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Amazon Prime Day is in full swing, featuring great deals on items for frequent travelers and tablets for as little as $30. TPG readers should make sure they’re maximizing their Prime Day purchases by using the right credit card.
Another way to take advantage of Prime Day is through your credit card’s price protection benefits. Amazon used to offer this perk itself, but killed it in 2016 after a slew of apps automated the process making it incredibly easy to file claims and save money. But even if you’re not purchasing anything through Prime Day, you can lock in the discounted prices if you have a card that offers price protection.
Generally, price protection works like so: You make a purchase with your card and then find that the price has dropped shortly after you completed the transaction. If the price falls within a certain time frame, usually 60-120 days after the initial purchase, your card’s issuer will refund the difference between the two prices.
If you’ve purchased an item within the period covered by your card’s price protection policy, then you can track prices today and tomorrow (Prime Day ends Tuesday at 11:59pm PT/Wednesday at 2:59am ET), see if Amazon is offering a discount on the item, screenshot the item at a lower price and then a submit a price protection claim with your bank. Final step: Enjoy your cash back!
Citi Price Rewind may come in handy too since it automates the process, although the program was recently devalued and may not apply in the case of Prime Day since it now excludes claims “offered through a warehouse club where the merchant requires customers to pay a membership fee” (you have to be a Prime member to get access to Prime Day deals).
A number of stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, J.C. Penney and Home are offering to match Amazon’s Prime Day prices on select items, USA Today reports. This can be a great option for shoppers who aren’t Prime members.
You can read more on price protection here:
- The Best Credit Cards for Purchase Protection in 2018
- Credit Card Price Protection Benefit Can Save You Thousands on Purchases
- A Complete List of All the Benefit Changes Coming to Chase Cards
With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees