I‘ve carried an American Express credit card for about 10 years. In all that time, I’ve never used the rewards points to buy merchandise on ShopAmex. Instead, we’ve always used the points for travel. And then along came American Express and an offer of some Rewards Points for me to use for holiday shopping. It’s all part of the American Express Holiday Gifting Personality Quiz, which we wrote about last week.
So for the first time, I had the chance to check out ShopAmex, the shopping portal offered by American Express. Several things really surprised me about American Express’ online shopping site. First, the number of products you can buy on ShopAmex is amazing. For my first purchase, we decided to buy something for our home. And we were looking for something very practical and something that could save us money–a programmable thermostat.
While looking for a programmable thermostat on ShopAmex may seem odd, it turns out they have a large selection. We ended up buying the Honeywell RTH7600D, which is a 7-day programmable thermostat.
The second thing that surprised me about ShopAmex is that once you select an item, you can often choose from several online retailers. For the Honeywell programmable thermostat, there were two retailers to choose from, including Home Depot. And because the prices often vary from one retailer to the next, the amount of American Express Rewards Points varies. As a result, you can comparison shop within ShopAmex without having to visit multiple websites to find the best price.
And the third thing that was great about ShopAmex is that items are currently 30% off. This special runs through December 31. Every product I looked at cost 30% less in Amex points, which is a nice savings. All of that is to say that ShopAmex was extremely easy to use and saved us some money at the same time.
If you’ve used ShopAmex before, leave a comment and let us know what you think.
Published or updated March 22, 2012.