Update: 12/1: The final 3 gifts I was waiting on came through to me this morning. From my JCrew purchase, I received a $15 statement credit towards my next purchase. Admittedly, I was a little ticked off about this because I didn’t want to have to make another purchase, but I did manage to find a cute 2 piece bikini for $14.99 ($9.99 for the top, $4.99 for the bottom) so it seemed to work out OK. I guess I could book a beach trip now! Just kidding… or am I? :)
The other 2 gifts were four $10 American Express gift cards from Game Stop & a $20 Game Stop gift card from my other Game Stop gift card purchase. Not too shabby.
Seriously, I am having American Express post overload. Of course I get an email in my inbox today about this “American Express Gift Chain” that I simply could not ignore. In simple terms, American Express is giving “secret rewards” ranging from statement credits, AMEX gift cards, surprise gift cards, membership rewards, etc.
Not only do I like surprises (or specifically, a gambler’s rush), but it didn’t hurt to get all of my Christmas shopping done in one hit (well in this case, several $25 transactions, but still, wayyy better than those lines). In my eyes, the “gifts” were stocking stuffers to me. Win Win.
So how did I make out in my haul? Here’s what I ordered to use as gifts, and what I got back from AMEX:
$25 Bed, Bath, & Beyond gift card – my gift was a 1 year membership to ShopRunner. Eh, kind of useless for now, but may come handy in the future.
$25 Bed, Bath, & Beyond gift card (this one is for myself to use at Harmon, which is a BBB store). – my gift was a $15 statement credit.
$25 Game Stop gift card – my gift was (4) $10 American Express gift cards.
$25 Game Stop gift card – my gift was $20 Game Stop gift card.
$25 AMC Movies gift card purchased from Walmart.com – my gift was a $5 statement credit.
$25 Red Lobster gift card purchased from Walmart.com – my gift was a $5 statement credit.
$25 Starbucks gift card purchased from Walmart.com – my gift was a $5 statement credit.
$25 Outback gift card purchased from Walmart.com – my gift was a $5 statement credit.
$25 JCrew gift card – my gift was a $15 statement credit off of a future order.
$25 Walmart gift card – my gift was a $5 statement credit.
If you added correctly, you can see my “haul” cost me $250, but I did not have to spend any money on shipping or have to deal with lines in crowded stores. Literally everyone I could even think of is taken care of this holiday season. I apologize to my family & friends who read my posts, there is no surprise for you this year. Oops!
So how did I do in summary? A 1 year membership to ShopRunner, $40 in AMEX Statement credits, a free summer bikini from JCrew, $20 Game Stop gift card, and $40 in AMEX gift cards.
Intangibly, I got my gambling fix taken care of, saving me a trip to AC… you get the point.
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