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Update: Amex has extended this benefit for sign-ups through December 31, 2020. This post has been updated to reflect this extension. This post was originally published on May 22, 2020.
“Sleep more. Stress less. Live better.”
This tagline for the popular Calm app seems especially attractive during this global period of heightened stress. We might not be able to travel, dine, or shop quite the way we would like to these days. But maybe we can learn to better appreciate this slower pace?
Thanks to a partnership between Calm and Amex, all U.S. Amex cardholders can enjoy a free premium membership to the app for 12 months. And really, who isn't looking for free ways to live better during these trying times?
Calm is a popular app designed to support users in the pursuit of—well—calm. With guided meditations, breathing exercises, music selections, and even sleep stories, the app offers tools and guidance for “cultivating a happier and healthier life”.
Calm's Partnership With American Express
While Amex cardholders may find it hard to use some of their usual card benefits (Airline Fee Credit anyone?), American Express has been adding new ways to offer value to cardholders.
“We’re so fortunate to serve a membership base of incredibly loyal customers. It was important to us to continue to invest in this loyalty by providing value and support in new and innovative ways.”
-Doug Buckminster, Group President, Global Consumer Services at American Express.
Through the partnership with Calm, all U.S. Amex cardholders can enjoy a free Calm Premium membership for one year by signing up through this page. The membership normally costs $69.99 and cardholders can sign up between now and December 31, 2020. Those who want to continue their membership beyond the first year will receive 50% off the cost of an auto-renewed second year.
Cardmembers that already have a Calm Premium subscription are instructed to cancel their Calm Premium subscription. Then you will be able to sign up for a free subscription through the Amex link.
In the Frequently Asked Questions, Calm confirms that the benefit includes “one Calm Premium subscription offer is available per eligible American Express Card.” Cardholders with multiple Amex cards can give friends or family members a free Calm Premium subscription using their other accounts.
Most of us need a little stress relief these days. The Amex and Calm partnership is a nice perk that's easy for cardholders to take advantage of. To sign up, you will have to create a Calm account and provide your Amex card details. You won't be charged but as noted earlier, the subscription will auto-renew (at a 50% discount) after 12 months. If you don't want to pay for the membership, be sure to set a reminder to cancel before your free year is up.
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