Amex Offers is a program available through most Amex cards, which entitles cardholders to discounts and savings by crediting users’ accounts when eligible purchases are made. These offers can often offset the annual fee on a card.
In short – if you shop at a specific business, Amex will pay you to do so.
While not as prevalent in New Zealand as in Australia, these offers have become far more regular here over the past twelve months.
If you’re a holder of an American Express card, it is worth keeping an eye on your email inbox for Amex Offers that can be taken advantage of during rotating promotions.
For example, Amex are currently offering $80 credit if you spend NZ$400 or more at these participating Hilton portfolio of properties – valid once per property, at up to 10 properties.
This offer is valid until 31 January 2019, and you can enrol your card(s) here.
Three important notes:
- Not every offer is put in front of all cardholders—these can be 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. If you have more than one card, or supplementaries, enrol them all so you can take advantage of these offers multiple times
- Make sure you read the terms and conditions for each offer
What are Amex Offers?
Amex Offers is a program for holders of Amex-issued cards, 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.
Just keep in mind that some business, travel, government and prepaid cards are not eligible.
How Amex Offers works
You’ll stumble across Amex Offers in the following ways:
- Via Point Hacks!
- Targeted emails sent your inbox
- Amex phone app, where the offers will appear amongst your statement feed
Once you have registered your card for an offer, make the eligible purchase following the terms and conditions, and then receive your statement credit.
For example, I took advantage of the recent Burger Fuel offer. First, I registered my Amex Platinum, and received the following email confirmation:
My wife and I head out for dinner, and Amex confirmed the cashback via email, almost instantly:
With some of these offers, you can always ask the retailer to charge multiple Amex cards, so you can claim the cashback more than once – e.g. my wife has a supplementary card, and we both ‘paid’ for our dinner at Burger Fuel separately. Just make sure you register each card for the offer.
Statement credits are usually processed within five 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 a purchase being made.
Amex Live Local: Amex Offers on steroids
American Express also runs Live Local, usually once or twice per year, where any American Express card can register for statement credits at various small businesses that accept American Express, usually in Auckland.
A common Live Local promotion offers a $10 credit on your account each time you spend $20 or more at up to five different participating small businesses.
Auckland Restaurant Month
Aucklanders have Restaurant Month to look forward to each year. Read our guide here for more information on how you can get cashback dining out in Auckland during the month of August.
How to make sure that Amex email you the latest offers
I have had a few readers tell me that Amex do not send them offers are they come out, and that they only stumble across them when reading Point Hacks or other websites.
The easiest way to make sure that Amex email you these offers directly is to follow these steps:
- Click here, and then follow the prompts to log in to your online account.
Make sure the box that says ‘Check this box if you would like to receive relevant offers…‘ is checked, and then click submit. That’s it!
Summing up: Amex Offers
American Express continues to try and innovate for the consumer, and with Amex Offers, they are providing an increasing number of deals to their customers.
Keeping an eye on 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!