Amex just announced their The Gift Chain promotion where you can win up to $500 for spending $25 at participating retailers. You will receive a gift for every purchase (limit of 10 free gifts), which can range from a $2.00 statement credit up to a $500 statement credit. From what I’ve read online people are commonly receiving a $5, $10 or $25 statement credit. My recommendation would be to simply purchase a $25 gift card from one of the the retailers below and hope you get a $25 statement credit, thereby making it free. Promotion ends on December 21st, or when supplies run out, so I would jump on this promotion right away.
I made my first $25 purchase on jcrew.com and received a one-year membership to ShopRunner.com (retail value $79.00). I’ve never used Shop Runner, but it seems like a pretty valuable service akin to AmazonPrime where you get free 2-day shipping at all participating retailers. I received the gift email about an hour after I placed my order.
Here are my purchases and results for my first 5 tries:
1. $25 J. Crew GC – 1-Year ShopRunner.com membership
2. $25 Wal-mart GC – $5 Statement Credit
3. $25 J. Crew GC – $25 AMEX Gift Card (Shareable with 3 friends on FaceBook)
4. $25 J. Crew GC – $20 AMEX Gift Card
5. $25 J. Crew GC – $45 Statement Credit
Keep in mind that you can also enter for FREE by sending in a letter.
Simply hand write your name (exactly as it appears when you registered in the Promotion), complete address, city, state, ZIP code, phone number (including area code), email address and name of the Qualifying Merchant Gift Pool in which you would like to participate (while supplies of Gifts in that Qualifying Merchant Gift Pool last) on a piece of paper and mail it in an envelope to:
“AMEX Holiday Gift Chain – Free To Participate Request”
P.O. BOX 4900
Fenton, MO 63099
(“Mail-In Request”). Requests must be postmarked by December 21, 2011 and received by December 28, 2011
Here are some of the participating retailers I would consider purchasing something from:
American Eagle Outfitters [ae.com]
Bed Bath & Beyond [bedbathandbeyond.com]
Neiman Marcus [neimanmarcus.com]
Nike Store [nike.com]
Pottery Barn [potterybarn.com]
Rue La La [ruelala.com]