Hulu Amex Offer Stack Multiple Cards
This morning American Express came out with a very generous $50 off $50 Amex Offer for Hulu. Since Hulu doesn’t allow you to prepay or to buy gift cards, it can be tough to maximize if you have the offer on more than one card. I received the offer on many cards and began to think about how I could maximize it.
Most people know Hulu as a streaming service, however they recently launched a live TV component as well. A competitor to Sling TV, DirecTV Now PlayStation Vue and others, Hulu’s live tv offering is actually fairly competitive and even includes Cloud DVR. While no HBO option is available, you can add Showtime for $8.99 per month. The channels vary (especially locals channels) depending on your area, but you get at least 50 channels including CNN, ESPN, A&E and most of the usual suspects.
As of now, Hulu’s live tv service costs $39.99 per month or $43.99 if you want commercial free streaming. If we add on Showtime, then the cost is $52.98 per month! According to the terms of the Hulu offer, I believe one month of service will trigger the $50 offer.
How to Make This Better
Of course if you have the offer on multiple cards then you should be able to stack this month to month since the offer doesn’t expire until next February. I theorize that by switching your payment card every month and by using a different card linked to the offer each time you pay, that you should be able to receive a $50 credit each month. In other words you should be able to get Live TV, commercial free streaming and Showtime for $2.98 per month for 9 months!
A Small Problem
While all of that sounds wonderful there is a small setback. Hulu is actually generous with Showtime and is currently providing a one month free trial. This freebie SCREWS things up since you will only pay $43.99 for the first month. I hate when free things hurt. They also have add-ons for more Cloud DVR space and streaming on unlimited devices but they give you a free month of those too! Boo. I want to “pay”!
While I am not quite sure what is the perfect solution for this, I am thinking it might work to sign-up for a second account (for work or something) and pay for one month of the base streaming service ($7.99) on top of the $43.99 for the first month.
If you use the solution mentioned above, here is how the math works out:
Card 1/Month 1
- Month 1 Live TV + Showtime: $43.99
- Month 1 Business Acct Streaming: $7.99
- Total Charges to Card 1: $51.98
- Minus Amex Offer: $50
- Total Month 1 Cost: $1.98
Cards 2-9/Months 2-9
- Live TV + Showtime: $52.98
- Minus Amex Offer: $50
- Total Cost Per Month: $2.98
If this works you will receive 9 months of service for just $25.82!
This is a great deal if the credits will work. I have aleady signed up for my plan and will update everyone if/when the credits post as expected. Do you have a better plan to maximize this generous Hulu Amex Offer? Let us know in the comments!