Free points from Staples

This deal is good until November 24 2012 (Saturday).

Staples is back with a new FAR (Free after Rebate) software download. Usually, these are a great way to make progress toward meeting credit card minimum spend thresholds or to earn points for buying software you may or may not want. This week’s deal is small, but I predict that it is a harbinger of much more to come in the next few months. 

The idea here is to go through an online portal to Staples.com. Once there, buy only one copy of this “Free After Rebate” downloadable software product for $59.99. If you use your Chase Ink card via the Ultimate Rewards Mall, you will get 2 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 2 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 180 and 420 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: Choose a shopping portal:

According to HikerT’s website, the Ultimate Rewards Mall currently offers 2X for Staples purchases. Alternatively, you can go to TopCashBack for 5.5% cash back, or uPromise or ShopDiscover for 5% cash back. 

Step 2: Add one copy of “Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 for Windows (1-User) [Download]” to your cart:

TIP: Search for item 982927

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Step 3: Check out

TIP 1: If you have Staples’ rewards money, use it! If you have a Chase Ink card that gives 5X for office supplies, use it!  Alternatively, if you have a Discover card registered for the quarterly 5% bonuses, you will earn another 5% cash back for this online purchase.

TIP 2
: 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: The software rebate can be changed from a Visa gift card to a check! About 4 screens into the rebate process, you’ll see this:

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Click on “or see other options for my reward” and you’ll see this:

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: Can I buy a copy for every friend I know?
  • A: I don’t recommend it. I know at least one person who tried to do something similar, 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.

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.

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!
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 are NOT subject to the 5/24 rule include: British Airways, Hyatt, IHG, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Marriott Business, and Ritz Carlton.

To determine your 5/24 status, see: 3 Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status.
Chase 5/24 semantics ("Subject to" vs. "Count towards"): Most (but not all) Chase cards are subject to the 5/24 rule. That means the rule is enforced in making approval decisions. In other words, you probably won't get approved if your credit report shows that you opened 5 or more cards in the past 24 months. Meanwhile, most business cards (such as those from Chase, Amex, Barclaycard, BOA, Citi, US Bank, and Wells Fargo) are not reported on your personal credit report. These cards do not count towards 5/24.

Examples:

Chase IHG Card is not subject to 5/24 so it's easy to get. But after approval it will count towards your 5/24 total.

Chase Ink Business Preferred is subject to 5/24, so you likely won't get approved if over 5/24. If you do get approved, it won't count towards 5/24 since it won't appear as an account on your credit report.
Amex 5 credit card limit: If you apply for a new Amex credit card, you may get turned down if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards. Both personal and business cards are counted towards this limit. Charge cards, though, are not counted. You can apparently get as many charge cards as you’d like, and the number of charge cards you have does not affect your ability to get up to 5 credit cards. Authorized user cards are also not counted towards the 5 credit card limit. See also: Which Amex Cards are Charge Cards vs. Credit Cards?
Applying for Business Credit Cards

Yes, you have a business: In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale, or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.

When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.

Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Legally, it's fine. And, anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.
Chase Ultimate Rewards points are super valuable and super flexible. At the most basic level, points can be redeemed for cash or merchandise, but you'll only get one cent per point value that way. A better option is to use points for travel. When points are used to book travel through the Ultimate Rewards portal, points are worth 1.25 cents each with premium cards (Sapphire Preferred or Ink Business Preferred, for example) or 1.5 cents each with the ultra-premium Sapphire Reserve card. Another great option is to transfer points from a premium or ultra-premium card to an airline or hotel program when high value awards are available (see this post for details). If your points are tied to a no-fee "cash back" Ultimate Rewards card, then first move those points to a premium or ultra-premium card before redeeming them in order to get better value.
Amex Membership Rewards points can be incredibly valuable if you know how to use them. In general, if you use Membership Rewards points to pay for merchandise or travel, you won't get good value from your points. One exception is with the Business Platinum card where you'll get a 35% point rebate when using points to book certain flights. This gives you approximately 1.5 cents per point value, which is pretty good. If you don't have the Business Platinum card, then your best bet is to transfer points to airline miles in order to book high value awards. More details can be found here: Amex Transfer Partners.
Marriott Rewards points can be redeemed for free night awards, travel packages, airline miles, or experiences. 5th Night Free Awards: When redeeming points for free nights, the 5th night within a single reservation is free. Airline miles: Points can be converted to airline miles at a rate of 3 points to 1 mile. A bonus is added on when you transfer 60,000 points at a time, such that 60,000 points transfers to 25,000 miles. Also, you'll get a 10% bonus when transferring points to United Airlines.
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by the same guy who showed you how to fly round trip to Africa (DC to Senegal) for 50,000 points, how to book business class to Europe for 80,000 miles roundtrip, and more. You can find John’s website and award booking service here: theflyingmustache.com/awardbooking.
-Greg The Frequent Miler

Amex Application Tips



  • Safe to Apply: Amex is the safest bank for trying your luck at a new welcome bonus. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application. Plus, they’ll now warn you during the application process if you’re not eligible for the bonus.

  • Lifetime Rule: If you've ever had the same card before, you are most likely prohibited from getting a welcome bonus for the card if you sign up now. Fortunately you'll be warned during the application process if this is the case. Amex is known to "forget" that you've had a card after about 7 years.

  • 5/90 Rule: In general, you can get at most one credit card within 5 days and 2 within 90 days. The 5 day limit is not enforced when your applications are automatically approved. Neither rule is enforced for charge cards.

  • 5 credit card max:Amex usually won't approve applications for new credit cards if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards open. This limit does not apply to charge cards.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day


Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new accountholders); 866-314-0237 (current accountholders)


Chase Application Tips


  • Shut-Down Caution: Signing up for new Chase cards can lead to Chase reviewing your accounts. This may lead to Chase shutting down all of your accounts if you have opened many cards in the past 12 months (10+ cards) and/or if your total credit available across banks far exceeds your annual income.

  • 5/24 Rule: With most Chase cards, you won't get approved if your credit report shows 5 or more cards opened in the past 24 months. Details here.

  • 24 Month Rule: You can get the same card and bonus again 24 months after having received the bonus as long as you no longer have the card open (24 month wait is not required for Ink business cards)

  • 30 Day Rule: It is tough to get approved for more than 2 Chase cards within 30 days

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day (not always true when mixing business and personal)

Call (888) 338-2586 to check your application status
If denied, call reconsideration here:1-888-270-2127 for both personal and business cards;
or 800-527-7415 for the Ritz card

Caution: Plastiq has announced a temporary change to the way Visa credit cards are handled:
  1. Payments using personal Visa cards issued by Chase will be subject to a lower limit of 20% of your credit limit.
  2. Payments using personal Visa cards from other issuers (other than Capital One) will code as a cash advance. That means you’d incur cash advance fees and wouldn’t earn any credit card rewards.
  3. The following types of Visa cards are not affected by these changes: Capital One personal Visa cards, Visa business credit cards, Visa corporate, debit and prepaid gift cards.
Full details about Plastiq can be found here: Complete Guide to Plastiq credit card payments.
In order to meet minimum spend requirements, many readers look for options to increase spend in ways that result in getting the money back. These techniques are often referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their signup offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus. For example, most signup bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount of this offer do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchase of travelers checks, purchase or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or other cash equivalents.

That said, many techniques for meeting minimum spend are perfectly fine. Here are some techniques that are safe for meeting Amex minimum spend requirements:

About Greg The Frequent Miler

Greg is the owner, founder, and primary author of the Frequent Miler. He earns millions of points and miles each year, mostly without flying, and dedicates this blog to teaching others how to do the same.

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Ozaer N.
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hehehe MY GOD, THAT WAS EASY!!

Chris
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Chris

Lots of dis-qualifiers on the Shop Discover site including “not valid on software”. I have been having trouble with collecting Discover’s CashBack Bonuses, they can’t seem to do basic math.

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Staples
Earn 5% Cashback Bonus
Staples makes it easy to find the business essentials you need, like office supplies, ink & toner, copy paper, electronics, office furniture and more. Get FREE delivery on most orders over $50.
Offer not valid on gift certificate purchases
Offer not valid on shipping, taxes, or other service fees
Offer not valid on GPS devices and GPS accessories, PDA’s, cameras (including camcorders), scanners, and digital frames. Also not valid on computers, software, hardware, drives, memory, printers, copiers, fax machines, custom printed items, premiums and items sold on StaplesPromotionalProducts.com
Offer is not valid in combination with any offers found outside ShopDiscover
Must link to retailer site from the ShopDiscover Web page found at Discover.com and use your Discover Card for each transaction
Offer is subject to change, including termination, without notice
Merchants may change their prices at any time; Cashback Bonus is calculated on the merchant site price if different from what is seen on ShopDiscover
The promotional Cashback Bonus will be applied to your account within 8 weeks after the order has shipped

Grant
Guest
Grant

Thx FM 🙂

Angelina
Guest

Thanks this was a total no-brainer!

Matt
Guest
Matt

Thanks FM! These are easily my favorite way to earn miles (and I have a few) wish I didn’t have to wait for you to spoon feed me them but things like this do keep me coming back for more.

Keep up the good work, and enjoy the vacation!

Lively
Guest
Lively

Chris: That’s an ridiculous list!

Hong
Guest
Hong

is there any problem to get the rebate if the delivery address and billing address are different? the rebate is counting on the billing address or delivery address?

joe
Guest
joe

Is it possible to get a business address off the internet for a store in one of the no-tax states, and just put that on the order, since nothing’s really going there anyway?

Tom / SitInFirst.com
Guest

Worked great. Thanks!

Duc
Guest

Hey Greg,
How about using this $5 off $30 code for purchase today
http://www.offers.com/staples/?offer_id=1033039
Then you will actually make $5 on each purchase

Chimmy
Guest
Chimmy

Thank you!

Jon
Guest
Jon

UPromise has Staples at 5% cash back.

Chimmy
Guest
Chimmy

Just did it for myself and two relatives. Hope it works out. Thank you!

Mileswhore
Guest
Mileswhore

Thanks again. I’m looking for the max (10) copies promo. That and they need to bump up the Ultimate Rewards mall to 10 x at Staples.

Krazny
Guest
Krazny

Worked great – 420 UR points. Thanks!

slooz
Guest
Chimmy
Guest
Chimmy

@slooz,

Unfortunately, that one requires activation in order to receive the rebate, so it makes it a little bit more difficult to obtain.

slooz
Guest
slooz

They also have:

http://www.staples.com/McAfee-Internet-Security-2013-for-Windows-1-3-User-Download/product_982947

It is a mail in rebate, but i’ve done it 3 times and it has always come thru.

RP
Guest
RP

Thank you! Easy!

Ron
Guest
Ron

You can also get the McAfee Internet Security free after rebate (mail in only) for $54.00 no tax/delivery valid thru 12/1/12. Item # 982947. Will get a check for $54.

Also Quickbooks Online Simple Start 2013 (item 953839) $90 is FAR (but charged me tax of $7.43). Have to activate the software to enable rebate code so a bit of a pain.

So $59.99 + $54 + $90 = $203.99 plus $7.43 tax gives 408 UR points via the UR mall (2x at Staples) plus 1020 UR (+37 UR for tax) using Ink card (5x) at Staples = 1465 UR points for $7.43 cost (and one stamp) = ~$0.005 per UR point.

Grant Thomas
Guest
Grant Thomas

@Duc, thanks for the $5 off code 🙂

Marathon man
Guest
Marathon man

Thanks fm! I always liked kaspersky and needed to take the trend software off around now anyway.
.
It was a bear to get all this done using an iphone but i eventually preloaded everything to each site and then did it (added a $2 staples rewards coupon and a $5 one i got in an email flyer on my staples acct first after loading the item). It was harder cuz phones dont want to use a full html site so it kept crashing out but it eventually worked. If all went well ill have the ur too!
.
Cheers, mm

Marathon man
Guest
Marathon man

I was forgetful however and neglected to choose pick up in store and use a NH store to save $3.31 in tax for MA but i did use a $5 off $50 i would not have used so oh well good enough

Grant
Guest
Grant

I don’t need my code, so someone can use it.
.
KASPERSKY INTERNET SECURITY
Item Number: 982927
Quantity: 1
.
Download your product from the following link.
Product: Click to Download
You may use the Product Key(s) to activate the product.
Product Key: W8XY9-31257-54PJ5-PWGDE

Alon
Guest
Alon

I got an email that my easy rebate for Kaspersky was processing so I went to check and got the following status for my rebate:
Invalid
Invalid UPC Number
Since it’s an “easy rebate” there was no UPC . . . has anybody else had a similar experience? If so, what recourse do I have?

FrequentMiler
Guest

Alon: I got that email this morning too. I sent them a request for help and they told me they needed the delivery zip code in order to process the rebate. So, I gave them the zip code of the store I picked for Pickup. They then said that my rebate is OK and being processed.

RP
Guest
RP

I had Invalid UPC, too after clicking the link from my email to check the rebate status. I clicked Help at the bottom of the page and then clicked Chat. I was asked for the order number and the SKU, and then told that my order was now updated and that the rebate check would be mailed in 15 business days.

charles
Guest

Alon, I got the same message today. I had the same concern as you. Maybe it will fix itself by Monday. If not, I’ll give them a call then as FM did.

Sun
Guest
Sun

So, this is for qty 1 only? I remember in past FAR you could buy up to qty 10.

Sun
Guest
Sun
tassojunior
Guest
tassojunior

Hurry back from vacation so you can help us figure out what to do now that Office Depot has stopped selling Vanilla reloads.

Krazny
Guest
Krazny

I had the same problem (invalid UPC). Everyone should check the email they received and check the status. If you get the same message, just follow the link to Help, and click the Chat button. Agent came on quickly, I pasted the link to the rebate in the chat window and explained the status said “invalid UPC” but that is was a downloadable purchase so there was no UPC. Agent just asked if the rebate was for $59.99, I said yes. Two minutes later, the agent said it was all set, I’d get my check in the mail within 15 days. Easy.

Krazny
Guest
Krazny

I omitted one detail in my post above: phone agent did ask for the zip code of the place where the product was delivered. I gave it, and that was it.

sam_goh
Guest
sam_goh

@FM – regarding the zip code email, it really helps if you use the link in your email after your purchase that links the easyrebate site – it already comes with zip prefilled in. If you go to easyrebates manually it’s easy to miss and get that email.

Don’t forget the 20% 11/30 expiration coupons floating around, they work nicely with this.

Larry Ordway
Guest
Larry Ordway

Sam, I went through the link in the email and still got the invalid email this morning.

Larry Ordway
Guest
Larry Ordway

Unfortunately, my problem wasn’t fixed as easily as everybody elses. They said wait 72 hours and the issue would be fixed.

Alon
Guest
Alon

They also told me 72 hours … It’s a known issue with this particular rebate according to my “chat” with their help desk

harvardslacker
Guest
harvardslacker

Offer extended to 12/1 (at least, that’s what it currently says).

Kim
Guest
Kim

At the moment we’re experiencing an issue with this promotion (offer #12-28672) causing records to show as invalid for UPC due to the system not correctly verifying the purchase information. Please allow 72 hours for your record to be updated with your purchase information and the status to be updated.

Gt5309a
Guest
Gt5309a

CA does charge sales tax.

FrequentMiler
Guest

Gt5309a: California charges sales tax for most things, but not for digital downloads

Krazny
Guest
Krazny

No sales tax in Oregon. Had mine “delivered” to a Staples in Portland. No sales tax charged to me.

Matt
Guest
Matt

I didn’t call up/use chat, but after the first email saying invalid UPC code I am now showing ‘validation in progress’ on my rebate page, so perhaps they are fixing it without any action required… I’ll keep an eye on it for 72hrs then contact them if it seems stuck there.

Steve
Guest
Steve

Gt5309a – I purchased and did in store pick up for CA (San Fran store). I did not get charged sales tax.

Kev
Guest
Kev

I’m all for free points but this seems like a lot of potential hassle for about $5 worth of UR. If they suddenly decide to enforce that “no software” thing, then where are you?

Gt5309a
Guest
Gt5309a

Hmm. Not sure what I did wrong. Picked a store in San Diego and was charged tax of $4.26.

gt5309a
Guest
gt5309a

Whoops! Bought the wrong version. Got the actual box and CD as opposed to the downloadable version. Just got a call from the San Diego Staples saying my order was ready to be picked up!

FrequentMiler
Guest

gt5309a: Maybe pick it up and then sell it on EBay?

gt5309a
Guest
gt5309a

The problem is I live in VA! But I called and they said my Easy Rebate will still go through. So no big loss for me. The question now is can I get another rebate for buying the download version?? 🙂

Tim J
Guest
Tim J

FYI, this is available again/still for both the boxed and download versions. Not sure if this is a new rebate.

Kane
Guest
Kane

No Chase UR Mall points have posted. Went through the mall to make these purchases but no bonus has posted. Has anyone else experienced the same issue?

See
Guest
See

How long should the “validating in process” stage last? I’ve been stuck there since 11/23….

Sun
Guest
Sun

I think it takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks. Rebates via Staples Easyrebates does expedite the processing. I’ve never had a problem receiving a rebate back with Easy Rebates. Mail-in rebates like the Intuit is a little more dicey. I’ve had mixed experiences with mail-in rebates. Lost envelopes, lost rebates, etc. It is much harder to rectify as more manual intervention is involved.

Samuel
Guest
Samuel

I haven’t gotten points through the Ultimate Rewards Mall either. Maybe they are now enforcing the terms that say software is excluded. Has anybody gotten the points yet?

Biggles209
Guest
Biggles209

I asked Chase where the Mall points were, and got this message:

I have confirmed that the Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 for Windows (1-User) [Download] and the SanDisk Cruzer Edge 8GB USB 2.0 USB Flash Drive (Black/Red) shown in your attachments do not qualify to earn Ultimate Rewards Mall bonus points.

The merchant disclosures state Not eligible on gift
cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash
equivalents. Not eligible on promotional items,
technology, software, and electronics. Shopping cart must be empty prior to accessing Staples through this site to be eligible. Discount reward certificates and Copy and Print shop orders are not eligible. Staples Business Advantage orders are not eligible. Contact with Staples for price matching, sales assistance, etc. will likely cancel eligibility. Any return, exchange or other adjustment made at a physical store location for an on-line purchase may result in your purchase being deemed ineligible for reward.

Because the items you purchased were software and
technology they would not qualify to earn Ultimate Rewards Mall bonus points. Please be sure to review the merchants terms and conditions before making a purchase through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to ensure the items will qualify to earn bonus points.

Another one bites the dust (partially)!

Robert
Guest
Robert

I also have a reply from chase about the points through UR:

I have received your e-mail regarding non-receipt of
additional bonus points for making purchases through
Ultimate Rewards Mall.

Upon review, I do not see that the transaction made
towards Staple.com for $59.99 qualified
to earn the additional bonus points.

Further, after the transaction is successfully processed,
you’ll receive an e-mail confirming your accelerated
earnings purchase through Ultimate Rewards website.
Hence, I request you to provide us with the e-mail
confirmation that you have received after making the
purchase through Ultimate Reward. You may send the e-mail
confirmation as an attachment or fax the information to
1-888-643-9628. Once received the details, either I, or
one of my colleagues will be happy to review your inquiry
further and take appropriate action.

It seems that the staple free points are dead, at least for non-ink card holders.

FrequentMiler
Guest

Yep, it looks like Staples is finally adhering to their own terms & conditions. I wonder if this is true of gift card purchases as well?

Kane
Guest
Kane

I submitted the mail in rebates at the end of the November. Shouldn’t we get some sort of confirmation that they received the mail in rebate forms? This is making me uneasy.

FrequentMiler
Guest

Kane: track your rebate here: stapleseasyrebates.com

Biggles209
Guest
Biggles209

Just had UR bonus points post for a software purchase from staples.com on 10-Dec-2012 – this was not a FAR deal, but it was electronic delivery. There was a small Easy Rebate.

FrequentMiler
Guest

Biggles209: That’s very interesting. I can’t imagine that they would handle FAR software any differently. I wonder what’s going on?

Biggles209
Guest
Biggles209

The purchase that I did get UR bonus points for was TurboTax + Quicken with a $40 Easy Rebate. Did anyone else do this, and, if so, what was the outcome?

Biggles209
Guest
Biggles209

FM: Maybe you could do a post dedicated to Staples UR bonus points that we could use as a focal point for tracking what is going on. There may be a pattern that we can uncover…

FrequentMiler
Guest

Biggles209: Good idea. For now, anyone reading this, please let us know if you get points or not when buying software via UR Mall to Staples.

Elizabeth
Guest
Elizabeth

No UR Mall points on this round, just the 5x Ink Bold. Had the Invalid UPC error on the Easy Rebate which was cleared using online chat. At 4+ weeks the rebate still shows as Validation in Progress. Previous rebates used to pay out much quicker.

Preacher
Guest
Preacher

Do you guys think we’ll ever get the rebate? It’s been, what, 6 weeks now and nothing?

Biggles209
Guest
Biggles209

Just did a chat session for two rebates (23-Nov-2012 and 10-Dec-2012) that were not progressing. I was told: “David, the rebate records both show they are valid and processing. We are just waiting for the holiday return period to end on 01/11/13. Once this has passed the rebates will be mailed within 15 days for you.”

Tricia
Guest
Tricia

I just received a denial of points secure message from Chase also.

Kane
Guest
Kane

I received the mail in rebate for the Mcaffe software. I’m still showing validation in progress for the Kaspersky software. I did the quick books rebate and have yet to receiver anything on that…that one was 90 dollars…I’m not feeling too good about that one.

Kane
Guest
Kane

Very interesting. So I just got the extra Ultimate Rewards mall points for these purchases. They just posted a few days ago, almost 2 months after the purchase.

I still have not received the rebate for the Quickbooks software. However, I did receive the other 2 rebates.

Biggles209
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Biggles209

@Kane Fascinating – mine posted also (10-Jan-2013), in spite of being told earlier that the purchases were not eligible.

Eddy
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Eddy

I received the points today. Had given up on them a long time ago 🙂

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Also received the UR Mall points on 1/22 for the 11/23 purchase. Haven’t received the rebate yet, but web site shows that it is finally on the way.