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Happy New Year! I am excited to have a fresh start at all things miles, points, travel, etc! I know 2013 has a bunch of exciting trips and such in store for my family, and I hope it does for yours as well! Enough reminiscing about 2012, time to look forward and start some earning for 2013. Here are some updates on the January Ultimate Rewards shopping portal bonuses. In case you aren’t overly familiar with how the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal works, then head to this post for detailed instructions.
The payouts can vary based on the type of Ultimate Rewards card you log-in with (Chase Freedom Visa, Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Ink Plus Business Card, etc), but this month doesn’t see many substantial differences between the different cards, so I will just list the payouts all together. As expected, some of the payouts that increased for Christmas (such as FAO Schwartz) have dropped back down. There overall weren’t a ton of changes this month, but here are some example payouts at some popular retailers:
Best Buy 2x
HR Block at Home 15x
Office Max 5x
Stayed the Same:
J. Crew 5x
The North Face 8x
Home Depot fell from 5x to 3x
Holiday Inn fell from 8x to 3x
Office Depot fell from 5x to 3x
Pottery Barn from 3x to 1x (and was 5x in mid December)
Pottery Barn Kids feel from 5x to 3x
I’m sad there isn’t a killer payout from a retailer, but there still are a few that I know will help my family out over the course of the month (like for stocking up on some ski gear for a quickly approach family ski trip!). Remember to compare these rates to other portals to make sure you are getting the best payout possible. You can use evreward.com to quickly compare different portal payout rates for a given retailer. However, especially for a large purchase, I would manually compare the portals myself to make sure I am getting 100% accurate info on the payouts and any possible bonuses.
As always, an easy way to view all the changes for the Ultimate Reward payouts for the month is to head to Hiker T’s site. Did I leave out any good payouts you spotted? Anything look interesting to you this month? Happy New Year!
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