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Tweet and buy a camera with your American Express

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

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 December 5th, 2016
Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Bonus Points Annual fee
American Express Essential Credit Card
Receive a $50 credit on eligible spend and get Smartphone screen insurance combined with a no annual fee for life card. Also enjoy a 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for 12 months.
1 $0 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Explorer Credit Card
Receive 100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points on eligible spend within the first 2 months of Card Membership. Also enjoy a $400 travel voucher and two complimentary airline passes per year.
2 100,000 bonus points $395 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
Receive 10,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement. Enjoy a $200 travel credit every year and get 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
1 0 10,000 bonus points $195 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Ultimate Card
Enjoy up to 100,000 bonus Qantas Points on eligible spend, earn up to 3 Qantas Points for every $1 spent and get a free return flight every year.
1 0 100,000 bonus points $450 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Enjoy up to 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you meet the minimum required spend and earn up to 3 rewards points per dollar spent. Also receive a complimentary return flight every year.
1 0 50,000 bonus points $349 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Enjoy 7,500 bonus Velocity Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement and earn up to 2 points for every $1 you spend, together with a $0 annual fee.
1 0 7,500 bonus points $0 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Premium Card
Earn as much as 30,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement. Enjoy frequent flyer benefits including uncapped Qantas Points per $1 spent, complimentary travel insurance and Qantas Club lounge invitations.
1 0 30,000 bonus points $249 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Discovery Card
Enjoy up to 7,500 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer Points and 1 point per $1 spent, plus 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months, all for a $0 annual fee.
1 0 7,500 bonus points $0 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Card
Receive 100,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement and earn up to 3 points per dollar spent. Gain access to travel insurance, $300 Platinum Travel Credit every year and access to 900 VIP airport lounges.
1 0 100,000 bonus points $1,200 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Gold Business Card
Keep track of your business expenses with a dedicated business credit card. Your account details can be uploaded in to MYOB, Excel or Quicken to help with BAS reporting.
1 0 10,000 bonus points $169 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Business Card
A truly dedicated business rewards credit card. Download all your card expenses in a format readable by Quicken, MYOB, Microsoft Excel and more, helping you simplify your quarterly BAS reporting.
1 0 $249 p.a. Go to site More info
David Jones American Express
Receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points and earn up to 3 Rewards points for every dollar spent on everyday item and access exclusive in-store benefits to David Jones cardholders.
1 30,000 bonus points $99 p.a. Go to site More info
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
Receive 40,000 Membership Rewards points or 30,000 Qantas Points. Plus earn up to 4 rewards point per $1 spend.
1 40,000 bonus points $295 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Business Card
Earn up to 1 Membership Rewards point per dollar spent on eligible purchases.
1 0 $109 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Business Card
Provides easy tracking and management of business expenses - reporting meets ATO requirements. Dedicated Platinum Business Concierge to assist you day-to-day.
1 0 100,000 bonus points $1,500 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Business Card
Earn 1 Qantas Point per dollar spent on eligible purchases.
1 0 $299 p.a. More info
American Express Business Accelerator Credit Card
This credit card gives you up to 55 days of interest-free purchases
2 0 $160 p.a. More info
American Express Qantas Corporate Green Card
Earn up to 1 Membership Rewards point per dollar charged on your business spending and enjoy a complimentary business travel insurance of up to 150,000.
0 0 $70 p.a. More info

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 is currently studying 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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