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Sam’s Club Amex Offer Final Update
Update: My personal credit has now posted for the purchase of a $20 Sam’s Club gift card.
Last week I wrote about a pretty amazing Amex Offer for Samsclub.com. The offer gives $20 off of $20 at the retailer’s website. The best part is that it is widely available on the American Express website and is also available via Twitter. I was able to link all 22 of my family’s card to this offer.
Shortly after posting about the offer, reports started coming in that the transaction was being coded as “SAMSCLUB COM ONLINE PHOTO”. While that may seem fine, online photo purchases were specifically excluded in the terms.
At first we thought that only gift card purchases were coding this way, but it actually turned out that everything was. One person bought toilet paper and it was reported as an “Online Photo” purchase. Many people were upset by this, but I urged caution and to wait.
My Experience & An Update
When the offer first came out, I did a test purchase with one Amex card. My purchase of a $20 Sam’s Club gift card initially coded a photo purchase, but a few days later the pending charge changed to “Samsclub.com”. At that point I was confident the credit would post as usual, but I still wanted to wait to make sure.
Well it has been nearly a week and after my charge disappeared for awhile, it finally showed back on my account. While my credit hasn’t posted yet, I am confident it will based on the experiences of others. Thanks to PDXDealsGuy for sending over the above screenshot showing the credit posting normally. My charge is coded exactly the same way.
What to Purchase
I gave a few ideas on what to purchase in the original post, but here are a few as well. Of course you can purchase a variety of merchant gift cards with some of them coming at a slight discount. You can also purchase Visa/MC gift cards as well, although they come with a fee.
The third option is to purchase Sam’s Club gift cards. These cards also work at Walmart, so this could be a way to get free money towards a future purchase. Out of simplicity I think I am going to go this route, although some people have reported activation issues so I will see how my experience goes with the one card I ordered.
It should be safe now to go crazy buying whatever your heart desires on Samsclub.com. American Express sure has been generous this year between Smart & Final and Sam’s Club. They say good things come in threes! How about another fantastic offer like these ones Amex? Is that too much to ask? 😉
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