Saturday, December 10, 2011

American Express Gift Chain - Going The Paper Route

Apparently I just can't get enough of The Gift Chain American Express promotion. After playing my luck with my one and only AMEX, I still had the itch for more surprises. Kevin also has an AMEX, but it is a company card, so he decided it would be best for him to play it safe and avoid making charges in order to participate.

In that case, we decided it was worth a shot to register his card and try the free participation method using a good old pen and paper. You technically can submit 10 entries per registered card, but it's time consuming because you must hand-write each entry and include it in separate hand-written envelopes. 

According to others who have had success using this method, prizes are usually awarded via email within 7-10 business days. Below are instructions on how to participate using this method taken directly from the program terms and conditions:

Free Participation: To receive a Gift without making a Qualifying Purchase, during the Promotion Period, 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.

I'll surely keep you posted as to what we get this time around, in the meantime, feel free to take a peak at the "gifts" I received in my first batch.

-x0 Angelina

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