Are you looking for a quick and easy way to earn a small handful of American Express Membership Rewards points?
Well, look no further. There is a targeted (my guess) Amex Offer that gives you 1,000 MR points every time you spend $100 or more on your cell phone bill between now and January 1st, 2017.
That’s 10X points per dollar spent on your wireless bill. Hard to beat.
In other words, if you make your enrolled Amex card the payment card of choice for your cell phone bill you’ll likely earn at least 3,300 MR points over the next few months.
My assumption is everyone pays $100+ per month for their cell phone bill – for those of you who do not, more power to you.
Anyway, the terms of the deal are as follows:
You earn a 1,000 Membership Rewards® points award each time you use that enrolled card to make a single purchase of $100+ online at participating U.S. cell phone carriers by 1/31/17.
There is a limit of 3,000 additional Membership Rewards points earned via the promotion, which is why I noted that 3,300 points would be the total haul. Perhaps some more points if your actual cell phone bill is over $100.
The major carriers Amex lists are T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T Wireless, US Cellular and Verizon.
For the record, it says you must make cell phone bill payments directly to these accepting major U.S. carriers online or via mobile app. So I don’t know if buying a phone or accessories will work.
Nor do I know if paying your bill at a store will work – I wouldn’t chance it.
However, it does say “other services” that might be bundled with your wireless bill could be eligible. So perhaps someone with DirecTV that has an AT&T wireless account.
How to Maximize the Deal
In any case, it shouldn’t be hard to spend $100 three times between now and mid-January on your wireless bill.
If you want to maximize the deal, look for other Amex cards in the family (or household) that also earn the promotion. Check each account online to see if the offer is listed. Do so in separate browsers at the same time to avoid it disappearing from the other accounts.
If you’re lucky, you might be able to eke out 10,000 bonus points if it’s on three of your Amex cards and you’ve got three cell phone bills to pay.
Or if the bill is an all-in-one deal, you might be able to make split payments of $100 each as many times are you’re eligible to get the 1,000 bonus points each time.
And who knows, it might be just enough points to get you on that trip you’re looking for if you happen to be short a few thousand miles.