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As expected the new month brought new Ultimate Reward point bonuses (and saw some old ones go away). If you don’t already use the Ultimate Rewards mall, let me briefly explain why you should consider it. You can access the Ultimate Rewards portal if you have a credit card that earns Ultimate Reward points (Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Freedom Visa, and Chase Ink Bold Card). Then, instead of going straight to a retailer such as Sears.com to purchase your home appliance, back to school supplies, or other items, you go through the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal to get to the retailer. It is an extra click or two, but it is very much worth the effort.
Not every retailer in the world is available in the portal, but many are. This month there are several popular retailers that are giving 10 points per dollar. Say you need to buy $200 worth of back to school clothes for your kiddos at Sears. If you go directly to Sears.com, or go into the store to do this, then you will probably earn one point per dollar for a total of 200 points if you use a rewards earning credit card. However, if you do this through the Ultimate Rewards portal you will earn 2,000 points. It is easy to see how making purchases using this strategy really adds up quickly. You can even select “in store pick-up” with some retailers and have the best of both worlds.
Do be aware that if you have several Ultimate Rewards earning cards, you need to make the purchase from the account that provides the largest points pay out for that individual retailer. An easy way to compare bonuses available to the different Ultimate Rewards cards is by going to HikerT’s very helpful site . This is yet another reason that diversifying your Chase Ultimate Rewards earning cards is a great idea. I have the Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, and Ink Bold, so I don’t miss out on any of the UR portal bonuses! A good strategy is to at least make sure you or your partner (or another close family member) have each card between the two of you.
Now that you know why this shopping portal is such a corner stone of my miles and points strategy, here are some of the bonuses that stood out for me for the month of August:
15x from Shoebuy.com (Freedom card) – if you or your kiddo needs some new shoes for fall, this is a good source to check. It has free shipping, no sales, tax, and seemingly competitive prices. According to the King of Gift Cards, Frequent Miler, you may be able to increase this one to 30x with some strategic gift card use. I may be giving this a try myself as C’s foot never stops growing. 😉
10x from Sears (Sapphire Preferred and Ink Bold) – again a gift card double-dip may be possible with this one to bring the total to 20x
10x from JC Penney (Freedom) – this one isn’t new, but it is still worth pointing out since 10x is pretty good
10x from Kohls (Freedom and Sapphire Preferred) – again, not new, but still helpful for back to school purchases
5x from Staples (Ink Bold) – I mention this one as the Ink Bold itself also provides 5x at office supply stores, so this is really 10x for those who have the Ink Bold. As I mentioned in this post, I utilize this method to get some restaurant gift cards, like Starbucks and Outback for 10x.
Are there any retailers that you are especially excited about this month?
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