Free Gifts From American Express!

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American Express Gift Chain Registration Linky
Registration will close after 250,000 cards have been enrolled.

Eligible cards:
-Consumer American Express issued primary and secondary cards.
-Business American Express issued primary and secondary cards.
-3rd party American Express cards.

Non-eligible:
-Macy’s American Express
-Corporate American Express Cards
-Gift/Prepaid cards.
-Cards opened after 11/26/11.

After registering there are 2 ways of earning gifts. Gifts are worth between $2 and $500 (plus you can gift 3 facebook friends their own $500 gifts as well!) You can even with 50,000 Membership Rewards points!

Limit of ten Gifts per Cardmember during the Promotion Period, regardless of method of participation.

See the list of all gifts in the Gift Chain Official Rules Every store has their own gift pool.

Method 1: Spend $25 or more online at the following merchants websites between November 28 and December 21, 2011. Within 24 hours following your Qualifying Purchase, you will be sent an email which will advise you of the Gift you are eligible to receive with instructions as to how to claim it. While supplies of Gifts for each merchant lasts.
American Eagle Outfitters
Bed Bath & Beyond
Blue Nile
Dell
GameStop
J.Crew
Lenovo
Neiman Marcus
Nike
Pottery Barn
REI
Rue La La
Toys”R”Us
vente-privee
Walmart
YoYo.com
Zappos

Method 2: Send in an envelope to get a gift.
-Hand write your name (exactly as it appears when you registered in the Promotion), complete address, city, state, ZIP code, phone number (including area code), email address and name of the Qualifying Merchant Gift Pool in which you would like to participate (while supplies of Gifts in that Qualifying Merchant Gift Pool last) on a piece of paper and mail it in an envelope to:
“AMEX Holiday Gift Chain – Free To Participate Request”, P.O. BOX 4900, Fenton, MO 63099 (“Mail-In Request”).
-Requests must be postmarked by December 21, 2011 and received by December 28, 2011.
-Limit one (1) request per outer-postmarked envelope.
-Upon receipt of your request, a Sponsor representative will “participate” for you in the specified Qualifying Merchant Gift Pool and you will be sent an email which will advise you of the Gift that you are eligible to receive and how to claim it
-Free Participation requests mechanically reproduced or made in any fashion other than as specified herein are void.
-Any requests received from a Cardmember who has not registered his/her Card by the time the Free Participation request is received will be deemed null and void.
-If a request does not include the name of a Qualifying Merchant but is otherwise complete, Sponsor will randomly select a Qualifying Merchant Gift Pool into which request will be entered.
-Be sure to see the amount of eligible gifts for each merchant in the Gift Chain Official Rules.

HT: tripper, via DDF

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Joel L.

I tried a few of my amex cards and this is the response.

SORRY

The system cannot validate your Card information at this time. Please try again in a few hours.

Fay

It doesn’t seem to be working is anyone else having a hard time registering

ddawg

When i try to enroll my card it says “Sorry, you must have been a Cardmember prior to 11/27/11 to participate” any idea why that is? I was a card member for over 3 years now?

MS

Help! Not working!
“The system cannot validate your Card information at this time. Please try again in a few hours.”

Eli

Hi Dan i tried Registering 3 Cards NONE worked…

Mordy

This is the message I get when I try to register:

Sorry.The system cannot validate your Card information at this time. Please try again in a few hours.

mo

Not working!
Dan were you able 2 register?

Shimmy

Tried both mine and my wife’s cards, got the following message:

“Sorry, you must have been a Cardmember prior to 11/27/11 to participate”

I’ve been a cardmember since 2008. My card is at least a couple of months old. What gives?

Not working

I tried registering… and it’s not working

Yocheved

something seems broken. did it work 4 u?

silkyjk

I tried to register my card but it keeps on saying that i need to be a member before 11/27/2011, and of course i was a member since before today

Dan

It did work for me. Maybe the site is down right now?

centro

It only works with some specific cards ( as written in by the description ) maybe it doesn’t work with the typical cards that we have ( mines didn’t work either )

rebdude

i also tried and got the error message to try back in a few hours.

Yocheved

what card did u use?

Dan

@Yocheved:
Starwood.
It looks like it may be down now. Try again in the morning.

Deal Guy

PROMOTION PERIOD: The Promotion starts November 28, 2011 at 09:00:00 (9:00:00 AM) Central Time (CT) and ends December 21, 2011 at 23:59:59 CT (11:59:59 PM CT

sarah

The system cannot validate your Card information at this time. Please try again in a few hours.

fred

Their website is messed up they told me should be working tomorrow.gave me a ticket number that I can give them and gaurantees me a spot

Chris

Might be possible to do store pickup for Walmart and spend $25 to earn free gift. Should receive gift within few days to email. If you don’t pick up item in 7 days, automatically refunded. Unsure if AMEX would pull prize but I seriously doubt.

Erik

As others point out, not working at present. Eh.

It is currently rejecting one particular card for a different reason: Says my Hilton Amex was not opened before 11/27. That would a false statement.

mordy

hey, first time i tried it, it said it was denied. did it a second time and almost all my cards were accepted.
quick question dan, if u do the second method-what do you write down for qualifying merchant gift pool? do i just write ae.com for example?

Yaakov

Maybe I missed this, but what are the gifts?

eli

worked for me right now

tripper

Site seems to be accepting registration again

Shlomo

Working now

0geek

I was able to register my Citi AAdvantage Amex (got my email saying it was good) but not my HHonors Amex (Must be a card member before 11/27 – Which I am). Question, how many times can you mail in an entry form? As many times as you want, one for each, or one total?

Mark

works just fine now

boruch

Worked for me.

Chris

For those looking to mail in registration, I’m guessing the gifts will be gone by then. I’d just go the buy/return route if you want to take a gamble.

chaim

Does vip.zappos work or only zappos?

Marks

@Chris: Gifts in each Qualifying Merchant Gift Pool are randomly time seeded throughout the Promotion Period and distributed to the first person who completes a Qualifying Purchase and/or a Free Participation (as applicable) for the applicable Qualifying Merchant on or after the time the Gift is randomly seeded

It looks like they will randomly be ‘seeding’ throuought the next month. It’s all a matter of luck and timing. I could send in a mailing in 3 weeks and ‘happen’ to arrive right after a ‘seeding’ and win.

Aay B.

Doesnt work for me.. tried all my cards and same error:

SORRY
The system cannot validate your Card information at this time. Please try again in a few hours.

mikes

Just worked for me with a Citi AA AMEX.

Any idea if WM gift cards will work? I regularly purchase them for my wife to use at Sam’s, in order to transfer the spending to the AMEX (towards the 75k reward.)

Anybody else notice that they are valuing MR points at .9 cents each? If you win one of those big point prizes and you don’t have an MR account, they award the cash and you get screwed.

Peretz

Just called them – they need a code for them to register the card…

shtaiger

does 10 per cardmember mean per person or per card registered?

Joseph Levy

Just tried to register and got the sorry. Called the customer number and the man checked into it, took all info and said card will be registered by them manually.

avi

HI JUST LETTING EVERYBODY KNOW THAT I JUST REGISTERED AND IT WORK!!!!!!!!!

THANKS DAN

Aay B.

@avi:
Which card(s) did you register?

Winner

Won a free membership to Shoprunner! Too bad I rarely shop on those sites.

sam

I want to mail in and be in the raffle. dan wrote: “name of the Qualifying Merchant Gift Pool in which you would like to participate”. How do i know the different gift pools and see the details of each, so I know which one i would like to join?

anon

Can i register more than one card?

Peretz

@Peretz: Just registered all the cards online w/o a code.

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