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We’ve written previously about Amex Offers, which is a program through American Express which offers discounts and statement credits for using your linked card at a variety of retailers.
These offers save me hundreds of dollars throughout the year, be it on hotel stays, cell phone bills, or even Amazon. It typically takes just a few moments to register, and the statement credits post automatically.
The latest Amex Offer is for $50 off a $100 purchase at Airbnb. I actually have an upcoming family trip to Thailand where we’ve been seeking out more-local accommodations, so the timing of this is perfect for me. Even if you don’t have an immediate use for an Airbnb stay, the promotion specifically allows the purchase of gift cards, so you can buy now and use the credits whenever.
Registering through americanexpress.com
At the bottom of the American Express home page you should see a section with offers:
These are specific to each card, however, once you click that “add to card” button the offer generally won’t appear for other cards in your account. The workaround here is to open each card in a new tab, and then add all the offers at once.
By using this method, I was able to add the Airbnb discount to my Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express, and my Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card.
Registering through Twitter
In the event that the Airbnb Amex Offer doesn’t show up in your Amex account, you’re not out of luck. You can sync your American Express credit card to Twitter, and register for the Airbnb promotion that way, using the hashtag #AmexAirbnb.
Buying Airbnb gift cards
This is actually the most complicated part of the process (though it’s still not all that hard), but there are a few caveats:
- You must be logged in to your account to buy an Airbnb gift card
- The account used to purchase the card cannot be used to redeem the card (they take “gift” seriously)
- You can only use one gift card per transaction when it comes time to pay
Now, none of those are a big deal for me, as I have an upcoming trip planned with other people, so the extra few minutes spent to shuffle cards around isn’t an issue. Definitely something to be aware of as you’re plotting out how to maximize this promotion.
In my case, I’ll be traveling with my cousin Heather, so we each just linked our respective Amex cards, and then purchased gift cards for the other person.
Before buying gift cards, go to your airbnb account, and select Settings > Payment Methods. You’ll want to add your registered Amex cards here, as you won’t have the opportunity later on.
From there, enter airbnb.com/gift into your browser, which will bring you to this page:
Click “Send a Gift Card” and choose the denomination and recipient (increments of $100 are the best way to maximize the offer), and make sure to pay with your registered American Express card:
You’ll receive a confirmation:
And your recipient will receive an email as well:
Once the gift card has been accepted, it will be automatically added to your account balance:
Gift cards don’t expire once they’ve been added to an account, which is nice.
I love Amex Offers, and enjoy Airbnb stays when they make sense, especially now that I can earn miles on Airbnb stays. The timing of this couldn’t be better for me, and will literally cut the cost of our family vacation in half!
If you think you might want to register for the statement credit, I recommend doing so ASAP, as enrollment is always limited for these offers.
Is anyone else taking advantage of the Airbnb credit?
(Tip of the hat to FrequentMiler)