Amex Offers Automation Broken
Over the past year I have written a few posts about setting up your American Express accounts to automatically sync with the latest Amex Offers via Twitter. For me this automation is important since many of the best offers reach their limit rather quickly. I once slept during a Staples Amex Offer and regretted it for months! 🙂
- Related: How I Automated My Twitter Accounts to Sync With Amex Offers
- Related: Performing an Amex Offers Audit: Are You Ready for the Next Storm of Deals?
How the Automation Works
The automation system works fairly simply. You setup a “master” account and then you have all of your regular Twitter accounts linked to cards. Each of the regular Twitter accounts tweets out what the master account tweets. The master account can either manually tweet or it can be set to tweet out something from another account. In my case I used @Offersbot.
Basically @Offersbot tweets whenever there is a new offer, my master account picks it up and tweets it and then all of my regular accounts tweet it as well. The system has worked fairly well. Until now. Unfortunately over the past couple of weeks I have noticed there is no automation. My automated system is not working. Why?
Well I contacted the person who runs the @Offersbot account and asked if anyone else was having a problem. The answer is yes. Apparently Twitter has removed @Offersbot from search results. The automation relies on a search for @Offersbot tweets with a specific hashtag. Here is how that search now turns up.
This explains it. The master account is searching for these tweets and Twitter says they don’t exist. Ouch!
Note: Free-quent Flyer has an alternate method of automation using an RSS feed, but it too relies on @Offersbot.
How to Stay Up to Date
As of now, I’m not aware of other Twitter accounts that are parsing the latest offers and tweeting them out. (If you know of one then please leave it in the comments!) As a partial solution, I have turned on mobile notifications for @Offersbot. At least that way I will receive the tweets as a text message and can then go into my master account and tweet the offer’s hashtag. It isn’t automated, but I am more likely to see new offers sooner.
I have been advised that the developer of @Offersbot is working on a solution that will be implemented soon which should bypass this latest issue. As soon as it is in place and working I’ll make sure to update everyone on how to get your automation back up and running.
As a footnote, I also want to mention that Twitter has been locking a lot of accounts lately. They do this if they suspect it is a spam or automated account. It is always wise to make sure all of your accounts are unlocked and tweeting out offers. Sometimes your accounts can be locked and you won’t even receive a notice. This happened to a handful of my accounts a few weeks ago.
If your Amex Offers automation is broken, it is most likely because of Twitter and not your system. Thankfully there is a way to sort of stay up to date and hopefully this will get fixed soon or perhaps another account will step up to provide the service. Either way, it appears we have to do it ourselves for now.