Register now for Amex’s Shop Small promotion: get $50 back on $100 total spend

A guide to American Express' Shop Small promotions

GUIDE: Program Guide
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: October 31, 2018
UPDATED: November 17, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: American Express Membership Rewards

American Express runs at least one Shop Small promotion each year, usually in November, to encourage spending at local merchants.

Like last year’s promotion, you will receive a $10 credit on your account each time you spend $20 or more at up to five different participating small businesses between 1 and 30 November 2018.

You can register for this year’s promotion on this page. You can also save this offer to your card by navigating to Amex Offers in your account or in the Amex mobile app.

Be quick to register as the 130,000 places are expected to be snapped up very quickly. Supplementary cards need to be registered separately.

The concept

If you spend $20 or more in one transaction at a participating business, you will receive a $10 credit to your account.

This offer can be used one time each at five different participating businesses—check the map here. The range of included retailers is, as usual, very broad, so you should be able to find somewhere close to you that would fit within your normal spend patterns.

Note that unlike in some previous promotions, you can no longer use this credit to top up Opal public transport cards in Sydney.

The small print

The offer is limited to the first 130,000 cards registered, with the registration period opening on 30 October and running until the end of the promotion on 30 November.

Amex says the credits usually appear on your account within five business days, with up to three months as a maximum.

The following cards are not eligible: American Express Business Travel Accounts, Corporate Cards, Corporate Meeting Cards, Corporate Purchasing Cards, David Jones Storecards Government Cards, Global Travel Cards and Business Cards that are affiliated with a wholesaler partner.

Online and gift card purchases are ineligible.

Offer history

  • November 2018: Spend $20, get $10 back up to five times during full month
  • November 2017: Spend $20, get $10 back up to five times during full month
  • November 2016: Spend $20, get $10 back up to ten times during full month
  • September 2016: Spend $60, get $30 back up to three times during 16-18 September
  • May 2016: Spend $60, get $30 back up to three times during 14-15 September
  • November 2015: Spend $20, get $10 back up to ten times during full month
  • August 2014: Spend $20, get $5 back up to ten times during full month
  • November 2013: Spend $20, get $10 back up to five times during 23-30 November

Summing up

American Express’ Shop Small promotions are a good way for both consumers to save money as well as help out small businesses.

You can find more information at the Shop Small FAQ page

If you are looking to earn Qantas or Velocity Points on spend instead of cash credits, both Qantas-Mastercard’s My Card Offers and Velocity’s partnership with Visa might be more useful.

Register now for Amex’s Shop Small promotion: get $50 back on $100 total spend was last modified: November 17th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt