Up to 2000 free Ultimate Rewards points from Staples

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 Staples.com. Once there, buy up to 10 copies of this “Free After Rebate” downloadable software product for $20 each. If you use your Chase Ink card, you will get 5 points per dollar from the Ultimate Rewards Mall and another 5 points per dollar if you pay with your Chase Ink card (since this is an office supply purchase).  If you use a Freedom or Sapphire card, you will earn 4 points per dollar from the Ultimate Rewards Mall and another 1 point per dollar from your Chase card. This means that you can earn between 1000 and 2000 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 Ink card currently offers 5X for Staples whereas other Chase cards offer 4X. If you have the Ink card, log into that account. 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 Maximum Security 2012 (1-User) [Download]” to your cart:

TIP: Search for item 368662

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Step 3: Check out

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

TIP 2: You may be able to save $15 by using coupon code 99618 ($15 off $150).  Technically this coupon is not meant for software downloads so it may be risky to try this, but people have reported success.

TIP 3
: 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 taken from a previous FAR deal:

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Q&A:

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.

Ultimate Rewards Mall T&C

  • Q: The Staples’ Terms and Conditions in the Ultimate Rewards Mall says “Not eligible on promotional items, technology, software, and electronics”. Shouldn’t this deal be ineligible since this is software?  And, aren’t these free after rebate items “promotional”?
  • A: In all past FAR deals, points have posted despite these terms & conditions.

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, but you may have better luck with a Chase 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.

Download

  • 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!

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  1. I’m avoiding TopCashBack … they’ve been really flaky with my Radisson stays a few months back. Haven’t gotten any $ from them.

  2. Also, I saw that I can apply the $15 coupon, bringing it down from $200 to $185, but do you still get a $200 rebate check, or a $185 check?

    If the latter, it seems useless to apply that coupon

  3. It doesn’t say “up to $20” I just says “$20 rebate” so you should be good using the coupon. Wish I had known about the coupon before I purchased it.

  4. It’s so nice of Staples to pre-arrange a FAR deal ahead of time to be auto-posted during your vacation! Thanks to them and you!
    Also, I’m glad to monetize some Staples Rewards coupons that were sitting around collecting dust.

  5. I love these FAR deals. Just bought 10 digital copies (too bad I have no need for these codes). Chase Ink Bold card is getting lots of bonus points from these offers 🙂

  6. First time trying to use the UR for this – but noticed on the bottom of the UR jump page to Staples:

    Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on promotional items, technology, software, and electronics.

    Anyone else have had problems with “Software” from Staples.com for UR credit?

  7. for those of you (myself included) who buy this just for the points, consider donating the codes to your local schools. My local high school it teacher was happy to get them from previous deals.

  8. @JetSetter – never had problems earning UR points for software in the past. Not sure if anything has changed recently. Thanks for pointing this out though. I suppose it can’t hurt to try…worst case you’re out $200 for a month or two while you wait for the rebate, and in the end you break even.

  9. I did not get credited for the UR points on the most recent FAR prior to this one. I did on all my previous FAR’s. I suspect there has been a change in policy.

  10. I haven’t received UR points for recent FAR deals. Seems like elimination of software according to T&C is working.

    Does anyone got UR points for last FAR deals (a month back)?

  11. Last time an offer like this came up I ordered 10 copies. A couple days later I got a call from Staples wanting me to verify the order. I was out of town on vacation so I didn’t call back, so they cancelled the order. Anyone have any experience with this type of thing?

  12. @Enigma, I will take that statement back. When I checked on July 24, I saw the points in the UR Mall Activity. I just found out that the points record is gone. I could not find it anymore. Does anyone have the same experience?

  13. @Karen and @Enigman Last time I saw this deal (middle of July), my UR points did post. I didn’t order 10 though. That might be a tip-off to Staples or something. Not sure.

  14. Since about June, I’ve had good luck with UR rewards posting for FAR purchase with my Chase cards. When I’ve used another bank’s card, no points have posted (but have in the past). For those that did use Chase cards, it’s been fairly easy for costumer service to do a courtesy adjustment.

  15. My July points from the last FAR deal are still showing. I paid with my Ink Bold, but logged into the UR mall with my SP at the time (since it was only 4x for either at the time — I don’t have the Freedom card which was 5x).

    All, if you do have the Freedom card check to see if you used that account to get the UR mall points

  16. @Frequent Miler, you are right. I checked my ink card account, I forgot that I used Freedom card account last time. My point is still there. Thanks!

  17. i did same in july for $150 rebate which i didn’t receive yet.

    am i eligible for this deal? or will not receive rebate for this new one?

  18. I just got an email from staples that my rebate from last month was mailed out today and my points for the ink bold posted a few days after the purchase showed up on my recent charges section. I used chrome incognito mode to minimize tracking issues and it has worked so far every time.

  19. Wow. Had no idea this one was limit 10…(haven’t checked the terms to confirm this). Usually it’s limit 1 per household. I bought the boxed version a month ago so I don’t think I’d be eligible for this download version.

    In either case, another option is:
    Staples has QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll 2012 for Windows (1-3 Users) [Boxed CD] (item #365837 ) is $199.99 and free after a mail-in rebate, for those of you who are looking for extra points. You can apply the same strategy here (caution: limit 1 of those per household).

  20. @FrugalAsianMan, you are eligible for every single FAR offer that Staples offers as long as the rebate number is different. This particular rebate is “12-14521”, so as long as the other rebate you filed has a different number, you will be safe. In March, Staples had this same FAR for 3-4 weeks in a row, all with different rebate numbers, and I received the complete rebate every time.

  21. @FrugalAsianMan, Frequent Miler prefers the online rebates as apposed to the mail in rebates. I personally think the online ones are processed faster and don’t require stamps, photocopying the submission and cutting out the UPC barcode.

  22. can i buy one in my brothers address in NY but filled out the rebate address of mine here in IL so i get the rebate check ?

  23. I’ve been trying to get in on this deal for the past 6 hrs it keeps telling me the item is out of stock. Nobody has this problem? Am I the only one?

  24. @Deltanuts, my order for 10 went through this morning and I got six download keys (didn’t bother to count at the time since I never actually download). Got call from Staples this afternoon stating that they are limited in the number they can sell each day, and would I mind re-entering my order for the balance tomorrow morning. If I understood her correctly she said it was a limitation placed on Staples by Trend Macro, but I could be wrong about that.

  25. Thanks – appreciate the heads up. For the poster who said staples called them to confirm, they did something similar on one of my orders. They sent me an email to call them. Then when I called they confirmed my email. Right after we hung up the phone, my order went through. Weird but true.

  26. be careful using the different address for tax saving unless you can also have them send you the rebate check to that address.

  27. @bill – I’ve never had this problem.
    @FrugalAsianMan – buying boxed software from Staples will incur sales tax in some states, which won’t be refunded. Just a heads-up.

  28. @bill & harvson – it’s something recent. Someone on SD posted that Staples has been giving them the runaround because they filled in the rebate information using the billing versus delivery zip code. Fix for that is not to fill out the form by hand but rather let Staples autofill by clicking the rebate link in the order email, and then changing where the check goes to later.

    I’ve always wanted to go to LA so all my software goes there. We’ll see 🙂

  29. Awesome – thanks so much for posting these, I get them every time and love the walkthroughs.

    Is there a way to quickly check the rebate code in advance when looking for FARs?

  30. FrequentMiler: any issues with picking a store location in a different state and your rebate being mailed to your billing address? I picked NH like your example yet my check is going to another state/address

  31. Finally had a call from Staples confirming my email address for the online delivery. Everything worked, including the $15 off coupon. Now, just need to wait for the rebate. Thanks FM!!

  32. If you paid using other credit card (then chase freedom or chase ink) with Ultime rewards site, how do you get the 4x or 5x points?

    • oozze: As long as you have an Ultimate rewards card and you log in with that account, you can pay with a different card but still get points from the Ultimate Rewards Mall. This is risky though since its hard to get help from Chase if it doesn’t work smoothly.

      • FM: thks! I guess I am mixing up ultimate rewards from chase freedom with ultimate rewards mall.

        I did purchased this item 8 quantities, using my CAL address, and showing $160 due, no tax. But, I saw poster ad deals we like, i should not use CA address. Which one is right?

        Lastly, i submit the rebate online with staple. It doesnt show quantity on rebate but rebate for $20. How can I be sure it will be $160, not $20?

        • chris: California doesn’t charge tax on software downloads so you’re good to go there. As to the rebate only saying $20: just trust me. I was worried about the same thing the first time I did one of these, but I got a check for the full amount. There is also a web page you can go to to check the status of your rebate. I think it should give more info there.

  33. F: thks for prompt reply. one last question, if I use Chase Freedom, I can surely see the rewards from my credit card statement.
    160 pts + 640 bonus points on my freedom statement.

    If say, I use AMEX gold to purchase, where can I see the 640 bonus points? how can I check if I got it or not.

    Thks!

  34. FM..thank you. now, I am feel clearer. I will check again next week if my $160 showing up. So far nothing yet.

    Thks again!!!

  35. Thanks! I actually did this through Southwest’s shopping portal using my Southwest card. Only 600 points instead of the 1000 I could have gotten with Chase, but those 600 are companion pass qualifying. Trying to get a CP for another year!

  36. Hi. Please clarify. The T&Cs on the Chase UR site state that for Staples, software is not eligible. Isn’t the first deal considered software? Thanks

  37. And one more question please… I clicked from the confirmation page to the rebate page. Do I have the option to change to check there or on the following page once I provide my address (I didn’t see it on the first rebate page and I thought maybe we get more options via the email which I didn’t yet get). Thanks.

  38. James: yes, it is several pages in where you have the option to switch from a gift card to a check

    Nathan: FAR deals are usually shown in Staples weekly ads. Even better, follow SlickDeals to get info about them. I don’t know of any way to search staples.com to find them

  39. Darn, thanks for the response though. I always appreciate your analysis. Maybe you should have a donate button! (too soon?)

  40. Ordered about 10 days ago and points have not posted. There are also reports that the Lowes trick with putting a portion of the purchase on a CC resulted in no UR points. Seems like UR mall is cracking down on these loopholes.

  41. I just spoke to a Chase rep about my missing bonus points and he confirmed that Software is not eligable for UR bonus points. At least 1,000 pts for free isn’t a bad deal.

    • Adam and Allen: I did receive points for the order despite the T&C. The UR mall seems to be slower than usual lately for many orders. Just wait a few weeks: you might find that you get the points after all.

  42. Still no points for me yet. 🙁 Ordered 8/15, used SPG card so I have little recourse, and it’s software anyway so if it doesn’t post automatically, no way to get them to do it after the fact anymore since it says in the terms it doesn’t count.

    Also still haven’t had a Sears order from 8/20 post. Forgot to double dip on that one, too. 🙁

    Groupon order 8/17 posted on 8/21, though.

  43. Update: The points posted on 8/31 for Staples and I ordered on 8/15. FM is right, just be patient and the points will show up.

  44. Yep, I got my points, too. Still nothing on the Sears order, but I guess it’s just slow.

    Some more free points this week (9/2-9/8). Trend Micro Internet Security 3-User download. Item 368663. http://www.staples.com/Trend-Micro-Titanium-Internet-Security-2012-3-User-Download/product_368663?catalogId=10051&fromUrl=home&cmSearchKeyword=368663++++&cmArea=SEARCH&langId=-1&storeId=10001&ddkey=http:StaplesSearch

    $15 free after rebate. Sadly, limit is only 1. 🙁

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