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Happy Friday! Here are some quick and fun miles and points updates to set you up right for the weekend…
Evolve Money to Accept Credit Cards to Pay Your Everyday Bills!
I absolutely love Evolve Money as it is how I use gift cards purchased using category bonuses at places like office supply stores or grocery stores in order to pay bills such as utilities, store credit cards, etc. This year Evolve Money has gotten more restrictive on how many gift cards you can use (one per biller account per month), but I still use it to pay a few bills each month when I have gift cards to liquidate. They have hinted at improving their services, and it looks like they really are.
I got an email from them last night that they are officially introducing bill paymenst with credit cards! They are starting with the Discover card, but say that in 2015 they will also accept VISA and MasterCard credit cards as payment sources for their 11,000 billers, including insurance, utilities, cable, phone and much more!
Evolve Money does not charge you any bill payment fees when you pay with Discover or gift cards/prepaid cards. We’ll see what happens when Visa and MasterCard are introduced to the mix.
Portal Payout Updates:
In keeping with my holiday shopping promise, here are some updated portal payout standouts from today. I’ve made a couple larger holiday purchases in the last week that have resulted in over 5,000 easy miles earned by stacking multiple promos and category bonuses, so this really does add up!
To give a current example, you could earn 12x Rapid Reward points at Nordstrom via the Southwest portal, pay with the Chase Freedom® to earn 5x at department stores this quarter, and work toward their shopping portal bonus, too. So, a $175 Nordstrom purchase would net 2,100 points via the 12x payout + 875 points on your credit card via paying with the Freedom, and 300 Rapid Reward points via the bonus payout in the Southwest portal. That is 3,275 points for one $175 purchase!
United MileagePlus Shopping: Shoes.com 12x, Famous Footwear 12x, Toys R Us 4x, Pottery Barn 3x. There are also targeted bonus miles bonuses that went out from United earlier this week. Look for an email with the subject line
AAdvantage e-Shopping: Blue Nile 6x, Best Buy 3x, Game Stop 4x, Macy’s 9x
Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping: Brooks Brothers 8x, Nordstrom 12x, Nine West 6x. There is also a bonus of up to 1,200 extra points for shopping via the Southwest portal.
Delta SkyMiles Shopping: There is a new extra bonus of up to 2,250 bonus Skymiles via their shopping portal.
New Amex Sync Promos:
Via Deals We Like, you can save money shopping with an Amex credit card via lots of current Amex Sync deals including #AmexBestBuy to save $25 off a $250 Best Buy purchase. I’m seeing this and other new offers also available in my online Amex account under “Offers for You”, so it might be worth a look.
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