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American Express is giving cardholders $50 to shop at small businesses

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Get $50 for supporting small businesses in your area.

What you need to know

  • Amex is rolling out its yearly small business statement credit program early this year.
  • Cardholders can get up to $50 in statement credits for shopping small businesses.
  • The promotion runs from June 29, 2020, through September 30, 2020.

American Express is back with a popular Amex Offer that hopes to save its cardholders some money while supporting small businesses across the country.

Reported by The Points Guy, the card issuer has announced that its Shop Small promotion will be launching early this year. The promotion will give cardholders up to $50 back when they shop at small businesses between now and September 20, 2020.

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When you shop at one of the small businesses that American Express recognizes, you can earn $5 back on a purchase of $10 or more. You can earn the credit up to ten times, bringing the total amount of statement credits you can earn to $50.

In order to take advantage of the promotion, you’ll need to activate the offer in your Amex Offers by July 26. All American Express cards, including both consumer and business credit cards, are eligible for the offer.

Preferred rewards

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

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Earn a $250 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%). 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions. 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations and on transit (including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more). 1% Cash Back on other purchases. Low intro APR: 0% for 12 months on purchases from the date of account opening, then a variable rate, currently 13.99% to 23.99%. $95 Annual Fee.

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That certainly helps get up any residual dust, but it’s not exactly what I’d call mopping.Overall, it won’t replace mopping in the kitchen where you may get stains or grime on the floor, but it works great if all you want to do is get the dust off your hardwood floors. I have to point out though that the M7 Pro’s “Y mopping” provided some of the most even coverage I’ve ever seen and I was very impressed by that. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way to get it to mop the entire area when using Y Mopping as it didn’t seem to adhere to the “zone cleaning” when in that mode.Final ThoughtsWhile the Proscenic app could use some improvements, and the M7 Pro could be a little aggressive moving through the house, it still does its job and does it well. It keeps my floors clean, has fantastic battery life, and offers advanced features at a reasonable price.You can pick up the Proscenic M7 Pro from Amazon or the Proscenic website with or without an auto empty station starting at $367.Buy from Amazon Buy from Proscenic

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