Monday Morning Miles Talk: My Love Hate Relationship With the Google Express Offer

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Taking Advantage of the Google Express Amex Offer

Monday Morning Miles Talk is a regular series that has some smaller, more quirky ideas to kick off the work week.  These are essentially random ideas that I wanted to share with you.  Here are the previous entries.

Taking Advantage of the Google Express Amex Offer

There is currently an Amex offer for Google Express.  It is found on most personal cards and the offer gives you $20 off a $50 purchase on Google Express.  After poking around the site I thought what I had was a great redemption, until I ran into a few issues.

Google Express Explained

If I am being honest here I had never heard of Google Express before this offer came out.  And after using it, I don’t really see the purpose of it.  I guess it searches multiple stores at one time but it only finds limited items from each store.  Plus you can not go through a portal if you purchased the item off of Google Express versus just going to the stores website itself.

The stores that participate may vary by area but the ones that show up for me are:

Taking Advantage of the Google Express Amex Offer

Notable ones are Target, Walmart, Staples, Costco, Home Depot, and Kohl’s.

Searching for a Redemption

A couple of weeks ago I took a quick peak at the site when I first saw the offer.  I looked for gift cards and nothing really seemed to come up for some reason.  Then late last week DDG, of MMS fame, said he had heard some people were seeing Amazon gift cards in their Google Express store.

I rushed to the site, searched Amazon, and I found this:

Taking Advantage of the Google Express Amex Offer

If is safe to say I got a little excited about this.  I would be able to sell these at 93% or $23.25 when they would cost me 60% or $15.  A profit of $16.50 per Amex Offer. Be aware that they add in tax, 10% for me for some reason, but I assume that will drop off once the charge goes through. I started loading up the orders and started counting my money….well that was a mistake!

Google Express Offer Order Issues

The first issue I ran into I was prepared for thanks to Stephen P. in our Facebook Reselling group.  He had run into the issue earlier and told the group a work around.

Google Express starts showing an error after you make 3-4 orders with different cards.  He had called Google to find out what was the issue but they couldn’t really get anywhere.  He then tried adding in cards at Google Payments before making a purchase and he was able to add another 5 cards that way.  Thanks again Stephen!

So after doing the work around and getting in 6 of my 8 available orders I was feeling pretty great about this offer.  Then the cancellation emails started flowing in.  Apparently Staples decided they were all of a sudden out of stock.   No!!!!

At this point I had to go back to the drawing board and start over. I was unsure if Staples would auto cancel all gift card orders or just Amazon so I wanted to mix in other retailers just in case.

The Next Best Options

After the cancellation I went back to the drawing board and tried to focus more on Target but they didn’t have a ton of resale options. Walmart didn’t have any gift cards available in my area.  Target did have some Chili’s gift cards that I bought for personal use, On The Border – yum! I also bought a few $100 Mastercards from Target with a $6 fee.  Then I went back to Staples and bought some Lowe’s and Home Depot gift cards for resale.  This ended up being a decent haul but not as good as Amazon would have been.

So far, two days later, I still have not received any cancellation emails so it seems Staples is honoring these gift cards. I am supposed to get them in the mail tomorrow.

I received the Amex Offer redemption emails after the Amazon purchases but since those were canceled they should carry over to the new purchase.  At least that is how it has worked in the past.


This is an outstanding Amex offer if you are willing to jump through some hoops.  It could have been amazing if the Amazon purchases would have worked out.  Maybe you will have better luck in your area.  Hopefully the tips from Stephen P. helped out anyone with this offer on a lot of cards.

If you end up using the offer on regular merchandise try the code GET10OFF40 to get an even bigger discount.  I think the code only works if it is your first time ordering though.

Let us know what you have used/plan to use the offer for in the comments section!

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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