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Last Edited by widgit November 22, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Heads Up: I got an email from Amex directed to small businesses saying that they will again be having SBS on Nov 24, 2012.

Information is limited for now, but here are the highlights:

$25.00 statement credit

"We are helping customers find you by placing all American Express small merchants on an online map so they can shop small at your business."
The map feature sounds like it will eliminate confusion over what businesses qualify for the offer. I'm not sure if they've had that in the past or not.

This has been posted in hot deals in past years, so that's where I put it again.
https://www.americanexpress.com/u...hop-Small/
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Last Edited by beowulf7 November 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM
$25 statement credit occurring as soon as Mon., 11/26/12! Cool

1. Registration
Register here (direct link): https://enroll.amexnetwork.com/US/en/SBS2012/
if it doesn't work, go through here:https://www.americanexpress.com/u...hop-Small/ and click on 'Enroll now'...

You should receive a confirmation email (Thank you for Enrolling for the Small Business Saturday(R) Offer) if your registration was successful. Save the email until you receive your $25 statement credit. After you decide which small business you will shop at (see Amex eligibility criteria #4 and 5 below) save (use prt sc and Paint program or other method) proof this small business is on Amex's list (see ShopSmall.com)--as last year when some members did not receive credit Amex told them the business they used was not eligible (by that time Amex had already removed the list for some locations).

Only CC will work. Gift cards, Prepaid cards including Serve, Bluebird, etc... will not work.
Serve cards are NOT eligible. I enrolled my MACYS American Express successfully.

There is an article about this here:
http://www.moneytalksnews.com/201...dium=email

Find your answer from last year's thread:
http://slickdeals.net/f/3389736?v=1

Authorized users may get separate 25$
For example:
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=53310006&postcount=1402 (not sure why s/he did not start a new thread)
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=45454094&postcount=1308
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=44192498&postcount=195



2. Determining which merchants are eligible for the $25 credit

Eligibility Criteria for $25 Credit (as of Nov 18):
4. Qualifying small business locations are those identified on the Shop Small® Map, available at ShopSmall.com. In addition, small business locations that accept American Express through Square also qualify and can be found on the Square Directory at https://squareup.com/directory/?cmpId=amex. Small business locations that do not appear on the Shop Small® Map or that do not accept American Express through Square will not qualify for the $25 statement credit offer. Please note that business location information provided on the Shop Small® Map and Square Directory may contain inaccuracies or errors, including as a result of information provided by third parties. Transactions with political campaigns or political action committees are not eligible, regardless of whether they appear on the Shop Small® Map or in the Square Directory.
5. If American Express does not receive information that identifies a transaction as having occurred in-store at a qualifying small business location, the transaction will not qualify for the statement credit. For example, the following transactions will not be eligible for the credit: transactions made using an electronic wallet or any other transaction made through a third party; and transactions not made directly with the merchant.

6 Regarding the SQUARE only from point #4; Noted from the second link near top, when clicked note disclaimer below the enroll button and map
"Small business locations that accept American Express through Square also qualify for the $25 statement credit offer but may not appear on this map. For information about small business locations that use Square, please visit the Square Directory"
This means they accept Square transactions also not only

The search function on Amex's website to find small businesses in your area does NOT work as one would expect. It searches for businesses that BEGIN with your search term. For example, if you search for "wireless" it will return stores that begin with wireless like "Wireless Shop" and "Wireless City" but it won't find a store that's named "City Wireless".

Do NOT rely on the shopsmall site to give you accurate information. Around my area there are a number of Chinese restaurants listed that do not accept Amex. I don't know why they're on there then - maybe they used to take it. Be sure to call the location you are planning on visiting to see if they accept AMEX cards. It would suck to get there, have a nice meal or whatever and then get turned down on using your card.

Free Gas. Check to see if your local Gas station is listed on the Amex Map. Confirmed my local Shell is on there. Make sure to go inside and have them charge at least $25. Woohoo!

PLEASE add ONLINE OPTIONS here:
None so far... apparently



3. Determining if your transaction was eligible for the $25 credit
- Verified 2012. It has been reported on this board that you will get an email confirmation from AMEX after a successful and eligible $25 purchase
- Verified 2012. It has worked for Authorized Users cards as well, with confirmation email
- Verified 2012 The following co-branded AMEX have received confirmation email: Fidelity (FIA), Virgin Atlantic (BoA), PenFed Travel Amex, Macy's AMEX, Bloomingdale's AMEX PLEASE ADD MORE TO THE WIKI IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED CONFIRMATION

If you have co-branded AMEX and did not receive credit, please edit this part of the wiki on how to contact AMEX to fix it.


Example of email confirmation

Title: Thank you for Shopping Small
Text: Thank you for using your enrolled Card ending in XXXX and for supporting Small Business Saturday

Email confirmations can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few days. Sometimes, you may never get an email, but you will still see the 25 dollars credited on your statement. So, relax people! According to multiple posts on Nov 24 (Sat), the AMEX email system was down. However, on Nov 25 (Sun), multiple people have reported receiving the email for all their cards...

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#2671
Quote from rsveteran View Post :
All of my credits showed up with the merchant's name. Someone theorized that this was being done to negate cash back (and other rewards) on these purchases.

hmm then I wonder where the $25 credit from amex came from. maybe they gave me $25 instead of $20 back from $200 bb purchase.
strange.

thanks
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#2672
Quote from johny3 View Post :
hmm then I wonder where the $25 credit from amex came from. maybe they gave me $25 instead of $20 back from $200 bb purchase.
strange.

thanks
Do you have other promos going on with them? The Xbox Sync with finishing Halo 4? that's 25$ too and I got the same problem - I called to see if that's the 25$ small business promo, but turned out it was for the halo xbox. So it seems they double credited me on that (which is good, no complaint there).
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#2673
UGH. Still not resolved here. Mad
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#2674
I charged $26 on my blue,, no credit.. additional cards where I charge $25 I got credit?
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#2675
I just complained up the line to Rasheed, Achmed and whomever else would listen until I was assured that I would get the credit. Now they say I have to wait 7 days for it to show up on my accounts....Scratchhead WTH?
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Quote from archdevilz View Post :
Do you have other promos going on with them? The Xbox Sync with finishing Halo 4? that's 25$ too and I got the same problem - I called to see if that's the 25$ small business promo, but turned out it was for the halo xbox. So it seems they double credited me on that (which is good, no complaint there).

ah for some reason I thought the xbox halo 4 finish was $20. thanks Smilie
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#2677
Quote from johny3 View Post :
quick question:
are your credits showing up as a credit from amex or a credit from the place where you made your purchase?
I just had a $25 credit show up from amex after getting one from the business. Looks like I got double the credit. My statement has not finalized yet.
Mine showed up as a credit from the merchant. This was on 11/26, so two days after the purchase.
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#2678
Sigh. No credit for me either. I just emailed them so we'll see what they say. I did this last year and got credited in a day or two, so I knew something was wrong when I didn't get a credit.

EDIT: Well that was fast!

"I am sorry that you still haven't received the credit for this promotion.

Please do not worry, I have issued a credit of $25.00.

You will be able to view this credit online within 48 hours.

It was a pleasure assisting you."
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Last edited by manfromnowhere December 14, 2012 at 03:20 AM
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I have two authorized user cards and made one purchase on each of them. I received Card A reimbursement the next day and still nothing on Card B. I called customer service and a very nice lady transferred me to 1-800-297-7500 and another lady took my info and said there would be another $25.00 credit on my account in 3-5 days.
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#2680
Haven't received mine either. I got my Amex $25 credit off $100 costco card almost instantly. Maybe I'll write an email like manfromnowhere.
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#2681
Quote from dliu138 View Post :
Haven't received mine either. I got my Amex $25 credit off $100 costco card almost instantly. Maybe I'll write an email like manfromnowhere.
Haven't gotten my Costco one either. Gah! Mad
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#2682
emails do work. i got all mine via emails to csr.
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#2683
i called friday after i got my statement as no 2nd $25 credit. even though i went on the 24th the market did not post til the 25th called said 10-15 days got my credit today.
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#2684
for those of you who used your macy's amex and did not ever get the credit, how have you been able to get amex to resolve this? The macy's amex has a separate cust. serv. number. Whom should I contact to fix this as quickly as possible? I didn't receive the credit on my macy's account (only one that didn't work), and the stupid transaction posted on the wrong date. However, I have my email confirmation that my macy's amex was registered for the promotion.
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#2685
I got the e-statement in my e-mail the other day and it's showing the correct amount owed (i.e., what I bought on BF minus $5). Cool
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