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The iPhone 4s went on pre-sale on Friday and officially goes on sale in stores on October 14th. The prices ranges from $199 – $399 depending on the amount of memory you select. As you may have read here, I am a big iPhone fan. It really helps my family stay connected while traveling. Also, what better tribute to the late Steve Jobs than to continue to support Apple.
But to get to the point, the important info (at least for this site!) is to make sure that you get as many miles and points as possible if you are planning to make this purchase. Thanks to this thread on Milepoint for the inspiration for this post. Even if you aren’t the Apple type, this post can still help give you an idea of some of the available points and miles options for making other online purchases. If you want to earn as many miles and points as possible, the best plan is to avoid the madness of the Apple store on 10/14, and place your order online through a shopping portal. While there are almost limitless shopping portals, I will highlight the main offerings that relate to the iPhone from four different portals. Many of these portals did not award points for pre-sale orders placed for the iPhone on Friday, but they all seem good to go today.
You must have an eligible Chase card to use this portal, but if you do, it is a great option.
Apple Store 2x
Best Buy 3x
Again, you must have an eligible American Express card to use this portal. I have a Platinum card, so the earning rates could vary some for the Gold card. These earning rates are pretty good if you like Membership Reward points.
Apple Store 4x
Best Buy 4x
The earning rates per dollar are pretty bad right now from these retailers, but since United MileagePlus is giving 1,500 bonus miles for purchases over $125 until October 31st, this actually may be the best bet for some people. If you are still trying to get Months of Miles transactions, this this is an extremely good option. I will most likely be making my iPhone purchase from this portal due to the bonus miles. If you still want to use ShopOnepass, they are offering 2x from all three retailers, however you will not get the 1,500 bonus miles.
Apple Store 1x
Best Buy 1x
The rates from this portal aren’t great either, but I included it in case you favor One World miles.
Best Buy 1x
I know not everyone is in the market for a new iPhone, but for those who are there are some pointers to make sure you are getting miles and points for a purchase you were going to make anyway! Please let me know if you find a more lucrative miles and points option for purchasing an iPhone than I was able to find!