American Express Supports Small Business Via Foursquare With $10 Statement Credit

Foursquare Check-in at The Oaks Gourmet

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen my tweets on the matter. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of American Express programs designed to increase their customers’ loyalty – and last summer, they aimed at the social media savvy by partnering up with American Express.

Last Thanksgiving, the Saturday after Black Friday (after Thanksgiving Day), was a day they declared Small Business Saturday. If you spent $25 at a small business, you got $25 statement credit. Fortunately, the program was such a success they decided to extend a $10 statement credit deal to American Express members that are also on Foursquare. Yay!

All you do is sync your Foursquare account with your American Express card, and then start shopping. When you’re searching for venues at which to check in, small businesses participating in this Amex deal will show the orange “Special” tag in its listing, so you know what to look for. Just pay with your American Express and the $10 credit appears on your statement “within 3-5 business days,” according to Foursquare. I’m currently awaiting mine.

I’m not exactly sure when this deal ends, but it was touted as “limited time only,” with my reading word around the web that it could end very soon! Maybe even today? So I’d definitely sync up my card right now and get shopping! The great thing is that small businesses encompass tons of food, retail and services you never even thought of. Just check what Foursquare check-in Amex specials are nearby wherever you are, right now.

The fine print: “Purchase must be made within 24 hours of your check-in.”
The drawback in fine print: “Limit one $10 credit across all participating merchants.” What a waste of so many small business options to choose from, right? I guess at least they’re getting the neighborhood attention they deserve by showing that “Special” tag in their listing.

Happy shopping! And Happy New Year!

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Sync Foursquare with Amex

Check in on Foursquare when you shop/eat at small business, load “special” onto card. Pay with AMEX and receive $10 statement credit in 3-5 days.

Small Businesses Everywhere
Los Angeles, CA

Cart For A Cause Launches Tomorrow Featuring Alex Becker of Nobu

Cart For A Cause

There’s no denying that the food truck movement has essentially exploded as of late. Want fusion tacos (bad and good)? Want grilled cheese? Or a banh mi sandwich? What about dim sum or even red velvet pancakes? The menus are vast – but as of now, the food truck explosion has expanded to include benefitting a good cause.

St. Vincent Meals On Wheels, the Los Angeles-based chapter of Meals On Wheels, is launching an initiative tomorrow in the form of yet another food truck. This time, the truck rolls out once a week and the menu will be rotating as will the chef. Gourmet meals featuring a preeminent Los Angeles-area chef will be rolling out on the Cart For A Cause (@cartforacause) every Tuesday through fall. Tomorrow, Executive Chef Alex Becker of Nobu West Hollywood will be on showcase as 100% of the proceeds of the $10 lunches – which include drink - benefit St. Vincent Meals On Wheels.

On Tuesdays to come, you can look forward to specially made menu items by confirmed chefs including Susan Feniger (STREET), David Myers and Dong Choi (Comme Ça), Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal), Josef Centeno (Lazy Ox Canteen), Eric Greenspan (The Foundry), Nicholas Peter (Little Door) and Sal Marino (Il Grano).

Satisfying your penchant for food truck chasing while helping to deliver nutritious food and love to Los Angeles’ home-bound seniors? Seems like a win-win charitable cause to me.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

12:30 – 2:30 PM

United Talent Agency
9650 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA
(Truck located in rear of building in valet turn–off of S. Camden St.)

@cartforacause