July 2, 2012
Lowes, Office Depot and more move to 10X!
Every month, the Ultimate Rewards Mall has new month-long specials. Last month, I wrote about the May specials in the post “Ultimate Rewards Mall June Edition” Today, I’ll show you how things look for July.
Thanks again to HikerT for updating his website that shows the Ultimate Rewards Mall payouts for different Chase cards. You can find his website here: lakebagger.com/ur/.
First the bad news
As expected, some of the goodies from last month went away
- Barnes & Noble, which was at 10X, has disappeared completely. I expect that this is a temporary change and we’ll see them reappear soon. A similar phenomenon happens regularly with Groupon.
- Saks.com dropped from 10X to 4X
- Microsoft Store dropped from 10X to 4X
- Shoebuy dropped from 15X to 10X. So much for the 30X double dip!
- Yves Rocher US dropped from 15X to 8X
- ProFlowers dropped from 15X to 10X
- Brookstone dropped from 10X to 6X
There are some terrific positive changes for July:
Lowes: 10X (Ink Bold, Sapphire, Sapphire Preferred)
According to the T&C, buying gift cards from Lowes won’t work (but you never know!). When using gift cards, make sure that at least a part of your purchase is made with a credit card. One reader reported getting no points when using gift cards for the entire purchase. Another reader reported getting full points when using a combination of gift cards and a credit card. If you snagged Lowes gift cards at 20% off last month (see “20% off Lowes and iTunes gift cards”) you should now be in a great position to leverage those cards! Another T&C to watch out for is “Not eligible using promo codes that aren’t listed on this site.” I’m assuming this means that 10% off movers coupons will invalidate the points, but I’d love to hear from readers regarding their experience with this.
Office Depot: 10X (Ink Bold only)
This is nice to see again! By using your Ink Bold, which gets 5X at office supply stores, you’ll get a combined 15X for Office Depot purchases! If you’re considering double-dipping, note that the website says “not eligible on gift cards”. I don’t know if that means not eligible for purchasing gift cards or using gift cards. If anyone tries buying or using a gift card, please let me know the results.
Staples: 5X (Freedom, 4X other cards)
It’s nice to see Staples rebound back up from a low of 2X!
JC Penney: 10X through July 3rd (Freedom only, others are 6X)
The website states “not eligible on gift cards”. I don’t know if that means not eligible for purchasing gift cards or using gift cards. If anyone tries buying or using a gift card, please let me know the results.
Bloomingdale’s: 10X (Sapphire, Sapphire Preferred)
Not eligible on gift cards.
Despite initial partial success in 2011, I have found that double-dipping with Magazines.com does not work.
Others of note:
- Avis: 5X
- Blue Nile: 6X
- Drugstore.com: 10X (Freedom, Sapphire, Sapphire Preferred)
- eBags: 15X (Freedom)
- Lancome: 12X
- Land’s End: 5X
- Restaurant.com: 15X
- Snapfish: 16X
- 123InkJets.com: 17X
Do you have any experience with taking advantage of the big payouts of any of the merchants listed here? Please comment below!