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Monthly Archives for May 2012.

Minimum spend requirements? Kivalens to the rescue

One of the problems with credit card sign-up bonuses is that many have large spend requirements.  For example, the current public offer for the Ink Bold requires $10K in spend in 3 months to get the full 50K bonus (half of the bonus is given when you first use the card).  Most cards have more modest requirements, but even those can be a challenge. For a high level overview of ways to meet minimum spend,…

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Sony 30X success

Three weeks ago I wrote about my Sony gift card experiment in which I bought a Sony gift card through the Ultimate Rewards Mall and then used the gift card through the same mall with the hopes of earning 10X for each purchase.  To make things even more interesting, I used a Visa card that can be bought for 10X through the Ultimate Rewards Mall at Staples.com (if using a Chase Ink card).  In total,…

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Cartera’s Ultimate Rewards

Caution: for most readers this will be a “so what?”, or a “who cares?” post.  If you’ve never heard of Cartera Commerce, then you’ll probably want to skip this post. Cartera Commerce is the company behind many miles-earning shopping portals including American Airline’s AAdvantage eShopping, Delta’s SkyMiles Shopping, United’s MileagePlus Shopping, and Southwest’s RapidRewards Shopping. When shopping portals work well, they can be a fantastic way to build up your portfolio of points and miles. …

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Time is ticking on awesome Ultimate Rewards Mall deals

On May 1st, I published “Ultimate Rewards Mall Awesomeness!” where I showed a number of great deals in the Ultimate Rewards Mall.  This post is simply a reminder of those deals.  You only have a few days left.  Most of the deals are scheduled to end May 31st (this Thursday). Ink Bold If you log in with your Ink Bold account, you’ll find the following: Staples.com at 5X! If you want to get 10X for…

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What to do with those Sears gift cards…

Last week the Southwest Airlines shopping portal (Rapid Rewards Shopping) offered 15 points per dollar when shopping at Sears.com.  I wrote a number of posts with ideas for capitalizing on the promotion. The key was to buy gift cards for 15 points per dollar and then to sell the gift cards, or to use the gift cards through the shopping portal to get another 15X.  For many, this appears to have worked well, but some…

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Sears 15X: Results so far

Earlier this week, the Southwest Airlines shopping portal (Rapid Rewards Shopping) offered 15 points per dollar when shopping at Sears.com.  In the post “Sears 15X: Leveraging the deal” I showed a number of ways one could capitalize on the opportunity.  In the post “Sears 15X: Free Southwest Companion Pass” I showed how one could (theoretically) earn a Southwest companion pass by buying and selling gift cards.  And, in the post “Sears 15X: Shopping for 110,000…

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Club Carlson for business one more thing

I don’t really want to keep writing about Club Carlson for business, but I can’t seem to avoid it.  I opened this can of worms in my post “When 138000 points is not enough” where I showed how to maximize the latest Club Carlson promotions through a variety of techniques including setting up a business account.  Since then I learned that getting extra points for a business account is not as straightforward as it seems. …

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Sears 15X: Shopping for 110,000 points

Today is our last chance to get 15 points per dollar when shopping at Sears through the Southwest Airlines shopping portal (Rapid Rewards Shopping).  In the post “Sears 15X: Leveraging the deal” I showed a number of ways to capitalize on this promotion.  Today, I will do something a little bit different… My goal today is to find items at Sears that I can buy and re-sell for minimal loss.  First, I’ll buy eGift cards…

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Sears 15X: Free Southwest Companion Pass

Today and tomorrow, the Southwest Airlines shopping portal (Rapid Rewards Shopping) is offering 15 points per dollar when shopping at Sears. In the post “Sears 15X: Leveraging the deal” I showed a number of ways to capitalize on this promotion. In this post I’ll show step by step how to get a Southwest Companion pass for free!  The trick shown here involves buying and selling gift cards.  It is also possible to do this by…

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Sears 15X: do gift cards count?

Today and tomorrow, the Southwest Airlines shopping portal (Rapid Rewards Shopping) is offering 15 points per dollar when shopping at Sears.  In the post “Sears 15X: Leveraging the deal” I showed a number of ways to capitalize on this promotion.  Many of my suggestions were based on buying Sears gift cards for 15X.  The question explored in this post is whether gift card purchases really count… Terms & Conditions In the Rapid Rewards shopping portal,…

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