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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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#1651
Same here. It worked for past two years and it doesn't list on the map automatically. But I typed the business name and it listed on the map. No emails for me. No luck this year.

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I went to a restaurant which I used last year and it was on the list after I did search. No email confirmation after 2 hours.
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#1652
"Please note that business location information provided on this map and Square Directory may contain inaccuracies or errors, including as a result of information provided by third parties."

for those of you that are complainers about errors...
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Quote from jj819 View Post :
Same here. It worked for past two years and it doesn't list on the map automatically. But I typed the business name and it listed on the map. No emails for me. No luck this year.
I think if we typed the name and searched and it was there. We should be OK. I saved a screen shot just in case.
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Quote from Flyingboat View Post :
Just bought 2 Shell gift card from a singly owned station. (They just switched to shell gas last month.)
Unfortunately, the charge came through as Shell Oil instead of the gas station name, "Riverboat", so I don't think I will be getting credit for those. Riverboat is on the map, but I am afraid these will come through as Shell.

FYI, for the person who said Kwik Trip is a small business, when I called in I was told they are not, and I haven't received any confirmation from my 8:30AM purchase.

FYI, I have received confirmation for all of my AU purchases at Ace, and when I called into Amex, the rep just said to me without my asking, "I see you have five cards on your account. Each of your cards qualify, so your family can spend $125 dollars today! Happy shopping!"
I usually see the pending gas station charges show up as the corporate name. Once the charge posts it has the correct local business name.
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#1655
I hope so. Let me know what number we should call for complains if we cannot get credits later. This restaurant worked for me for two years.
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QUOTE=seetachi;55240426]I think if we typed the name and searched and it was there. We should be OK. I saved a screen shot just in case.[/QUOTE]
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Quote from itsstock View Post :
"Please note that business location information provided on this map and Square Directory may contain inaccuracies or errors, including as a result of information provided by third parties."

for those of you that are complainers about errors...
Business location is not the same as business qualification.
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#1657
Has anyone gotten a confirmation today? I used two different cards at two places that qualified last year and are still on the map but no confirmation e-mail yet. I'm guessing it's just slow but wanted to confirm.
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Quote from getsum96 View Post :
Has anyone gotten a confirmation today? I used two different cards at two places that qualified last year and are still on the map but no confirmation e-mail yet. I'm guessing it's just slow but wanted to confirm.

I havent gotten confirmation yet for the transaction I made in one of the stores listed in their map,
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#1659
went to buy JD 1.75L at my local liquor shop. didn't realize they had changed owners and the name. but they initially said, they can't use Amex. when I said, that's alright i'll go somewhere else, the guy said hang on a min and asked someone else. he said, ok only today i'll use it. but i'm losing money . Amex small biz can go s*rew themselves... lotta hate in that shop, almost felt like asking him to come share a drink with me.. Smilie
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just got back waiting for confirmation.
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Quote from chimmy826 View Post :
Yup, already received three confirmations this morning, the last one being Fidelity AmEx, which took about two hours to come through. Still waiting on PenFed AmEx which was done more than three hours ago.
what amounts did you swipe? all $25 or random charges over $25, does it matter?
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Quote from Flyingboat View Post :
Just bought 2 Shell gift card from a singly owned station. (They just switched to shell gas last month.)
Unfortunately, the charge came through as Shell Oil instead of the gas station name, "Riverboat", so I don't think I will be getting credit for those. Riverboat is on the map, but I am afraid these will come through as Shell.

FYI, for the person who said Kwik Trip is a small business, when I called in I was told they are not, and I haven't received any confirmation from my 8:30AM purchase.

FYI, I have received confirmation for all of my AU purchases at Ace, and when I called into Amex, the rep just said to me without my asking, "I see you have five cards on your account. Each of your cards qualify, so your family can spend $125 dollars today! Happy shopping!"
You should call Amex customer service and ask them to apply credits manually for the gas station transactions. I had similar experiences in the past 2 or 3(?) years with a nearby gas station called "Central Park Service". My charge showed up as "Exxon Mobil" instead of "Central Park Service", and Amex always credited manually within a few days or weeks after I pointed out that my gas station was among the list of their qualifying shops. The gas station is showing up in the Amex map this year again, and I plan to purchase gas from them and call Amex later to explain.
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#1663
Used this link to find the restaurant, and it appears:
https://www.americanexpress.com/u...hop-Small/

Used this link to find the restaurant, but it doesn't appear:
https://squareup.com/directory/in...y=taqueria

Don't know which site to trust.
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Quote from KR4056 View Post :
I havent gotten confirmation yet for the transaction I made in one of the stores listed in their map,
Same with me.

I have my registration email and the receipt for my purchase if I have to file a complaint to get the credit.
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#1665
because the Sandy Storm, I haven't received my cards. Can I use paper temporary card to make purchase at store? I tried one, but it seems they are too small and the owner was not in the restaurant today, they said they can't swipe the card they can't accept it. Frown
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