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I love Amex Offers, and they love me.
A couple of months ago I was targeted with an offer from Intermedia= Spend $200 get 20k bonus Membership Rewards. Pretty sweet deal, right? Effectively, this is straight up buying points for a penny each if you discard the product altogether. As soon as I saw the offer I immediately went to Intermedia to get in on the deal. The problem? It was email, and it was billed monthly. I initially thought I’d purchase full year plans assuming that they would bill for the entire year upfront. Wrong. They discount the monthly billing by a $1, but continue to bill you monthly for a year. HMPH!
This would mean I’d need a lot of accounts.
Matters were made worst when I discovered they prorated the first month’s fee, which meant I’d either have to purchase MORE accounts if I were to buy late in the month and still crack $200 needed to greenlight the offer, or wait until the next month started. I figured if they were pro-rating the first month, it meant billing occurred on the 1st of the month, and if I bought late in the month I wouldn’t have a lot of time to cancel all of those accounts before getting billed again.
Honestly, this was beginning to be more work than I’d really wanted.
But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy Membership Rewards so cheaply. I decided if I was going to do it, I’d do it at the beginning of July, August, or September. I totally forgot about it in July, but for whatever reason, a few days ago, the deal popped into my head and I went for it. Here’s how I (hopefully) bought 20k Amex Membership Rewards for $201.16
And the various email plans offered by Intermedia
As I’d mentioned above, Intermedia pro-rates the monthly billing. Since I was looking on August 4th it would only bill me for the remaining days of the month. I punched the numbers and found 15 Cloud Email + Backup accounts to be the best.
I also presume this means that my next month’s bill will hit the card on the first day of the month, and I’d need to cancel the account before then to avoid double the cost of my points.
You’ll go through some brief setup stuff and then you’ll proceed to Review & Checkout. The Pro-rated bill is factored in, and it totaled $201.16
You want to make sure you setup your own account, otherwise you won’t get billed until your email is setup, and you’ll be contacted by Intermedia.
You can see in the terms and conditions that you are able to cancel the service, and do it online. Great!
If this wasn’t explicitly stated…there wouldn’t be any reason to execute this offer without a need for a lot of email.
That was enough for me. I bought.
Right now I have a pending purchase for $1.
Per a reader on FrequentMiler this seems to be normal and after a few days the pending charge falls off and the bill goes through, Amex points get credited.
May 31st was a business day, so I’m hoping mine fall off early this week after a few business days have passed.
I’ll keep you guys updated. But fingers crossed it works and I just bought 20k Amex Membership Rewards for $201.16
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