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We recently posted a popular deal for Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. By stacking an Amex Offer on top of a good deal, you could have gotten them as cheaply as $154 before considering portal rewards. Today, with 25% cash back stacked with the Amex Offer (or Chase Offer), you might be able to get these as cheaply as $109.
- Stack 25% cash back (from TopCashBack) + Amex Offer for $25 back on $125 or more for nice savings on these already-discounted headphones
The last time I posted these headphones, I said that I was unsure as to whether or not portals would pay out rewards since most portals exclude electronics in the terms. Several readers reported that they received portal rewards (airline miles) when I last posted these. In fact, readers pointed out that there was a mention of Bose headphones in the coupons section of the portal. That made sense — if the portal was listing a coupon for and “shop now” button next to info on the Bose headphones, it would make sense that they do not consider headphones to be electronics.
Based on that theory, it would seem to hold true that TopCashBack likely also pays out on Bose headphones. In fact, when I looked through the expired coupons section for eBags on TopCashBack:
I think it would therefore stand to reason that they would pay out cash back on those headphones. Of course, YMMV because it could be debatable as to whether or not Bose headphones are electronics. I guess I’d wait it out to make sure you get the cash back before using the headphones (and since Amex has 90-day return protection).
Update: I bought a pair yesterday to get in on the deal with those of you who decided to give it a go. As others have noted, the cash back is already pending in my TopCashBack account. We’ll see if it goes through, but I suspect it will.
Amex Offer & Final Math
The Amex Offer was targeted, but I did have it on a couple of cards:
Assuming the cash back goes through, here’s the math:
$179.00 (purchase price)
– 44.75 (25% cash back from TopCashBack)
– 25.00 (Amex Offer)
$109.25 net price
If you’re in the market for noise cancelling headphones and you like Bose products, $109.25 looks like a steal. If the cash back does not track, you’re looking at a net cost of $154 after the Amex Offer — which is still a much better deal than paying $279. Alternatively, if you only get the cash back and don’t have the Amex Offer, you may either have a Chase Offer for $20 back on $100 — or if you find yourself paying $134.25, that’s not horrible either. I think the full stack would work here, but one way or another it should be a very good deal.
Update: After I posted this, I saw that Dustin at Running with Miles also wrote up this deal a bit before me. He used Ebates as his portal of choice with the opinion that it’ll be more likely to pay out. It’s worth reading his thoughts on this as well to decide which portal to use.