Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest information. 

Offering lounge access, built-in credits and a plethora of travel perks, The Platinum Card® from American Express is an ideal card for frequent travelers.

However, it has plenty of other lifestyle and everyday benefits worth using, too. One is getting up to $100 in Saks Fifth Avenue credits every calendar year: $50 awarded from January to June and another $50 in the second half of the year (enrollment required).

While you can put your credit toward more expensive items (such as footwear, clothing or luggage), if you aren’t looking to spend too much extra right now, it’s possible to find items near or under the $50 mark. But in case you don’t regularly browse the aisles at Saks and aren’t super familiar with what it offers, here are 11 things you can buy at Saks for at or near $50.

But remember to place your order soon if you want to make use of the first $50 credit of 2023, as the deadline for it to charge your card is June 30.

Related: How to use the $50 Saks credit available with the Amex Platinum

Kids Native shoes


From the pool to the park to the plane and back again, Native shoes are almost indestructible and the footwear that my kids have worn 80% of the time for the last five years.

Buy: Native shoes from $50

North Face pack


Whether climbing an actual mountain or heading to the park, stash your phone, keys, credit cards, granola bar and more in this retro-styled North Face Mountain Lumbar Pack. Here are some other crossbody bags we love if this isn’t the one for you.

Buy: North Face pack from $45

Le Creuset casserole dish


Le Creuset makes it (almost) fun to cook even if you’re not a natural-born chef with its timeless design and fun colors. This dish is the right size for fun treats, such as brownies, at 9 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches.

Buy: Le Creuset casserole dish from $56

Herschel Supply Co. backpack


As one of the more affordable luggage and gear brands at Saks, it makes sense to browse Herschel’s whole collection for inspiration, but this backpack is currently on sale down from its retail price of $120, making it extra attractive. It measures 11 1/4 inches wide by 19 1/4 inches high by 7 inches deep, and has that all-important padded laptop sleeve.

Buy: Herschel Supply Co. backpack from $63

Espro travel press coffee maker


If you’re constantly on the go, you might find this travel press coffee and tea maker incredibly useful, as you can brew your favorite cup wherever your travels take you.

Buy: Espro coffee maker from $45

Feed Your Soul cookie kit


This is a fun activity and a delicious treat all in one. The cookie tin includes 16 individually wrapped cookies ready to be decorated with four topping options.

Buy: Feed Your Soul cookie decorating kit from $43

Harlem Candle Co. candle


These candles are fantastic and while Saks has a few different varieties, you can’t beat the holiday scent in my mind. It may be one you get now and stash away for the winter holidays … or light up whenever you need to feel a warm and cozy vibe.

Buy: Harlem candles from $48

Supergoop sunscreen


Head out this summer and avoid sunburns with the right sunscreen. This popular reef-safe option is SPF 50 and comes in a travel-friendly size, so you aren’t stuck overpaying for some mediocre sunscreen in the resort gift shop.

Buy: Supergoop sunscreen from $22

Corkcicle stainless cup


Keep your liquids hot or cold for hours without having to run back to the microwave or add ice with this Corkcicle commuter cup that holds up to 17 ounces and has a spill-proof lid.

Buy: Corkcicle stainless cup from $48

Bombas socks


Bombas makes all kinds of fabulous socks that are comfortable and stay put, so even if this isn’t the pair for you, other types are available.

Buy: Bombas socks from $16.50

LSA 4-piece glass set


Elevate your next evening’s toast at home (or stash away an easy gift) with this four-piece glass set that holds 13 ounces and is also dishwasher-safe.

Buy: LSA stemless glass set from $42

Bottom line

If none of those items are right for you, some other brands sold at Saks that are popular in the TPG hallways are Alo Yoga, New Balance, Tretorn and Beyond Yoga. While not always under $50, there are lots of items in the $50-$100 range from those brands. Additionally, you can try the Saks sale section and sort from low to high prices to see items that start at $9.

If you haven’t used your Amex Platinum Saks Fifth Avenue credit for the first half of 2023, now is the time to do so in order to have your card charged in time.

Even if you don’t necessarily need anything right now, there are plenty of items under $50 that you can snag with this credit. When shopping at Saks, don’t forget to double dip by starting your purchase using a shopping portal that will give you bonus points for every dollar spent.

Additional reporting by Stella Shon, Benét J. Wilson and Chris Dong. 

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.

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