FAQs for $10 FREE Money with Small Business Saturday

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As I wrote about a few days ago, American Express is offering a $10 statement credit with a $10+ purchase at a participating Small Business Saturday merchant. This has been a huge hit amongst many readers, so I put together my own FAQ list:

  • Q: Where do I register my American Express card to participate in this promotion?
  • Q: When can I use my registered American Express card to get the $10 statement credit?
    • A: On Saturday November 30, 2013 is the only day where if you spend $10, you will receive a $10 statement credit.
  • Q: Which merchants are participating in this promotion?
  • Q: Can you visit merchants that are not on the list and still get the $10 statement credit?
    • A: Last year, yes, it worked. However, this year the T&C clearly state that the merchant must be listed, so I am not sure how it will work this year. I personally wouldn’t risk it, but that is me.
  • Q: Which credit cards can I register?
    • A: You can register all your American Express cards, even those that are Citi American Express cards.
    • A: For example: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, American Express Green Card, American Express Platinum, American Express Gold, American Express Blue, Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve, JetBlue Card from American Express, Blue Sky from American Express, Blue Sky Preferred by American Express, Hilton HHonors Card from American Express, Hilton HHonors Surpass from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest from American Express, Blue Cash Everyday from American Express, Blue Cash Preferred from American Express, Clear from American Express, TrueEarnings Card from Costco and American Express. The business versions of all of these cards qualify as well.
  • Q: Am I able to register/use my Bloomingdales and Macy’s American Express card?
    • A: Yes! That works the same as any other American Express card.
  • Q: Am I able to register a Citi American Express card?
    • A: Yes you are, however, keep in mind that if the statement credit doesn’t go through manually Citi won’t credit you the $10 since it is Amex’s promotion, and American Express won’t help since it is a Citi card – in that case, you’ll be out of luck.
  • Q: Can I register additional authorized user cards?
    • A: Yes. While I actually didn’t do this last year, many reports showed success of being able to use authorized users credit cards. As long as the actual credit card number is different, you will be fine. Keep in mind though that additional card holders for Citi cards will not work.
  • Q: Am I able to register prepaid cards?
    • A: No, prepaid cards and corporate cards are excluded from this promotion. Corporate cards are NOT the same as business cards, they are the ones large corporations typically give to employees and are greenish color.
  • Q: When does registration last till?
    • A: There are a limited number of spots, so once they run out registration is over. I suggest just registering now.
  • Q: Can I make a purchase online or over the phone?
    • A: Technically this is for in-store purchases only, but you might have luck with online purchases. Keep in mind though, some online purchases will not register until the next day or two meaning that the purchase will not appear on November 30 and have another date tied to it instead. In that case, you’ll be out of luck. If ordering a gift card, for example, ask the merchant to process the purchase that day.
    • A: There are probably merchants out there that will work with you to take phone orders and process it as if it is an in-store purchase for that day. This is a win-win situation.
  • Q: Am I allowed to use multiple credit cards at the same store and still get the $10 statement credit for each purchase?
    • Yes, you can use as many registered Amex credit cards you have at the same merchant.
  • Q: If I have a non-US American Express card will this still work?
    • I am not 100% sure. I do not see anything stated against this in the T&C, but no guarantee. Did anyone try this last year?

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them and we’ll include them in the Q&A section.

I personally registered five Amex cards for myself (Starwood Amex, Platinum Amex, Hilton Amex, Bloomingdales Amex, and Macy’s Amex), three for Mr. Deals (Amex Business Rewards Gold Card, Starwood Amex, and Hilton Amex), and two cards for my mom (Starwood Business Amex, and Amex Business Rewards Gold Card).

Enjoy your free money!

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8 years ago

Can I register additional authorized user cards?

Last year I signed up my wife and all my kids as authorized users and they all got the credit. But it’s to late to do it this year as you’ll need the actuall card and number to make a purchase.

8 years ago
Reply to  Patrick

@Patrick – yes you can register additional authorized users.

8 years ago

Do merchants have a problem with the account owner using additional users’ cards or will they only accept cards that have the account owner’s name on them?

8 years ago
Reply to  chris

@chris – depends on the merchant.

8 years ago

I received an email from AMEX Serve inviting me to register, and I did and it let me. Do you think I will get the $10 credit?


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