Surprises are sometimes fun in the points and miles world.
My wife and I were recently reminded of that when we received Shop Small credits we didn’t expect!
Why Am I Bringing This Up Now?
Amex’s Shop Small promotion (which works with Bluebird!) expires September 20. But despite 2020 being a complete garbage fire, the past couple of months have flown. (At least something in my life is flying.) Before you know it, September will be gone — and so will your Shop Small offer.
Before you forget, I want to give you this reminder — and inspire you to look outside the box a bit.
A Couple of “Surprise” Credits
My wife and I planned to use our respective Shop Small offers on take-out dining from local restaurants. But then those magical “you’ve earned $5 back for shopping small” emails popped up in our inboxes — much to our surprise!
A couple of our doctors got around to billing us for visits we made before the COVID-19 pandemic. We paid those bills with our Shop Small cards, not expecting anything — other than earning our cards’ base points.
But those doctors’ practices are small businesses! So when we received $5 statement credit on the first bill we paid, we changed our payment strategy.
One of our doctors’ bills was something like $50. So my wife charged $10 each time across five transactions on her Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express. It was a little more work than paying it all in one shot — but we earned $25 back instead of only $5.
Check the Amex map of participating business — and don’t forget your physicians, eye doctors, dentists, vets, and other health-care businesses.
Remember the Shop Small offer expires September 20 — which will be here before you know it. The minimum purchase is just $10 — so make sure to get something you’ll use, or that’s helpful for your budget. There are plenty of qualifying small businesses — not just restaurants and shops.
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