A good carry-on sized roller bag, a passport, a frequent flyer account, and a laptop/tablet are all basically required for the frequent traveler. It’s kind of like a uniform of sorts. However, I would argue that Bose QC15 headphones are also on the “required” list. I’ll admit that I used to laugh at the notion of spending that much cash for headphones (around $300) – I mean aren’t the white earbuds that came with my iPhone good enough?? However, the more I travel, the more I wanted them. My husband got them first so he could be more productive on business trips, so I was able to try them out without purchasing my own pair. They look a little silly to me in the days of “smaller is better”, but as soon as you put them on, you can tell that they work in keeping the rest of the world out.
For a while we took turns just sharing his Bose on different trips. Honestly, when traveling with a toddler, it is rare that both parents can really “tune out” and have headphones on at the same time anyway. But, when the day came for us to fly to Europe together he made a (rare) proclamation. I needed to buy Bose headphones…today. No sharing. After I muttered about how expensive they are and why can’t we just share (I’m a cheapskate at heart), my real protests were related to how good the mileage promotions are for Bose, and how I would be missing out if I just waltzed into a store and bought them today. We don’t have a Bose store nearby that I could get to in time, so I needed to buy them from a third party retailer.
Some of the Bose offers I was aware of for the Bose QuiteComfort 15 Headphones were:
- 1,500 AAdvantage Miles
- 1,500 United Miles
- 3 points per dollar from many shopping portals, including Ultimate Rewards
Of course, those are offers if you purchase the headphones directly. I had to go through a third party, and I needed them within a few hours. In my area that meant the Apple Store or Best Buy. With both of those stores you can order online and then pick-up in store within a few hours, assuming the item is in-stock. Both of these retailers offered just 1x for going through one of the online shopping portals that I prefer, but that is better than nothing. Back when the Amex Membership Rewards shopping portal was working, you could usually get products at the Apple Store for at least 4x, but since it is “temporarily” down, that wasn’t an option on the table.
I decided on Best Buy since I had seen an Amex “Link, Like, Love” promotion on Facebook that awarded a $20 statement credit off of a $200 purchase on an Amex at Best Buy. You can also activate this deal via Twitter by tweeting #AmexBestBuy20 after you have synced your Amex to your Twitter account. We also had about $20 in Best Buy rewards saved up from our Best Buy Rewards account (don’t forget reward programs that aren’t miles and points!).
In the end we saved $40 on the purchase between the Amex $20 deal and our Best Buy Rewards. We also earned 1 point per dollar for paying with our rewards Amex and 1 Ultimate Reward point per dollar via the Ultimate Rewards mall. I’d say that approximately 540 points + $40 off wasn’t much worse than the 1,500 AA or United mileage offers that we just didn’t have time to participate in. We also could have used Best Buy gift cards that we had purchased for 5x points at office supply or grocery stores via strategic credit card purchases, but we skipped that in favor of the $20 Amex promo this time. Sometimes you just need something quickly, and can’t jump through too many hoops to get it.
I’ll do a full review of the headphones in another post, but the quick summary is that they were more than worth it – especially on the return flight!
I also couldn’t post about Bose without mentioning that you can currently get 2,500 American Express Membership Reward points for watching a demonstration about the new Bose Videowave TV. The code for that promotion is: AMXTV. Make sure that you give the store your email address so that they can send you the Amex MR certificate. You do have to have an Amex Memerberhip Rewards account to redeem the certificate. If you actually purchase the TV you can get an additional 25,000 Membership Reward points. I don’t want to go see the demo because if I actually liked the TV, there would be no way I could afford it! Based on what I have read, it sounds like this deal is valid at most Bose Showcase stores as well as the outlet stores through the end of August. Thanks to reader James for reminding me about this deal! You can find out more from The Points Guy or New Girl in the Air.
If you know of any better deals for Bose products, please feel free to share the info!