AMEX Offers for Staples, VitaCost, Paperless Post & More

Good evening, this is just a quick post before I walk over to Subway to get a flatbread sandwich and a free cookie (free cookies every Tuesday if you buy a sandwich or salad).

I saw this offer on 1 of my AMEX cards and the offer seems extremely limited in who will receive the offer.  If you do have this offer, make sure you place your order online, store purchases will not count.

Staples.com AMEX Offer

2 other AMEX offers that were new to me…  

VitaCost.com AMEX Offer Paperless Post AMEX Offer

Need any more paper?  I would go for the free ream of paper, but not the 10 pack of paper.  The 10 pack of paper was $9.99 last week and will probably be $9.99 next week.

Staples Paper rebate 9-6-2014

I received an email this morning from Travel Effect which did a survey on behalf of the US Travel Association (website that has the limited time/supply travel deals during the summer).  Hopefully you are not in either camp and get to take all your PTO (paid/personal time off).

Overwhelmed America Infographic

Lastly, I will be working at the Airline Passenger Experience Expo (APEX) next week which is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, walking distance from Disneyland.  My friend Seth (Wander Aramean) will probably be there as well.  If you are near Anaheim this week, come check out all the cool airline seats, IFE systems, tray tables (ooooh), and oxygen masks (ahhhh).  Send me a tweet if you are interested.

Have a great night everyone!

10 thoughts on “AMEX Offers for Staples, VitaCost, Paperless Post & More

  1. Kent C

    My boss and coworkers on my crew rarely take time off. They are proud they have banked over 300 hours of vacation time. They’re saving it for retirement 20 years from now when it will add value to their government pension. They could be dead by then, sorry I know morbid. For me I have about 5 hours of vacation/PTO time at the end of every year because I value spending time with my family and taking vacations. Thanks to Grant and other blogs, my family and I travel on the cheap, usually for free or close to it. I drain my vacation time but I have experiences my coworkers salivate over and relish hearing. I have offered to tutor them about the benefits of credit card promos, etc, but they just don’t believe you can have multiple credit cards and maintain an outstanding credit score. Even though they know what I am doing, they want no part of it. It’s odd. I know it’s ridiculous but my wife and I are on our 68th credit card in 4 years and still have 800+ credit scores. Most of those are closed now of course but 40 are still active and we still apply every 3-4 months. Enjoy your free time with your family or with your significant other or even just by yourself. Don’t waste yourself away in your cubicle with the only joy seeing a large vacation/PTO number on your spreadsheet you check daily.

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    1. Grant

      It is amazing how certain people are so stubborn and unwilling to learn about the miles/points game. I tell myself: there are people who *like* to travel and then there are people who *actually* travel. I’m currently an intern at work and have taken 7+ weeks off over the last 12 months to travel. It is all unpaid time off but I get several paid holidays (they are paying me to not work). I would never give that up. People are delusional to think that waiting until retirement to travel is a smart idea. Why not travel when you are young and healthy? I think the US would be a better place if we all took more vacation days. Maybe I’m delusional for saying that, who knows.

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      1. Kent C

        I’ve heard the US as a whole is pretty chintzy, traditionally, when it comes to vacation time, 2 weeks being about average allowed for a full time job. In Europe I hear it’s commonplace to get 6-8 weeks vacation (not sure if all of that is paid). As a society it seems Europe does value time off and encourages getting out and about.

        Where I work we are allowed some additional time off (unpaid) but we must jump through levels of management and must prove there is a dire need for it. Vacation is never considered a need, unfortunately. I am lucky in that I get 3 weeks vacation a year which is given after 5 + years of employment. After 15 years of sacrifice they give you another week but 4 is max. Some people have worked here 40 years but will never get more than 4 weeks. Some people have become so accustomed to rarely taking time off that they have actually lost accrued vacation time and don’t seem to mind it.

        I know many retirees who dreamed of travel and time off after they retired. For many lack of mobility due to health now limits their options at an advanced age, especially after sitting in a cubicle gaining weight for 30 years. Sadly I know of a handful of folks who died shortly after they retired, within a year or two. Others got diagnosed with Alzheimers. Some people at work say I “piss” away my vacation time, but my family of 4 have enjoyed some amazing travel experiences that school really can’t teach.

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        1. Grant

          You hit the mail on the head. Travel early and often since there are no guarantees in life. I can’t imaging working 40-50 years and not being able to travel and enjoy retirement. Glad you think differently than the rest of your coworkers. ✈️

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          1. Kent C

            Actually I waited too long, should have done more when I was younger. Now with 4 people you have to also work around everyone’s schedule especially school. When you’re young and single, like you, it’s prime time to go see the world…as you know. Mucho flexibility and energy!

            Of course there is the nice benefit of sharing new places with another person, spouse, kids – but young guys like you should wait for all of that. Hold out and see the world. At least no kids for awhile so you can enjoy some romance or freedom with a significant other (you can’t find much romance in a standard double bedded room stuffed with 2 adults and an 8 and 10 year old).

            Thankfully my wife has excellent credit so we can double up on these offers and pony up for suites when we can. Unfortunately she hates doing the cancellation and reconsideration calls but c’est la vie. Small price to pay.

          2. Grant

            I could have done more too. I had so much free time in college I could have been traveling all the time. If only I had started a few years earlier. Have great/excellent credit is an amazing gift that should be utilized but everyone, but only used by a few. Your comment about romance with 8 and 10 year old in the room made me chuckle :)

  2. Kent C

    On the Staples promo, it may not be too limited. Not sure about others but on our combined 16 AE cards including our Serve cards and Wells Fargo Propel (some are authorized user cards too) I saw the Staples offer on 14 of them. Only our Costco cards excluded the offer. Then again our Costco cards always have a shorter list of offers over the others, oddly enough.

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  3. Kent C

    I thought about it. If they sold Amazon GC, I would probably buy a bunch, since I buy most everything off Amazon. The other GCs wouldn’t be too useful for me. I do love VGC for MS but that $6.95 is a killer and can’t use my INK cards for the promo of course. Wouldn’t make much profit per card and would still have to liquidate those VGC at WM. I don’t do the MO game and that would add additional fees as well.

    It’s still a nice offer of free $$ if you would be spending money anyway either at Staples or through those GC merchants. If not, I try to stay away since I suspect I would spend money at places I wouldn’t have otherwise.

    When AE had the Amazon deals and the Mobil gas deals I took advantage of that on most of the cards. Thankfully AE throws in some sweet ones now and then.

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    1. Grant

      Yes some of the AMEX offers are tricky. They try to make you spend money on things you normally wouldn’t buy. I think Staples.com has gift cards but most come with a $1.99 shipping fee. Could be worth it of course.

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