Before I say anything, I want to stress how much I LOVE AMEX and they love me too!  If you have been a reader for sometime, you know my fondness for them.  American Express is one of the biggest lenders in America.  They have some of the best rewards credit cards with fabulous rewards programs and large signup bonuses to go along with them.  American Express also runs great promotions consistently.  One of those promotions is Small Business Saturday which takes place on Saturday November 29th.  Shop Small Saturday!  This is American Express way of helping out it’s small business merchants that sometimes don’t get the holiday sales like the big dogs do on the famous Black Friday.  Now, you are probably wondering what in the world this has to do with you and FREE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS for your kiddos or loved ones.  Well, here’s the deal in a nutshell, Amex will reimburse you for using a registered Amex card at local merchants on November 29th, the day after Black Friday.  I don’t know about you but I love the fun of Black Friday and I love to continue the party the next day with free shopping courtesy of American Express on Shop Small Saturday!

Earn $30 per Amex card
You will can receive three (3) $10 statement credits per Amex card.  Earn $30 per card!  See terms & conditions here

I currently have 7 American Express cards, so that’s $210 of free Christmas presents for my kiddos and loved ones!  Any AMEX branded card qualifies except for corporate cards.  So for example, if you have the new Wells Fargo Propel 360 AMEX, you can register it.  There are other cards that are issued by other lenders but are AMEX cards.  So check all your cards carefully!


1. Register your AMEX cards

Registration for Small Business Saturday begins on November 16 at 12:00 A.M. MST (“Mountain Standard Time”), and will continue until 11:59 P.M. MST on Nov 29, 2014 unless the registration limit is reached before then.  You must register each Amex card in order to participate in this promotion.  Here are options for registering (from the Amex T&C):

A. By completing the registration form accessible via

B. By logging in to your account at and clicking on the ‘Amex Offers’ tab or ‘Small Business
Saturday’ offer tile in ‘Amex Offers & Benefits’

C. By logging into the American Express App and visiting the ‘Offers For You’ tab in the ‘Membership’ section

D. By adding the offer directly to your connected Card via

E. By tweeting #AmexShopSmall to add the offer directly to your connected Card

NOTE:  Be sure to register all your Amex cards as soon as registration opens to not miss out on this deal as there is only a limited number allowed and we don’t know how many that is.

2. Find Merchants

Find participating merchants through this online map.  On Small Business Saturday, many local merchants will put up signs showing that they are participating in this promotion.  Unfortunately, Amex doesn’t guarantee that merchants showing up here will actually qualify so be sure to ask merchant before making purchase.  Read the Terms & Conditions.  I always locate the business I want to shop at and have my day all planned out.

Qualifying small business locations appear on the Shop Small® Map available at Please note that the
businesses listed on the Shop Small Map may change. In addition, business location and other information provided on the Shop Small Map may contain inaccuracies or errors, including as a result of information provided by third parties. Transactions with political campaigns or political action committees as well as purchases at gas or service stations do not qualify for the statement credit, regardless of whether they appear on the Shop Small Map.

3. Shop Small on November 29th

On Saturday November 29th, each small business purchase of $10 or more will be reimbursed $10 by Amex.  Remember hat you must spend at least $10 per transaction to qualify.  Separate transactions won’t count.  Also, don’t forget to charge $10 or more x 3 on each Amex card you have.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Maximize your earnings!

  • Register any credit card with an AMEX brand.  All credit cards issued by AMEX qualify except corporate cards.
  • Add authorized users to your existing Amex cards.  Most of the time this is free.
  • Add additional employee cards to small business credit card accounts.  Note: Corporate AMEX cards don’t qualify for this promotion.
  • Register Bluebird or Serve Amex Prepaid Cards.  Add family accounts/subaccount.  You are allowed to have 4 subaccounts with Bluebird. Family members must be over 13 years old and you need a SS# to register them..

Now, have fun shopping and filling those stockings with lots a goodies and nice surprises!

Want to add a few American Express cards to your wallet before this promotion, check out some of the best bonus offers HERE

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