Amex Shop Small Promotion: Spend $10, Get $5

The ever-popular American Express Shop Small promotion is back for another round, with offers available on both the mainline American Express cards and Scotiabank-issued American Express cards.

If you have an Amex-issued American Express card or a Scotiabank-issued American Express credit card, you can register and earn a $5 credit upon spending $10 (all figures in CAD) at Shop Small merchants up to three times, for a total of up to $15 in statement credits per card.

Amex Shop Small: Spend $10, Get $5

For Amex-issued Amex cards, you can earn up to $15 in statement credits with the ongoing Shop Small promotion, which is structured as “Spend $10, Get $5”, up to three times.

To register for Shop Small, sign in to your American Express account, and scroll down to the Amex Offers section.

If your card has the Shop Small offer available, simply click “Register your Card”, and you’re all set.

Once you’ve registered, you can take advantage of the “Spend $10, Get $5” offer up to three times at any participating Shop Small retailer in Canada, for a total of up to $15 in statement credits.

There’s a limit of 70,000 registrations for this offer, so it’s worth registering your cards as soon as possible before it fills up. 

If you have the offer loaded on your card(s), you have until July 14, 2024, to earn up to 50% off three transactions at Shop Small merchants. 

American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards
Credit Card Best Offer Value
70,000 MR points $1,676 Apply Now
120,000 MR points $1,574 Apply Now
75,000 MR points $1,561 Apply Now
Up to 77,000 MR points $1,419 Apply Now
100,000 MR points $1,361 Apply Now
15,000 MR points $372 Apply Now
10,000 MR points $242 Apply Now

Scotiabank Amex Shop Small: Spend $10, Get $5

The Shop Small promotion has just landed for Scotiabank-issued American Express cards, and it’s the same as the ongoing Shop Small offer available for Amex-issued Amex cards.

The American Express Shop Small promotion is available at designated physical storefronts across Canada, as well as participating online small businesses nationwide. 

If you have a Scotiabank-issued Amex card, head to the dedicated landing page and look for the Shop Small logo.

From there, click “Register your Card”, and proceed through the steps.

Once you’ve registered, you can earn up to $15 in statement credits, structured as “Spend $10, Get $5”, up to three times.

Importantly, there’s a limit of just 70,000 registrations for this offer, so it’s worth loading up the offer on your card(s) as soon as possible before it fills up. 

You have until July 14, 2024, to earn up to $15 in statement credits, which leaves just over a month to get up to 50% back on up to three transactions at Shop Small merchants.

Scotiabank American Express Credit Cards
Credit Card Best Offer Value
40,000 Scene+ points $355 Apply Now
60,000 Scene+ points $161 Apply Now
7,500 Scene+ points $85 Apply Now

How Does Amex Shop Small Work?

Once you’ve loaded up the Shop Small offer, you can use the Amex Shop Small Map to look up the participating retailers by filtering for the “Shop Small” icon.

You’ll find a list of participating locations in your city, which are all marked with a blue dot or location marker.

You can also browse a list of Shop Small retailers, which includes in-store and online locations. There are quite a few registered charities on this list, so if you have any spare credits by mid July, you could consider making a $10 donation to these charities and benefiting from a $5 statement credit and a tax receipt.

The Shop Small promotion is intended to reward you for shopping three separate times at three different Shop Small retailers. To that end, the terms for the Amex-issued cards state:

To be eligible for a $5 (CAD) statement credit, a qualifying purchase of at least $10 (CAD) in a single transaction, after taxes, must be charged to your registered Card at up to 3 different participating merchants during the offer period and subsequently posted to your account. A qualifying purchase of at least $10 (CAD) in a single transaction that is made directly at a different participating business or different location of the same participating business will qualify for one $5 (CAD) statement credit, up to a total of 3 statement credits or a maximum of $15 (CAD) in statement credits per registered Card during the offer period. One or more purchases made directly at the same business location or the same online business will only be eligible to qualify for one $5 (CAD) statement credit.

And the terms for the Scotiabank-issued Amex cards state the same:

To be eligible for a $5 (CAD) statement credit, a qualifying purchase of at least $10 (CAD) in a single transaction, after taxes, must be charged to your registered Card at up to 3 different participating merchants during the offer period and subsequently posted to your account. A qualifying purchase of at least $10 (CAD) in a single transaction that is made directly at a different participating business or different location of the same participating business will qualify for one $5 (CAD) statement credit, up to a total of 3 statement credits or a maximum of $15 (CAD) in statement credits per registered Card during the offer period. One or more purchases made directly at the same business location or the same online business will only be eligible to qualify for one $5 (CAD) statement credit.

Therefore, you’ll most likely need to shop with three separate Shop Small merchants to get the full $15 in statement credits.

However, if you or your household members hold multiple Amex-issued American Express or Scotiabank-issued Amex cards and have registered all of them, you could always split up a larger transaction into multiple payments on separate cards, thus triggering one of the three $5 credits for each card used.

If you happen to overburden your cashier or waiter during the process of splitting up a large bill, remember to leave a generous tip (perhaps using yet another American Express card from your pack)!

Conclusion

American Express Shop Small has returned yet again, allowing you to earn up to $15 in statement credits when shopping with one of your Amex-issued American Express cards and Scotiabank-issued Amex cards.

This is an easy opportunity to earn $15 back when getting coffee and ice cream, and you can scale these earnings with other cardholders in your household.

Go forth and register all the eligible American Express cards you can get your hands on – and then get spending!

This is a recurring article, regularly updated with the latest promotion. Some comments may refer to past promotions that are no longer available.
29 Comments
  1. Vin

    Pretty weak compared to previous years. Is it really worth posting an article on $15 savings?

  2. Jeff H TOR

    I have the Amex PP, Aeroplan reserve, Business Aeroplan, Personal Bonvoy card and it only showed up on my Business Aeroplan card. Better one than none.

    1. christopher

      I am in the same situation too. I have 3 Amex Cards and only one of them have the offer. The last time I had more than 1 card having this offer at the same time was at least 2 years ago. I believe Amex has gotten “Smart” about this, even separating Amex’s cards and Scotiabank’s Amex cards’ offer period for this “Shop Small” campaign.

  3. Richard

    Manual registration doesn’t always work. If you have the Amex Reserve charge card that used to be a Charter Member Amex Aero plat card, then when you try to register it manually you get the following message:
    “Our records show that you’ve already enrolled for this offer. We limit the number of times that a Cardmember can enroll for each offer.“

  4. Kai

    Is there a list of charities that provide the tax receipts and accepts Amex?

  5. Trevor G

    Ya…

    $50 statement credit isn’t really moving the needle here. Incredibly disappointing!!!

    1. Ricky YVR

      Once you stack it across multiple cards, it becomes several hundred dollars.

  6. Lisa

    Hi Ricky,
    Is it possible to get this credit and also the 10x bonus points on the other offer at the same time? Thanks!

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yes, absolutely!

  7. L Lau

    Anyone know what the difference is on the map between the blue circle dots and the blue teardrop map markers?

  8. GUY

    Have anyone found registered Charities eligible for Small Shop that provide Tax Receipts for small donation, such as 10$ ?

  9. Janet

    Wouldn’t splitting the bill into multiple transactions cost these retailers more fees? Considering how many of them are struggling during Covid I just think this isn’t a good thing to encourage. Amex gets their fees regardless but the retailer will end up paying more out of pocket on this transaction.

    1. Ricky YVR

      My understanding is that Amex interchange fees are a pure percentage of the transaction with no flat component, so it’d all be the same. Not 100% on this though so someone can correct me if I’m wrong.

      1. Kenxiong

        My business accept Amex too, we got charge by %, as shown on our monthly merchant invoice. Ricky is correct.

  10. Roger

    I would be cautious of buying small retailer gift cards as the retailer could close up shop – leaving you with no recourse.

  11. Ralph

    The offer didn’t show up on any of my cards, but it did for my wife. I tried calling customer service, but they couldn’t help. I ended up using the manual registration for my platinum card, and now it shows up under offers registered to the card.
    The only offers for my biz gold are Dell and Panago, so I’ll have to manually register that card too.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Glad to hear the manual registration worked.

  12. colonel

    "you could always split up a larger transaction into multiple $10 payments on separate cards, thus triggering one of the 10 $5 credits for each card used", if the store permit it…

    1. Calvin

      Must be a different location each time though 🙂

    2. Ricky YVR

      A smile and a bit of small talk goes a long way.

  13. Jerry Zhang

    oh how i wish I lived in a walking city like Toronto. Could spend a day just hitting up different food places. Though I guess mississauga isnt that far from downtown

  14. yyc

    Love this offer! Though I tend to shop in the same stores over and again. Spending at different stores can be quite challenging I hope it’s not strictly enforced.

  15. Karen

    Can the subsidiary card holder register for the small shop promotion too? Would you get up to $50 credit for the primary and another $50 credit for the secondary card.holder?

    1. Ricky YVR

      The terms don’t say anything about this, but it’s worth a go!

  16. DMoon

    Any info on online purchases?

    Going by track history AMEX offers/spend categories tend not to play well when masked behind a third party processor like Shopify (or heck if the payment is processed elsewhere like Uber Eats Amsterdam vs San Francisco). They seem to say that online purchases at eligible merchants will count towards it but most of them use something like Shopify for online transactions (for gift card for example)…

    1. Ricky YVR

      This is quite true in my experience, so I think it’s best to go with purchasing at a physical in-store location to be on the safe side.

  17. Miles

    I didn’t get any offer in my offers page but I manually entered all 5 of my cards. Fingers crossed that it will work. Thanks Ricky as always!

  18. Patti

    thanks for this Ricky — btw, it is my experience that I will get statement credits for shopping at certain places that aren’t on the Shop Small map. Have you found that as well?

    1. Ricky YVR

      I haven’t experienced this, although it may happen randomly. In any case, sticking with the merchants on the Shop Small map would be the safest bet to unlock the credits ‚Ä쬆anything else would be a bonus.

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