Free, Instant $250 Amazon Gift Card From Brex

This morning I wrote about a 20% transfer bonus from Brex points to miles. I have a stash of 215,000 points thanks to a signup bonus and a Paypal deal – some of the easiest 215,000 points I’ve ever accrued.

As if the Brex deal hadn’t been good enough already, I received an email from them today: “Your Amazon Gift Card”

From the subject line it seemed either like it must be,

  • Spam or phishing impersonating Brex
  • A pitch to redeem points for gift cards

I clicked on the email and found a message that simply said,

Brex wants to thank you.

Here is a small token of our appreciation. We hope you enjoy it.

And a link to claim a $250 Amazon gift card – no strings attached. Wait, wut?

Again, I was still a little bit skeptical. I didn’t even want to use the link on the website to deposit the gift card – so I went to myself, copied the gift card claim code, and entered it on their site. It worked.

Why on earth Brex is giving me $250 when I currently have $0 in my Brex account I don’t know. Perhaps it’s because I have $0 there, and haven’t used the account much since qualifying for my initial bonus.

But it’s clear that if you have a Brex account you should be looking at your email box for an email,

  1. From Brex
  2. With the subject line “Your Amazon Gift Card”

    It looks like junk, at least it did to me, but it is not.

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  1. Non zero chance the Brex marketing team thought, hey let’s target specifically blogs where the comments sections are very interesting.

  2. Definitely YMMV. Ironically, I legitimately use my new Brex account but never got the Paypal points or the Amazon GC. I guess they’re courting customers rather than rewarding real ones.

  3. Looks like it’s a referral bonus.
    “Congrats on your first Brex card purchase! Now that your card is broken in, we’d like to tell you how you can earn $250 Amazon gift cards with our easy referral program.”

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