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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 May 24th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
55,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.
American Express Explorer Credit Card
50,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Gateway


2
20.74% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Membership Rewards points, a yearly $400 Travel Credit and 2 entries per year to the American Express Lounge.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Velocity Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
Membership Rewards


1
20.74% p.a.
$195 p.a.
Receive a yearly $200 Travel Credit and complimentary domestic and international travel insurance, plus 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
50,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1.5
20.74% p.a.
$375 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Velocity Points, a complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight each anniversary year, plus, 2 lounge passes.
American Express Essential Credit Card
Membership Rewards Gateway


1
14.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Get Smartphone Screen Insurance of up to $500 when you pay for your phone or contract with this card. Plus, a $0 annual fee for life.
American Express Velocity Business Card
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
$249 p.a.
Take advantage of Velocity Points per $1 spent, no pre-set spending limit, data that feeds into MYOB and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
30,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1.25
20.74% p.a.
$249 p.a.
Enjoy 30,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year and the protection of complimentary insurance covers.
American Express Business Card
Membership Rewards Ascent


1
$109 p.a.
Earn up to 1.00 Membership Rewards point per $1 spent and extend your cashflow with up to 51 interest-free days on purchases.
American Express Platinum Card
80,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Premium Ascent


1
$1,200 p.a.
Receive an annual $300 Platinum Travel Credit, 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points and access to more than 1,100 VIP lounges worldwide.
David Jones American Express
20,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards


1
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Not just for David Jones shoppers, receive 20,000 bonus Membership Rewards points or 15,000 Qantas Points. Plus, uncapped points potential.
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
40,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards


1
20.74% p.a.
$295 p.a.
For DJ's shoppers or Qantas travellers, receive 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards points or 30,000 Qantas Points with uncapped points potential.
American Express Platinum Business Card
120,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Premium Ascent


1
$1,500 p.a.
Enjoy 120,000 bonus points, a platinum business concierge, complimentary Virgin Lounge access, worldwide travel insurance and hotel benefits.
American Express Gold Business Card
10,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Ascent


1
$169 p.a.
Take advantage of 10,000 bonus points, no pre-set spending limit, data that feeds to MYOB and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
100,000 bonus points
Qantas Business Rewards


1.25
$450 p.a.
Earn up to 100,000 bonus points, 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases and enjoy up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Qantas
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1.25


0.75
20.24% p.a.
$499 p.a.
Up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Pts when you meet the criteria with a Mastercard (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle
120,000 bonus points
Westpac Altitude Rewards


3


1.25
20.24% p.a.
$449 p.a.
Up to 120,000 bonus Altitude Pts when you meet the criteria with a Mastercard (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas
75,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1


0.5
20.24% p.a.
$249 p.a.
Up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Visa (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle
75,000 bonus points
Westpac Altitude Rewards


2


1
20.24% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Up to 75,000 bonus Altitude Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Visa (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
American Express Business Explorer Credit Card
100,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Gateway


2
16.99% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Earn 100,000 bonus points when you meet the spend criteria. Plus, 2 yearly entries to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport.
American Express Business Accelerator Credit Card
Membership Rewards Ascent


2
$160 p.a.
Receive up to 55 interest-free days on purchases, supplementary cards at no cost and data that feeds to MYOB accounting software.
American Express Qantas Corporate Green Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
$70 p.a.
Receive a discounted Qantas Club membership, entertainment invites, Sydney airport services and insurance coverage for personal trips.
American Express Low Rate Credit Card
8.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer, a $0 annual fee for life and global card support.

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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 Liu is a program manager at finder, formerly the publisher for Banking and Investments. She is passionate about helping people make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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