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We’ve had to wait a little bit longer this year for Amazon Prime Day. The annual shopping holiday is typically held in the summer, but with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Amazon focused on providing essential items to those who need them during the summer months and pushed Amazon Prime Day off until the fall. Fortunately, there are some great bonuses available now to help you earn points on Amazon Prime Day.
Shoppers are looking forward to taking advantage of unprecedented deals to come October 13 and 14. Amazon has blasted the new dates in many of its advertisements leading up to the event. It offers many shoppers the perfect opportunity to begin holiday shopping early.
But beyond snagging deals on Prime products, tech (like noise-canceling headphones for travel or working from home), and home goods, you can also get another benefit from Amazon Prime Day: extra points and miles from all that online shopping. So, as you purchase your holiday gifts for family members, you’ll also be gifting yourself points and miles to go toward your next trip.
How can you make the most out of Amazon Prime Day?
Make Sure You Have An Amazon Prime Membership
First things first: You need to ensure your Amazon Prime membership is up to date before Amazon Prime Day if you want to take advantage of any deals. Luckily, if you don’t currently have a membership, you can get a 30-day free trial. If you cancel within the month, you’ll have access to the sale without being charged.
However, many find that membership is well worth the $13 per month, given the benefits, such as streaming shows and movies, early shipping, and more.
What Credit Card Should I Use During Amazon Prime Day?
There are a few credit cards that you’ll want to consider using during Amazon Prime Day. Some of the cards have incredible signup/welcome bonuses as well. Many of the cards featured are also offering some of the best credit card offers available now.
American Express Credit Cards
A new targeted offer for American Express cardholders came to light late last month. It’s worth checking to see if it’s available to you, depending on what American Express card you have. Some users have reported that it’s available to them across several different AmEx cards.
Through Nov. 13, eligible Memberships Rewards members will earn 5 Membership Rewards points for each $1 spent on eligible purchases on Amazon. You can earn up to 2,000 Membership Rewards points via the offer, or on up to $400 spent.
So, if you have an eligible American Express card and want to specifically earn Membership Rewards points, this is an easy way to earn quintuple points during Amazon Prime Day.
Tip: You can also use the CardMatch™ tool to see if there are any targeted offers available specifically for you.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
Okay, so this one is a bit tricky. Yes, you’re only earning 1x points on your purchases with Amazon when you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred® card. But, if you’re a new cardholder — or even thinking about being a new cardholder — it’s worth considering using the Chase Sapphire Preferred card during Amazon Prime Day.
Well, currently, Chase is offering the largest-ever bonus offer for new Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders: 80,000 bonus points after they spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months. In other words, you can get a whole lot of free travel just for your regular spending.
Chase has 13 air and hotel travel transfer partners, including Southwest, United, and Hyatt. Chase Sapphire Preferred points earn 25% more value when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards. So, the signup bonus is worth $1,000 in award travel.
Cardholders also earn 2x points for travel and dining, 5x points for Lyft rides (through March 2022), and 1x point for everything else.
So, if you plan on dropping big money during Amazon Prime Day and you’ve been eyeing the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, now’s the time to jump on it. You can easily get well on your way to earning those 80,000 bonus points during Amazon Prime Day.
The Platinum Card from American Express
If you’re not eligible for the American Express targeted offer detailed above and you already have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you may want to see if adding The Platinum Card® from American Express to your wallet makes sense.
Right now, you can earn 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards points by spending $5,000 on the card in the first 3 months of card holding. American Express transfer partners include British Airways, Delta Air Lines, and Hilton.
Other Platinum Card benefits include up to $200 annually in statement credits for incidental fees at one qualifying airline, up to $200 in Uber savings annually for rides and eats in the U.S., and up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue (enrollment required).
You’ll earn 5x points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel. Starting January 1, 2021, earn 5x points on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year. Cardholders also earn 5x points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com. The annual fee is $550 (See Rates & Fees).
So, again, if you plan on spending a lot during Amazon Prime Day and you don’t mind adding another card to your wallet, the American Express Platinum Card is one to consider.
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Similarly, the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card is also offering up to 100,000 bonus Venture miles to new cardholders, worth $1,000 in travel. When signing up, you can earn 50,000 miles by spending $3,000 in the first three months. But if you spend $20,000 in the first year, you’ll earn 100,000 miles.
Cardholders also earn 2x miles on every purchase. However, Uber Eats purchases earn 5x miles per $1 spent, through January 31, 2021. There are no foreign transaction fees with this card and a fee credit of up to $100 for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry is included.
Capital One transfer partners include Emirates, JetBlue, and Singapore Airlines.
If Capital One is your travel credit card provider of choice, this may just be the new card for you on Amazon Prime Day.
Citi Double Cash
If you’re interested in earning cash back, the Citi® Double Cash Card will definitely tempt you. Cardholders earn up to 2% back on purchases (1% when they buy, plus another 1% when they pay). There is no limit to how much cash back can be earned.
Unfortunately, there is no current offer available as a signup bonus. However, this card has no annual fee to worry about.
Related: The Best Cash Back Credit Cards
Summary of How To Earn Points On Amazon Prime Day
If you are planning on taking advantage of the Amazon Prime Day deals, you can easily earn rewards on your purchases with a rewards credit card. Then, you can use the rewards for cash back, travel (when you’re able to), and more. And, depending on the card, you might get closer to earning that signup/welcome bonus. Earn points on Amazon Prime Day and maximize your purchases.
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For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
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