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The Sears double dip roller coaster

Sears double dip roller coaster

Background: Sears used to be one of the most reliable online merchants for portal “double dips”.  A Sears double dip goes as follows: Click through an online portal to Sears.com and buy gift cards Click through an online portal again to Sears.com and use the gift cards to buy merchandise Via the above process, it has long been possible to double portal rewards.  For example, when a portal offered 10 miles per dollar for shopping…

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Is the Sears double dip dead for real this time?

Sears double dip

Sears used to be one of the most reliable online merchants for portal “double dips”.  A Sears portal double dip goes as follows: Click through an online portal to Sears.com and buy gift cards Click through an online portal again to Sears.com and use the gift cards to buy merchandise Via the above process, it has long been possible to double portal rewards.  For example, when a portal offered 10 miles per dollar for shopping…

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The promo of the year lives on

Sears quadruple dips

UPDATE 9/14/2015: Updated experiment results listed below This year’s best promotion has little to do with airline miles or hotel points.  Instead, it comes from Discover.  In particular, Discover promises to double all cashback earned for 12 months by new Discover It cardholders.  This is a nice perk for those who would otherwise earn 1% cashback from the card for regular spend and 5% cashback for spend within Discover It’s rotating 5% categories.  This is…

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Top 6 shopping portal myths

Online shopping portals are a fantastic way to earn extra points, miles or cash back for purchases you plan to make anyway.  Simply sign onto your favorite portal, click through to the merchant of interest, and shop.  I often write about shopping portal deals and opportunities where it is possible to earn outsized rewards for your shopping. Every time I write about these deals I get a lot of similar questions and comments, many of…

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Sears 15X: Rapidly Disappearing Rewards

Last month, for two days only, the Southwest Airlines shopping portal (Rapid Rewards Shopping) offered 15 points per dollar when shopping at Sears.com.  In the post “Sears 15X: Leveraging the deal” I showed a number of ways one could capitalize on the opportunity.  And, in the post “Sears 15X: Shopping for 110,000 points” I showed how one could earn 110,000 Southwest points by double-dipping: buy gift cards for 15X and then use them to buy…

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Cartera’s Ultimate Rewards

Caution: for most readers this will be a “so what?”, or a “who cares?” post.  If you’ve never heard of Cartera Commerce, then you’ll probably want to skip this post. Cartera Commerce is the company behind many miles-earning shopping portals including American Airline’s AAdvantage eShopping, Delta’s SkyMiles Shopping, United’s MileagePlus Shopping, and Southwest’s RapidRewards Shopping. When shopping portals work well, they can be a fantastic way to build up your portfolio of points and miles. …

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