Free points from Staples until July 22

Staples’ FAR is back! 

Finally!  Staples is back with a new FAR (Free after Rebate) software download!  This is a great way to make progress toward meeting credit card minimum spend thresholds or just to earn a few points for buying software you don’t really need or want.  Of course, if you do want the software, the deal is even better!

The idea here is to go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to Once there, buy up to 10 copies of this “Free After Rebate” downloadable software product for $15 each. You will get 4 or 5 points per dollar from the Ultimate Rewards Mall and another 5 points per dollar if you pay with your Chase Ink card, or another 1 point per dollar if you pay with a standard point earning credit card. This means that can earn between 750 and 1500 free points. See Preparing for Miles for more info about the Ink and other cards.

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. Note that you will have to wait a while, though. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to receive your check.

If you have questions, please see the Q&A section at the bottom of this post.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Go to Staples via a shopping portal:

According to HikerT’s website, the Chase Freedom card currently offers 5X for Staples whereas other Chase cards offer 4X.  If you have the Freedom card, log into that account.  If you have the Sapphire Preferred, log into that one (for the 7% annual dividend).  Even if you plan to pay with a different card, you can maximize points earned by logging into the mall with the card that has the highest payout for Staples.

If you don’t have any Ultimate Rewards cards, you can go to TopCashBack instead.  This should get you 5.5% cash back.  $8.25 in free money!

Step 2: Add up to ten copies of “Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus + 2012 (1-User) [Download]” to your cart:

TIP: Search for item 368658


Step 3: Check out

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

: Your state may charge sales tax. If you know someone in a state that doesn’t charge sales tax for downloadable internet orders (CA, NH, etc.), then set their address as the delivery address and no tax will be charged. This is a download only purchase anyway, so nothing will really be delivered. I picked “deliver to store” and picked a store in New Hampshire. Of course, there won’t really be anything to pick up.

Step 4: Submit Easy Rebates

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

TIP 1: Even though you bought 10 copies, you only have to fill out one rebate form. Note that it can take 4 to 6 weeks (or longer) to get your rebate.

TIP 2: The software rebate can be changed from a Visa gift card to a check! See screen shots:



Same Item

  • Q: In the past I’ve bought the exact same item for the rebate.  Can I do this again?

  • A: Yes.  As long as the rebate number is different from your past purchases, you should qualify for a new rebate.  This rebate is different from any I’ve posted about in the past.

Per Household Limit

  • Q: How do you know that we can buy 10? I don’t see that restriction anywhere
  • A: See “Can I really buy 10” for a walkthrough of how to find that information.

Per Household Limit, Question 2

  • Q: Can I buy 10 copies for every friend I know?
  • A: I don’t recommend it. I know at least one person who tried to buy two sets of 10 that way, but Staples did not approve the second set of rebates. I don’t know how they figured it out.

Status = Researching

  • Q: The status of my order says “researching”. What’s up with that?
  • A: Staples needs to verify your order. Sometimes this happens if you have the wrong email address or phone number on file. Simply give them a call or do an online chat with them to verify the information they need. Once that is done, they’ll confirm the order.

Promotional Items

  • Q: The Staples’ Terms and Conditions in the Ultimate Rewards Mall says that promotional items are excluded. Aren’t these free after rebate items “promotional”?
  • A: I’ve done this many times now, and my Ultimate Rewards points posted as pending within a week each time. So, either these items are not considered promotional, or Staples doesn’t enforce that restriction.

Do I have to use a Chase credit card?

  • Q: If I go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to Staples, do I have to pay with a Chase credit card in order to get bonus points from the mall?
  • A: No, you can use any credit card. For details and information about risks involved please see Ultimate Question.

Number of Rebate Forms

  • Q: I bought 10 copies of the software. Does that mean I have to fill out the rebate form 10 times.
  • A: Nope. If you buy multiple copies of a single item in one transaction, you only need to fill out the rebate form once. Really. I promise.

Rebate Time

  • Q: How long will it take for my rebate to arrive?
  • A: The Staples web site says to expect 4 to 6 weeks. My first rebates arrived after about 5 weeks so it looks like Staples’ estimate is fairly accurate.

Number of Checks

  • Q: I bought 10 copies of the software. Will I receive 10 small checks or one big check?
  • A: One big check.


  • Q: Do I have to download this software so that I can qualify for the rebate?
  • A: No! I didn’t download any of the software I’ve bought in the past, but all rebates processed successfully.

Do Good

  • Q: I don’t need this software. Is there someone I can send the license keys to that could make good use of this stuff?
  • A: Check with your local schools or libraries. If someone can make good use of this software, then great!
Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months. Some exceptions that do not fall under the 5/24 rule include: British Airways, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott Business, and Ritz Carlton.
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  1. so which card is the best for this one, i got freedom, SP and the IB?

    i did i think the same rebate for same item2 months ago and got the check.

  2. I know the point of this deal is to get points/cashback, but can you use a Staples GC to buy this and still get the rebate check? Would be a great way to turn some cards I have from the Keurig deal into cash! Thanks!

    • Kristen: Staples only allows their gift cards to be used in-store. So, you can go to the store to buy these, but then you’ll probably have to pay sales tax.

      rob: You’re fine to do it again.

      THEsocalledfan: As I wrote above, I’ve always received points from the UR mall for these.

      Simon: No. Only do one set of 10 per household.

  3. if i did the same thing and got $350 rebate check. am I disqualifed for the rebate now?

    will staples choose not to issue me the check?

  4. I believe you can use a staples gift card (if you already have one) and remember to ask for a check in the mail, not a prepaid gift card

  5. Miler,

    My only hesitation is the T and C on the UR site that now says:

    “Not eligible on promotional items, technology, software, and electronics.”

    Thoughts? Experience?

  6. SO I CAN OPEN UP MULTIPLE STAPLES ONLINE ACCOUNT, I MEAN FOR WIFE AND SISTER and pay with my IB card for 2 orders and pay one with staples gc?

    i have do the exacts ame rabate in the past and got the check.

    i fear staples will refuse to issue me a rebate check again?

  7. What about this in the staples T&C: “Not eligible on promotional items, technology, software, and electronics”?

  8. Just noticed Terms and conditions on my Freedom card for Staples mall purchases, not eligible on Software??
    – Terms & Conditions
    Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on promotional items, technology, software, and electronics.

  9. DAN,
    If you don’t receive the UR MALL points, you will at least get the full $150 rebate check, so not a big risk?

    • It’s true that the “software” clause seems to be new so we’ll just have to see what happens. My guess is that we’ll still get points. And, as simon said (ha!) there’s really no risk as long as you get the rebate.

  10. got the citi AA amex card with $300 spend req left, can i order 2 of the 10 downloads in 2 different staples account by choose a different address on the 2nd staples account?

    might that trick work for $300 rebate check?

  11. Thanks for the link and instructions. This was the first time I have tried it. We will see in 4-6 weeks, I guess.

    I used the UR Mall for the Freedom card, but put it on my new SPG Amex to help hit the $5,000 for minimum spend.

  12. Also, log in to your Staples Rewards account (or create one) to get 5% back in Staples Rewards. I have rewards coupons that I have to turn into cash soon.

  13. Sometimes it takes longer to receive your rebate check…like months. I’m still waiting on one. Also, Staples customer service is not very helpful.

  14. Thanks for another 1350+ free points. By the way — CONGRATS on finally being upgraded to a “Featured” BoardingArea blog! It is about time they moved you to the top. Keep up the great content.

  15. Glad to see Staples is finally back in the game, it’s been months since their last one and I’ve got new minimum spends to meet!

  16. Thanks! Even if it’s not eligible for bonus points, this helps me meet the min. spend reqs. for my new SPG card, which is even more important.

  17. Its too bad the offer is only for $150, doesn’t make much of a dent in the $5,000/6 month SPG offers 🙁

  18. I recommend only using a chase card for purchases that may not qualify for UR points. When using a different card, I have had to call to get points to post. They could deny you based on the T & C’s. I wouldnt chance it.

  19. Note: TCB had the following in the T&C:

    “This merchant requires you to view these terms.

    This merchant requires that you submit validation information to us after you have completed the purchase. This will include information such as order number and the name of the person who has completed the transaction.”

    Has anyone had to submit this info before? How do you do it?


  20. If you bought 10 does the easy rebates system automatically submit the rebate for 10 copies or do you have to do 10 submissions. I just don’t see anywhere on my confirmation where it says 10 rebates.
    Thanks for everything FrequentMiler!

  21. @benji: Just one thing to fill in and it pre-fills everything for you!

    Note: the system timed out on me while I was submitting the rebate, but it went through, anyway.

  22. I went ahead and bit the bullet hoping for the Ultimate Rewards Mall Points. We’ll see if they shut that down, but I’ll still get my 5X Ink anyway…..

  23. I have used TCB for Staples several times before. This is the first time I have seen the part where you will have to entry further information after the purchase. Although it doesn’t look like they are asking anything that should mess things up unless you are trying to use more than one name.

  24. Awesome! My first Staples Easy Rebate since inking

    My father has an ink bold with me as an additional cardholder. Different numbers, different names, different mailing address, same billing address. Do you think it’s safe for both of us to buy 10 each?

    Also I’m debating buying 10 with the ink bold and another 10 with my CSP (“shipped” to a friend’s place)

  25. Congrats on the featured blogger status, well deserved! How do you know this offer ends on 7/22? I don’t see that listed anywhere on the Staples site.

  26. Btw, used my Chase Freedom to access UR Mall, then paid with my Chase Sap. Pref. to get 1.07x. Would’ve liked to use SPG to get 1.25x, but didn’t want to risk it… (I don’t have a Chase IB)

  27. Mine is stuck in researching mode. I called in and was told that since I was new, they needed to verify things and it should be ready tomorrow. Will the track the rebate page eventually show the $ amount of the rebate?

  28. Need to make minimum spending on my 2 Citi HHonors CCs . Wish it was $350 rebate instead…hope the rebates will come back often

  29. I’m new to the game and I have a couple questions. (1) I just got a new sapphire preferred card, and I’d like to start working toward the minimum for the bonus. Does the three months start running from the day I got approved or does it go from the day I activate my card? If it goes from the day of approval, is there a way to use the card for this staples offer before it actually arrives? (2) I am going to be moving in about 6 weeks, and I’d be a bit concerned that the rebate check might arrive after I’m gone. Can I request that it be sent to a different address (my parents’ house)? Thanks so much for your help. You’re a luminary.

  30. You can go to the Post office and alert them about your move so all your mail will be forwarded to the new address. Time starts at card approval at least for me.

  31. Regarding the pop-up screen that I got telling me to submit more info, I sent a support ticket to TCB and got the following response:

    “Thanks for getting in touch.

    Please could you wait until the transaction tracks on your account, so that you can then enter your validation details by clicking on the magnifying glass that will appear on your account.

    Once the transaction tracks, if you need any more help validating this then please feel free to get back to us.”

    Hope the transaction tracks soon!


    • Just FYI, I just received this email from Staples Easy Rebates:
      Good news! We’ve started processing your rebate(s) for:


  32. I just got the same e-mail with the processing update. If memory serves me right, this update came a few days earlier than the ones in March-April did. May mean we’ll get the rebate checks a bit sooner!

  33. I’ve asked Chase multiple times, and the answer is that the 3 months or 90 days starts from the day you are approved for the card.

  34. @PerryPlatypus: The other day, my three year old daughter told me, “After I go to the bathroom, I’m gonna bust my brother!”

    Too much Phineas and Ferb? Nah, not possible.

    @Sam_goh, hey, now I feel like I’ve been ripped off by paying “regular” price! 🙂


  35. Steventravel – I did too. I haven’t called back yet, and was just checking in here to see what the issue might be. She didn’t leave any information in the message, only that they were calling about the order.

  36. Thanks FrequentMiler. You’re right, they’re just confirming my phone number, address, etc. for anti-fraud purposes. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

  37. Connor – you can still select the check (or Staples gift card) even though it says Visa card, read the post again.

    Miler – just wanted to say thanks for simple, step-by-step posts and newsletters! I have been recommending your site over any others out there to everyone interested in starting their travel hacking ‘careers’ due to its simplicity. Keep it up! 🙂

    • Dima: Thanks! And, thanks for answering Connor’s question 🙂

      Steve: Interesting. I’m hoping that they’ll come out with a prepaid to rival the Amex prepaid. More options are always good!

  38. I just bet $150 bucks that this will work. Keeping my fingers crossed. Hopefully this is more likely to come through than my 4 business class seats to HKG that I bought on Sunday for 16 miles and $300!

  39. 🙁

    We’re sorry, the following item is out of stock.

    How can they be out of stock on downloadable software?

  40. @FM & Michael,

    If it’s the same price instore and not download only, yes, the 20% will stack with the discount (there are separate instore/online prices). It may require a manager override.

    I bought 2 X 20 previously using the kiosk method. You can ask for a pricematch and see if they’ll stack the coupon in store too but that’s ymmv.

  41. @FM – Combinations of wife + work address. Have to be careful of getting accounts merged if you are not careful.

    To me, these FAR deals are great to get Premier status ($1K spend) to leverage the Staples ink recycling program. We get about $120 worth of Staples store credit a month between 3 accounts for $9-12 flipping cartridges from ebay. Will get save up a few months for some free Nexus 7 tablets!

  42. Also, there’s a 15% off SW coupon at the moment. You can try a couple of combinations. (

    1) If in-store CD version is same price, use 15% off coupon, pay sales tax, use Ink Bold for Amex Open for 5% off.

    2) This is probably what the pros do. Kiosk it up for the download version, stacking the Staples App 20% SW coupon and a $10 off $75 coupon along with 5% Ink Bold/Amex Open. Use ink credit to pay and convert store credit to cash.

  43. If I buy this software in store, I will probably not get the rebate since it’s the same rebate number? I have already bought 10 copies online.

  44. Sam_goh: thanks for the added info. One caveat: Amex Open is only for OfficeMax, not Staples

    jo152: Correct. technically you should stop at 10 and you risk not getting the rebates for any additional you buy.

  45. Has anyone had their Ultimate Rewards bonus points from Staples posted to their account summaries yet? Seems like Staples may be holding true to not allotting bonus points on software purchases.

  46. @jo152 – has to be in-store unless you have the old kiosk from home webpages cached on your computer. With Staples, coupons can be phone, online, or in-store, or any combination of the above. A kiosk order, in-store, counts as an online order for those pesky online only coupons.

  47. @FM: My UR Mall points posted overnight! Thanks so much for all the great tips! I look forward to your posts though I haven’t mentioned it till now. Thank you!

  48. What date did you purchase? I purchased on the 18th, my points haven’t posted. Do you check under UR Earn Activity?

  49. I ordered mine on the 16th, still no bonus points for me. I did not use a Chase card to complete the purchase, though, so I won’t be too upset if I don’t get them. Still get a good $150 towards my minimum spend on my SPG business. 🙂

  50. The FAR deal was in last week’s ad, there’s a new weekly ad every Sunday. This week there’s a FAR Kaspersky for $11 (398331) but unfortunately the limit is only 1.

    The good news is my points have posted to the UR Mall. 540 extra points is nice. 🙂 (I bought one boxed copy in store, so no points for that one.)

  51. Digital downloads on EBay are illegal(must have a disc to sell). I know I tried previously and EBay notified me and said if caught again, my account would be eliminated. Some people get away with it but not worth the chance.

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