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Christmas in July for Amex Platinum, Gold, and Green Cardholders!

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Christmas in July has arrived for people with certain American Express charge cards. Statement credits for cell phone providers, food delivery, streaming services, electronics, clothiers, and even shipping services(!) are like a small slice of holiday sales.

Any joy and relief are great — especially during the garbage fire known as “2020.”

Several seemingly benefits might be easy to forget. So let’s check ’em out and make sure to use them!

(I know Chase also announced a bunch of new credits. We’ll cover those soon!)

Streaming Service Credits: $20

The Platinum Card from American Express awards cardholders a $20 monthly statement credit for select US streaming services through December. (Read how René used his credits.)

Multimedia video concept on TV set in dark room. Man watching TV with remote control in hand.
(©iStock.com/simpson33)

And if you’re looking for a good book to read (or listen to) this summer, keep in mind the streaming credit works with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and Audible!

Wireless Phone Provider Credits: $20 and $10

The Platinum Card from American Express and Business Platinum Card from American Express each give cardholders a $20 monthly statement credit for select US wireless (or “cell phone”, as we simple folk say) phone providers for the rest of 2020.

American Express Green Cardholders enjoy a $10 monthly statement credit through December.

American Express Platinum and Gold Cards.

Dell Statement Credit: $200 (Plus Stacking!)

There is a ton to be enjoyed from the Business Platinum Card from American Express‘ semiannual Dell statement credit right now.

Need to update your computer monitor or television? Always wanted to get noise-canceling earphones? Just need some cell phone charging cables?

Here’s a great opportunity.

Cardholders get up to $200 in Dell statement credit through December. (That’s double the usual $100!)

Plus, there are these Amex Offers that should stack:

And remember to stack with a cashback portal! As of this post, TopCashback is 2% and Rakuten is 1%.

Dell sells all sorts of electronic stuff: headphones, TVs, computer accessories, tablets, and a bunch of other things (Xbox gift cards…).

Saks Fifth Avenue Credit: $50

People complain like crazy about the Platinum Card from American Express semiannual $50 Saks credit. Because they don’t shop at the chic store.

I’m not a regular Saks shopper myself. But never has the credit gone to waste,

Hello! Do you wear clothes (at least sometimes)?!

Treat yourself (or someone you love) to some expensive underwear or socks. Or earrings. Or a makeup brush. If you don’t use those, score an overpriced t-shirt.

Heck, buy $50 worth of gear and donate it to Goodwill or a shelter.

Geez, it’s not that hard!

Or order a $50 physical gift card and have it mailed to yourself. (That’s worked for me, at least.) Hoard ‘em for a decade and buy yourself something pretty.

You get the point.

But there’s the main thing: DON’T DO IT NOW. Wait until a cashback portal’s Saks offer increases. It’s something like 4% on TopCashback right now. Late last July, though, it jumped to 14% at Rakuten. At that point, you’re making money on your fancy, leather keychain or whatever! 🙂

This seems to happen twice a year — and Rakuten and Saks are due. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out.

Shipping (and Mailing!) Credit: $20

Business Platinum Card from American Express members get $20 each month (again, through December) in statement credits with eligible shipping providers.

This includes the USPS.

Sure, I’ll send something for free with USPS Priority Mail!

Don’t do a lot of “traditional” shipping? Don’t worry! Stock up on Forever Stamps (holiday card season is only a few months away, folks). Send a care package to someone.

Food Credit: $10

American Express Gold Card members get a $10 monthly statement credit to use at several food merchants — including two food delivery services.

Ameci's Pizza and Pasta order from Grubhub

Food delivery is practically a necessity these days — especially in certain states where COVID-19 is on the rise.

Uber (or Uber Eats) Credit: $15

Platinum Card from American Express members enjoy $15 in monthly (but expiring) Uber Cash deposits.

If you’re not Ubering anywhere right now, remember the benefit applies to your Uber Eats account! (Plus, start your order with DO$H and receive cashback!)

Final Approach

It’s easy to forget statement credits you can enjoy.

But remember (especially if you already paid your annual fee!) to use the ones Amex is offering. As we wrote in May, taking full advantage of these offers can make some of the high-ticket charge cards either break even — or even profitable.

How are you using your credits?

— Chris

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Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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5 Comments

  1. Do any of these benefits accrue to Delta Amex cards? If nor, I would have to question the benefit of maintaining said card

  2. From what I have read, purchasing a Saks credit card online does not trigger the Amex Platinum Saks credit. Purchasing a Saks credit card in store has reportedly triggered the credit, but I have read that it is possible that Amex is starting to deny credit for purchase of in store Saks gift cards.
    No Saks is near me, and having read that online Saks gift card purchase would not get the credit, I have not tried. Have you successfully done so?

  3. Ala, that is why I will be cancelling my delta amex card that I have had since 2000 – because I read about all these wonderful offers on the other amex cards with none being offered on the delta cards. I’ll not being doing enough travel to warrant the $250 fee.

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