American Express and foursquare unveiled details of new functionality that delivers a whole new way of redeeming merchant offers within the foursquare app without the need for coupons, special codes or showing phones to cashiers.
Throughout SXSWi (March 11th – 15th), American Express Cardmembers in Austin will be able to register on-site or visit www.amexnetwork.com/foursquare to link their American Express Card and foursquare accounts to take advantage of the following programs:
Spend $5, Get $5 Automatically
Cardmembers who link their American Express Card and foursquare accounts will discover "Spend $5, Get $5" Specials at more than 50 local merchants in Austin. Upon checking in and viewing the Special, Cardmembers can tap "Load to Card" within the foursquare app. Then, when Cardmembers use their American Express Cards and spend at least $5 at check-out, they will receive a message notifying them that a statement credit will appear in as little as 3-5 days.
The first time a registered Cardmember uses their Card at any American Express-accepting merchant in Austin during SXSWi, the purchase will trigger an exclusive foursquare badge in the app and an American Express donation of $1 to Grounded in Music, up to $20,000 total. Grounded in Music is an Austin-based nonprofit that leverages the power of music to transform young lives by creating self-confidence, opportunity and hope. For more information about Grounded in Music, visit www.groundedinmusic.org.
"At foursquare, we've always been focused on creating tools that help local merchants retain and reward loyal customers. No one knows loyalty marketing better than American Express, and their focus on customer and merchant experience is totally aligned with our values, so they're an ideal partner for us," said Dennis Crowley, Co-founder & CEO of foursquare. "Through this partnership, we're introducing a completely seamless redemption experience that we look forward to rolling out with American Express nationally following South by Southwest."
Cardmembers can follow American Express on foursquare www.foursquare.com/americanexpress to get tips, information and special details for more than 50 merchant locations. Many participating merchants will also have special decals on their windows with a QR code to drive Cardmembers to the registration site.
About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, twitter.com/americanexpress and youtube.com/americanexpress.
Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By "checking in" via a smartphone app or SMS, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues that they want to visit and surfacing relevant suggestions about nearby venues. Merchants and brands leverage the foursquare platform by utilizing a wide set of tools to obtain, engage, and retain customers and audiences.
*Purchases made with a Prepaid Card or a Corporate Card, or at a department store using an American Express Card that is co-branded with the department store's name, may be excluded.