Amex Announces 2X Rewards for Shopping Small Till 12/31

I received an email today regarding a new small business campaign by Amex. The campaign, called “2X Rewards Shop Small,” gives Card Members the opportunity to earn 2X rewards when they enroll an eligible Amex Card and shop at small businesses between now and December 31, 2016. You will not earn 2X rewards on any bonus they may already enjoy with their Card through bonused categories. Check the bottom of this post for a list of ineligible cards.

It’s a nice offer by Amex, but not really anything amazing. In some small merchants you might earn category bonuses from other cards. Still it’s good to know that you now have a cars that can earn you 2x MR or SPG points at small businesses. Amex EveryDay Preferred and SPG cards would be your best cards to use during this promo. SPG would be the best option if you were also targeted for this promo that gives you 5K points after $5K spend.

The offer is available to 50 Amex U.S. Consumer and OPEN Small Business Cards and builds on each Card’s specific rewards currency.

The email by Amex points out that an addition of 1.6 million new retailers have started accepting Amex Cards over the past two years, the majority being small businesses. More than 80,000 beauty service locations, 24,500 home improvement places, and 134,000 restaurant locations started accepting American Express Cards in the last 2 years.

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To begin earning rewards, Card Members can enroll an eligible American Express® Card at shop at qualifying small merchant locations and websites now through December 31, 2016. American Express Card Members will be awarded in their Card’s specific rewards.

Card Members can find qualifying small businesses where they can earn 2X rewards by visiting the Shop Small Map at Shop Small for 2X Rewards offer applies to the first $100,000 in purchases for each eligible American Express Personal Card and the first $250,000 for each eligible OPEN Small Business Card.

Card Members will not earn 2X rewards on any bonus they may already enjoy with their Card, such as when they spend on certain types of purchases or at certain merchants. If a Card Member has Additional Cards on their account, these will be automatically enrolled when the primary Card Member enrolls. Additional Card Members can earn 2X Rewards for the primary Card Member’s account.

Blue Cash EveryDay & Blue Cash Preferred Card: Earn an additional 1% cash back per dollar of purchases in the form of Blue Cash Reward Dollars, which can be redeemed for statement credits
Blue Sky Points: Earn one additional Blue Sky point per dollar of purchases
Delta SkyMiles®: Earn one additional mile per dollar of purchases
Hilton HHonors™ Points: Earn three additional Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points per dollar

of purchases

Lowe’s Business Rewards Points: Earn one additional Lowe’s Business Rewards

point per dollar of purchases

Membership Rewards® program-enrolled Cards: Earn one additional Membership Rewards Point

per dollar of purchases.

Plenti Points: Earn one additional Plenti Point per dollar of purchases
SimplyCash: Earn an additional 1% cash back per dollar of purchases in the form of a statement credit
Schwab Cash Back: Earn an additional 1.5% cash back per dollar of purchases deposited in an eligible Schwab account
Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints®: Earn one additional Starpoint® per dollar of purchases

Ineligible American Express Cards

The following American Express Cards are not eligible for this 2X Rewards Offer: Prepaid Cards, Corporate Cards, Cards issued by other financial institutions, Blue Cash®, Blue Cash InStore, Blue for Students®, Cash Rebate Card, American Express® Platinum Cash Rebate Card, Clear from American Express®, One from American Express, Optima products, Blue Cash® for Business, Business Cash Rebate Card, Business Gold Card, Business Green Card, Business Purchase Account®, Executive Business Card, Platinum Business FreedomPass® Credit Card, Platinum Business Premium Cash Rebate Card, The Plum Card®. Cards that are not issued in the U.S. are not eligible.

Read full terms here.

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