[updated 1/6/2016: this technique is working again.]
[updated 12/30/15: this technique is no longer working.]
[updated 11/30/15: update the RSS feed your Twitterfeed points to to this URL.]
[updated 8/2/15: apparently a number of people didn't read the Devil's Advocate post I linked to closely enough, and did not follow the instructions there, so I'll repeat the relevant ones here. When configuring your Twitterfeed account:
"You’ll also want to change a few settings by clicking on that 'Advanced Settings' link at the bottom. This will open a whole slew of options, but you only need to adjust two of them. Unclick the 'Post link' checkbox so that it’s empty, and change the 'Post Content' option to “description only.'"
By doing this, you won't be mentioning my Twitter account every time you tweet out an Amex Sync offer.
In the last few weeks there have been a flurry of posts about methods of automating enrollment in American Express offers available through Twitter.
All the methods have one thing in common: they require you to open separate Twitter accounts for each American Express card you have, and sync each Twitter account to a single American Express card, as described here.
One method, described by William Charles at Doctor of Credit, is to set up an additional, separate account with the service IFTTT for each of your newly linked Twitter accounts, then retweet each tweet from the Twitter account @OffersBot that includes the hashtag "#available".
That's a pretty good method, but involves a lot of brute force and a lot of new IFTTT accounts that you'll only ever use for a single purpose.
A second, more elegant method, described by Devil's Advocate, involves:
- Setting up a single IFTTT account linked to a "master" Twitter account that tweets out all available American Express offers;
- Creating an RSS feed of that Twitter account using the technique described by Amit Agarwal;
- Then linking all your "slave" Twitter accounts to that RSS feed using Twitterfeed.
However, since the RSS feed created in step 2 is public, there's actually no need for you to create your own.
Feel free to use my RSS feed to automate your American Express offers
I set up one of my Twitter accounts as a "master" account, which all of my other American Express-linked Twitter accounts automatically retweet. You can use it too!
To be clear, you'll still need to set up unique Twitter accounts for each one of your American Express cards.
But once you've done that, you can skip to creating a Twitterfeed account and using the URL of my RSS feed, as described by Devil's Advocate in this post (skip down to "Option #3: Twitterfeed."
Once you've opened a Twitterfeed account, use the following URL as the "Blog URL or RSS Feed URL:"
Then follow the rest of the steps Devil's Advocate lists, and you'll be all set.
One note: Devil's Advocate doesn't make clear that you need to repeatedly sign in, validate, add, and sign out of each of your Twitter accounts while still within "Step 2" of the setup process. It's time-consuming, but not too hard as long as you have all your Twitter passwords handy.
I had fun hacking together my automated Twitter sync machine, but I understand that not everyone has the time and patience to set up their own. Hopefully those readers will find this streamlined method easy enough to implement.
Note that if you choose to do this you are giving me and, vicariously, @OffersBot, control over your American Express-linked Twitter accounts! This is another excellent reason to never, ever use your actual personal or professional Twitter accounts for American Express offers, although an even better reason is that it drives me, and everyone else you know, absolutely crazy.