Nothing provides a more immediate benefit to an American Express cardholder than Foursquare!!!
What is Foursquare?
Foursquare is a location based social media app that revolves around checking-in at locations, and writing reviews. You can open the app on your phone and see surrounding restaurants, shops, bars, culture and sights. You can see who else has checked in at a specific place, and the reviews and ratings of visitors.
What benefits can I get?
Many places have check in specials. For example, a restaurant may have a special offering a free bottle of wine with your meal if you check in.
Now this is where it gets interesting… American Express have partnered with Foursquare to offer some really special deals. You are able to sync your American Express card with your Foursquare account, you then simply check in on Foursquare, and pay with your Amex and take advantage of the offer.
In simple terms, you pay with your Amex, and you receive a credit back into your account a couple of days later.
The offers change monthly. Some are really crazy, for example December saw a Harvey Nichols offer “£25 Spend = £25 Credit”. I walked into HN, bought a £25 voucher, and I was immediately credited £25. FREE VOUCHERS!
What are the current Amex offers?
House of Fraser – Spend £50 – Get £25 back
Harrods – Spend £50 – Get £25 back
Gap – Spend £50 – Get £25 back
Banana Republic – Spend £50 – Get £25 back
Carphone Warehouse – Spend £25 – Get £10 back
Starbucks – Spend £10 – Get £5 back
Pizza Hut – Spend £30 – Get £15 Back
How many times can I use the special?
This is also very interesting. You can only use each special ONCE per card. However nothing stops you opening a new foursquare account for each Amex card you hold using a different email, and syncing each one. I hold a BA, BMI, Gold and SPG Amex card. I have a foursquare account for each one, and I sign into each one, check in, and take advantage four times. You can also do this with any supplementary cards you hold, as long as the card number is different.
How does it work?
1. Download the Foursquare app (it’s free).
2. Sign up using your email (not facebook).
3. Sync your foursquare account and your Amex card via this link.
4. Sign into foursquare, search for specials, and check-in at the relevant shop (you don’t have to be at the shop to do this, you can check in from home)
5. Once you have checked in, click on the special and then ‘load to card’
6. Go and spend! You must hit the required spend to get the credit (e.g. in Harrods [£50 spend = £25 credit] [£70 spend = £25 credit] BUT [£48 spend = £0 credit]
7. In my experience, credits post within 2-3 days. (slower on the MBNA Amex cards).
Tips for using multiple Amex cards
Key to using multiple cards is having a new email address for each account. Keep a record of which account is synced to which Amex card.
You can split spending over your different cards in one transaction. E.g. I bought a £150 gift card for House of Fraser, and paid £50 on each card, one after the other, just as you would do if you split the bill in a restaurant.
HOT TIP! If you use Gmail, you can split up your email address with dots. Foursquare will recognise it as a different email, but all mail is delivered to the same account. You can also add a plus sign followed by words.
E.g. if your Gmail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also use email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, example+AMEX@gmail.com, example+AMEX2@gmail.com. These will all deliver to the same account.
These are offers truly not to be missed. A real benefit, and it is worth taking out free American Express cards and/or free supplementary cards in order to take advantage.
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