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Goodbye Costco, Amex is Offering Free Sam's Club Membership

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Since Costco parted ways with American Express, the start of their new partnership with Citi Visa hasn’t been going as well as we thought it would. They gave advance notice of the credit card changes and had a reasonable time frame to work the kinks out for all Costco members. Despite that however, billing and activation issues arose and the rollout went south for certain Costco members.

>> SEE ALSO: How to Shop at Costco Without a Membership

Shortly after that news broke, Sam’s Club announced that all Costco cardholders can shop for free at any of their Sam’s Club warehouse locations through July 4th. A huge jab, no doubt, at the ongoing Costco Citi fiasco.

American Express Offering Free Sam's Club Membership? What?

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Well aware of the downward spiral for some Costco x Citi Visa shoppers, American Express and Sam’s Club teamed up to offer select  American Express cardholders free membership (or practically free).

For those who don’t know, Sam’s Club already accepts American Express credit card at all of their warehouse locations! So if you have an American Express card, follow these steps for a free Sam’s Club membership:

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Source: 20 Something Finance

1. Log into your American Express Offers account

2. Scroll down and look for the Sam’s Club deal under ‘Amex Offers and Benefits

3. Hit ‘Add to Card’ to unlock offer on your Amex card

4. Offer may not be available for all American Express cardholders, G.E. Miller from 20 Something Finance mentioned that he found this from his Amex Blue Cash Preferred account. We, however, did not see the offer available for Amex Blue Sky account.

5. This offer ends 9/30/2016.

For select Amex cardholders, you can use this deal to get $45 back when you spend $45 or more at your local Sam’s Club. This alone covers the cost of your Sam’s Savings or Sam’s Business card, both of which cost $45 for an annual membership. You’re pretty much getting a free Sam’s Club membership from Amex, hooray!

>> SEE ALSO: How to Pick The Best Credit Card for You (based on 10 criterias)

As I mentioned before, I have the Amex Blue Sky card and that was among one of my first credit cards that offers one of the highest line of credit (for those just starting out with a credit card), great customer service and many MANY benefits. Amex tends to update their offer every month or so and you’ll have to login to add/activate these offers on your card. What’s the best offers from Amex so far?

My personal favorite is the free membership to ShopRunner. You get free 2-day shipping and return from hundreds of stores like: Under Armour, Saks Fifth Avenue, American Eagle etc. They previously offered a free 1-year Amazon Prime membership via free ShopRunner membership… how awesome is that? Lying in wait for that offer to come back. Other Amex Offers I currently spy in my account (remember that offers varies depending on what Amex card you have):

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Seeing as there are no Sam’s Club in my area, I’m a Costco gal all the way but for those who prefer Sam’s Club… what’s your favorite deal? Costco vs Sam’s Club, what’s your pick?


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monster1991 profile picture
I wanna be the very best like no one ever was. Couponing is my real test, to cut them is my cause. I will travel across the land, searching far and wide. Each store to understand, the discounts that's inside.
TLWisnerFeb 15, 2017
I am a former Sams' Club Member. Costco is twice as far from my house but the extra distance is worth it. I never had any issues with my Costco Amex changing over to Citi Visa - just bigger rewards and lower rates with the Citi Costco Visa. For me it is no contest: Costco > Sams.
bmwsavJul 10, 2016
Not available to me.

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