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10 Things to Buy Your Family at Saks With the Amex Platinum Credit

June 11, 2019
7 min read
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Summer is almost here and if you haven't used your Saks Fifth Avenue statement credit that comes with The Platinum Card® from American Express, now is the time to do so. With this credit, you receive up to $100 per calendar year — $50 between January and June and then another $50 between July and December. This means time is winding down to reap your credit for the first half of the year. Enrollment required for select benefits

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Although you can use the credit toward the purchase of expensive items, it is also possible to use the credit to fully (or almost fully) offset your purchase and ultimately get a free (or near-free) item from Saks. (enrollment required) Here are my favorite summer items to consider for your family:

Sunscreen Stick

Although not CVS pricing, Saks surprisingly sells sunscreen. (enrollment required). They are your high-end brands and many of them with natural ingredients. There are a ton of options, including the Supergoop! 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 45. This is perfect for keeping your youngster's face, ears and lips safe from the sun. At $24 a stick, you can purchase two for your summer needs and fully use your $50 credit.

Flip-flops

A summertime must, Saks sells lots of flip-flop options. (enrollment required). I really love Mini Melissa shoes for my daughter, but they are outrageously expensive. Fortunately, there are some on sale at the store and I am really loving this sparkly pair at $45. Although I won't pay this price for kids' flip-flops, I'll happily purchase them for free after the credit. You can always purchase a few pairs of Havianas to get to the $50 mark.

Sneakers

In my household, every season is usually marked by the purchase of a new pair of sneakers. Saks sells a bunch of See Kai Run sneakers, which are great for the summer because they are lightweight, but still perfect for the outdoors. (enrollment required). Most of them cost anywhere from $42 and $55, which means you can get them for free with the credit or pay only a few dollars out of pocket.

Picnic Blanket

With the sun not setting until later in the day, now is the prime time for picnics in the park, at the beach or by the pool. Saks is selling a large picnic blanket for $40. (enrollment required). With its red, white and blue motif, it is perfect for your Fourth of July party, as well.

Lawn Games

At your picnic, you'll also want some fun lawn games. Saks is selling a pretty cool two-sided game with a bean bag throw on one side and tic-tac-toe on the other. For just $27.95, this is the perfect family game to bring when you're on-the-go. Enrollment required for select benefits

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Rash Guard

For beach and pool goers, a rash guard is a must to enjoy a full day out in the sun. Saks sells many rash guards under $50. (enrollment required)

Sunglasses

One of my favorite brands is Babiators. These sunglasses are available for babies, toddlers and kids and are absolutely adorable. Aesthetics aside, these sunglasses offer 100% UV protection and are guaranteed for the first year. If the sunglasses get lost or broken (highly probable with kids), the company will send you a free replacement pair (you have to pay for shipping). Of course, you can purchase these sunglasses for slightly less on Amazon, but with your $50 credit, they can instead end up being free. Many of the sunglasses are $20–$25, so you could get two pairs.

Backpack

With summer camp right around the corner, a new backpack might be needed. Saks carries many Herschel backpacks with various designs and colors — the perfect size for your child's belongings. At a $49.99 price point, this is the perfect opportunity to fully wipe away that $50 credit. Enrollment required for select benefits.

Raincoat

A good rain coat is a must-have for those rainy summer days. I absolutely adore the Hatley brand, but like many other brands, the price point is just too high to pay full price. Since many of their raincoats are in the $50–$60 range, the Amex Platinum credit is a great way to reduce the cost significantly.

Summer Dresses

In my household, summertime equals summer dresses. Saks offers a variety of cute clothing styles for kids, and you can absolutely find a new outfit for your child under the $50 price point. I came across this unicorn dress for my daughter. For those of you with little girls, you are probably already aware that unicorn anything is the "it" thing right now. At $44, this will not only use up my Amex Platinum credit, but also make my daughter extremely happy, as well. Enrollment required for select benefits.

Bottom Line

You only have a few more weeks to use that $50 Saks credit, so we've offered a few suggestions. There are a ton of items to purchase for your summer needs. And then, come July, you can use the second six-month credit toward another purchase. To fully maximize your purchase, make sure to first go through an online shopping portal. I suggest checking Evreward to find the highest payout, although there is also a bonus offer right now with the United and American portals. Enrollment required for select benefits.

Prices accurate as of publication date.

Jennifer Yellin covers family travel deals for TPG and blogs at Deals We Like. Follow her family’s adventures on Twitter and Instagram.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023