Targeted: 1,500 Bonus Amex Points For Grocery Store Purchase

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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 a targeted Amex Offer for bonus points, rather than the standard savings. You can earn 1,500 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $100+ at a US supermarket. This is valid through August 31, 2016, though registration is limited, so you’ll want to register sooner rather than later.

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Here’s how the offer is described:

Get 1,500 Membership Rewards® points by using your enrolled Card to spend $100+ in one or more in-store or online purchases at U.S. Supermarket locations by 8/31/16. See below for terms and exclusions.

Personally I value Membership Rewards points at ~1.7 cents each, so to me the 1,500 bonus Membership Rewards points are worth ~$25. That’s a nice return off a $100 grocery store purchase.

As I mentioned above, these offers are targeted, though a good number of cards seem to be eligible. For example, in my case the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express has the offer. That works out for me, given that the card already offers double points at US grocery stores. That means that $100 worth of grocery store purchases will earn me 1,700 Membership Rewards points.

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It would be nice if my Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card were eligible for the bonus, given that it offers double points on US grocery stores, plus a 50% points bonus when you make 30 transactions per billing cycle, for a total of three Membership Rewards points per dollar spent. That being said, I’ll gladly forgo one Membership Reward point per dollar spent to earn an additional 1,500 points. 😉

If you’re not in the habit of checking your Amex Offers page frequently, be sure to take a look to see if you were eligible for this offer.

Was one of your Amex accounts eligible for 1,500 bonus points after spending $100 at a supermarket?

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Comments

  1. To trigger the bonus, does one have to spend at least $100 in one trip, or can the $100 in purchases be done with several trips? For example, $40 in first grocery trip, $60 in second grocery trip.

  2. Would a $100 gift card from the grocery store also count?

    Or combo of buying merchandise & buying a gift card to make up the difference to reach $100?

  3. My offer was on my AMEX Everyday, but was for a $15 statement credit on $100 at a supermarket, so not quite as good. Nothing on my brand new AMEX Platinum.

  4. @Vince, read the post. It is combined spending, not one trip.

    @Michelle, AMEX can’t see what you buy, you just need $100 of charges at grocery stores to trigger the bonus. Gift cards are find. So are 5 separate $20 purchases between now and 8/31

  5. Nothing here on 3 cards. Just a heads up to AMEX: when you don’t target us for small offers like this, we don’t target you during the offer period for any spend whatsoever at that vendor or in that category. Will consider AMEX again for grocery charges beginning 9/1/16. Enjoy your summer!

  6. Lucky, do you regularly use your Amex PRG for groceries? From my recent experience with Amex offers they seem to be almost individually targeted. For example, you have the Amex EDP (most likely putting all your grocery spend on that for obvious reasons) and Amex is enticing you to use the PRG instead. I’ve had similar offers for stores that are local where I have only used my Starwood Amex previously and now there is an offer for that store/restaurant on my PRG. Seems like they are doing some data mining of transactions to help entice usage of a specific card.

  7. Hey Lucky. I have the EDP card as well. How do you see Membership Rewards and other programs changing as airlines devalue time and time again? The CSP has built in protection by giving cash back, but AMEX only counts 0.6c per point when used to pay off charge.

    Also, I did not see the grocery store offer 🙁

  8. I got the 7500 MR offer after spending 500 dollar in AMEX Travel. I also got targeted for 2500 MR after spending 50 dollar at BOXED. I did not get this one.

  9. Two hits on our bunch of cards. The part that stuck out was the the two hits were Premier Rewards Gold, such as the author mentioned. Other people with hits did not mention which cards, and now I wish they did, knowing there might be a pattern.

  10. Ug. Wish I had gotten this deal. I buy groceries primarily on my Amex so it was disappointing not to see the offer on any card.

  11. Lucky….
    The offer is not showing under my PRG, same card as you.
    I contacted Amex and have not received a reply. I can easily spend $100 in a grocery store. From other recent comments, seems it is not a universal offer. How is it you are the only one seeing this under your offer section, when numerous members have the same card?

  12. could you please elaborate which stores qualify as grocery stores?
    Would walmart, target and Trader Joes qualify?

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