Staples has taken a break from giving us free points: no Free After Rebate items this week. Bummer! However there are a few bits of Staples news and conjecture worth sharing:
- The Frequent Miler Laboratory team (which is basically me and a reader who goes by the title “lab assistant”) has taken on the task of testing whether one can buy Visa gift cards at Staples.com after going through the Upromise portal for 5% cash back. If this works, then the combination of uPromise and a Chase Ink card will be an awesome way to buy gift cards! Look for an update soon.
- Did you know that you can get cash back from Upromise instead of saving the money for college? Thanks to reader Mow for pointing that out!
- Also, Mow reports having 5% cash back pending from Staples purchases made through uPromise. This could be a great alternative to the Ultimate Rewards Mall 2x for buying future Free After Rebate items!
- Southwest Rapid Rewards
- A reader tipped me off that the Southwest Airlines RapidRewards shopping portal has Staples at 4X until 4/22. If you’re working towards a Southwest Companion Pass, this could be a great way to rack up some points: Go through the portal to buy gift cards and use your Ink card to make the actual purchase. That way you get 5X Ultimate Rewards and 4X Southwest miles! NOTE: unfortunately there isn’t time to test whether gift cards will work here so buy at your own risk.
And, the most exciting news of all: thanks to all of the Staples purchases I’ve been making, I just became even more elite! I am now a Premier member. Feel free to ooh and aww:
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