Reward Yourself and Win a $100 American Express Giftcard!

By May 12, 2011Campaigns, Reviews

I use my American Express card for everything.  Not only is the card great, but the travel agents are always so helpful and I always get amazing service when I call.  I use my card everywhere, pay it off every month, and wait for my points to build up.  American Express Membership Rewards are simply the best out there.  They can be used on anything your heart desires or your home needs.  I use these points to shop for everything from toasters to tickets to technology to travel and so can you.

Here’s the deal.  I am going to find things that I love as a mom as part of the My Life on Points program and one of you lovely readers will win a $100 American Express gift card for telling me what you would choose.  How fun is that?

The membership rewards program is simple.  You earn points for every dollar you spend with no limit and no expiration date.  We sometimes save for a long time to get something we really want.  The points can be used for virtually anything, especially since they can be converted to gift cards or used directly at  How cool is that?  Also, when you shop through the site there are bonus places where you can earn up to 10x the points.  Can you say awesome?

I actually love (which means I smiled and teared up when I saw it) the new campaign American Express has.

A Social Currency for a Social World.  Say Hello to Possibilities.

They’re for capturing smiles or creating them.

They’re for rocking the new generation or every generation.

They’re for flying to Napa or flying Napa to you.

Now, Let’s Do Some Window Shopping So You Can Win!

Over the next 3 weeks I will be showing you some of the amazing ways you can redeem you American Express Membership Rewards at each of 3 levels.  25,000 points, 50,000 points and 75,000 points.  There are tons of items below these levels too but let’s have a little bit of fun, shall we?

Here’s what I would buy for 25,000 points or less.  Check them out and then head over to American Express Membership Rewards and tell me what you would choose.  Let me know in the comments for your chance to win!

Vivitar 12.1MP HD Underwater Digital Camera with 2.4” Color LCD & 4GB SD Card/Starter Kit

Vivitar Underwater Camera

Oh yeah baby.  Most of have a camera or a smart phone to take all those great pics but you can’t toss that phone in the pool with your kids.

Dive in, and capture it all in High Definition (HD) 12.1 Megapixel stills and video. At the beach, pool, or on the slopes, you’ll never fear taking a camera along again. water-resistant up to 10 ft, with a host of hi-tech features: The 4x one-touch digital zoom will get you close to the action. A large 2.4″ color LCD monitor lets you preview and then review your shots., Even record digital video underwater or on land in any weather. Anti-shake and red-eye insure in-focus photos and PictBridge lets you print from camera to printer without a PC.

KitchenAid® Metal Toaster 4-slot/4-slice – 19,600 Points

Kitchenaid ToasterYou think a fancy toaster is silly until you have 3 kids and 2 big people who all love the tasty toasty goodness that comes out of it.  A few high end gadgets in a kitchen go a long way, and this is one we would use every single day.  It’s digital people.  That’s like a magic toaster, right?

  • Four Slice Auto-Lift Toast/cancel button automatically lowers and raises toast.
  • Defrost.
  • Digital LCD display keeps track of toasting time and settings.
  • Toast what you want, the way you want.

Singer® 2932 Sewing Machine – 23,600 Points

Singer Sewing 2932

I have great plans for making pillows and maybe a quilt for my kids.  Also, I stopped growing at 5’2″ so I would love to be able to hem my own pants.  Or fix a zipper or any of the other things that can break on otherwise perfectly good clothes.  I figure if I can build furniture I can learn how to sew.  This little baby seems perfect.  Check out the description and all the times its says automatic.  Yes, please!

Easily update stitch and length control, fix buttons with a fully automated one-step button hole process, no hassle tension with automatic tensions control, easy bobbin winding and drop feed dogs with a push of a button for machine quilting or stippling. Features: 35 Built in Stitches, Fully Automatic Built in Buttonhole, Automatic Needle Threader, Drop Feed, Heavy duty Metal Frame, 25 Year Limited Warranty.

GPX Wine Cooler Silver & Black 16 Bottle – 20,600 Points

GPX Wine Cooler

I’ve got kids.  If the party comes to me it saves the money on a sitter and this little cooler is very attractive.  My love of wine…well known.  Need I say more?

This compact wine cooler takes up little space but offers big storage. A convenient and economical alternative to chilling wine in the fridge. Highly efficient, thermoelectric cooling does not use a compressor or refrigerants and offers a vibration-free operation that leaves bottle sediments undisturbed. Without vibration, stored wine can age naturally. Adjustable temperature controls, allow you to place your bottle of red wine, white wine or champagne in the Wine Chiller and relax knowing that we’ll take perfect care of it until you’re ready to serve. Multiple, adjustable shelving allow for a wine cellar in your kitchen. Featured soft interior lighting that enhances the display from behind the thermopane glass door.

Apple TV – 20,800 Points

Apple TV

Everyone and their brother has told me to get the Apple TV.  I am totally sold, especially if I can get it with points.  I love the idea of streaming my media through this and being able to access not only movies or TV for rent but also my entire iTunes library of more than 10,000 songs.  Wine, check.  Music, check.  Party is on!  This little box is tiny but packs a big entertainment punch.

Everything you want to watch — movies, TV shows, photos, and more — streams wirelessly to Apple TV. That way you don’t have to worry about managing storage or syncing to your iTunes library. HD movie and TV show rentals play over the Internet to your widescreen TV, while music and photos stream from your computer. Either way, all you have to do is click and play. Since Apple TV features a powerful A4 chip, it streams everything effortlessly, without frozen screens or stutters. Video looks crisp and clear.

Now It’s Your Turn to Window Shop and Win a $100 American Express Giftcard!

Head on over to American Express Membership Rewards (it’s like a giant fabulous mall) and tell me what YOU would choose in the 25,000 or less point range.  It’s simple – just put 25,000 in the search by points box in the upper right and hit go.  Let me know your pick in the comments.  This is your entry. The winner of the $100 American Express Giftcard will be drawn at the end of May from entries on this post and the other 2 point range posts using  You may enter at any point during the series on any post.  That’s more chances for you to win!

Check out what I would choose for 50,000 points for another chance to win!

Check out what I would choose for 75,000 points for a final chance to win!

About Membership Rewards

The Membership Rewards program is a built-in feature of most American Express® Cards — you may already be enrolled.  Once enrolled in the Membership Rewards program, you can earn points virtually every time you use your Card. Using your Card for every day purchases is a fast and easy way to earn points. You can also explore opportunities to earn bonus points with select partners at or at the Bonus Points Mall® website (  Learn more by visiting the American Express Facebook Page.

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my participation in American Express’ Membership Rewards Program through complimentary Membership Rewards Points. Thanks to American Express for providing the $100 American Express Gift Card giveaway prize. Information about the Membership Rewards Program has been provided by American Express and product information from the rewards site is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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