Chart: 2011 holiday credit card promotions, special deals


This chart helps you find details of the special credit card promotions, special deals and bargains that seven major card issuers have offered for the 2011 holiday season

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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.

Card and promotionWho’s eligibleDetailsDatesNotes, limitations
American Express 5x Membership RewardsAll American Express cardholdersEarn 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, 2011Terms and conditions differ for each retailer, but gift cards and some specialty purchases typically are not eligible. Visit for more details and participating retailers.
American Express Rewards Redemption DealsAll American Express cardholdersCardholders redeeming their points through 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, 2011Learn more at
American Express Cyber Week OfferAll American Express cardholdersCardholders 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, 2011Learn more at
American Express Membership Rewards Facebook DealsAll American Express cardholders who “like” the company on Facebook and registerGet up to 50 percent off on select weekly rewards through American Express’s Facebook page.Through Dec. 31, 2011Learn more at the company’s Facebook page.
American Express Small Business SaturdayAmerican Express cardholders who shop at small businesses and pre-register their card at the Small Business Saturday Facebook siteCardholders 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, 2011The total number of $25 credits is limited. Visit the company’s Small Business Facebook page for more details.
Bank of America Upromise Cash BackUpromise World MasterCard cardholdersCardholders who use the 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, 2011There 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 RewardsCardholders with Capital One rewardsEarn 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, 2011To access Perk Central, visit, log into your credit card account, then click on the blue “Earn More Rewards” button from the Rewards Summary tab.
Chase Holiday Merchandise AuctionsChase Freedom, Sapphire and Ink cardholdersCardholders 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, 2011Log in at to learn more.
Chase Cyber Monday Merchandise Redemption SaleChase Freedom, Sapphire and Ink cardholdersThose who use their rewards points at the on Cyber Monday will save 25 percent on select merchandise.Nov. 28, 2011Log in at to learn more.
Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall PromotionChase Freedom, Sapphire and Ink cardholdersChase cardholders who shop at the Ultimate Rewards Mall through will earn up to 10 extra rewards points for every dollar spent at select merchants.Nov. 15-Dec. 12, 2011Log in at Chase’s shop online page to learn more.
Chase Freedom Great Gift Card SaleChase Freedom cardholdersCardholders will receive 10 or 20 percent off select gift cards redeemed through Ultimate Rewards.Through Jan. 4, 2012Visit Chase’s Great Gift Card page for details.
Citi‘s A More Rewarding HolidayCiti credit cardholdersThose who register their cards at 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, 2011All 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 BonusAll Discover cardholdersCardholders who register their cards get 5 percent cash back on restaurants, department stores and clothing stores.Through Dec. 31, 2011Limited to $300 in purchases. Head to and click on “5% Cashback Bonus” to register.
Discover Increased Cash BackAll Discover cardholdersIncreased cash-back bonus from more than 70 retail partners at shopdiscover.comThrough Dec. 31, 2011Visit to log in and learn more.
Discover Exclusive Orange Bowl ExperiencesAll Discover cardholdersCardholders 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, 2012Visit and click on “Redeem Your Cashback Bonus” under the Cashback Bonus link to learn more.
Discover Amazon PartnershipAll Discover cardholdersCardholders earn double cash rewards on their purchases made at; they can also pay for 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, 2011Double cash-back bonus is limited to $250 in Amazon purchases. See for details.
MasterCard Holiday “Here’s to Mom”U.S. residents with a MasterCardCardholders 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, 2011Limited 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

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