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American Express has an ‘Amex Offer’ that I’ve added to my Platinum Card® from American Express for (2) $30 off $30 statement credits for purchases at Wine Insiders:
Regular readers know that I love wine and have some very specific preferences. I don’t like wines with high acidity, I like well-structured reds and don’t mind a bit of oak. That colors my take on any bottle shop (or airline selection).
A reader asks for my take on this offer,
— NewYearBabyDaddy👶🏻 (@mipo777) January 8, 2021
Here are key things to know:
- Offer not available to everyone because of wine shipping laws, so if you like in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota or Utah you’re out of luck.
- Is there any way to get wine free, or with free shipping, using this offer? You need to make a $30 purchase excluding tax and shipping to earn the credit. So a $30 purchase means paying perhaps $15 still. You can get free shipping with 6 bottles, but then you’re spending more than $30. So no – while this is $30 off $30, it’s not free.
- Can you stack offers? Generally, no, which is unique for an Amex Offer which normally just sees you made a purchase from the merchant and issues you a credit. They offer $25 off first purchase of $50+ (with the person doing the referring getting a $25 coupon) unfortunately the terms explicitly say you cannot combine a first-time customer offer with this statement credit.
Now here’s the most important question, is there any good wine you can buy? There are, though I actually think the bigger question is whether the juice is worth the squeeze.
Take the South African 2019 Trebuchet Shiraz-Viognier, it’s a $12 bottle for $9.50, but it’s not the ‘discounted $18 bottle’ they say it is. It’s categorized as a “90+ Rated Wine Under $20” but while this is a bottle I’d happily try (I haven’t had it before) they don’t tell you who is rating it 90+ like wine sites usually do.
At the end of the day they sell wines I’d more happily drink than those from the $6 wine clubs you earn miles with (although they also sell Martha Stewart wine). But I’m not seeing free wines, or deals as good as the site says they are. And a $30 Amex credit is really only marginally better than $25 off $50 they give a new customer (you can’t use both at the same time).
So if you see something you like, use the new customer deal without the $30 off $30, and then use the Amex offer on a separate second purchase and a separate third purchase.
Seriously though have a look and share if there’s anything you see that jumps out at you as worth the effort? And here’s another frame to consider, where I don’t have the best expertise but could probably consult with my chef wife:
I don't drink much, I was hoping they'd tell me the good ones to cook with, or a quick free "host gift" if I ever enter someone else's house again…
— Jonathan Hankin (@jonnybgood1) January 8, 2021
Hare the terms of the offer, line breaks added:
Enrollment limited. Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem. Only U.S-issued Consumer Platinum and Consumer and Business Centurion American Express® Cards are eligible. Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels. Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card. Offer valid for purchases made online at wineinsiders.com only.
Excludes voucher purchases, taxes and shipping costs and promotional offers through www.wineinsiders.com/promos/ , www.wineinsiders.com/promotion/ , www.wineinsiders.com/collections/ , and www.wineinsiders.com/vouchers. Excludes Refer A Friend promo codes at Checkout.
Offer not available for delivery to AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, RI, SD and UT. See merchant website for additional terms and shipping policy. Must be 21 years or older to purchase and to consume alcohol, please drink responsibly. Offer is non-transferable. Limit of 2 statement credits (total of $60 back) per Card Member.
The enrolled Card account must not be cancelled or past due to receive statement credits. Offer is available for eligible Card Members with active accounts as of 11/1/2020. Any benefit earned from this offer is in addition to the rewards (i.e. Membership Rewards or cash back) earned as part of your existing Card benefits, but your ability to earn spend-based rewards for the purchase will be based on the amount after any statement credit or other discount is applied.
Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 6/30/2021, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Note that American Express may not receive information about your qualifying purchase from merchant until all items from your qualifying purchase have been provided/shipped by merchant. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is returned/cancelled.
If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: K1IR:0001
If you’re interested then bear in mind eligibility is limited and enrollment is required in the Amex Offers section of your account before redeeming.