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This blog started, and continues, as a way for us to share how we use miles, points, and deals to stretch our dollars and take trips we otherwise couldn’t. Sadly miles and points don’t grow on their own outside in my garden, so I like to share glimpses of how it all actually happens. Here is a snapshot from our real life today, and how we strategically used our rewards cards for purchases and planning the upcoming weekend!
- End of Year Teacher Presents: We love our daughter’s pre-school teachers this year, so we are giving them a final little token of our appreciation. For the sake of convenience, we just ran to our local Office Depot to pick up some Starbucks gift cards and thank you cards. The candy is going in the “emergency supply” kit for my trip to Hawaii with C. We were able to get everything we need quickly, and earned 5x Ultimate Reward points thanks to our Ink Bold® Business Card and Ink Plus® Business Card. PS – some of those Starbucks gift cards will make their way into Mommy Points readers’ hands as well. Always good to be well stocked! 😉
- Bank of America Museum’s on Us Weekend: The first full weekend of every month is when Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to more than 150 participating museums in 94 cities (and that is happening this Saturday and Sunday). Some of these “museums” include zoos, children’s museums, botanical gardens, and more. We used this deal to visit the Houston Zoo a while back, and are eying the same thing again this year. While in Texas you can also go to the Houston Children’s Museum, the Austin Children’s Museum, or the San Antonio Children’s Museum if you happen to be in those cities on the first weekend of a month. All offer great kid-focused activities that you can do at home or while visiting a new city. You can get the full list of participating museums here. All you need to get in free is a Bank of American or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card in your name plus a photo ID on the first full weekend of the month and you can get in free. If your child is old enough to require a ticket, you may still need to purchase one for them.
- Buy One Get One movie theater tickets on Fridays with Visa Signature: Some rewards credit card perks aren’t directly related to travel, but they can still be awesome. Just like last summer, Visa Signature is offering a buy one get one free movie ticket on Fridays this summer via Fandango. There are several movies out we have been itching to see, and now we can see one tomorrow without spending a small fortune since our second ticket will be free! Some of the common Visa Signature cards in the miles and points arena are the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, and the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature (among several others). Here are the full details on this deal:
Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who have a valid Visa Signature card in good standing. Purchase two or more movie tickets with a valid U.S. issued Visa Signature card on www.fandango.com/visasignature on a Friday for any film currently on sale for a Friday showing and receive one of the tickets purchased for that show free of charge. This movie ticket offer is only valid for purchase each Friday from April 19, 2013 – August 2, 2013 between 4:01 AM GMT – 9:59AM GMT, or while supplies last. Visa in its sole discretion reserves the right to terminate this movie ticket offer at any time. Limit of one (1) complimentary movie ticket, up to $19.50 value limit (including Fandango convenience fee), per Visa Signature card, per period of 30 days following the date of a purchase in connection with this offer. Value of complimentary movie ticket (up to $19.50 including Fandango convenience fee) will be deducted from a single order on Fandango.com.
There you have it – 5x Ultimate Reward points for gifts, free children’s museums and zoos, and buy one get one free movie tickets!
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