CollegeFashionista X American Express: Sharing

As I mentioned last week, American Express launched a two-day Twitter Sweeps to kick off “Back to School on Points.” And dear Fashionistas — even if you don’t win, you can still get a bonus! A win-win situation in my book.

The Membership Rewards program comes with American Express' Charge cards (you know, like the iconic Green, Gold and Platinum ones). You can earn points just using your card like you do everyday. Save up and then use them to shop for your must-haves (not just for flights and travel!). Membership Rewards Points can be a back-to-school time and money saver for those who want their must-haves, but don't want to go digging for coupons and codes because you can redeem for must-have items like iPads, Tumi Luggage and Michael Kors’ handbags. All a must for a CollegeFashionista!

You can also turn Points into gift cards at all your favorite stores, be it Gap, Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic or Old Navy for increments as low as 2,500–which gets you a $25 gift card.

And if must-haves this season happen to be textbooks, don't fret, you can even pay with points or partially with points on Amazon.

Now about that bonus. Here's what else I learned.  If you're already an Amex Cardmember, you can also earn Points even just by referring friends to Amex. Just click here and start earning 5,000 points for every friend that signs up. Even if one friend signs up, that's a $50 gift card at Barney's or The Gap!

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