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I’ve been using a Samsung Galaxy S7 for 5 years. I was going to replace it in early 2020 but the pandemic hit and I didn’t bother. My complaints about the old phone are,
- Not enough storage space, and it no longer always recognizes the memory card
- Insufficient battery
I’d run out of juice on trips all the time. I carry an extra battery with me when I travel, especially on American Airlines (since many legacy US Airways planes lack power) and Southwest (which doesn’t offer power). But I wanted a phone whose charge would last longer. Since the start of Covid-19 I’ve rarely been away from a charger, so I skipped the 2020 upgrade.. and have been deleting things off the phone regularly to free up space.
So I’m planning to buy the new Samsung S21 when it comes out in a few weeks. Since I get a new phone only every 4-5 years I may get the S21 ultra. Lo and behold my Platinum Card® from American Express has an ‘Amex Offer’ from Samsung of a $200 statement credit with $1000 spend.
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.
Pre-registering on the Samsung website (which lets them market to me and remind me to make the purchase) saves me $50 on the phone as well.
And Samsung will give me $200 as a trade-in on my old Samsung S7, which is five times what AT&T was willing to offer for it last year (newer phones get bigger trade-in amounts than that).
Added to the $200 back from American Express I’ve got $400 coming back to me and a $50 discount. And by buying the phone outright I’ll get Amex purchase protection from my Platinum Card. That seems better to me than making payments on the phone through AT&T – although buying it from Samsung rather than my service provider means foregoing the opportunity to earn 5 points per dollar with my Ink Business Cash® Credit Card which I use to pay my monthly bills.
The Ink Business Cash® Credit Card of course is a no annual fee card that currently has an incredible offer to earn $750 bonus cash back after you spend $7,500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, and which I can transfer to airline miles or hotel points by first moving to one of my annual fee Chase Ultimate Rewards cards. My AT&T bill also includes home television and internet, too, earning 5 points per dollar.