Register for 20k Amex Points When You Spend $1,000 on Air Canada
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
The Amex Offers program is easily one of my favorite credit card perks. I wouldn't exactly call myself a "power user," but even without going out of my way to comb through the various rebates and points-earning opportunities on a regular basis, I've managed to save $110 this year, in addition to earning some bonus points.
And few offers are quite as enticing as what just popped up today — an opportunity to earn 20,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $1,000 on Air Canada flights. The good news is that you don't have to spend a grand all at once — reservations ticketed through Air Canada's website, call centers and mobile apps by Dec. 15 qualify, as long as they total $1,000. Note that purchases must be made in US dollars, however, so be sure the transaction is processed in USD.
It appears that several Membership Rewards cards have been targeted — I have the offer on The Platinum® Card from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express and my American Express® Gold Card. If you see the offer on your account, be sure to click "Add to Card" before you make your first qualifying purchase.
We value Amex Membership Rewards points at 1.9 cents apiece, so this 20k bonus represents a $380 return. You'll also be eligible to earn the points you'd otherwise accrue, so if you pay with The Platinum Card, you're looking at 5 points per dollar as well, for a grand total of 25,000 points on a $1,000 Air Canada purchase. Note that enrollment is limited, so if there's any chance you can take advantage of the offer, be sure to add it to your card as soon as possible.