Deal Alert: Another (Indirect) 20% Off at Amazon & Many Other Retailers
Last week I wrote about one of my favorite credit card promotions, Amex Sync. Today there are some new deals, a good one being $20 off a $100+ purchase at Staples. (Another is $5 off $25+ at Carter’s.)
If you’re unfamiliar with the Amex Sync campaign, see my prior post for details and tips on how to get these deals.
With the Staples deal, you receive a $20 statement credit after spending $100 or more (in one transaction) in-store or online and paying with your synced Amex card.
The beauty of this deal is that Staples carries a nice assortment of gift cards to other retailers, meaning you can use this promotion to get up to 20% off at another retailer by buying its gift card from Staples. Off the top of my head, travel-related gift cards I’ve seen include Southwest Airlines and Shell Gas. My local store also carries an abundance of other cards including Amazon, Groupon, Macy’s, and Banana Republic to name a few.
Personally I am swimming in Amazon credits (all purchased at 20% to 33% off through various other promotions) so I will buy something else this time – probably a Visa or MasterCard gift card (basically a cash equivalent). These come with a fee but it’s more than offset by the Amex credit. Since the fee is $6 on a $100 card and $7 on a $200 card, I’ll get the $200 card so I incur a lower fee (percentage-wise) and ask the cashier to do a split payment so that I pay half on one Amex card and half on another Amex card (yes, I have several). That way I get the statement credit twice without paying the fee twice.
A few hints:
- The Staples deal is likely to max out quickly (if it hasn’t already), so register ASAP if interested. [UPDATE: Twitter registrations have reached capacity for this offer. If you didn’t get in on time (you should’ve received a “Sorry, max # of Card Members have enrolled” notification from Amex), try logging into your Amex account and finding it in the Offers For You tab (not all accounts will have the offer). If you did get in on time, you still have until April 30 to use the offer.]
- The terms exclude e-gift cards, so I buy gift cards in store.
- To double dip, and use a Staples in-store coupon or online discount code (e.g. code 39858, valid through April 10, gives $50 off a regularly priced laptop of $499+).
- For an alternative double dip, Staples is currently offering a $30 rebate on select Samsung tablets.