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Update: All of my confirmation emails have now been delivered, including for authorized users and my Citibank issued Amex. Woohoo!
ThanksgivingThursdayBlackFridaySmallBizSaturday has become one long and seemingly never-ending blur in my house, but it has been a very good blur…with lots of coffee involved. Thankfully the little one can’t have coffee, so she is currently crashed at my feet. Literally.
Today prior to the “crash”, we headed out for brunch at our favorite local restaurant and had a Small Business Saturday Quadruple win. Here’s what we did (in addition to eating a yummy brunch):
- Bought six $25 gift cards to use over the next year at the restaurant with our six registered Amex cards. Win.
- Earned 5 points per dollar from the United MileagePlus Dining Rewards Plan since all of the cards were registered with the dining plan (though I realized there is a 12 card maximum that you can register at any one time with that dining program). Double win.
- We got an extra $10 in gift cards for every $50 purchased due to a holiday promotion the restaurant was offering. Triple win.
- Our favorite server sold us the gift cards and told us she gets a bonus for each gift card sold, so she was very excited and more than happy to deal with our six Amex cards. Quadruple win.
So, our final tally was 750 United miles from the dining program for the gift cards. $180 in free food to use over the next twelve months from a place that we love. A great server who gets a little something extra from her employer for selling us the gift cards. And, last but not least, bellies full of hot coffee and healthy-ish food. I call that a Small Business Saturday Big Quadruple Win.
The only thing that hasn’t been quite as good as last year so far is the confirmation emails that are sent out after we completed the transactions. The transactions are showing as pending on our cards, but we haven’t received a “Congratulations – you just got $25 free dollars” email from Amex as we did last year. From cruising around the internet it appears that some people have received those confirmations instantly (even for some online purchases at “small businesses”, but since the morning the instant emails seem to have slowed down for the most part). The restaurant we visited is on the official map, so I am confident the transactions qualify, but it would be nice to get it in writing. This is especially true for anyone who might be nervous about whether or not authorized users with unique account numbers will count. Just to make you feel better though, there are many reports of them working again this year according to the “Congrats” emails that went out this morning. Lots of other encouraging success stories in that Slick Deals thread as well.
I will update if/when we get our confirmation emails that we met the requirements of Small Biz Saturday, but for now we are enjoying our nice quadruple win! If you want to read about all of the Small Business Saturday details, then check out this post.
Where did you shop for Small Biz Saturday? Did you get any instant confirmation emails? How much “free” stuff were you able to get while supporting small businesses?