ones currently running in December:
- Spend $350 or more, get $50 back with Qantas (limited to first 30,000 cards enrolled; H/T: Points From The Pacific)
- Spend $15 or more, get $5 back with 7-Eleven
- Spend $100 or more, get $20 back with First Choice Liquor Online
- Spend $200 or more, get $50 back with Hertz Australia and New Zealand
- Get up to 10% off selected Emirates and Etihad flights
- Complimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Status
Here is a full list of current offers.
Three important notes:
- Not every offer is put in front of all cardholders—these are somewhat personalised, so you may see something in your account that another person doesn’t
- You must use the card enrolled in the offer to access the benefit
- Make sure you read the terms and conditions for each offer
What are Amex Offers and Amex Connect?
American Express has a number of cardholder programs which provide practical, everyday benefits to cardholders. Two such programs are:
- Amex Offers: for holders of Amex-issued cards
- Amex Connect: for holders of both Amex-issued and bank-issued cards
Amex Offers is a program which provides a statement credit to your account for making an eligible purchase. Think of it as an instant cashback offer without having to deal with any paperwork.
Amex Connect encompasses Amex Offers. Not only are you able to receive great cashback benefits, it also provides deals and discounts on travel, dining, shopping and entertainment. Whether your card has been issued by a bank or through American Express themselves, Amex Connect is accessible to all cardholders. Simply register your card to access savings.
Not sure what card you have? This article will help.
Just keep in mind that some business, travel, government and prepaid cards are not eligible.
How Amex Offers works
Once you have registered your card and have logged in to either Amex Connect or Amex Offers, you can select any deals that you like, add them to your card, make the eligible purchase following the terms and conditions and then receive your statement credit.
Once you add the offer to your card and meet the offer criteria, Amex will then credit your account.
According to the terms and conditions, statement credits are processed within three working days but can take up to 90 days after the end of the offer to appear in your account. In my experience, however, statement credits have appeared within 48 hours or less of the purchase being made.
Adding an offer online is simple: click on the save to card link and you’re done. Once the offer is saved, you can still view all the terms and conditions on the ‘My Offers’ tab.
Alternatively, using the Amex app is just as simple. Open the app, check out the offers tab and select the offers that suit you. You can then access the ‘My Offers’ tab at any time to see the status of each offer has been saved.
Offers are redeemable instantly, so it pays to check what new offers are available before heading out to the shops or when purchasing anything online.
How Amex Connect works
Again, once your card is registered and you have logged on to Amex Connect, you can access any Amex Offers promotion as well as some travel, dining, shopping and entertainment discounts.
Amex Shop Small: Amex Offers on steroids
American Express also runs Shop Small, usually once or twice per year, where any American Express card can register for statement credits at small businesses that accept American Express.
A common Shop Small promotion offers a $10 credit on your account each time you spend $20 or more at up to ten different participating small businesses.
Summing up: Amex Offers and Amex Connect
American Express continues to try and innovate for the consumer, and with Amex Offers and Amex Connect they are providing an increasing number of deals to their customers.
Keeping an eye on the Offers section of the mobile app is an easy way to see where you can score some discounts in the form of statement credits.
But the usual rules of discount hunting apply—don’t go overboard and spend more than you would have done anyway just because there’s a deal!