Don’t leave money on the table: Check your credit card offers and discounts now

Mar 13, 2020

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest offers. It was originally published on Feb. 4. 2020.

There are many ways to make the most of your everyday spending, from choosing the best credit cards to leveraging bonus categories on different purchases. Many card issuers also offer additional bonuses and discounts through programs such as Chase Offers and American Airlines’ SimplyMiles. I was recently reminded just how important it is to regularly check these sites.

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Meal planning in my house has always been a source of frustration: finding recipes everyone will like, checking our ingredients, coordinating the grocery list, etc. As a result, we’ve used a number of different meal delivery services over the years. Our current site du jour is Sun Basket, which offers interesting meals, clean ingredients, organic produce and recyclable shipping materials. We receive three meals a week with all of the ingredients we need, portioned into exact quantities for easy preparation.

Before a recent shipment, a simple action that took less than five minutes ended up saving me $50 on these purchases.

(Photo by Eden Batki / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Eden Batki/The Points Guy)

As I was drinking my first cup of coffee, I decided to log in to my American Express account to peruse my Amex Offers, something I try to do somewhat regularly. I was thrilled to find the following on my American Express® Gold Card:

I immediately added the offer to the card, then logged into my Sun Basket account and changed my billing information to the Amex Gold. For the next two weeks, I saved $25 each week on my Sun Basket meals — all made possible by simply checking my available Amex Offers. As an added bonus, the purchases ended up posting as restaurant purchases on my Amex Gold, so I also earned 4x on the orders.

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It’s not always easy to remember to visit these various sites, but my experience today reinforced how important it is to do it. I was already going to purchase my next two Sun Basket shipments, and this offer made them noticeably less expensive. Of course, $50 isn’t going to get me a premium-class flight or a luxury hotel room on its own, but it’s not exactly spare change.

Note that this could be even more lucrative if you’re able to utilize an online shopping portal for these purchases.

To help me remember to check these offers in the future, I have now set up a weekly, recurring calendar reminder, including links to the following programs:

Will this take some time? Of course. However, I will gladly spend 10-15 minutes once a week to ensure that I don’t miss out on future opportunities to earn cash back or bonus miles — especially on purchases I was already going to make.

Don’t miss out on your own chances to earn bonus points, miles or discounts. Log in to check your targeted offers today.

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Featured photo by Fertnig/Getty Images.

Additional reporting by Madison Blancaflor.

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