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Chart: 2011 holiday credit card promotions, special deals

Some bargains last just one day, others good through year's end

By Erin Peterson

Want to stretch those holiday gift dollars, and maybe even treat yourself? For the 2011 holidays, many of the largest credit card issuers have rolled out limited-time special holiday offers. Here are some of the best deal-sweeteners for this year, and pay close attention to the dates -- some last as little as a day.

2011 CREDIT CARD SPECIAL HOLIDAY DEALS, REWARDS
Card and promotion Who's eligible Details Dates Notes, limitations
American Express 5x Membership Rewards All American Express cardholders Earn at least 5 times the rewards points on purchases from 20 select retailers (including Apple, Barnes and Noble, Barneys New York and the Home Depot) made through American Express's Membership Rewards portal. Through Dec. 31, 2011 Terms and conditions differ for each retailer, but gift cards and some specialty purchases typically are not eligible. Visit AmericanExpress.com/earn for more details and participating retailers.
American Express Rewards Redemption Deals All American Express cardholders Cardholders redeeming their points through MembershipRewards.com will receive significant savings (varies by cardholder) from top brands including Home Depot, Marriott, Starwood, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Open Table and Kohl's. Through Dec. 31, 2011 Learn more at MembershipRewards.com.
American Express Cyber Week Offer
All American Express cardholders Cardholders who visit the AmEx Cyber Week page online will be able to receive 20 20 percent off of 50 different offers, including retail, travel and electronics. Through Nov. 30, 2011 Learn more at Membershiprewards.com/cyberweek.
American Express Membership Rewards Facebook Deals All American Express cardholders who "like" the company on Facebook and register Get up to 50 percent off on select weekly rewards through American Express's Facebook page. Through Dec. 31, 2011 Learn more at the company's Facebook page.
American Express Small Business Saturday American Express cardholders who shop at small businesses and pre-register their card at the Small Business Saturday Facebook site Cardholders who pre-register their American Express card on the company's Small Business Saturday Facebook page will get a one-time $25 statement credit when they use their card for at least $25 in purchases at a small business on Nov. 26. Valid only on Nov. 26, 2011 The total number of $25 credits is limited. Visit the company's Small Business Facebook page for more details.
Bank of America Upromise Cash Back Upromise World MasterCard cardholders Cardholders who use the Upromise.com shopping portal to make purchases earn an additional 11 percent cash back for college above and beyond the typical cash back offers. Participating retailers include Apple, Best Buy, Target and others. Through Dec. 31, 2011 There is no limit on the amount that a cardholder can earn, and the savings com in addition to the normal cash back offers.
Capital One Bonus Rewards Cardholders with Capital One rewards Earn additional rewards by shopping at select retailers through Perk Central, Capital One's shopping portal, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Among the 40 participating merchants are Macy's, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, J. Crew and Lands' End, some of which will double their existing rewards offers. Nov. 25-28, 2011 To access Perk Central, visit CapitalOne.com, log into your credit card account, then click on the blue "Earn More Rewards" button from the Rewards Summary tab.
Chase Holiday Merchandise Auctions Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Ink cardholders Cardholders can use rewards points to bid on popular holiday gifts including Playstation3, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Sony HDTV. Bidding starts at one point. Through Nov. 25, 2011 Log in at UltimateRewards.com to learn more.
Chase Cyber Monday Merchandise Redemption Sale Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Ink cardholders Those who use their rewards points at the UltimateRewards.com on Cyber Monday will save 25 percent on select merchandise. Nov. 28, 2011 Log in at UltimateRewards.com to learn more.
Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall Promotion Chase Freedom, Sapphire and Ink cardholders Chase cardholders who shop at the Ultimate Rewards Mall through UltimateRewards.com will earn up to 10 extra rewards points for every dollar spent at select merchants. Nov. 15-Dec. 12, 2011 Log in at Chase's shop online page to learn more.
Chase Freedom Great Gift Card Sale Chase Freedom cardholders Cardholders will receive 10 or 20 percent off select gift cards redeemed through Ultimate Rewards. Through Jan. 4, 2012 Visit Chase's Great Gift Card page for details.
Citi's A More Rewarding Holiday Citi credit cardholders Those who register their cards at sweepstakes.stories.Citi.com will be entered into a contest every time they use their card. Winners will receive $10 to $10,000 Citi prepaid cards. Through Dec. 31, 2011 All purchases receive one entry; eligible online purchases will receive five additional entries. There will be 2,429 winners each week, including one $10,000 winner each week.
Discover 5% Cash Back Bonus All Discover cardholders Cardholders who register their cards get 5 percent cash back on restaurants, department stores and clothing stores. Through Dec. 31, 2011 Limited to $300 in purchases. Head to Discover.com and click on "5% Cashback Bonus" to register.
Discover Increased Cash Back All Discover cardholders Increased cash-back bonus from more than 70 retail partners at shopdiscover.com Through Dec. 31, 2011 Visit shopdiscover.com to log in and learn more.
Discover Exclusive Orange Bowl Experiences All Discover cardholders Cardholders can redeem their cash-back bonus awards for premium tickets and exclusive Orange Bowl experiences, including a halftime show sneak peak, access to the Orange Bowl Fan Zone on game day, and admission to a pre-game Discover Tailgate Party. Through Jan. 4, 2012 Visit Discover.com and click on "Redeem Your Cashback Bonus" under the Cashback Bonus link to learn more.
Discover Amazon Partnership All Discover cardholders Cardholders earn double cash rewards on their purchases made at Amazon.com; they can also pay for Amazon.com purchases with their cash-back bonuses directly if they link their cards to their Amazon account. (Miles by Discover and Escape cardholders will earn double miles). Through at least Dec. 31, 2011 Double cash-back bonus is limited to $250 in Amazon purchases. See www.amazon.com/cashbackbonus for details.
MasterCard Holiday "Here's to Mom" U.S. residents with a MasterCard Cardholders are invited to enroll their MasterCards and then use them from Nov. 15 through the end of the year. Once you spend $200, you'll get a $20 gift card. Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 2011 Limited time, and limited to the first 80,000 entrants. Visit MasterCard's Holiday Rewards site to register your card and learn more.

See related: 2011 credit card holiday gift promotions,  2011 gift card comparison chart

Published: November 18, 2011


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