The door slams shut on Amex gift card cash back, 17K Singapore miles posted, office supply 5X, and AA back with FlexPerks

Amex gift cards disappear from portals

Recently, the best cash back rates for buying Amex gift cards have been through BeFrugal and TopCashBack.  Yesterday afternoon a reader alerted me that Amex gift cards had disappeared from both portals.  Then, later in the day, as I reported in this Quick Deal, BigCrumbs sent the following message to many of their customers:BigCrumbsNoAmexGCemail

American Express Gift Cards just informed us that today will be the last day to purchase their cards until further notice. Their links are dropping off at other cash back sites as we speak. Hurry and shop with BigCrumbs now through midnight tonight Eastern Standard Time to earn the highest cash back available.

 

Kudos to BigCrumbs for alerting readers and giving them a last chance at portal cash back.  There is no word yet on whether this change is permanent or temporary.  The best approach, in my opinion, is to assume it is permanent, but be happily surprised if / when Amex gift cards return to portals.

17K miles for $10 posted

In June, I posted a Quick Deal: “Over 17,000 Singapore Krisflyer miles for less than $10, and more…” which was, in turn, based upon this Might Travels post.  The Singapore Airlines shopping portal, KrisFlyer Spree, had a couple of ridiculously good offers..

17,077 miles for purchasing LifeLock (for less than $10 per month):

KrisflyerLifeLock

And, 23,077 miles for buying a premium domain name from Network solutions:

KrisflyerNetworkSolutions

It turned out that both of these offers were portal mistakes.  Just in case it would be honored, though, I had bought one of each: a LifeLock membership and a domain.  Unfortunately, there was a problem with my domain registration and so my Network Solutions order was never processed.  The LifeLock purchase went through fine.  I even let them charge my credit card for a few months before cancelling. 

No miles ever showed up in my account, so I recently submitted a support ticket through the KrisFlyer Spree portal.  Yesterday, my ticket was approved and 17,077 miles show as approved in the portal!  Did you buy into either of these?  What were your results?  If you’re still waiting for miles, I highly recommend that you open a support ticket.

It’s safe to buy office supplies for 5X

Recently I reported that Office Depot and OfficeMax online orders were not necessarily earning 5 points per dollar with Chase Ink cards (see this post).  It was a false alarm.  I’m sincerely sorry about alarming anyone.  Readers have confirmed getting 5X recently, and the original reporter of this news has confirmed that it turned out to be a weird reporting issue: his bonus points had actually posted but a year to date report from Chase said otherwise.

AA is back on Orbitz

American Airlines flights are once again bookable via Orbitz.  This also means that you can once again book AA flights (including free one-ways) using FlexPerks points online.

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  1. Amex GCs also have disappeared from Alaska Mileage Plan and Delta Skymiles portals. Looks like this was a full spectrum retreat from portal sales… … NEXT!

  2. I bought the Lifelock subscription on 6/24/14, no response from Singapore. I wrote to them via their Contact Us on the KrisFlyer Spree page in July – no response. Wrote again today.

    How did you submit this \ticket\?

  3. I also ordered $99.00 package from LifeLock using this promo and no miles.

    When I try to submit a ticket for missing miles, it is asking for order #. I am checking my emails from Lifelock, they do not have any order #. What did you put in this field?

    Thanks

  4. I ordered both LifeLock and Netsol and didn’t get anything. I submitted a ticket a month ago and never heard from them (nor did I receive a confirmation email that they received a ticket). I submitted again right now.

    Did you receive an email to the effect of “We have received your claim, please wait 60 days, blah blah?”

  5. The reference number I used was the one on the lower right of the screen when the order was completed, called Reference Number, about 12 characters long. I captured the screen just in case.

    Of course I have never heard back from KrisFlyer even though they send me emails for other things.

  6. Regarding portals and AGCs, the same thing happened last fall – Amex disappeared from all portals on October 1 without any explanation. And when AGC reappeared (2 weeks later IIRC), there were some excellent cashback rates for awhile!!

  7. Good riddance as far as I’m concerned- was converting these to OV then after WM stopped taking them, had to cash out 1 or 2 at a time by buying money orders at a local grocery store chain. already more hassle than it was worth then befrugal screwed me out of my last 2 cash back transactions. back to my trusty old amex blue 🙂

  8. Also know this portal thing was preceded by the Blackhawk network (servicing Gift Card Mall and Simon Mall) shutting down payments by AEGC. It appears AE started this and has stopped all the MS. It’s all related. My corporate account through SM – got VGC using AEGC last week. Today, they sent me a stern e-mail saying we do not accept AEGC for payment. Same goes for personal SM cards.

    You will be VERY lucky if you get paid through the portal even before the deadline. For example I have $150 pending through Top Cash Back. Purchase was 2 weeks ago. They don’t fund you until AE pays them. AE will no longer pay out. TCB has been known to cancel your pending funds despite your allowable purchase date.

  9. Submitted a ticket for KrisFlyer miles over a month ago, with no response or resolution. Just completed another one today — hoping it will go through. Glad to hear yours was painless :).

  10. I’ve submitted two previous request to KF with no response. Will try again and not include the confirmation code I have from LifeLock and see if that helps. I was totally ok writing it off, but then when you reported points were awarded I suddenly wasn’t so quick to give up on them.

  11. Just writing to say thanks — I had purchased a Lifelock membership on June 24 and canceled a month later, but hadn’t followed up for the miles since you wrote this reminder. Opened a ticket when I saw this, and the miles posted today. Will come in handy during a current 8-month around the world trip…

  12. Thanks for the heads up! I also open a ticket on the Lifelock deal once I saw this post. Finally got a confirmation and saw the miles in my account after about 3 weeks.

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