Preparing for AMEX Small Business Saturday

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Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  It is a day where American Express encourages everyone to support their local small business by giving cardholders statement credits when using an AMEX card on their purchase.  Two years ago, AMEX gave a $25 statement credit when using an AMEX credit card at a qualified small business.  Last year, AMEX gave a $10 statement credit.  However, this year could potentially be the biggest year yet for Small Business Saturday.  I’m preparing for AMEX Small Business Saturday and you should too.

AMEX Small Business Saturday November 29

AMEX Small Business Saturday November 29


This year, American Express is offering (3) $10 statement credits for each American Express credit card you hold.  This is the highest offer yet throughout the years for this promotion.  I currently have 4 AMEX credit cards, so this could potentially be $120 of credit.

There may be a slight inconvenience that you have to make 3 separate transactions, but there is an easy way to maximize this promotion.  Buy $10 gift cards from small businesses. I’ve been able to buy gift cards at my local small business restaurants.  There’s a great burger place called Habit Grill in SoCal that sells gift cards and I hope it qualifies again this year.

Will Bluebird or Serve count for the promotion?

It might count!  According to the terms and conditions it reads this:

1. Limit three (3) $10 statement credits per eligible American Express Card. To receive the offer, Card Members must register any eligible American Express Card for this offer. Corporate Cards and all prepaid Card products (other than American Express Serve® and Bluebird®) are not eligible.

Here is the full terms and conditions.

It mentions prepaid AMEX cards are not eligible, but states that AMEX Serve and Bluebird are not “prepaid Card products.”

Will Authorized Users count?

Yes, adding an Authorized user to your AMEX card should qualify for small business Saturday. Be sure not to add your dog as an authorized user and not overdo it.  By adding authorized users, your savings could double/triple.


It may be a good idea to start preparing for Small Business Saturday.  I’ve maxed out on my AMEX credit cards (4 credit cards), which will be useful during this promotion.  Be sure to register quickly because registration could get full.  I haven’t added authorized users for each card, but I might take a conservative approach and just add my wife for each card.  If you want to take advantage of this promotion, consider signing up for an AMEX credit card.  I currently hold the AMEX Blue Cash Everyday Card, AMEX Hilton Surpass Card, AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest card, and the AMEX Delta Gold card.

4 comments for “Preparing for AMEX Small Business Saturday

  1. Tyler
    October 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Any word on if the new Target Redcard will qualify?

    • October 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

      No word yet, we will have to wait and see. I would think no, but it’s worth trying when registration opens.

  2. October 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I’m definitely ready for this! And I can confirm that the serve card works. I used it when they had small business august in targeted cities. Apparently you can extend that even more by having subaccounts.

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