Has anyone bought Amex Gift Checks to get their minimum spend? I got the Amex Plat 50,000MR Bonus, and am looking for alternatives to Mint Coins with less hassle. Shipping is $6, the fee is $2.50 per check. So for $1000 in checks the cost would be $1031. Not a bad price considering the gas cost of hauling around $1000 in mint coins to banks all over town. Does Amex count this as a purchase?