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10 items you can buy with the Amex Business Platinum’s $200 Dell credit this holiday season

Dec. 13, 2021
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Credit cards that come with hefty annual fees usually come with equally hefty perks. After you get over the initial shock of the $695 annual fee on The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (see rates and fees), the benefits help make this card worth the price for many.

One of those perks is up to $400 in annual statement credits toward Dell purchases in the U.S. Unfortunately, you can’t spend it all at once. Rather, it’s split up as a statement credit for up to $200 on U.S. Dell purchases between January and June and another credit for up to $200 on U.S. Dell purchases between July and December. This actually reflects a major recent enhancement to the perk. It used to be worth just up to $200 per year — so cardholders now get up to double the amount.

With the holiday season is upon us, now is the time to ensure that you use the full value of your benefit — perhaps by snagging a gift for your loved ones. After all, you don’t want those credits don’t go to waste. Just remember, you must register for the statement credit before making your purchase in order for it to count.

Below are 10 items you can “buy” with your up-to-$200 Dell credit this holiday season.

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Amazon Echo studio: $199.99

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It's a smart speaker that's bluetooth- and app-controlled. The Amazon Echo Studio provides some of the best audio quality on the market, with an immersive, three-dimensional soundscape.

Dell Latitude 7320 detachable travel keyboard: $199.99

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Typing on the go? If so, this detachable travel keyboard will help you get your work done more efficiently. The keyboard is spill-resistant, has a glass trackpad, and features a backlight for making the keys visible in the evening. It’s also incredibly slim, which means it takes up less space in your work bag.

Timbuk2 Robin commuter backpack: $179

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The Timbuk2 Robin Commuter Backpack is a functional bag that can be used for work or travel — or why not both? It's weatherproof and can carry your 13-inch laptop, with several compartments and pockets for easy access and protection.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: $159.99

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These noise-canceling Bluetooth earbuds normally retail for $199.99 but are on sale for $159.99 this holiday season. You can answer calls with just your voice, and these tiny devices come with their own case, making them the perfect size to throw in your travel bag for your next trip. With up to eight hours of run time, they can get through a good majority of the day without running out of juice.

Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch: $129.95

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If you want to get active for the new year, the Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch can help you stay on top of your goals by tracking your distance, sleep activity, heart rate and more. It's bluetooth-connected, so you can even set alarms and reminders through your phone.

Ring video doorbell: $99.99

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Step up your home security and get notified from your phone when a visitor rings your doorbell. There are also built-in motion settings that you can adjust to your preference. The built-in rechargeable battery powers this enhanced doorbell or you can connect it to an existing doorbell wire.

Aluratek power bank: $82.99

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If you’re a frequent traveler — whether for business or pleasure — odds are you’ve experienced that frustrating moment when your laptop or phone dies while you’re on a plane or when you’re out and about, with no way to recharge it. That’s where having a reliable power bank comes in handy. This power bank comes equipped to charge most USB-C laptops and mobile devices.

Amazon Fire HD 7 inch Kids tablet: $69.99

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If you are looking for the ultimate child-friendly device this holiday season, the Amazon Fire tablet allows you to keep your kids occupied on the go, all while setting screen time limits and filtering content. The tablet also offers easy-to-use controls for both kids and adults. Have multiple kids? The tablet is affordably priced, so you can buy a few extra for the whole family.

Epson 202 four-pack printer ink: $45.49

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Printer ink can get quite pricey. Stock up before you run out with tons of cartridges to choose from to fit your printer model.

World Power travel adapter: $24.99

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If you have any international travel plans in the future, you can never have too many universal adapters that will charge all your devices no matter where you decide to go.

What won't trigger the credit

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Dell gift cards might seem like an easy way of maximizing the statement credit by banking funds for a larger purchase later. Unfortunately, Dell doesn’t sell its own gift cards directly.

Additionally, you can't use the credit on international transactions, international contact center, Global events, Dell Financial Services, Dell Outlet for Home, Dell Outlet for Work, Dell Partner Direct, Dell Premier, Dell Premier Connect, Dell Premier Select or at authorized retailers.

Maximizing your purchase

Before you make your purchase, make sure to register for the Dell statement credit. And while you’re on the American Express website, check your Amex Offers to see if your Amex Business Platinum is targeted for an Amex Offer on Dell purchases.

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Keep in mind that the terms may specify that you need to make the purchases through, so you’ll probably want to use that link if you’re using an Amex Offer. However, if you aren’t targeted or find a better offer, you can click through a cash-back portal such as Rakuten (which can now earn Amex Membership Rewards points) instead to maximize your purchase.

You could also maximize your return by booking through an airline portal that’s offering bonus miles for Dell purchases, such as United, Alaska, American, Delta and Southwest. The payouts change from time to time but generally offer between 1x and 2x. You’ll also want to check if any of the portals offer bonuses for hitting a certain spending threshold.

Related: The beginner's guide to airline shopping portals

Bottom line

The $200 Dell credit is perfect for this holiday season if you're looking for some last-minute technology-related gifts. With Dell’s online store selling many different items, you should have no problem finding a new gadget for your friends or family. Just don’t forget to register for the benefit before you use the Amex Business Platinum Dell credit.

Official application link: The Amex Business Platinum Card with a welcome offer of 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first three months of card membership.

Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson and Jennifer Yellin.

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For rates and fees of the Amex Business Platinum card, click here.

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.