American Express 2015 sale: 20% off gift cards from select retailers

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So you have a lot of American Express Membership Reward points piled up and you want to get the most out of them?

As we’ve mentioned in a previous post, one of the ways to get the most value out of your points is to purchase gift cards that offer one dollar for every 1000 points. It doesn’t sound like you’re getting much return, but as far as gift certificates/gift cards are concerned, that’s usually your best bet.


Well, usually because that’s the most-efficient means to milking as much value out of your points without doing anything special; these retailers offer this value ratio everyday .

I say “usually” because AMEX periodically runs a promotion that offers a significantly better value. An email today announced one of those such promotions; American Express is currently offering 20% off some of their gift cards. Read more below.

2015 American Express Gift Card Sale

Last November, American Express ran an awesome 30% off gift cards promotion across several vendors that normally offered the $1:1000 ratio including Crate and Barrel, Gap, California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Pottery Barn and The Home Depot.


That means after the discount, you received one dollar for every 700 points (instead of 1,000 points)! Needless to say, I redeemed approximately 120,000 AMEX points during that sale.

Though it isn’t as big a discount and doesn’t include nearly as a diverse roster of vendors, American Express is having their November gift card sale offering 20% off select retailers. This year’s retailers (with $1:1000 ratio before promotion) are:

  • Gap
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Banana Republic
  • Chili’s
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Pottery Barn
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Brooks Brothers
  • West Elm
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Williams & Sonoma

The kicker is that these gift cards must be redeemed online between 11/04/2015 and 12/31/2015. And apparently, only select AMEX members received this promotion — “Offers valid for solicited U.S. Membership Rewards® program enrollees only.”

If you’re lucky to have received this email and love wearing Gap or Banana Republic, shopping at Saks or Williams & Sonoma, then eating at The Cheesecake Factory — this sale is for you.

* Earlier in 2015, AMEX offered a 25% off promotion so members could cash out their Membership Rewards® points for Airbnb eCertificates (I jumped on that, too). But that was more a one off promotion to announce their partnership.


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