Last Thursday, the American Express Business Platinum Card hit cardholders with $680 in statement credits on Dell, FedEx, and mobile device purchases. This week, it’s the personal Platinum Card’s turn, as every Platinum cardholders should have woken up to spectacular Amex Offer in their account for $250 towards essentials, including food, groceries, and household purchases.
We’ve also added this offer to our dedicated resource on COVID-19 temporary benefits and relief measures.
$250 Towards Everyday Essentials
The offer is valid at five participating retailers: Sobeys, Metro, Longo’s (including Grocery Gateway), Save-On-Foods locations in Canada, and with Uber Eats. Any purchases made at these retailers will earn a statement credit of the equivalent value, up to a maximum of $250 in total credits across each Platinum Card. The offer is valid until August 27, 2020.
Note that the offer specifies that only “participating” locations of these retailers are eligible, but if you click on the “View Participating Locations” link, it just brings you to a PDF file with all of the retailers’ names and their respective websites:
I’d therefore assume that all in-store locations will count, as well as any online purchases you make. It’s truly a carte-blanche $250 credit towards everyday essential items, which is a simply incredible gesture on the part of American Express.
What I like about this offer is that it gears towards every Platinum cardholder regardless of your shopping habits. If you primarily order deliver, then you can book free Uber Eats to your heart’s content; meanwhile, if you’re a frequent grocery shopper, you can take advantage of the offer whether you’re shopping in-store or online these days.
Between Sobeys, Metro, Longo’s, and Save-On-Foods, the offer provides good coverage of all the grocery chains in Canada that accept American Express. Furthermore, the following Sobeys subsidiaries are also included in the offer:
Sobeys Urban Fresh
The same is true for the following Metro subsidiaries:
Metro Corporate Store
The terms and conditions of the offer do specify that the credits will be applied to your account “within 90 days after 27/08/2020”, but if the recent Business Platinum Card offers are anything to go by, the credits should, in practice, show up within a few business days of competing your purchase.
Do Gift Cards Count?
Some readers may be familiar with the fact that places like Sobeys and Metro don’t just sell groceries; in addition, they also sell gift cards that can be used towards other stores or retailers in Canada.
The terms of this offer do specify that: “Any purchases not made directly with an eligible merchant are excluded, including but not limited to purchases of gift cards, oil, gas, fuel, protection plans, service plans, insurance plans, financial services, technology services, postal services, lottery services, floral services, wine, liquor and alcohol purchases, and medical or pharmacy services.”
Now, a few of these exclusions appear difficult to enforce: many pharmacies within grocery stores, for example, will use the same set of payment terminals and will therefore code as a grocery purchase. The same is true for grocery stores that sell wine or liquor – everything gets rung up at the same cashier anyway.
However, I would recommend caution if you’re considering the gift card route with this specific offer. As I’ve mentioned in this video, while American Express may have turned a blind eye to some of their rules in the past, they’re definitely taking things more seriously in this challenging economic environment. They haven’t been afraid to give with one hand while taking with the other.
Play by the rules – use your $250 credit to eat, drink, and be merry – and you’ll come out ahead.
Previously: Double Rewards & Other Promotions
Don’t forget that the Platinum Card has already rewarded us handsomely during these much-changed times: the Double Rewards promotion is running until July 20, which means that you’ll earn 6 MR points per dollar spent on dining, 4 MR points per dollar spent on travel, and 2 MR points per dollar spent on everything else, all the while being able to redeem MR points against statement purchases at a doubled rate of 1,000 MR points = $20.
That 6x multiplier on Uber Eats is looking very attractive when combined with today’s offer, isn’t it? If you spent $250 on Uber Eats, not only would you get all of it back, but you’d also earn 1,500 MR points which can be redeemed as a further $30 credit. Wow!
Select American Express cardholders might’ve also received an Amex Offer of $5 off $10 for Uber Eats a few weeks ago as well. If you got this offer on your Platinum Card as well, it’s another way to save.
The amount of value that the Platinum Card and Business Platinum Card have delivered over the past few months is simply staggering.
If you signed up before the signup bonus was lowered from the previous level of 70,000 MR points, then you’ll be unlocking $1,150+ in value alone from the Platinum Card, not to mention the $1,850+ in value from the Business Platinum Card if you played your cards right.
With the value of lounge access, hotel statuses, and rewards points significantly nullified at a time when no one is travelling, American Express has certainly made up for it though the spectacular offers they’ve been putting out to their top-end customers.
The American Express rollercoaster continues to reach new heights. If you hold the American Express Platinum Card, you can earn $250 in statement credits towards your everyday essentials at Sobeys, Metro, Longo’s, and Uber Eats. Go ahead and register for the offer if you haven’t already, and then hit up the shops or the Uber Eats app and get spending!