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Welcome to April (be on the lookout for April Fool’s Jokes today!). As I do each month, I want to summarize some of the payout changes in the online shopping portals. I have historically focused on the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, but want to also focus on the top payouts that can be found in some of the other portals. Sadly we haven’t seen too many “knock your socks off” payouts in the Ultimate Rewards portal in recent months, so it is worth digging into some of the others as well. In case you aren’t overly familiar with how the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal works, then head to this post for detailed instructions. While the Ultimate Rewards portal doesn’t always have the best payout (or the most retailers), they do seem to have some of the better customer service when something goes wrong with the points posting, so keep that in mind as well.
The payouts within the Ultimate Rewards portal can vary based on the type of Ultimate Rewards card you log in with (Chase Freedom, 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. Here are some of the payouts I saw at some popular retailers:
Brooks Brothers 8x (from 3x)
Sunglass Hut 8x (from 6x)
Sears 4x (down from 5x)
Brookstone 8x (from 6x)
Kohl’s 10x (no change)
Magazines.com 30x (no change)
Lowes 5x (no change – but remember the Freedom Q2 bonus category is 5x at Lowes, so this stacks)
Teleflora 15x (up from 10x)
Children’s Place 4x (up from 2x)
MLBShop.com 5x (up from 4x)
Sephora 8x (stayed the same)
Rosetta Stone 14x
AT&T Wireless 6500 (2 year subscription + phone w/ several restrictions)
Maui Jim 9x
Melissa and Doug 4x
SIRUS Satellite Radio 4x
Home Depot 4x
Tom’s Shoes 6x
Remember to compare these rates to other portals to make sure you are getting the best payout possible. You can use a site like 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. Also, in recent months we have seen these payouts fluctuate some within the month, so don’t necessarily count on them remaining constant until May.
As always, an easy way to view all the changes for the Ultimate Reward and United MileagePlus Shopping payouts for the month is to head to Hiker T’s site. Did I leave out any good payouts you spotted?
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