Staples 6X via Southwest portal; Earn 11X or more!

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The Southwest Rapid Rewards Portal is currently offering 6 bonus points per dollar at Staples.  They also have JC Penney at 9X, but that (to me) is less exciting)…


Of course, since this is an office supply store, you can pay with a Chase Ink card and earn an additional 5 points per dollar for a total of 11X!  To earn even more than 11X, buy e-gift cards to other merchants, then go through a portal to that merchant and buy stuff using those gift cards!


  • You do not have to pay with a Southwest Airlines credit card
  • Points earned from the portal count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.
  • Points earned from your Chase Ink card do not count towards the Southwest Companion Pass even if you transfer points to Southwest
  • If you purchase Visa gift cards or Staples gift cards you most likely will not earn portal points. In my recent experience, though, gift cards to other merchants (Sears, Whole Foods, etc.) do earn points.
  • It can take anywhere from days to weeks for points to show up from portal purchases.

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  1. Should I take a chance in buying 5 X $206.95 VISA Gift Cards at Staples
    thru Southwest portal using the Ink Plus card & hope to get the 6X points
    thru the portal. What are the chances?

  2. “Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents including third party gift cards sold by”

    Is this the typical “Terms and Conditions” language for purchasing via the RR portal for

      • Thanks. I’ve got a few paid Southwest trips coming up, so this will be EXCELLENT way to earn 17x RR points on my flights!

        Purchase: $350 in SW e-gift cards
        6x RR Portal bonus
        5x Ink Plus
        6x earning on Southwest when I book my $350 worth of flights.

        Thus, my $350 RT Southwest trip will earn 5,950 points total (the equivalent of $99.17 worth of SW airfare). That is 28.3% off my fare, effectively.

  3. …any suggestions for stuff to buy with the merchant gc that could be easily resold (ebay, Amazon, etc) to minimize cost of all these miles?

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