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Here’s an earth shattering fact for you…kids’ feet grow quickly. This is especially true when they are little. It is rare that Little C stays in a size longer than a few months. However, when they are young it is also important to be in shoes that fit well as their feet are still developing, they are learning to run/walk, etc. Combine those two tidbits and parents have the need to purchase shoes on a fairly regular basis. That means that I was pretty jazzed when I found the shoes we like for C on sale at 21x United miles per dollar!
I don’t know how long it will last, but today I saw shoes.com available on the Mileage Plus Shopping Mall for 21x per dollar. This is part of a larger “Back to School” promotion where a few retailers are available at 3x the normal rate. Others with temporarily increased payouts included Old Navy, Walmart (which has previously been stuck at around 1x for a while), Office Depot, and more. When I logged out the 21x bonus dropped to 12x per dollar, so logic tells me that the 21x is only available for those who have the MileagePlus Explorer card (or another similar United/Continental card) registered to their account.
Of course, you will still earn an extra point per dollar on top of that for using a rewards credit card. Or, if you really wanted to get the most bang for your buck, you could use a Visa, MasterCard, or Amex gift card you picked up at an office supply store for 5x Ultimate Reward points using your card from the Chase Ink family. That would bring you to a grand total of 26x per dollar. A conservative valuation of United miles is 1.5 cents per mile. At 26x (since UR points transfer 1:1 to United), that is a 39% miles return on your purchase. If you usually get closer to 2 cents per mile from your United miles (like me) then you are sitting at a 52% return on your purchase in term of miles. Crazy! Of course, if you don’t need shoes, or can get a better deal on what you want elsewhere, then that is an irrelevant number.
I do need to get some shoes in the next size up for C, and with the current 25% off sale code on the shoes.com website, the free shipping, and no tax, the prices are very good for what we wanted. Note in the screen shot above that coupon codes that are specifically sent to you are technically not applicable for the 21x offer. However, the 25% off sale is publicly available on their site, so I am assuming it is good to go. We ended up spending $72 for shoes our toddler will wear this fall, and at 21x we will receive 1,512 United miles for a purchase we would have made anyway. This is in addition to the miles we will earn from our rewards earning credit card. It is little things like this that if done throughout the year can make a huge difference in the number of miles and points you are able to earn for your family.
Look for a more comprehensive “Back to School Shopping” miles and points style post in the coming days, but until then see if this deal can work for your family!