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American Express Small Business Saturday coming November 24, 2012 same $25.00 statement credit

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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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#766
"Sorry
Our records show that you've already enrolled for this offer."

What does this mean? Am I good to go or am I SOL?
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#767
Quote from dislab View Post :
I have a fidelity fia amex card, but its authorized user's card has the same card number. How do you guys register multiple times with this card?
You don't. Only AmEx cards issued by AmEx get separate numbers for their AUs.
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#768
Quote from z4m View Post :
Dude, the search is far from efficient. I was trying to find this thread (since I know it existed), but searching on "American Express" or "Amex" or "small business" didn't bring it up.

Relax a little. If mods aren't complaining about repost and merging them, you shouldn't either. There are worse things in this world to get riled up about.
Search harder. "Small Business Saturday" works, and is an obvious search. The mods don't complain because users like me send them the repost information. All they do is a single click to merge the threads.

Did you notice that the new thread screens ASKS YOU MORE THAN ONCE if you searched? Why don't we all drown ourselves in reposts, that would make this website work so well, wouldn't it.
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Last edited by satanslover November 18, 2012 at 06:54 AM
#769
Quote from BlueLightSpcial View Post :
Yes, I was replying to someone that said they thought they shouldn't register right at midnight, and I figured I'd help propagate that silly notion with a sarcastic reply. You're in IT, you should have a better tuned sarcasm detector.

Hey... Hey.... no need to make fun of me.... Big Grin I was simply saying to those people panicking over "what to do if they weren't available a 12am MST", that they should have several days to register.

and..... actually, whether you were being sarcastic or not... you were partially right,... There was a "registration time period" last year that seemed to be a problem for a lot of the folks on here.
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#770
Quote from sniperruff View Post :
"Sorry
Our records show that you've already enrolled for this offer."

What does this mean? Am I good to go or am I SOL?

What do you think...its quite obvious what the answer is.
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#771
I hope this deal does not run out too quickly, wont be able to register till tomorrow when I receive my amex!
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#772
Quote from rbreding View Post :
What do you think...its quite obvious what the answer is.
Well the "sorry" part sounds bad, but "you've already enrolled" means I'm already enrolled so I'm good to go.

Talk about mixed messages.
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#773
My wife and i have 2 cards with different number going on the same statement, can we register for both and get 2 credit?

hmm I tried to register the FIA card and it allowed me to register anyway.

Quote from chimmy826 View Post :
You don't. Only AmEx cards issued by AmEx get separate numbers for their AUs.
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Last edited by argentum November 18, 2012 at 07:01 AM
#774
Looking for help from Vegas based SDers please. Done this gig past couple of years and it's great. I'm an amateur with 18 cards registered. But this year going to be out of home and in Vegas on the 24th. I am hoping to be able to use this trick to buy my kids iPod touches for Christmas. Can anyone recommend a good local electronics or other retailer that carries these that take Amex?

Or does anyone know if any of the larger stores qualify? I only ask because I recall odd places like Ace Hardware stores qualified as each is independently owned and operated, so curious if there are electronic retailers in the same mould?

Quote from argentum View Post :
My wife and i have 2 cards with different number going on the same statement, can we register for both and get 2 credit?

hmm I tried to register the FIA card and it allowed me to register anyway.
yes, as long as different card numbers
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Last edited by ma91pmh November 18, 2012 at 07:06 AM
#775
Just signed up for this years AMEX Small Business Saturday. Just make a purchase at a small business on Saturday, November 24th of at least $25 and receive a $25 credit on your statement. Great for liquor and restaurant gift certificates. Sorry if its a repost, just wanted to make everyone aware the enrollment has started.

https://www.americanexpress.com/u...hop-Small/
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#776
Good deal, should I register and at the same time, message customer support for a manual 25$ credit too ?

I'd like to inform you that to participate in this promotion, it's important to enter Card details etc to sync the Card. But I do assure you that American Express is concern about your safety. ll your information will be safe and secure with us and you can indeed participate in this program without being anxious.
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#777
Quote from sniperruff View Post :
"Sorry
Our records show that you've already enrolled for this offer."

What does this mean? Am I good to go or am I SOL?
I have the same message for four of my Amex cards. ..Did Amex automatically enroll for me?
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#778
Awesome! I was hoping it would be up again. Thanks
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#779
I'm in! Just signed up 16 cards = $400! woot (6 of them were my own)

Now...to find a small business as my victim. Ninja
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#780
Quote from 1stbuy View Post :
I'm in! Just signed up 16 cards = $400! woot (6 of them were my own)

Now...to find a small business as my victim. Ninja
nice Ninja
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