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For years, American Express has been intentional in its support of local businesses. Have you ever heard of ‘Small Business Saturday' — the Saturday after Thanksgiving where people target small businesses for their holiday-season patronage? American Express started that in 2010. Now it generates billions of dollars in revenue each year for small businesses.
Unfortunately, many of our favorite small businesses continue to bear the brunt of the financial fallout from the global pandemic. Recognizing this, Amex has just announced a new Amex Offer incentivizing cardmembers to #shopsmall. Through September 20, 2020, Amex cardholders can receive up to $50 in statement credits for purchases at small businesses.
- The incentive is available as an Amex Offer, which must be activated by July 26, 2020
- Amex cardmembers will receive a $5 statement credit for spending at least $10 at a Small Business
- You can use the offer up to ten times for a total of $50 value in statement credits
- Deadline to make purchases with this offer is September 20, 2020
- Offer available on all U.S. American Express consumer, small business, Serve, and Bluebird cards
A key difference to note with this offer is that—unlike typical Amex Offers—virtually all Amex cardmembers will be able to add it and utilize it. Typically Amex Offers are targeted and capped on how many cardmembers can take advantage of an offer. However, each cardmember is limited to enrolling in this offer on just one card. So, make sure to choose which card you want to enroll before clicking “Add to Card”.
Locating a Qualifying Small Business
Not sure which businesses qualify for the offer? Amex has a handy tool to help you figure it out. When you log into your online American Express account, you should see a widget titled ‘Useful Links', under which you'll find a link to ‘Find Places to Shop Small‘.
When you click that, you're redirected to a page with a search function and map powered by Google Maps. You can search through the thousands of local merchants of all kinds, filtering by your location, a general area, or searching by name. If a vendor has a circular badge next to its listing that reads ‘Shop Small', you know:
- It's a local establishment worth supporting.
- It will qualify for this Shop Small Amex Offer.
Alternatively, since the American Express vendor map doesn't require you to log in, you can access the same search feature simply by following this link and select the “Shop Small Map” filter.
Throughout the lockdown, a lot of our favorite small businesses have been struggling to stay afloat. In some cases, this has resulted in widespread closures and appreciable changes to our communities. As consumers, we can help to support the small businesses we love with our ongoing patronage, a fact that American Express is acutely aware of. This ‘Shop Small' Amex Offer is a fantastic way to incentivize cardmembers to do their part.
What's your favorite small business?
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