Thursday, November 29, 2012

Small Business Saturday 2012 Results

Just a quick update on how Small Business Saturday turned out for me. I missed the chance to last year even though my fiancée reminded me. Not this year; I had multiple reminders set! I posted some details the week before signup began:

I was disappointed my local Thai place didn't sell gift cards, or I would have gone that route à la Mommy Points. I ended up buying five $25 gift cards at the hardware store Strosnider's. That will probably end up being a free weed whacker!

I've gotten the $25 credits already even though AMEX says they can take weeks to post. One credit ended up being for a restaurant I ate at Saturday night instead of the gift card I bought earlier in the day, but no matter, just an anomaly with the order the pending charges cleared.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sign up for AMEX Small Business Saturday!

Registration opened this morning for a great AMEX promotion, Small Business Saturday. My fiancée told me about it last year, but I was too late trying to register. If you spend $25 or more at a designated small business, you get a $25 statement credit back from AMEX. You can do it once per card, and you can register multiple cards. Don't miss it, register today at! Here is a direct link to the enrollment page. Then look at the store map and plan your purchases for next Saturday.

You can register any AMEX charge or credit card, except corporate or prepaid cards. That means you CAN register cards from organizations like Macy's and Citibank. I have one of each and registered them both in addition to my AMEX-issued cards.

I'm excited to be participating in this great event that both supports small business and saves me money!

If you're looking for a local business in the DC area, my fiancée's shop in Bethesda, Wiggle Room, is on the Shop Small list. It's a great place to find stuff for kids, from clothes to toys to strollers, as well as women's maternity clothes!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Two Citi AAdvantage Cards Offering 50k Miles until 12/31/12

Update 12/13/12: Today is the last day to apply for these official 50k offers!

I noticed a new offer on today for 50k AA cards. This is perhaps not as good as the 50k offers that appear without landing pages, as those credit the bonus points all at once, but better than the usual 30-40k official offers. With this offer you get 40k points with the initial minimum spend and then 10k more with an additional spend requirement, making this almost like a retention bonus. I'm still happy to see it, though.

The offer states:

"Earn 40,000 bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchaess in the first 3 months, and additional 10,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after $10,000 in purchases in the first 12 months of cardmembership."

If you met both requirements for two-stage bonus points, you'd end up with 63,000 AAdvantage miles, not a bad haul. That's 50,000 bonus miles plus the one mile per dollar you'd earn on $13,000 in spending (unless you earned a greater multiple by making some purchases from AA).

Here is a link to the landing page that goes to both offers.

MommyPoints has a good overview of the AA card offerings here:

Friday, November 2, 2012

If you're flying AA between now and 12/31, whether you've booked already or not, you should click on this:

Double miles for free!

HT to Lucky; I saw it on his blog first and then AA posted it to facebook.

From the AA facebook post:

Thank you for your support and loyalty in recent months. To show our thanks, we’re offering AAdvantage® members double elite-qualifying miles and points through December 31, 2012. Visit to learn more.