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If you have an American Express credit card, a chance to earn cash back or bonus points on upcoming travel — or lots of other things — could be right under your nose.
These AmEx offers are good on purchases at specific travel providers or retailers, usually with a pre-set spending minimum and an expiration date.
To find your eligible offers, log in to your American Express account, scroll down to Offers, then click on the hyperlinked text “AmEx Offers and Benefits.” That will get you a pull-down menu of spending categories that include travel, shopping and dining, offering deals like $150 back on $750 spent on shoes with Jimmy Choo and $30 back on a purchase of $150 or more at LensCrafters. Terms apply.
In terms of travel deals, if you have the Hilton Honors American Express Card, travel offers might include $45 back on a purchase of $225 or more at Doubletree by Hilton, $40 off when you spend at least $175 at a Hilton Garden Inn or a Hampton Inn, or $70 back on $350 spent at a Waldorf or Conrad resort. Terms apply.
Each of these offers has a separate “add to card” button, meaning that if your travel or spending plans aren’t set, you might want to add them all. There’s no cost, and you’re not obligated to book.
If your AmEx card isn’t co-branded with a hotel or airline but instead offers American Express Membership Rewards points, you may see offers for bonus Membership Rewards points on qualifying purchases with specific sellers.
The travel offers often require booking within weeks or days, so the trick to maximizing these is to get in the habit of skimming them every time you’re planning a trip. It takes less than a minute.
How to Maximize Your Rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2020, including those best for:
Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice: American Express Membership Rewards: How to earn them and use them NerdWallet’s top travel credit cards How to earn travel rewards you’ll actually use