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[Expired] American Express Partners With Panera To Offer Complimentary Drinks

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American Express and Panera Bread are partnering up to offer a unique perk to American Express cardholders. You can receive unlimited complimentary beverages in-store with Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club. It’s a nice little membership that allows you to enjoy a wide variety of drinks and enhances the value of your Amex annual fee.

What Is Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club?

Normally retailing for a monthly fee of $10.99 plus tax, being a member of the Unlimited Sip Club allows you to enjoy 1 complimentary beverage every 2 hours while you’re in a Panera café, with unlimited refills during your sitting.

These are the beverages you’re eligible to get:

  • Drip hot coffee
  • Iced coffee
  • Hot tea
  • Fountain soda beverages
  • Bubbler drinks (regular, sweet, and Passion Papaya green iced teas, and Agave Lemonade)
  • Charged Lemonade beverages (Fuji Apple Cranberry, Mango Citrus Yuzu, and Strawberry Lemon Mint)

Unfortunately, bottled beverages, smoothies, frozen blended drinks, cold brew iced coffee, and espresso and cappuccino beverages are not included in the offer.

So, for $10.99 a month, you gain access to a full suite of complimentary drinks, which you can either sit in-store to enjoy (and take advantage of free refills) or take away as a to-go cup.

The Partnership

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All U.S.-based Amex cardholders are eligible to enroll in Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club. Image Credit: American Express

Amex cardholders can register between now and the end of the year to take advantage of the Unlimited Sip Club trial. Your trial membership will be valid for 4 months, and if you wish to continue after, you can pay the normal $10.99 a month rate. Obviously, Panera is hoping folks stick on as a member after the trial period ends, but you have no obligation to do so. It’s worth noting that you need to cancel the membership or else you will continue to be billed beyond the 4-month period.

To be eligible to enroll, you need to be:

  • A U.S.-based American Express card member with a U.S.-issued card directly issued from American Express
  • A MyPanera member, which is free to join

One nice thing about this promotion is that you do not need a particular type of Amex card to enroll, so it looks like all cardholders are eligible.

Hot Tip: Are you taking advantage of all of your card’s valuable statement credits and benefits? Check out our guide on how to use your Amex statement credits so that you don’t miss any opportunities!

Final Thoughts

This new perk is a no-brainer to take advantage of, especially if you have a Panera Bread near you. You’re able to take advantage of complimentary drinks for a few months, and if you like the benefits, you can continue your membership. There’s really no reason to not enroll!

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About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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