Thousands of Free Ultimate Rewards Points!

This deal is only good through Saturday, so act fast! 

A reader tipped me off to this over the weekend (thanks!), but I just now got around to checking it out.  Sorry for the delay!

The idea is to go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to Staples.com.  Once there, buy up to $700 in Free After Rebate downloadable software.  You will get 4 points per dollar from the Ultimate Rewards Mall and another 5 points if you pay with your Chase Ink card or another 1 point if you pay with any other point earning credit card.  If you go all-in for $700, this means that you will earn 6300 Free Ultimate Rewards points with your Ink card or 3500 points with another card.

Staples has an amazingly easy “Easy Rebate” system.  Once you purchase the software, they send you a rebate link via email.  You click the link, fill out a little bit of info and you’re done.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Go to Staples via the Ultimate Rewards Mall:

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Step 2: Add up to 5 Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 to your cart:

TIP: Search for item 368665

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Step 3: Add up to 10 AVG Internet Security 2012 to your cart:

TIP: Search for item 369321:

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Step 4: Check out

TIP 1: If you have a Chase Ink card that gives 5X for office supplies, use it!

TIP 2: Your state may charge sales tax. If you know someone in a state that doesn’t charge sales tax for internet orders (CA, NH, etc.), then set their address as the delivery address and no tax will be charged.  These are download only purchases anyway, so nothing will really be delivered.  I couldn’t think of anyone’s address to put in, so instead I picked “deliver to store” and picked a store in California that I’ll be close to on a trip next month.  Of course, there won’t really be anything to pick up.

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Step 5: Submit Easy Rebates

You will receive an email from Staples with a link in it for submitting the rebate form.  It’s easy!

NOTE: If you make all of the purchases at once, you only need to submit one rebate per product even if you buy multiple copies of each product.  Staples keeps track of how many you bought.

TIP: The AVG software rebate can be changed from a Visa gift card to a check!  See screen shot:

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Questions:

If you have questions about how this works, details can be found here: http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1168748/


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CJC462
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Great idea. Went on Staples.com through UR as soon as you posted this and both products (boxed and download) are sold out.

FrequentMiler
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CJC462: Sorry to hear it sold out! I’m surprised that downloads have a limit to how many they’ll sell. I’ll try to report similar deals as they come up. In the future, hopefully I’ll report on it sooner!

deltagoldflyer: Boy, I hope so! I’ll know for sure soon. 🙂

deltagoldflyer
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can you really get more that 1 rebate per item? if so kool!

Steelsnow
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FAR (free after rebate) software deals go quick at Staples, as people use these to ‘cash out’ their Staples rewards checks earned on previous purchases and ink rebates…. Gotta be quick on the draw for these!

Steelsnow
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Speaking of that, don’t forget to sign up for the Staples Rewards membership… Might as well earn the free rebate credit there too, as it will be based on the ‘purchase’ price.

FrequentMiler
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Steelsnow: Thanks for the reminder! Yes, sign up for Staples Rewards too!

Hao
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I purchased mine as of 924pm EST. Worked great!

sruly
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both back in stock,

followed instructions and only got 1 rebate for $35 and 1 for $70.

were did i go wrong?

al613
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works now

econjon
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Like sruly, the rebate form stated 1 and 1. But does this mean I will actually get 5 and 10? BTW – I was able to change the payment of both to a check

FrequentMiler
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From FatWallet:

Q: If I buy multiple copies of a sku(product) with a rebate in a single transaction do I have to submit the rebate multiple times?

A: No, you only need to submit the rebate once. The rebate system knows from the transaction the quantity you purchased.

CJC462
Guest

cant seem to time this right

al613
Guest

Thank you. And you can get couple free cases of paper with this deal:
http://dealnews.com/Staples-Free-Staples-Copy-Paper-10-Ream-Case-with-100-purchase/549557.html

Voice of reason
Guest

Do you people ever do anything other than try to get something for nothing?

Kevin
Guest

Worked for me too. Thanks for the heads up.

Sam S
Guest

Good deal. Got it at 8:30 pm PST. Boxed sets are OOS but downloads work.

Parag
Guest

Set delivery to DE. No sales tax. I just googled the address for a staples store in DE.

shoaib
Guest

Thanks for the tip. I just finished my $700 worth of purchase using ink-bold card. Can I purchase $700.00 worth of same product again to get another 6300 UR points?

@al613: That code for free ream of papers didn’t work for me.

al613
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@shoaib It showed for me that it accepted the coupon, but the price of paper did not go to $0. So, I bought it anyways, called CS and within a minute they refunded cost of paper to cc.

Anonymous
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The free cases of paper coupon code does not work when purchasing only downloadable software

Jimgotkp
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@sboaib I doubt it due to the address. It’s something I wouldn’t even want to risk either since it’s $700 you might have to pay back if the rebates don’t go through.

CJC462
Guest

been trying this all night with no luck…continues to say OOS for all boxed and downloads

Jimgotkp
Guest

@CJC462, purchased mine like thirty minutes ago.. not sure what the problem is for you. Did you try using an incognito window on Chrome or something similar to it on Firefox?

Mint Cilantro
Guest

Well the staples rebate website is down for maintenance right now but I have placed my order. It also gave me rebate tracking number. Too bad I don’t have the CIB. Will have to do with CSP now. Thanks for the post

Dyni
Guest

Both rebates can be switched to checks, which is what I did.

Matt
Guest

On the UR link to Staples in the T&C is states: Not eligible on promotional items.

Surely FAR counts as promotional?

Matt
Guest

One other question – we do you see the quantity limits for the software (5 of one, 10 of the other)?

Thanks

FrequentMiler
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Matt: I’m not sure where the rebate limits are spelled out. I read them from FatWallet. Hopefully, they’re correct!

Michael
Guest

The rebate limits are in the terms, and are correct. “Limit 10 rebates per name/address/household” for example.

Michael
Guest

What I don’t see is, where do I increase the quantity on the rebate? Is that automatically related to the order number, or do I need to file for multiple rebates?

FrequentMiler
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Michael: Thanks for checking the rebate terms. I’ve been told that the quantity is handled automatically. So you should only have to file once per product, not 10 times for 1 and 5 times for the other.

Matt
Guest

Anyone have any thoughts on FAR items being considered “Promotional items”?

caveman
Guest

How do you change The AVG software rebate from a Visa gift card to a check! I do not see any option for that.

david h
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“Dyni says:
February 17, 2012 at 1:24 am

Both rebates can be switched to checks, which is what I did.”

Dyni, How did you do that?

Thanks

FrequentMiler
Guest

Somewhere along the rebate process there is a button to change the form of the rebate. I’m sorry I didn’t do a screen capture and can’t remember what it looks like!

Bender
Guest

Just got in on this too. Hopefully it works smoothly.

@caveman, on the page showing the two prepaid cards you’ll receive there is a button that will show other forms of rebate options. That is where you can select a check.

david h
Guest

Thanks for replying all – so point of clarification – the check is just a regular check that you go into the bank and ‘cash in’ ?

al613
Guest

Because of the advise of Staples CS, I filled out rebate form for downloadable items right after I purchased them. Got confirmation right away.

JDF
Guest

I placed my order about 10:00pm last night, I only got the order confirmation email. I click on the tracking order information and it says in the status field”Researching”. Anybody seen this?

Peter Amling
Guest

Since I did not want prepaid Visa cards I opted for 10 of the AVG software. Spent $350 and will get 3150 UR points plus a $350 check. Awesome tip!

shoaib
Guest

ok, I didn’t choose to get rebate in check, while filling out the rebate form online. Is there a way, I can still request rebate in form of check by calling CS?? has anyone tried this?

FrequentMiler
Guest

shoaib: Great idea. I just tried a web chat to change my rebate to a check. Here was the answer:

Agent: Unfortunately, I am unable to make changes to the records at this time.
Agent: If you wanted to try contacting us in a few days, we should be able to change it to a check for you.

FrequentMiler
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Good news for anyone worried about only filling out the rebate form once or twice. I just received this email from Staples: Good news! We’ve started processing your rebate(s) for: TITANIUM ESD MAX SEC 2012 3-U TITANIUM ESD MAX SEC 2012 3-U TITANIUM ESD MAX SEC 2012 3-U TITANIUM ESD MAX SEC 2012 3-U TITANIUM ESD MAX SEC 2012 3-U AVG ESD INT SECURITY 1USE 2012 AVG ESD INT SECURITY 1USE 2012 AVG ESD INT SECURITY 1USE 2012 AVG ESD INT SECURITY 1USE 2012 AVG ESD INT SECURITY 1USE 2012 AVG ESD INT SECURITY 1USE 2012 AVG ESD INT SECURITY… Read more »
Ryan H
Guest

Just a reminder, rebates can take a long time…this week I received a rebate for a purchase a made on Black Friday.

shadab
Guest

FM: I also had a chat with CS (Kevin), He told me that they can change the mode of rebate payment to check after 72 hrs of rebate form submission. Hopefully, I will have it changed to check on Monday.

shadab
Guest

FM: I need to buy some GC to complete minimum spend on chase sapphire. Is there a way I can earn some points on my way? I know I can get 1.4% CB via bigcrumbs, but I am more interested in 10x UR points. Just checking, if that’s something I can get.

FrequentMiler
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shadab: I’m assuming you mean bank gift cards (Amex, Visa, Mastercard)? If so, no, I don’t know of any options with the Sapphire that are better than Big Crumbs. You can get 4X through UR Mall / Staples, but have to pay $6 for each $100 card. Not a great deal unless using an Ink card to get 5X+4X=9X (really 8X when you account for miles you don’t get when spending the gift card). With the Sapphire you get the annual 7% dividend, so the 4X becomes 4.28X. $6 for 4.28 points = 1.4 cents per point. That’s not horrible,… Read more »
Mike
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@frequentmiler, can you provide a date to when you bought the SW as a data point to see how long it takes to process the rebate. Also did choose CA or NH as your delivery address while it’s not? Apparently some peeps on FW said that staples had questions as to why they were shipping the rebate check to a different address than the delivery address.

Biggles209
Guest

@JDF My order (for download) also shows “Researching”. I live in WA and chose “delivery” to a store in CA…

Mike
Guest

I just received a call from staples questioning why I choose a delivery to CA while I live in CT. She said it just seemed odd and if I intended that way. I said yes, and just confirmed whether my rebate would be Okay, as that’s what I’m really interested in.

FrequentMiler
Guest

Mike: Interesting! It sounds like they’re just trying to make sure you didn’t make a mistake. I bought the software on Thursday (the same day I posted this). I had put in a store in California as the ship to location for pickup.

Biggles209
Guest

Got a VM from Staples: Call them within three business days or the order will be cancelled. Called, and confirmed that I will be in CA this weekend, hence the CA delivery. Was told that I should get the delivery e-mail within 24 hours. Order still shown as “Researching” on the website.

FrequentMiler
Guest

Biggles209: Thanks for the info!

HikerT
Guest

I’m not sure if this has been mentioned but I noticed the T&C for Staples at the UR mall state:

“Shopping cart must be empty prior to accessing Staples through this site to be eligible.”

In short, be sure to clear you cart at Staples before clicking thru from the UR mall. Also, I always use separate browser, clear cookies, close and re-start that browser to ensure no lingering cookies or competing click thru referrals.

Jimgotkp
Guest

@HikerT Thanks! Good thing I used an incognito window! Phew! 🙂 On another note, I got a call a few hours ago asking if I wanted to have the softwares e-mailed to me or if I wanted to pick it up at a store. I asked them to e-mail it to me and now I have all these key codes.. *fingers crossed* that the rebates come before the interest starts accumulating on the CC…

david h
Guest

Can someone please point me to the limit/per household. I went through the T&C but could not find the 5 limit for the 1st item and 10 limit for the 2nd.

Thanks

d

FrequentMiler
Guest

david h: Here is how to find the rebate T&C (It took me forever to find this too): In Staples.com, go to the product. Look for the underlined word “rebate” and click on it. On the new page that comes up, click the button “Select Form”. Scroll down and view “Promotion Details”

BothofUs2
Guest

I also received voicemail from staples telling me order is on hold and will be cancelled in 3 biz days if I dont call back. Will have to wait until Monday as the rep indicated weekday only hours of their cust svc center.

crismanila77
Guest

Just ordered today, followed instructions completely. Got rebate info after a minute. Thank YOU for the tip!

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Andrei
Guest

My order still says “Researching”..

ArizonaGuy
Guest

Ditto. Researching on my status as well. No phone call received. I used a friend’s CA address for “shipping”.

FrequentMiler
Guest

For those who’s status says “researching”, I expect that they are on hold until Staples’ employees get to work on them on Monday. I expect some of you will get phone calls then.

Skoropi
Guest

I bought the Mcafee software, item 398466, because the other 2 were sold out. Then when I read the rebate rules, it said only 1 rebate per household. I bought 5 copies. The email with the activation keys also said no refunds. Any ideas on how to limit my losses?

FrequentMiler
Guest

Skoropi: contact Staples to see if they will be willing to cancel your order

BothofUs2
Guest

I called this morning and was told my phone number didnt match the cred card co number on their records. Once that was straightened out the order went through.

FrequentMiler
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BothofUs2: Great to hear!

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Mike
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Had I read the terms more closely, I would have chosen the boxed version so that I could resell them at my work. Though the shipping cost would have to be recouped which I think would have been very doable.

@frequentmiler, I bet that’s what you’re planning to do with your copies?

Kevin
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I also received a call on Friday from Staples saying that my order was on hold. Called today and was told they just needed to confirm my email address and that I had placed the order. Hopefully the delay does not cost me the points. I do have confirmation that the order was placed prior to the deadline, so that should be sufficient.

FrequentMiler
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UPDATE: My Ultimate Rewards Mall points posted today for this deal! I made the purchases on Thursday.

Kevin: I expect you’ll still get the points. Call Chase if you do not get them.

JDF
Guest

Interesting data point for you all… I placed my order on Thursday. I live in Ohio, did ship to CA. All weekend long my order said “Researching”. Got a call on Monday to confirm email delivery when I picked “CA” for ship to address. Confirmed the order and a few hours later got the download instructions (Monday afternoon). The charges have never hit my credit card (used Chase Freedom). Not sure if it will soon or not, but has thus far (but either have the points).

FrequentMiler
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JDF: Interesting. That will be startling if you get the rebates without paying…

JDF
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That is what I am thinking… My rebate status still says “Validation in progress” and I have yet to receive any UR Points. I am guessing I will not be charged, will not get the UR points and will not get the rebate, but will get a boat load of software for nothing.

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