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Tweet and buy a camera with your American Express

American Express and Twitter have partnered to give Amex cardholders a new shopping experience - but do social media and credit cards go hand in hand?

About American Express Sync on Twitter

American Express has introduced a new service on Twitter that allows cardholders to make purchases through their tweets. Called ‘Amex Sync,’ the new technology will allow Amex members who sync their card with Twitter to buy products just by including an allocated hashtag specific to what you’re buying. Although this service is only available in the US, Australians may soon be part of the American Express tweeting experience.

How does it work?

Special Offers

1 Sync your eligible American Express with Twitter at sync.americanexpress.com/twitter

2 Check your Twitter feed for special hashtags from American Express

3 If you see an offer you like and want to purchase, tweet the hashtag to load it onto your synced American Express card

4 Shop with you card as per normal, you don’t need to show your phone or any coupons. When you make the qualified purchase you will receive an automatic statement credit.

Special Products

1 Sync your eligible American Express with Twitter at sync.americanexpress.com/twitter

2 Check your Twitter feed for special hashtags from American Express

3 If you see a product you like and want to purchase, tweet the special product hashtag for the item you want and then confirm the purchase and your item will be delivered.

Are my credit card details secure?

Twitter doesn’t have the best reputation for security*. We always seem to hear how accounts are being constantly hacked into. And while that may a problem when your Twitter account makes embarrassing tweets, it’s a different situation when credit-card information is included.

According to Amex, Twitter never gets the credit card information, it stays within American express - a confirmation email is sent to the cardholder as well, so if someone does hijack your Twitter account, you’ll know straight away.

What products and offers can I tweet for?

Twitter HashtagOffer with a synced Amex Card - Figures are converted from American dollars and rounded upRRP AUD
#BuyXbox360BundleXbox 360 4GB for $198

Xbox 360

$299
#BuyUrbanZenBraceletUrban Zen Bracelet for $88

Urban Zen Bracelet

n/a
#BuyKindleFireHDKindle Fire HD for $165

Kindle Fire

$173
#BuyActionCamPackSony Action Cam for $198

Sony Action Cam

$399
#BuyXboxControllerXbox Controller for $33

Xbox Controller

$43

American Express Credit Cards Comparison

Rates last updated June 29th, 2017
Name Product Product Description Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
Receive a complimentary Qantas domestic return flight and 2 American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year.
55,000 bonus points
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
Get Smartphone Screen Insurance of up to $500 when you pay for your phone or contract with your Essential Credit Card.
1
14.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
American Express Explorer® Credit Card
Receive a $400 Travel Credit every year and up to two entries per year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport.
50,000 bonus points
2
20.74% p.a.
$395 p.a.
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
Receive a $200 Travel Credit every year and complimentary domestic and international travel insurance.
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($195 p.a. thereafter)
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Receive a complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight each anniversary year and complimentary travel insurance.
100,000 bonus points
0
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$375 p.a.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Earn uncapped Velocity points on purchases and redeem for a range of rewards including flights, accommodation, car hire and gift cards.
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Qantas American Express Premium Card - Exclusive Offer
Enjoy two complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year, plus the protection of complimentary travel and purchase insurance.
50,000 bonus points
1.25
20.74% p.a.
$249 p.a.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Earn Qantas points that can be redeemed for a one way, return or multi-destination Classic Flight Reward on over 50 partner airlines.
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
American Express Platinum Card
Receive an annual $300 Platinum Travel Credit, membership to an elite tier of partner programs and access to more than 1,000 VIP lounges.
80,000 bonus points
0
1
$1,200 p.a.
David Jones American Express
Receive benefits through David Jones including complimentary standard delivery, gift wrapping and invites to exclusive fashion events.
30,000 bonus points
1
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
Receive invitations to exclusive Season Launch Parades and fashion events, complimentary priority delivery and personal shopping perks.
40,000 bonus points
1
20.74% p.a.
$295 p.a.
American Express Business Card
Consolidate your business expenses and extend your cashflow with up to 51 interest-free days on purchases.
0
1
$109 p.a.
American Express Platinum Business Card
Enjoy a platinum business concierge, complimentary Virgin Lounge access, worldwide travel insurance and luxury hotel benefits.
100,000 bonus points
0
1
$1,500 p.a.
American Express Velocity Business Card
Take advantage of no pre-set spending limit, data that feeds to MYOB accounting software and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
0
1
$249 p.a.
American Express Gold Business Card
Take advantage of no pre-set spending limit, data that feeds to MYOB accounting software and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
10,000 bonus points
0
1
$169 p.a.
Qantas American Express Business Card
Earn Qantas points and receive domestic and international travel insurance, plus data that feeds directly to MYOB accounting software.
0
1
$299 p.a.
American Express Business Accelerator Credit Card
Receive up to 55 interest-free days on purchases, supplementary cards at no cost and data that feeds to MYOB accounting software.
0
2
20.74% p.a.
$160 p.a.
American Express Platinum Rewards Credit Card
Receive complimentary enrolment in Membership Rewards, purchase protection and up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
0
0
20.74% p.a.
$80 p.a.
American Express Qantas Corporate Green Card
Receive a discounted Qantas Club membership, entertainment invites, and insurance coverage for personal trips.
0
0
$70 p.a.
American Express Low Rate Credit Card
Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, global card support and up to 4 supplementary cardholders.
0
0
11.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.

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How many points can I potentially earn?

Your ability to earn other types of rewards, like the regular American Express Membership Rewards will be applied after any statement credits.

Case Study - the American Express Platinum Card

1 per dollar spent on regular purchases.

HashtagOfferRRPPoints Earned
#BuyXbox360BundleXbox 360 4GB for $198$299198
#BuyUrbanZenBraceletUrban Zen Bracelet for $88n/a88
#BuyKindleFireHDKindle Fire HD for $165$173165

The larger question that Twitter and Amex will face is whether or not consumers what to share their purchases with the public. Social media has shown that oversharing is very much possible, but only with certain kinds of information. Twitter is an open platform where anyone can say anything - be aware that this means people will know what your buying and are open to give you an opinion to it.

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She has completed a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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