One of the most lucrative promotions that American Express has run the past few years is “Small Business Saturday,” whereby in the past you’ve gotten a $25 statement credit when making a $25 purchase at a small business the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Even more generous is that each authorized user on an American Express card is eligible for the bonus, so if you had four authorized users you could get the $25 statement credit for each card. I wrote about it last year here.
While “Small Business Saturday” will return this year, per the FAQs they’ve published, it appears as if the credit will be changed from $25 to $10 per card this year:
Is there an American Express statement credit offer for Card Members for this year’s Small Business Saturday?
Yes. American Express is offering Card Members the opportunity to get a one-time $10 statement credit when they register any eligible American Express® Card and use it on 11/30/13 to spend $10 or more in a single in-store transaction at a qualifying small business that appears on the Small Business Saturday Map.
On one hand I’m sure we’re all grateful it’s back, on the other hand I’m sure some of us are sad that it’s a $10 credit and not a $25 credit, but I don’t think anyone should be surprised. I actually would’ve guessed that they’d keep the limit at $25 this year, but wouldn’t include authorized users in the promotion.
Anyway, registration for the promotion will open on November 24, 2013, and I’ll post again at that time.