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As you may or may not know, the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal updates their bonus points offers monthly (though some offers are even more “limited time” than that). So, on May 1st I bee-lined it to their website to see what specials had appeared for May that might be useful for my family. There are different specials depending on how you access the online shopping portal, so if I log-in with my Sapphire Preferred account I will see one set of points earnings, and if I log in with my New Ink Bold card I see an entirely different set of points earnings. No one card is consistently better than the others with the points earnings, but each card seems to have it’s own strengths each month (another reason why I am glad I have the Ultimate Rewards Trifecta).
Here are some of my favorite current Ultimate Rewards shopping portal highlights.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card:
J. Crew – 10x
New Ink Bold:
Sony – 10x
Staples – 5x
Chase Freedom Visa:
Sephora – 20x
I hope to do a “Mother’s Day Shopping” post very soon, but in case I don’t get a chance to, there are some good potential gift items from some of these stores right here. I am a J.Crew-a-holic and gift cards have earned points in the past (though my current experiment testing that is either still pending or failed…..too early to know for sure). Lots of my friends love stuff from Sephora (though admittedly make-up would be hard to buy for someone else unless you knew what they wanted), and of course Overstock has all sorts of stuff!
My Mother’s Day present is a “Mommy and Me” pedicure at a Hyatt resort that I love. We will be staying there later this month, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do while we are there. For the record, Little C wants blue toes. I guess I will have to match her. 😉
As a final reminder/update about Ultimate Reward points, be sure that you are taking full advantage of this quarter’s 5x bonus with the Freedom card at grocery stores and movie theaters. My mom activated her Freedom card today (and the quarterly bonus) and was about to go buy my husband a gift card at a local retailer for his birthday. I screamed “NO!” the way that many people would yell something important like “FIRE!”. I told her we were going to go and break her Freedom card in at the grocery store, as they sold gift cards to that same retailer there. Only this way she earned 5x points for the gift card and fuel points though the grocery store. I’m pretty sure I saw the light bulb go off over her head as we stood in front of the gift card aisle. As an added bonus, we got to buy yogurt, eggs, milk, bread, and cereal to go along with our gift card instead of having to make two trips. It’s all about the essentials in life. Milk, bread, and points.
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