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15th April
2012
written by LS Girl

Amazon.com and American Express equals Free Stuff from Amazon.com shipped right to your door.

You may already know this.  If you use an American Express card, and you generate points… you can link your American Express points directly to AMAZON.com, and it converts points into money, automagically.

 

 

So,  when you generate,  say,  1500 points (which is not hard) and you link your AMEX card to AMAZON, it will show up as about $10 available for spending.  You simply change “method of payment” at the time of check out from your Credit Card, to Your Points.

 BAM!  Just like that.

Here are the steps I followed to link from AMEX reward points to AMAZON.com:

Step One:  Log in to your AMERICAN EXPRESS account: (sign up for online access if you don’t have it)  www.amercianexpress.com

Step Two:  Click on Reward Points  (sign up for rewards points, if you don’t have them)

Step Three: Click on “link points to AMAZON” (sign up for AMAZON.com if you are the one person in the US who isn’t already a member) Click on “Continue”

Step Four:  Next step is to link the account by logging in to AMAZON and accepting the terms and conditions

You are done.  Your points will now show up as $ money.

 

I have a credit card ritual I established during my “debt free” program.

I don’t carry a credit card balance now, but I do use a credit card for routine purchases, such as gas (I know I’m going to buy x amount of gas each week/month).  I sometimes use it for groceries, and I always use it for airline tickets.  This small amount of continuous spending builds points.  Once a year, I buy myself gift cards with my points, and when they arrive, I take a few days of vacation, and I “spend” the gift cards on myself and my friends by going to lunch…“Chili’s” gift card.  Getting a massage: “Spafinder” gift card.  Shopping: “TJMaxx” gift card” and getting coffee: “Starbucks” gift card.

It’s free.  It’s awesome.  I recommend it.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Teri
    16/04/2012

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