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Tweet and buy a camera with your American Express

Information verified correct on May 24th, 2017

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 May 24th, 2017
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Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
Fly faster with up to 2.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent and receive a complimentary Qantas domestic return Economy flight every year.
1.5 55,000 bonus points $450 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
A no annual fee card that collects up to 1 Membership Rewards point for every $1 spent.
1 $0 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Explorer® Credit Card
Earn up to 2 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive a $400 Travel Credit every year.
2 50,000 bonus points $395 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
Earn up to 3 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive a $200 Travel Credit every year.
0 1 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($195 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Take off sooner with up to 2.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent and receive a complimentary Virgin Australia return domestic flight every year.
0 1.5 100,000 bonus points $375 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Take off sooner with up to 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent and pay $0 annual fee.
1 $0 p.a. Go to site More info
Qantas American Express Premium Card
Fly faster with up to 2.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary domestic and international travel insurance.
1.25 30,000 bonus points $249 p.a. Go to site More info
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Fly faster with up to 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent and enjoy the convenience of Apply Pay, Samsung Pay or Android Pay.
1 $0 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Card
Earn up to 3 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary access for you and a guest to over 1,000 VIP Lounges.
0 1 80,000 bonus points $1,200 p.a. Go to site More info
David Jones American Express
Earn up to 3 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive a range of in-store benefits at David Jones.
1 30,000 bonus points $99 p.a. Go to site More info
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
Earn 4 Reward Points per $1 spent at David Jones and receive invitations to exclusive Season Launch Parades, fashion events and more.
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 $1 spent and extend your cash flow up to 51 days.
0 1 $109 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Business Card
Earn up to 2 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and extend your cash flow up to 51 days.
0 1 100,000 bonus points $1,500 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Business Card
Take off sooner with up to 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent and take up to 51 days to pay for your purchases.
0 1 $249 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Gold Business Card
Earn up to 1 Membership Rewards point per $1 spent and extend your cash flow up to 51 days.
0 1 10,000 bonus points $169 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Business Card
Fly faster with up to 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent and save with up to 55 days interest-free.
0 1 $299 p.a. More info
American Express Business Accelerator Credit Card
Earn up to 2 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive up to 55 interest-free days on purchases.
0 2 $160 p.a. More info
American Express Platinum Rewards Credit Card
Earn up to 2 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent and receive up to 55 days interest-free.
0 0 $80 p.a. More info
American Express Qantas Corporate Green Card
Fly faster with 1 Membership Rewards point per $1 spent and receive complimentary business travel accident insurance.
0 0 $70 p.a. More info
American Express Low Rate Credit Card
Save with 11.99% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy $0 annual fee.
0 0 $0 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 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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