I regularly receive emails from American Express telling me how many reward points I have accumulated and enticing me to go shopping and redeem them. Actually I only use my American Express when we travel, which isn’t often, so I don’t have that many reward points…a little over 13,000.
Now that may sound like enough points that I should be able to score something totally cool but I went to the American Express site and hooked up with their “partner stores” and guess what I found I could buy with my slightly-more-than 13,000 points?
It’s called “The First Years- miPump Double Breast Pump”- the store claims it has one handle which will give me the opportunity to multi-task while I pump. Unfortunately even with my just-a-tad-over 13,000 points I still have to pay tax and shipping.
Every time we go to the cabin in the woods and put the tab on my American Express card I have been so happy in the knowledge that I am racking up points toward something really cool and exciting. And, yes, I am sure to some a new breast pump is cool and exciting.
Oh, there are other stores where I can redeem my reward points. I can actually buy one entire steak from Omaha Steaks, or a fruit basket with an apple and an orange and a big bow. I can turn in my rewards points and receive a Rachael Ray small pan (oh don’t even go there), and I can also buy two boxes of Titleist golf balls (oh joy) a very, very small bottle of cologne in a fragrance I don’t even like, a bouquet of flowers made up of mostly 3-day old carnations and greens , and a host of other goodies; none of which I want.
Guess I better get out there and do some more traveling soon and rack up those points so I can snag that nifty Learn to Speak Korean DVD set that was offered for a few more points. At least then I would finally know what the nice lady at my local oriental take-out place was saying to her husband as I place my order. I have a sneaking suspicion it is something to the effect of “Hey here comes that crazy lady who makes all the substitutions and doesn’t like sweet and sour sauce for crab rangoon – why us?”
Credit card companies…ya gotta love ‘em. Buy more so you can buy more.