Celebrating My Birthday at @RedDoorSpas with American Express Reward Points

How I used my American Express Membership RewardsThis year I wanted to something special for myself to celebrate turning another year younger. We tend to go through life, living day to day without taking a minute to just indulge. Well, to be totally honest, I do indulge, perhaps too much but its nice to do something extra special every now and then. When you’re on a budget though, something extra special cost …extra. If you follow me on FourSquare or Instagram, then you know Daniel and I spent the weekend in NYC celebrating our birthdays. Where does one go to indulge in NYC? How about the Red Door Spa on 5th Avenue?

A few years ago I visited the Red Door Spa in Mystic Ct for a special Valentine’s Day and I was in heaven. I signed up for their email promotions just in case they had a deal that I might be able to afford. A few months ago I read that the 5th Avenue location had relocated and was now open, I kept it in the back of my mind. In May, Groupon had a deal on the Sanctuary Hotel on 47th st (between 6th and 7th) and our plan for a birthday getaway was falling into place.

A few weeks ago I decided to actually open up a Red Door Spa Email, just for giggles and took it a step farther. Clicking on the the link brought me to the website and I searched through promotions and packages to find nothing in my price range. I scrolled down to the bottom of the page thinking if I scrolled back up really fast something might pop up.  Nada. Just as I was about to close the window I spied the American Express Membership Rewards symbol. Jackpot.

I’ve had the American Express Blue Card since I was in College. I never found anything worth while to use my points towards. Someone must have known I’d need them for a specific purpose. Yes, they did! It was such an easy and straightforward process. It only took FIVE simple steps.

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Step 1: Type in what you’re looking for into the Search Box. I looked for Red Door Spa. *Click the image to visit the home page of American Express Membership Rewards site.
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Step 2: See what comes up from your search. My search for the Red Door Spa was successful. I decided to choose Electronic gift cards. They’re convenient and they won’t get lost in the clutter of my bedroom. *Click the image to find out more information about their program.
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Step 3: Select your item(s) and add it to your cart. *Click on the image to find out how American Express Membership Rewards works with shopping on Amazon.
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Step 4: Confirm your cart and information. *Click the image to find out more information on the American Express Membership Rewards Partners.
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Step 5: Share the good news! *Click the image to see how American Express Membership Rewards Points apply towards travel.

The Red Door Spa lived up to and EXCEEDED my expectations. If you’re looking for a package I got the Pretty Woman. If you’re looking to do your nails, ladies and gents, I highly recommend Sari! She went above and beyond to make sure my nails looked AMAzing! Daniel got to meet his favorite radio personality Craig Carton of Boomer and Craig on MSG. We spent the rest of the weekend shopping and eating yummy food. Our weekend getaway in NYC made for an EXTRA special birthday.

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Danny got to meet Craig Carton. He was so excited about it! Check out Craig’s book Loudmouth, Danny read me an excerpt and it was hilarious.

What do you do to celebrate your birthday? Do you indulge yourself?

Until then,


*Disclaimer: This post is NOT Sponsored by American Express, Red Door Spas or Sanctuary Hotel. I really enjoyed our birthday getaway and how easy it was to put together and wanted to share my special day with YOU. If you have any specific questions please feel free to email me at OR in the comments section below. <3

4 replies on “Celebrating My Birthday at @RedDoorSpas with American Express Reward Points”

Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a great time.

It’s funny this post comes up because just this weekend I was telling my daughter I’ve never had a birthday party or made a big deal out of it. To me, it was just another day 🙂

But this year the hubs and me are going to Galveston, TX to spend the weekend there. I can’t afford to fly off somewhere but I’m gonna make the best of it while I’m there and just act like a kid and take in all the sights 🙂

You’re right, we should all indulge every now and then 🙂 Have a great night!

Helllo there Corina! Yeah, I usually do just dinner out with Danny on my birthday. I never really make a big deal about it either. I kind of hide from it to be honest. Although its weird because I love celebrating other people’s birthdays. I hear you on not affording to fly. I’m a short train ride away from NYC so that was perfect for my budget. When is your birthday? I hope you and your husband have a great time in Galveston, TX! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us!

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