• Do Airbnb Gift Cards Earn Bonus Points With AMEX Gold Card?

    Posted by Conrad on November 16, 2023 at 11:19 am

    We do a lot of family travel with Airbnb. If I purchase an Airbnb gift card with AMEX GOLD in the grocery store, I will earn Amex bonus points for the gift card to use to pay for our Airbnb stay?

    Vernon replied 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Hudson

    November 16, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Technically, no.

    Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, cash advances, person-to-person payments, purchases of gift cards, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents.

    Amex receives level 3 data and sees exactly what you buy.

    That being said, buying some giftcards’s mixed in with groceries is usually fine.

  • Aubree

    November 16, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Yes, but I would wait until next week to see if there are any deals on any. You might find 10-15%.

  • Lorna

    November 16, 2023 at 11:21 am

    There is some risk to what you’re planning and since you said you do “a lot” of Airbnb, I imagine the plan involved a pretty large amount of gift card purchases.

    Have you considered doing the Ink Cash card by Chase? 5x earning on Office Supply stores (Staples, Office Max/ Depot and more) which sell such gift cards.

    Additional upsides to the CIC card is no AF, no 5/24 slot used, 90k SUB plus the card earnings and 0% for 12 months if that helps. The big limitation is that the 2 no AF Ink cards do not allow for transfer out to travel partners so you’d eventually need a CSP, CSR or CIP in your household to do that. But that can come down the road too.

  • Vernon

    November 16, 2023 at 11:22 am

    Be careful with Airbnb gift cards. There are a lot of rules and limitations about redemption like it can’t be used for stays longer than 1 month, rules on how many you can use on 1 transaction etc.

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