Score A Great Deal On Wine By Stacking Three Offers

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At the moment there’s an opportunity to score a fantastic deal on wine thanks to three deals that are stackable. You can potentially score about half off for your purchase. You can do this by getting $60 off, then another $50 off, then also earn 6x bonus miles per dollar spent. Here’s what you need to know about this offer.

Amex Offer for $60 off a $200+ purchase at wineaccess.com

Like many good deals, this one starts on Amex Offers. 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 and bonus offers. In many cases the offers 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. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.

In this case there’s a targeted offer for $60 back when you spend $200 or more at wineaccess.com.

Like most Amex Offers, this one is targeted. I’m not targeted for this offer on any card, while Ford has the offer on all five of his Amex Cards, including The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPENThe Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express, the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, and the Hilton Honors Ascend Card.

Note that this offer is available for delivery to the following states:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The basics of wineaccess.com

In the past we’ve seen some some Amex Offers available for joining wine clubs and similar concepts. The good news is that wineaccess.com isn’t a wine club. Rather you can just buy wine directly without a subscription needed. Here are some other things to be aware of:

  • They offer free shipping when you spend at least $150, or when you order at least six bottles; since everyone should be buying at least $200 worth of stuff ($250, actually — more on that below), that means everyone should be getting free shipping
  • The website has a selection of excellent wines, though you won’t find any $10 per bottle wines here, as their cheapest wines seem to be around $20
  • They do charge more than some other retailers, though by stacking offers, you should be able to come out way ahead
  • I’m finding that on average the markup over other top retailers is about $10 per bottle; so you’re going to score a better deal buying high end wine (where it might cost $80 rather than $70), rather than buying cheaper wines (where it might cost $25 rather than $15); again, this offer won’t be for everyone.

Let’s take a look at how the pricing compares for a few different types of wine. Usually I find that K&L has among the best pricing for wine, so let’s do a few quick price comparisons between wineaccess.com and klwines.com:

Now let’s talk about the actual deal.

Step #1: register for the Amex Offer

The first step is to check if you’re targeted for this Amex Offer on any of your cards. Without that, this deal won’t be worth it. Once you’re registered you’ll have until June 25, 2018, to make your purchase.

Step #2: be referred to wineaccess.com by a friend

This wine website has a very generous referral program, which might explain why their pricing is a bit higher than elsewhere. Through this referral program, both the person referring and being referred get a $50 credit when a purchase of at least $150 is made.

This credit will automatically be applied to your account, just make sure you follow a referral link when you visit the website (and feel free to leave your referral link below). Also keep in mind that this means you’ll want to buy at least $250 worth of wine, since you’ll then instantly have the $50 credit applied, and that way the total is still over $200, which makes you eligible for the Amex Offer (and you’ll end up paying $140 then for $250 worth of wine).

Step #3: use a shopping portal

Online shopping portals are a great way to maximize the points you earn for online shopping. For example, the AAdvantage eShopping portal offers 6x miles per dollar spent at wineaccess.com. Otherwise there are some cash back portals that also offer a sizable return.

I value American miles at ~1.3 cents each, so that’s like a further return of ~8%.

Putting it all together

If you bought $250 worth of wine you’d pay $200, then you’d get $60 back from Amex, then you’d earn ~$15 worth of miles.

Based on my valuation, you’d end up paying $125 for $250 worth of wine. That’s a killer deal, in my opinion, assuming you value nice wine. Let me once again emphasize that this deal won’t be for everyone.

Since I have a decent understanding of champagne pricing, let me put it in those terms. Half off their champagne selection means you’re paying  $24.50 per bottle for Louis Roederer Brut, $27.50 per bottle for Billecart-Salmon Brut, or $40 per bottle for Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose, with shipping included. You won’t find those kinds of prices anywhere else.

In terms of the order in which to do things, you’ll want to first see if you’re eligible for the Amex Offer, then create a wineaccess.com account with a referral code (so it’s linked to your account), and then when you actually make the purchase you’ll want to go through a shopping portal.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this opportunity to score a deal on wine? Any wines in particular that you consider to be a good value for (essentially) half off?

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)

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Comments

  1. Many people don’t value nice wine. They can’t tell the difference so they’d rather just pick a grape they recognize for $10 a bottle.

    But this is great, thanks for sharing!

  2. Even better deal for me. I got 6 bottles of very nice champagne for $146 plus tax! They gave me the $50 discount plus some other random $50 discount plus my Amex Offers $60 discount on top of that.

  3. @ Conor — The initial $50 credit from being referred should automatically be applied to your first purchase. However, for those who referred, I have the same question, as I don’t see any credits in my account yet. Maybe it takes a day or two? Curious if anyone knows!

  4. @Lucky – Thanks! Hmm, I see the two credits people are talking about above. The “You’ve been referred. Enjoy $50 off your first purchase of $150” and also a second “Enjoy $50 Off Your First Purchase Of $200”. When I go to checkout, however ($299 before tax), it just looks like tax is added and I owe ~$330.

    I’ll keep trying, ha. I actually randomly “figured out” this could be worthwhile yesterday when going through my Amex offers. Now I want to get the order out.

  5. @ Lucky – You can see your credits by clicking “Welcome Back, Lucky” and then an option drops down for “Credits & Promotions”. That is where my $50 credit appears for using your link.

  6. AM i not doing something correctly? I can’t find any wine inventory…I select STORE and then ALL and it shows ZERO wines

  7. @ Jonathan — Thanks! I saw the one for when I was referred, but I then got a couple of emails for having referred people saying the credit had posted to my account, but I don’t see those there. Anyone have a different experience? I assume maybe those take a while to post?

  8. This is a pretty solid deal! Thanks for posting it.

    @Lucky your referral link above doesn’t work for me anymore. It just says “This offer is not valid”

    By the way, my referral link is here in case somebody wants to use it: http://share.wineaccess.com/iw_6F

  9. Are you guys sure the AMEX deal will work if you use the AA Mall for the purchase? The terms on Amex say the following:
    “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 may 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.”

    Otherwise, sounds like a good deal.

  10. Hello. I just hung up with them. For New York and Maryland (and one or two other states) the ONLY thing they’re permitted to ship to you are the “Today’s Finds” wines. The usual ‘hack’ New Yorkers do is have it shipped to a friend or relative in Connecticut to bypass that.

    I have the same issue as the others with the referrals not showing. The CS rep said she’d talk to the marketing folks and look into why those aren’t showing up and let me know.

  11. Wow, I got the offer on all 7 of my Amex cards.I hope I have enough money to buy $1400 worth wine in next 75 days.

    I will omit the AA portal as do not want to potentially lose the Amex rebate.

  12. Similar to Chris, @lucky your code link isn’t working for me anymore – maybe they disabled you or you need a new one?

  13. Nice offer, just signed up. Also I think it is better to use a cashback site rather than miles shopping portal. Specifically befrugal.com is giving 13% back which is much better than getting 6pts/$. Of course the usual disclaimer for cashback apply (no cashback for purchasing or redeeming wineaccess gift cards).

    Also here’s my referral link –
    http://share.wineaccess.com/ixs8w

    Thanks…

  14. @Lucky, I am having the same problem as you where I get the e-mails saying credit has been added to my account, but I do not see any credits in my account once I log in.

    Should I shoot them an e-mail or just wait and see if the credits become available after a while?

  15. Thanks for the heads up on this one. Found it on both my and my wife’s platinum cards. Used John’s link above, if anyone else wants to pay forward a referral, mine is below. Also, I didn’t use an airline or another portal because Honey gave me an offer for $50 off of $250 so I bumped up my order, but will hopefully get an additional $50 back (the $50 referral applied at check out, and I immediately got the you’ve used an Amex offer email) for a total of $160 off.

    http://share.wineaccess.com/ixX_8

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