9 Dell items to buy with the Amex Business Platinum credit
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Wirth most of us working from home because of the coronavirus, this may be a good time to do an inventory of your technology and gadgets and consider which might you might need or want to upgrade.
If you hold The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, it comes with an up to $200 annual statement credit from Dell (for U.S. purchases) — $100 to spend between January and July and another $100 for July to December. It’s similar to the Saks Fifth Avenue credit available on The Platinum Card® from American Express.
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The credit can be used towards your total purchase at Dell, but if you are looking to truly get something for $0 out of pocket, there are many items under the $100 mark. Note that you must register for the statement credit prior to making your purchase for it to count. Here are TPG’s favorite items you can “buy” with the credit:
A pair of Amazon Fire 7 tablets
This tablet gives you access to millions of movies, TV episodes, games, apps, eBooks and songs. You can stream or download thousands of videos from Prime Video, Netflix, Stars, Disney+ and Showtime, discover more than 570,000 apps and games, 475,000 Audible book titles and millions of songs, along with asking Alexa questions — all for $39.99 each.
If you — or your kids — need to be entertained, use your credit to buy a video game from Dell’s collection. If you’re in mourning over the lost NBA season, then the NBA2L2D game may help ease the pain. Other good choices include Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, Pokemon Sword, Gears 5 and The Outer Worlds.
Although it’s nice to have the portability of a laptop, when working from home, a monitor may come in handy. Having a larger monitor in a home office can be a godsend when you’re staring at a screen for hours. For $94.99, the 20-inch Dell 20 monitor fits the bill, with its 1600×900 resolution and Dell Display Manager that’s easy on the eyes.
If you’re looking for a new multifunction printer, you can use your credit to buy the Canon PIXMA™ wireless all-in-one Printer for $90.99. You can also print and scan photos and documents directly from your mobile devices and print borderless photos up to 8.5″ x 11″.
If you’re set with your printer, then you could use the credit to buy color and/or black and white ink to keep it running. Dell sells many different ink brands depending on the printer you have.
These ATH-SR30BT wireless over-ear headphones come with an internal battery that provides an impressive 70 hours of continuous use on a full charge. They have a mic and controls in the left ear cup, so you can answer calls, adjust volume and handle music playback on smartphones and other devices. They cost $79.99.
Amazon Echo Show
The Echo Show, at $89.99, has become an integral part of my connected home office and kitchen. I can check the weather, catch up on news and sports, listen to music and podcasts, watch Amazon Prime TV shows and movie trailers, cook with step-by-step recipes, see song lyrics and album art and sharpen my brain with myriad daily quizzes. I can even call friends and family and control the lights in my house. At only 3.4 inches x 5.8 inches x 2.9 inches, it fits easily into small spaces.
The Bose SoundLink portable Bluetooth speaker comes in six colors and squeaks in at $99.95. It’s a tough and water-resistant speaker that has a silicone exterior and a built-in microphone for phone calls. At a mere 1.2 pounds, the SoundLink allows you to control multiple functions with the press of a button, such as answering calls on speakerphone, skipping tracks, switching between connected devices and more. And the SoundLink has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you up to eight hours of playtime.
If you’ve been looking for something to hold all your camera equipment, the Case Logic SLR Backpack may be it. For $89.99, this sturdy nylon backpack allows you to comfortably carry your SLR camera, lenses, flash and laptop. An adjustable divider system provides customizable organization for additional lenses, flash, and other camera accessories, A weather hood fits over the bag to protect it from the elements and a front pocket provides storage for any non-camera items.
Maximize Your Purchase
Even though the Dell statement credit essentially can wipe away your purchase, you can still earn points, miles or even cash back on the initial amount spent. Check evrewards.com first to see which portal is offering the highest offer. As of right now, TopCashBack is offering 4% cash back (even though it does not appear on the aggregated site) and Mr. Rebates is offering 3% cash back. If you prefer to earn points and miles, JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic and Amtrak are offering 3x points at Dell.com, while British Airways, American Airlines and Spirit Airlines are both offering 2x miles. Southwest Airlines is only offering 1x point, but the points earned do count towards earning the coveted Companion Pass.
With the calendar not resetting until July, there’s no rush to use up this $100 credit, but if you need goodies, now’s as good a time as any to hit “checkout.” With Dell selling a ton of different items, you should have no problem finding the next new piece of technology or gadget for your family.
Business Platinum Card® from American Express: Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 on qualifying purchases within your first three months of card membership.
Prices accurate as of publication date.
Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson.
Featured photo by David Lees/Getty Images.
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