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As is typical with new Apple products, pre-orders for the iPad3 before today’s official release date did not qualify for points through various shopping portals. However, now that the product has been officially released, those restrictions have also been relaxed. So, if you find yourself waiting in a mile long line at your local Apple store for the iPad3, you may want to reconsider and place your order online first so you can get more points for your new toy! That is, if you are patient enough to not have your hands on the new gadget today.
The best points offer I could find was 4x (one for regular spend and three bonus points per dollar) via the American Express Membership Rewards portal. The Chase Ultimate Rewards portal is sitting at 2x (one for normal spend and one bonus point per dollar spent). If you don’t have a Membership Rewards or Ultimate Rewards earning card, then go to evreward.com and see what other airline or hotel specific options you have to earn bonus points for this purchase. Or, consider getting yourself a card that earns MR or UR points so you don’t miss out next time. 😉
Assuming you are in the market for a $699 64 GB iPad 3, then you would earn 3,196 Membership Reward points for your purchase by using the Membership Rewards portal. If you then take advantage of the current 50% transfer bonus to British Airways, then you have more than enough points for one free flight of 650 miles or less (think JFK to Montreal) using Avios. So, buy an iPad, get a (short) flight for free. Sounds good to me.
Here are a portion of the Terms and Conditions from the Membership Rewards site regarding Apple purchases:
As of 3/16/2012, the pre-order and purchase of iPad 3 are eligible to earn bonus points. As of 12/1/2011, the purchase of Bose products are not eligible to earn bonus points. As of 10/14/2011, iPhone 4S are eligible to earn bonus points. ONLY the first two units per order will be eligible for bonus points. As of 10/6/2011, pre-ordering of iPhone 4S is not eligible to earn bonus points. As of 7/5/2011 purchases of iPads are eligible to earn bonus points. Purchases of iPhone iPhone® 4 are eligible to earn bonus points. Purchases of Apple One to One Membership, gift certificates, gift wrapping and shipping are not eligible to earn bonus points. Purchases made through Apple Government Store are not eligible to earn bonus points.
The Apple Online Store sells and ships products to end user customers only; you may not purchase for resale. Bonus points will only be awarded for up to five (5) products total within a 30-day window. In the event your order exceeds five (5) products, you will be awarded only on the five (5) products with the highest value.