Valid through 12/18/2013:
Sears has updated their Terms in several online portals to now say: “Eligible on gift cards 12/16/13 – 12/18/13 only.” Here, for example, is a screenshot of the Ultimate Rewards Mall (note the red text at the bottom, last sentence):
The terms allowing gift cards are present in multiple portals including MileagePlus shopping, AAdvantage eShopping portal, and more. Double check your portal and take a screenshot before clicking through to buy gift cards.
It has long been the case that Sears’ physical gift cards earn portal points despite terms stating otherwise, but e-gift cards only earn points when the terms allow it. I believe that this means that purchasing e-gift cards will result in earned portal points through December 18th. This should make double-dips possible: First get points for buying e-gift cards through a portal, then go through a portal again (it doesn’t have to be the same one) to buy merchandise and pay with the purchased e-gift cards. Sears will accept up to 20 gift cards in one order. Sears gift cards can also be used at Kmart and Lands End (but Lands’ End will not pay out via portals when you pay with gift cards).
Hat Tip: Denton
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