Double your rewards and help local businesses

Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving in America. For several years American Express has run various promotions to help raise awareness about this day. 2016 is no different.

Well, 2016 a little different because the offer has changed. For me, it’s a much more exciting promotion. If you have any travel related American Express cards, log into your account NOW. Well actually go to amex.co/shopsmalloffer.

There is a targeted promotion that runs from now through the end of 2016 where you can earn 2X rewards when you shop at local businesses with an enrolled card as part of the Shop Small initiative.

In the past, they gave you something like a $10 statement credit after spending $10 at a local business when buying on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year the point accumulation seems unlimited and it’s running for the next 10 weeks, not one day.

  

How I earned 4,352 American Airline miles this weekend drinking wine

I like wine. I really love sharing a bottle together with friends. I also like great deals. Deals on wine and earning thousands of frequent flyer miles at the same time? Yeah, that happened this weekend. First I’m going to tell you what I got, then we can get into the how of it all.


The What

4,352 AAdvantage miles
260 SPG Starpoint points
30 bottles of wine at 47% off list price ($249 instead of $473)

WSJWine
The How

Step 1: Going to AAdvantage eShopping mall
American Airlines has a shopping portal. Visiting that site, clicking through to a store that you were going to buy from anyhow, often times earns you bonus miles without costing you anything more than a couple clicks.

Step 2: An awesome (but not entirely rare) promotion was going on
They had a limited time deal running where you could earn 14 miles for each dollar spent at WSJWine.

Step 3: New member special
WSJWine had a promo where new members could get 15 bottles of wine for $70. This combo would normally cost $239 if you bought it from them as a current member. All that’s needed to be considered a new member is to have an email address not in their system.

Now this is the point where I was hoping I could add to the order. The way the site is structured you sign up, pay and the order is completed. That’s it. I wanted to get my total order cost over $150 because of step 4 but wasn’t able to do so.

Step 4: Always check your American Express cards for targeted offers
A few weeks ago I loaded my SPG American Express with a targeted offer for WSJWine. The deal was if you spent $150 or more, you’d get a $50 statement credit. I didn’t plan on using it but I added the offer anyhow… then I saw the AAdvantage milage bonus offer at the end of last week.

Steps one through three netted 1,351 AAdvantage miles. Not bad for $97 all in (tax and shipping ya know.) But knowing there was that 14 mile promo ending Saturday night and having a $50 credit waiting for me, I dove back in for more. I followed the steps outlined above and found a nice $180 package, including some Prosecco (YUM!), to trigger the AmEx offer. This total sale helped me earn another 3001 miles.

I used my SPG American Express to earn one Starpoint per dollar spent. Starpoints can also be converted to AAdvantage miles. Using the shopping portal I earned 4,352 AAdvantage miles in addition to the Starpoints. In the end I picked up two and a half cases of wine at nearly half price while earning thousands of miles.

A roundtrip flight on American Airlines in the contiguous 48 U.S. states can be as low as 12,500 points (7,500 if the flight is less than 500 miles). This purchase got me a third of the way to a roundtrip ticket.

With the holiday season approaching, I’m now set with host and hostess gifts for upcoming parties, impromptu get-togethers, and inviting friends over to enjoy the autumn sunsets on my front porch.

Currently AAdvantage eShopping mall is offering 7 miles per dollar spent. If you’d like to give WSJWine a try, shoot me a message. With their Refer-A-Friend program, I can help you get a special introductory offer similar to what I received plus an additional $25 off your second case purchase.