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American Express adds perk to ‘Blue’ credit cards

By Leslie McFadden ·
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Posted: 1 pm ET

Today, American Express announced a new perk for customers that hold one of their "Blue" credit cards. Get excited if you frequent Dunkin' Donuts.

Customers can now get a $5 gift card after every fourth purchase at a Dunkin' Donuts with their Blue, Blue Cash or Blue Sky credit card in a calendar month. Dunkin' Donuts joins the Blue Savings Program, the benefits program for the "Blue" fleet of cards.

According to the press release from American Express, the credit card must first be enrolled at or by calling (800) 794-1308.  Sign up is free. The Dunkin' Donuts card gets mailed to the user within four to six weeks after completing the four purchases. Offer is valid through March 31, 2011.

Yes, the perk is pretty minor -- and not really helpful if you don't care for the food or drinks there -- but if you're in the habit of visiting Dunkin' Donuts several times a month, the perk translates to easy savings. Who doesn't like a discount?

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Leslie McFadden
April 08, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Hi Bruce,

If you want more oversight of her credit card spending, what you could do is add her as an authorized user to one of your credit card accounts. You can then track her spending while she builds credit. Make sure to ask your card issuer if it reports authorized user information to the credit reporting agencies, or putting her on your account won't help her. Here's an article I wrote about the pros and cons of adding an authorized user to an account. One big drawback: You will be responsible for any debt she incurs.

April 08, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I have a college credit card question.
Our daughter is off to college in the fall. Since she will be several states away we think she should have a credit card for expenses, travel to and from home, and emergencies. We would also like to help her establish good credit for her life after college. But, we are also concerned about our daughter getting in to a credit hole. What do you suggest?

Bruce Z