American Express approached me to be an “Enthusiast” because they thought my obsession with travel, music, gadgets, entertainment and food related to specific Charge Card Rewards and benefits Am Ex offers. They told me they were looking for bloggers who would be willing to use an American Express Charge Card and share my experiences using it on my blog – and on their site.
I already had a Gold Card and a Blue Card. And they gave me 50,000 Membership Rewards points right away. (The reason for this was because I’m only working with them for a short term and they wanted me to be able to apply them to my life while I’m featured in the program.) They asked me to share my experiences with you through my posts and Tweets. I was told I could share my own opinion – positive or negative. I was not paid. (I did get 50,000 Membership Points credited to my account.)
I was invited to go to an American Express event featuring a Dave Mathews performance and Chef John Besh food up in Napa Valley, they will cover the travel expenses for Bloghungry and myself. (More on that after I attend!)
When American Express reached out to me, they gave me the following “terms of engagement” that they asked me to follow: · Be transparent and disclose my relationship and anything I’ve received as a result of my relationship with American Express.
· Be honest about my opinions.
· Offer suggestions and concerns.
· Clearly articulate when I am being compensated – by cash or in any other way – for consulting or other duties I may perform.
· Shared this policy openly and publicly.