Get $25 Off A Gift Card Purchase With Amex Offers

Update: There’s an exciting Limited Time Offer for the Hilton American Express cards through 5/31/17! The links below are expired, but you can learn more about best offers we’ve seen on these cards!

For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings offers. In many cases the savings can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.

To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. Most of these offers are for a discount when you spend a certain amount with a retailer, and registration is required. Over the past year I’ve saved about a thousand dollars using Amex Offers.

At the moment there’s an Amex Offer for $25 off a staples.com purchase of $100 or more. The offer expires on June 19, 2016, though you’ll want to try to add it to your card earlier, as registration is limited (once it’s added to your card you have until June 19, 2016, to use it, though).

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Here’s how the offer is described:

Get a one-time $25 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a minimum of $100+ in one or more transactions online at staples.com by 6/19/2016.

As is typically the case with Amex Offers, this one is targeted, though all of my cards are eligible for the offer, including the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American ExpressHilton HHonorsTM Card from American ExpressThe Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit CardThe Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, and The Platinum Card® from American Express.

The promotion is valid online only, and not in store. Furthermore, you can’t use this offer for e-gift card purchases, which refers specifically to purchasing Staples gift cards.

However, you can use the offer to buy other gift cards online. Staples sells all kinds of gift cards, including for Ebay, Home Depot, Nordstrom, Safeway, Target, Whole Foods, etc.

So you could buy a $100 Whole Foods gift card and then receive a $25 statement credit, which translates to 25% off your groceries (or any other gift card of your choice).

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Keep in mind that once you add an Amex Offer to one card, the offer will disappear for all your other cards (assuming you’re eligible on multiple cards). The workaround here is to open each card in a new tab, and then add all the offers at once, which will allow you to take advantage of this offer on multiple cards. I’m eligible on six cards, so this is an easy savings of $150 for me.

For what it’s worth, here are the full terms of the promotion:

Valid online only. Valid only on US website. Not valid in-store. If you order an item during the offer period but it is not provided until after 6/19/2016, it may not count towards determining whether the purchase qualifies for the offer. See merchant website for shipping policy. Some merchants may not ship to all areas. Not valid on purchases shipped outside of the US. Not valid for e-gift card purchases. Not valid for gift cards in bulk purchases. Offer not valid on online orders that are placed in-store through sales associate. Excludes Quill, Smilemaker, Staples Business Advantage, Staples 4 Government, Staples Toner Services, Staples Technology Solutions, Staples Promotional Products, Staples Print Solutions (same as Staples Easy Print), Copy and Printing Services, Staples Contract and Commercial, Staples App Center, Staples Industrial, Staples Book Rental, Staples Simplexity, Staples Share fund, and Coastwide Labs. Enrollment limited. Offer is non-transferable. Must add offer to Card and use same Card to redeem. Limit 1 statement credit(s) per American Express® online account. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 6/19/2016, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchase from merchant until all items from your qualifying purchase have been provided/shipped by merchant. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you will not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: CADM:0001

Bottom line

Amex Offers is one of the many reasons that I hold onto as many Amex cards long term as possible, given that I can save hundreds of dollars per year with these offers. There are a lot of great niche offers through Amex Offers, especially for travel purchases, but this is an offer which just about anyone should be able to take advantage of. Saving 25% on your groceries, clothes, dining, etc., is a no brainer.


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Comments

  1. Sorry if a dumb question but do you pay shipping on the gift cards or are they e-cards? Never baught from staples.com before. Only in store.

  2. Just did this – needed printer ink anyway, and got a Target gift card to put it over $100. Thank you!

  3. T&C – “Not valid for e-gift card purchases. Not valid for gift cards in bulk purchases”

  4. @ yiukigo — Right, which applies to Staples gift cards, but other gift cards qualify (already counted as a qualifying transaction for me).

  5. Thanks for pointing this out Ben. I saw this in my Amex offers and ignored it not realizing I can purchase gift cards.

    It’s also worth noting there are some retailers who are selling gift cards through Staples at a 20% discount (i.e. all Gap Inc stores like Banana Republic, etc). So when you stack it all together you can get $125 worth of gift cards for $75. 40% off is pretty solid.

  6. Can you buy a Target gift card and in turn use that gift card to buy Amazon or other gift cards at Target?

  7. Please read the fourth line of the T&C:

    Not valid for e-gift card purchases.

    Physical cards have a $1.99 shipping fee. Still a good return, but Lucky should clarify his post before people start buying e-cards and not derive any benefit from the Amex offer.

  8. @ Jonathan — Please read the post. 😉

    In practice that refers to Staples gift cards. Gift cards for other retailers do qualify for the offer. Already took advantage of it and got the Amex Offers email confirming it qualified.

  9. Sorry for being a pain, but where does it say the e-gift cards only apply to Staples? All I see is no e-gift cards….

  10. @ Paul — It doesn’t explicitly say that, but in practice that’s how it’s working. Those buying non Staples gift cards are getting the standard Amex Offers emails right away confirming that the purchase was eligible and the offer has been used.

  11. Read your post Lucky, but the T&C are in contrast to your experience. I’ll reach out to Staples for clarification 🙂

  12. T&C -Limit 1 statement credit(s) per American Express® online account.

    Lucky, does this mean even though I see the offer on three of my Amex cards, I will get $25 just once, since all three cards have one online account.

  13. Sir, am I doing something wrong with my two SPG cards? Every time you have mentioned AMEX offers I have checked my cards and found none of these offers. Do I need to register somehow? Perhaps I am missing something simple? Thank you for any advice

  14. Yeah, Steve, “reach out to Staples”, and let them know we are getting something to work that seems it shouldn’t work. Then they can shut it down for everyone else who tries it later. Brilliant idea. 🙁

    What was the “first rule of Fight Club” again? 😉

  15. @ Steve — This promotion has nothing to do with Staples, it’s on the AmEx side. But c’mon, doing stuff like that ruins these deals for everyone.

  16. @Steve, can’t tell if you are serious or just trying to be funny. First of all, Staples can’t tell you anything since the offer is run and administered by AmEx. Secondly, non-staples gift cards have worked fine in past offers and you have a data point that shows that they continue to do so. If you don’t want the risk, certainly pay the shipping and order physical cards but don’t start making unnecessary phone calls that have no upside.

  17. @raheem @lucky

    Thx for tips …. I went for $125 gap / ban repub/ old Navy combo cards (discounted to $100 on the AA shopping portal site +2 miles per dollar, and the $25 Amex credit)
    BIG value For $75 bucks out of pocket !!

    Grazie from NYC ( voted ! )

  18. Just added this on two of my Amex cards. Bought two $100 ebay gift cards from Staples.com, one on each card. Within 5 mins, I got two emails from Amex saying that I triggered the $25 offer on both my cards. Hope this helps!

  19. One thing I did notice is, if you have 2 cards under the same Amex account having the same offer under each, adding one removes the offer from the other. However I have another Amex account for my charge card and I added the offer there separately.

    Also agreed with James, I went through Advantage shopping portal 2AA miles / $

  20. Any chance Blue Cash Preferred might have this offer? I’m not seeing it under my account so I’m guessing I’m not part of the targeted offer?

  21. You will not get a portal bonus on gift cards so don’t waste your time with a portal unless you are buying merchandise.

    And I think Steve was being sarcastic (at least I hope he was haha)

  22. Guys, you might want to note: I just bought 4 x $25 ($100) Hyatt Gift Cards on Staples using this offer. Received mail from Amex that I have used the offer and will receive the $25 statement credit soon.

    Might be useful if you guys have any Hyatt stays coming up….

    Cheers

  23. Don’t you think it’s funny that for example with American Express you earn 1 Membership Rewards point for 1 usd spent. While in the uk you earn 1 Membership Rewards point for every 1 gbp spent.
    1 USD = 0.69 GBP. So aren’t those who live in UK and Europe (it’s the same story with €) slightly more awarded and lucky than Americans???

  24. @Andrey

    Hmmm.
    (Using USD 10,000 and GBP 10,000 as examples)

    We get 10,000 MR for USD $10,000 spending.
    You get 10,000 MR for GBP $10,000 spending.

    As per google’s rate:
    10000 British Pound equals
    14356.30 US Dollar

    So technically… us living in the US are saving USD 4,356.30 as compared to those with GBP issued cards :p

  25. @iz

    You’re right. That was a stupid mistake. But this is still strange. Those who live in Europe and UK get less points for the same amount of money spent.

  26. @Andrey @iz

    Membership Rewards have different value in different countries because the programs, transfer partners and transfer rates are different. Therefore, it’s not meaningful to directly compare using currency exchange rates.

    For example, Canadian MR transfer 1000:750 to Delta and 2:1 to Starwood, while American MR transfer 1:1 to Delta and 3:1 to Starwood.

  27. A whole post and no mention of applicability to physical visa gift cards ($100, $200, and $300)?

  28. Just purchased a $100 e-gift card, did not get the usual “Congratulations…” e-mail. 🙁

    Went back and confirmed offer is on the card. Will update if statement credit posts once charge goes from pending to posted.

  29. I had the same experience – I just bought a $100 whole foods e-gift card and AMEX offer is not marked as redeemed.

  30. To all those not getting offers marked as redeemed, maybe “Steve”, the moron further up this thread, contacted Staples who put an end to it?

  31. First off thank for posting this. I saw the offer and ignored it since I don’t think I’ve ever spent $100 at staples in my life. It never occurred to me to buy a gift a card. I found one for Spa Finder which my salon accepts. So that’s great, thanks! Secondly, I saw the fine print that was clear it was not for e-gift cards. It was a stand alone sentence. For others that had it work, fine for them. I chose to honor the merchants restrictions. I do not begrudge those that didn’t, or took a chance because it worked for others knowing it may not work for them. I do have a problem with mocking someone for wanting to be sure they are following the stated rules and didn’t spend money on something expecting to get a discount and then being disappointed. That is unnecessary, immature, and frankly pathetic. The poster wasn’t ruining it for anyone. Grow up. My gift card had a charge of $1.99. So I saved ALMOST $25 which I’m quite pleased with.

  32. Due to the two fails on purchasing a gift card with email delivery reported above, I chose a physical Whole Foods card and it worked (although had to pay the service charge). Offer is marked as redeemed now.

  33. Thank you. My Am Ex card is fairly new to me and I didn’t realize they had these offers. And, as another poster above said, even if I had, I’ve never spent close to $100 at Staples, so I would have ignored it. I used this to get a Home Depot (egift) card last week and it worked great! Just got the statement credit today.

  34. Update on my e-gift card non-success report above. The statement credit posted two days after the transaction posted, even though the purchase did not trigger the usual “Congratulations” e-mail.

  35. I used the offer to buy a Target gift card on April 19, and immediately got the confirmation from AmEx that I’d made a qualifying purchase. Getting the gift card has been a different story, though. It was supposed to be email delivery. Four days after my purchase I received an email from Staples that said my item had “shipped,” and that I should expect to receive it on May 4, although the item description still says “email delivery.” Is this just a problem with Target gift cards? Is Staples playing games with the float, and just not buying the cards from Target for a couple of weeks? Frustrating (though, I admit, not really related to the AmEx Offer itself).

  36. Does someone know if ok to buy eBay e-gift card? I was thinking to get e-gift card instead of virtual card but worried about not receiving the credit back. Thanks for your attention.

  37. I ordered $100 worth of email gift cards on April 19 and got the offer. The expected delivery date was May 4 as well (just in time for Mothers’ Day!) but nothing has arrived as of today, May 9.

    I got very annoyed with Staples’ customer service, which just directed me to contact GiftCardMall. They were unwilling to figure out where my gift cards were for me. After a lot of back in forth over chat support, I was promised a supervisor would be in touch over email. This is all that I got:

    “Thank you for contacting Staples.

    Once your order has been placed on our website, the order is then sent directly to Gift Card Mall for processing and mailing via US postal mail. I am terribly sorry if you have not received your gift cards via email as expected. Unfortunately, we can not issue a refund as gift card purchases can not be returned or refunded. Please contact Gift Card Mall for assistance in receiving your cards.

    Gift Card Mall customer service team will gladly answer any handling, shipping, or general inquiries you may have regarding your gift card purchase. They are available from 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM ET, 7 days a week.

    • Phone: 877-426-2551
    • Email: onlineorders@giftcardmall.com

    Tina W.
    Customer Service Representative
    e-mail: support@orders.staples.com
    online: http://www.staples.com/sbd/content/help/contact/index.html

  38. Following up on my comment above, when May 4 came and went I used live chat to ask Staples for information. They asked me to check my spam folder for the gift card email and I said I had done so. Then they told me that the email would have come from giftcardmall and that it would not have mentioned Staples at all. So I went back and checked again, and lo and behold there it was in the spam folder, on April 19, the date of my original purchase. But I had been searching for emails from Staples. (It did not help that I did get the confusing emails described above, saying that the card had “shipped” and that I should expect it on May 4 – those WERE from Staples.)

    $25 is $25, and I’m glad I took advantage of the offer. Not thrilled with Staples though.

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