One of the things I love is combining different promotions together to make a deal sweeter than it ever was intended to be. As I have mentioned before, I am plugging away at a $10,000 spend requirement on my 75,000 Point Amex Business Gold Bonus I received a while back. If you don’t currently have an Amex, check out the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex that currently has a 25,000 SPG Point sign on Bonus. I used 17,000 of my SPG points to save over $1,100 on hotel costs at a music festival in Detroit back in May so they can be very valuable if you use them right.
I am always looking for ways to generate credit card spending, get the miles that that spending generates, and get the cash back in time to pay off the bill. This offer is a perfect example.
Amex is having a twitter / facebook promotion right now where you “sync” your Amex card with your Twitter, FourSquare or Facebook accounts. Once your card is synced you can sign up for different promotions by tweeting, checking in, or liking pages. An example of this promo is by tweeting #amexshell they will give you a $5 credit back 5-7 days after you spend $25 at any Shell station (Good deal if you are buying gas anyways.)
The offer we are discussing today is the one described here, a $100 credit after spending $599 or more at Dell.com (Valid until July 31, 2012). After tweeting #AmexDell100 and getting a reply that you are registered, you are ready to go. This by itself would be a good deal since you can use it for $600 in gift cards which you can then resell on Plastic Jungle. But we can make the deal better by taking an advantage of a coupon code Dell currently has that gives 10% off of the biggest gift card in your order. So by adding a $500 gift card, a $100 gift card, and a $50 gift card, and then applying coupon code 1VQ$?49HTW9KV9 it gives us $650 in gift cards for $600, which then goes down to $500 after the Amex $100 credit hits. Dell also is offering next day air shipping on the gift cards for free right now so make sure to select that during checkout.
In my case, I will be increasing my spend by $500 towards my bonus requirement and will get 500 membership rewards points that I can transfer to a number of frequent flyer and hotel programs. The icing on the cake is that Plastic Jungle is now offering up to 88.2% so if you weren’t planning on shopping at Dell any time soon, you could sell your $650 in gift cards for $573.30. If you are a student though or are shopping for one, I would consider using them for this offer where you get an XBox 360 free with the purchase of select PC’s (or a $200 eGift card).
So at the end of the day I will get 500 membership rewards points, $500 in spending to get me closer to my bonus requirements, and a PROFIT of $73.30 all for a little bit of time. Good enough!