Now Valid For June: Using The AMEX Consumer Platinum Card’s Streaming Credit For Amazon Gift Cards

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Update: I just tried this again for June and despite reports from comments below, it still works just fine. Keep in mind that:

  • The gifting account should not have any gift card balance, as that will be used before the credit card. If your household account does have a gift card balance you can transfer that balance to your primary account via the same eBook gift method or Kindle Unlimited method below or you can use another Amazon account.
  • The gifting account should not have any no-rush credits, as those will be lost in the transfer.
  • You can only gift 1 eBook at a time with this method.

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AMEX is offering new and increased statement credits and bonus points on wireless service, Dell, AMEX Travel, streaming services, shipping, supermarkets, and dining/restaurant delivery due to COVID-19.

One perk on the AMEX Consumer Platinum Card is a $20 monthly credit for streaming services through 12/31/20.

AMEX has a full list of valid streaming services:

First I tested what I figured would be a sure thing, I bought a 6 month Kindle Unlimited Gift Membership for $47.86+tax. I bought it from from my household Amazon account as a gift for my primary Amazon account.

I clicked to open the gift email on my primary Amazon account and instead of clicking to redeem the gift, I clicked on “Click here to redeem your membership as a gift card:”

The gift card balance on my primary account immediately went up by the price paid, including tax.

The charge posted to my AMEX Platinum card and as expected, $20 was refunded.

I decided to see what would happen if I bought an Amazon Kindle eBook as a gift.

Using my wife’s AMEX Platinum card, I bought The Monuments Men Kindle eBook from my household Amazon account as a gift for my primary Amazon account.

I paid for it using a $1 no-rush credit and $2.15 on the credit card.

I clicked to open the gift email “Get your Kindle book gift now” and login with my primary Amazon account:

Instead of clicking to redeem the gift, I clicked on “Learn how this works or exchange for a gift credit:”

 

 

Then I clicked on “Click to request a gift credit from customer service now”

After that it said that the request was processing:

 

With this option it took a few hours for the the gift card balance on my primary account to go up as it is manually added by a customer service agent. Additionally the no-rush credit was lost in the process, so you’ll want to use an account without credit to buy a gift eBook.

This is also a good way to transfer gift cards between Amazon accounts. If you have a gift card balance, you’ll have to use that or transfer it to another account before you can use a credit card for a Kindle eBook gift.

The $2.15 charge posted to my wife’s AMEX Platinum card and it was refunded as part of the streaming credit.

In other words if you buy $20 of Kindle eBooks as gifts you can convert that to $20 in Amazon gift cards every month until the end of the year, and get refunded for the purchases.

Note that you must purchase one eBook at a time in order to exchange it for a gift card.

For example this eBook is $19.99 and will be $0 after the streaming credit, but will be converted into a $19.99 gift card. If there’s tax in your state on eBooks then the gift card will include the price paid for tax, or you can buy a less expensive book if you don’t want to go over $20.

Where have you been using your credits?

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Yechiel Z

Is it too late to do this on May 31 being that the charge will probably only be pending today and post later this week ?

Mo K

Any creative uses for the shipping credit besides buying stamps?

Rit

Please lemme know when you find out.

Dov

USPS sells many other items besides shipping.

Sm

If i have no rush credits, can i use this method yo convert them to gc?

Al

I’m not a big Amazon user. Does this mean I need to open a second Amazon account?

Nick

Thank you very much Dan,
I was braking my head how I could utilize the $20 streaming credit.
You’re the best!!
I hope it will still post for May, so I could get another $20 for June

Yaratam

A fantastic post, as always, thanks Dan!
Any suggestions about the wireless credit? My Teltik payment unfortunately didn’t trigger an AmEx credit.

AC

Any reason this wouldn’t work for the Amex Platinum business card as well?

Dov

I followed your instructions and bought an eBook. But when I opened the email I got ‘Accept this eBook” with no option to redeem for gift credit. Please advice.

Mike

I got the same email but afraid to click on it as I want to get a GC.

Dov

The gift won’t be redeemed until you click “accept gift” at the amazon website not on the email.

Danielle

I had the same thing happen to me. I contacted amazon and cancelled my order.

iahphx

Right. Do NOT do this. Dan, please edit your post. It doesn’t work right. I spent an hour with Amazon customer service, who eventually seem to have fixed my problem.

joel

why do you need 2 amazon accounts ? you can only redeem the ebook as a gift card if you recieve it as a gift ?

Deal Guy

Actually, I just sent it to myself as a gift.
I then clicked on the gift email amazon sent me, and then requested a gift card instead.
Did I do something wrong? You mentioned that I must send it to a second account. Why would that be?

Jake

Dan just out of curiosity why do you and your wife both have platinum cards?

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BB

Amazon appears to have removed this option. Only option now is to accept the gift or “add to your existing subscription.” No option for gift card.

DaveC

I just did it and the email I got has a tab for “Get your Kindle book gift now”. There is a gift order # at the bottom of the email that I entered in as a GC code, but doesn’t work. No option to redeem as gift card.

pa

i just plan on calling up every month and asking them to add it as a statement credit, it already worked the month of may they gave me 40 20 for streaming and 20 for wireless as. dont have any subsciriptions billed to my card

Steven

Anyone else try this?

playwithcards

How did you manage to persuade them? This seems too good to be true.

joel

it needs to be given as a gift to work

Trisha Novotny

Anyone know if you can BUY audible gift card for $20 and get the $20 credit?

Trisha Novotny

Im new to this. I have TWO amazon accounts. How do I buy ebooks as a gift it just says buy with one click

Es Travel

By the way my Google fi Bill was not credited as mobile phone but as streaming credit. Anyone else have had happen?

Micha

Will these accounts get flagged and closed?

Dov

In the cases that I wasn’t able to redeem for gift credit because I bought two items at a time I did see an option to return the order. I went to “Your orders” then “Digital orders” and I saw a button that said “return unredeemed gifts” I clicked on that and got a refund. I only saw it by the gifts that wasn’t redeemable for gift credit.

Becky

I’m trying to redeem no-rush credits for Amazon credit using this method… I gifted 1 Kindle book to my husband’s account, and there’s just no “learn how this works or exchange for gift credit” option under the “accept gift”… What’d I do wrong? 1 book at a time, gifted to another account, starting redemtion on a computer (not mobile)…

Shay peleg

The question is won’t Amex get upset for this ?

Barak

@Dan – how do you find ebooks priced close to $20 to match Amex Platinum credit? I am trying to find it but it takes ton of time to find relevant books (no way to filter by exact price:-(

If anyone could share the ebooks they found, it would be much appreciated!

Thanks Barak

Pam

Not getting the options you show in the example. Sent a book to my second account and it says I am sending a gift. But when I go to redeem the fine print only lists this: By clicking “Accept this eBook,” you agree to Amazon’s Conditions of Use and Kindle Store Terms of Use. No “learn how this works or exchange” shown at all.

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