Recently I’ve written quite a bit about American Express gift cards and how through May 15, Amex is offering $0 fees on gift card purchases with promo code FPMOM. However if you purchase gift cards now, you may get a promo code waiving future purchase fees, which are $3.95 per card. That’s what happened when I placed my order through Big Crumbs today. In the email notifying me that my order had been approved, there was a promo code waiving the purchase fee “on every order” through June 30, 2014.
I usually don’t look at these approval emails too closely and nearly missed the blue box with the code in it. If you’re buying American Express gift cards regularly (i.e. every two weeks), this is something worth looking out for. Keep in mind if the code isn’t also listed by the shopping portal you’re using, you may miss out on cash back. There are various reports of some folks using the codes and having success with cash back posting from shopping portal click-throughs.
For a cost-effective but risk-averse approach, consider signing up for a free trial of the Amex Premium Shipping plan and get shipping fees waived for 90 days. If you’re buying cards every two weeks, you’re looking at substantial savings.
Have you gotten a discount code via email? What has been your experience combining these codes with a shopping portal?
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