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American Express has a new incentive for some cardholders today through their Amex Offers program. If your card has the offer, you can receive either 4,000 Membership Rewards points for making a purchase of $199 or more, or 5,000 points for a $249+ purchase on Nest.com.
A new Nest thermostat is ~$249 (they’re a bit cheaper on Amazon, but then you wouldn’t get the Amex Offer), so this isn’t something to buy on a whim, but I think it’s personally a good investment (more on that below).
Different accounts have different Amex Offers, and obviously this is only going to be extended to Membership Rewards-earning cards. I only have the offer on The Platinum Card® from American Express, but you’ll want to check the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express, etc.
Stack with rebates
In theory the terms state that you can’t combine this offer with any rebates, but in practice I think that means rebates directly from Nest.
Nest has a list of rebates on their site, and some of the offers through security and insurance companies seem to work by providing you with a Nest product directly. For many of the power companies, however, you receive a rebate by submitting your receipt or proof of install to the power company afterwards.
We actually installed a Nest recently, and the process was easy. We received our rebate about 8 weeks after submitting our documentation.
Living with Nest
This isn’t something I’d ever thought I’d say, but I love my thermostat.
At a minimum, the fact that the Nest self-programs is awesome. And if you want to program it yourself, I guarantee it’s easier than whatever thermostat you have installed currently. Ours was vintage-1963, and I’m honestly not even sure the programming functions worked.
You can also access your thermostat from your computer, so it doesn’t have to always be your phone. The desktop interface is really nice for seeing the energy history, or for setting the schedule.
I can check the temperature from anywhere, and don’t have to worry about whether or not we left the air conditioning running if I’m making a mad dash to the airport. I can always adjust it from the plane!
I also have several “recipes” set up through IFTTT that help manage things, like automatically adjusting the temperature when I’m on my way home from the airport. It’s been really nice.
If you already have a Nest thermostat, you could still take advantage of this offer by picking up a Nest Protect. These are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that work with your Nest. The first generation products had very mixed reviews, but they’re supposed to work much better now.
Because they communicate with Nest, they can help regulate the temperature if you have many areas in your home linked to one thermostat, as we do, so I’ve been meaning to pick some up.
The Protect is pricey though, compared to a not-smart smoke detector, so this Amex Offer would take some of the sting out.
If you’ve been considering a Smart Thermostat, this is a great offer. And if you travel frequently, there are numerous benefits to upgrading your technology. I’ve been really pleased with mine.
(Tip of the hat to Frequent Miler)