Amex Shop Small – The Complete Guide

Amex Shop Small is back, and it's bigger than ever.

American Express has brought forward its popular ‘Shop Small’ promotion to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 on their important road to recovery.

This year, if you hold an eligible American Express credit card, you'll have the opportunity to get $5 back on purchases ten times (a saving of up to $50). Amex Shop Small usually only runs for one month, however, this year's campaign will be live for a full 12 weeks (10 June to 31 August 2020). Additionally, there's no cap on the number of cardholders who can register.

As a result, there's more time and more scope for cardholders to support small businesses when spending in-store and online this winter.

Register for American Express Shop Small now

Registrations for Amex Shop Small are now open, with the offer available to all cardholders during the offer period. If you're an eligible cardholder, you can can login to the American Express App or to your Amex online account to save the offer.

Looking for information on how to maximise your savings from this promotion? We've put together a guide to help you navigate this popular ‘Spend and Save’ offer.

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Amex Shop Small: What's to love

Amex Shop Small is my favourite American Express cardholder perk. The promotion is designed to encourage American Express cardholders to spend at small businesses while highlighting the wide acceptance of Amex locally.

Shop Small launched in Australia in 2013. Since then, the promotion has been hugely successful in raising awareness of the importance of supporting small businesses.

As an American Express Card Member, it helps me to support small businesses in the local community, while offering a discount on the everyday purchases I’d usually make.

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Amex Shop Small: How does it work?

Between 10 June and 31 August 2020, eligible American Express cardholders receive a $5 credit when spending $10 or more in one transaction at participating merchants, at up to 10 different places. By taking advantage of the offer, you can save $50 in total, a nice little reward for supporting local businesses in-store or online.

Step by step guide to register for Amex Shop Small

Registration for Amex Shop Small is now open, and it's easy to save the offer and complete the eligible spend.

To claim the offer, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1: Login to your American Express account between 10 June 2020 and 31 August 2020 and click “Save to Card” on the Shop Small Amex Offer (note that not all cards will show the offer)

Step 2: Spend $10 or more on your registered card at an eligible small business.

Step 3: Wait for the $5 cashback to be credited to your American Express credit or charge card account. This can take up to 90 days.

As a reminder, there's no cap on the number of cardholders who can participate this year. However, the earlier you save the offer, the greater the time period you'll have to use it.

Which businesses are participating?

The network of businesses participating in Amex Shop Small is larger than ever. In fact, over 135,000 new merchants have joined the American Express network across Australia in the last two years. Personally speaking, I'm able to use the offer at most local businesses near my home in Adelaide – from my favourite butcher, to the chemist, the florist and even at my local coffee shop.

But how can you quickly identify which small businesses you can support?

Enter the Amex Shop Small Map. It’s a handy, searchable tool that will help you identify participating Amex Shop Small merchants. When you search the Shop Small Map, eligible merchants will be highlighted with the Shop Small logo.

Whether you're in Sydney, NSW or Salisbury, SA, the Shop Small Map is an easy way to find small businesses in your local area that are participating in the offer. The Amex Shop Small Map is updated regularly and can be found here.

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The number of online businesses participating in American Express Shop Small is also growing each year. You can find out more about participating online merchants here.

Do I need to register each Amex card separately?

Yes. Only eligible spend on the card number you register counts towards the offer. Each eligible Amex card must be registered separately. This includes supplementary cards. See below for more information about which Amex cards are eligible for the promotion.

What is the Amex Shop Small spend period?

The Amex Shop Small campaign period is from 10 June 2020 and 31 August 2020. During this time, cardholders need to make an eligible spend on a registered card during this time period to receive a $5 credit.

When will Amex Shop Small credit appear in my account?

Provided you meet the offer qualification criteria, credit should appear on your billing statement within five business days from qualifying spend. However, Amex advises that it could take up to 90 days from the offer end date.

Credit won't be applied to your card account if your card has been suspended or cancelled. The credit may be reversed if your qualifying purchase is refunded or cancelled.

Which cards are eligible to participate in Amex Shop Small ?

All primary American Express cards (including David Jones co-brand Amex cards ) are eligible to participate in Shop Small. Supplementary cards are also eligible, but they need to be registered for the offer separately from the primary card.

Corporate, business travel, government and store cards are not eligible. Full offer terms and conditions are available on the Amex Shop Small page.

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