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How to see which purchases qualify for Chase Ink and Freedom bonus categories

I feel like a dummy.  I’ve struggled with this for years.  Chase Ink cards are great because the earn valuable Ultimate Rewards points and they offer a number of 2X and 5X bonus categories.  However, it has always been tough to figure out whether purchases you thought would earn a bonus really did.  The Chase Ink billing statement shows overall how many base points were earned and how many bonus points were earned, but it…

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$20 rebate on $300+ Visa cards at Staples

Valid through January 10th: Staples is offering a $20 Visa Prepaid Card rebate when you purchase $300 or more in Visa gift cards at Staples.  This promotion is in-store only and limited to one rebate per household. Notes: Earn 5X Ultimate Rewards points by using a Chase Ink card to pay; or earn 5% cash back with an Amex SimplyCash card. Visa Savings Edge no longer pays 1% back for Staples purchases. Offer fine print (bolding…

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Manufacturing miles for free flights

The fastest way, by far, to earn miles for free flights is to sign up for the best credit card offers.  The next best option is often to earn miles through online shopping portals.  The most dependable method, though, is to earn miles through credit card spend.  Of course, you could earn miles by flying, but that is, ironically, the slowest and least efficient approach. Manufactured spending To earn miles through spend, you should start…

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The weird math of buying points

What’s better, buying points for .5 cents each or for .7 cents each?  Obviously .5 is better because it’s cheaper.  What if the points in question were Ultimate Rewards points?  Same answer, of course.  What if you could buy more points at .7 cents each than you could at .5 cents each?  Well, then things get interesting… This line of questioning is driven by the fact that its possible to earn 5 points per dollar…

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The deal without portals

Two weeks ago, I wrote about one of the most exciting triple dip opportunities currently available: Go through online portal to Staples (5X to 6X portal rebate) Buy $200 Visa gift cards with credit card that earns 5X If credit card is business Visa card, earn back 1% through Visa Savings Edge. Details of the above opportunity can be found in these posts: Best ways to buy $200 Visa gift cards Best ways to use…

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Ink evolution, Ink rules, and an insider tip

The original title for this post was simply “Ink Rules.”  I realized after writing the title, that it could have multiple meanings.  “Ink” could refer to Chase Ink credit cards.  Or, it could refer to the stuff used in pens and printers.  “Rules” could be a cheer like one you’d hear at a sporting event (“Michigan rules!”), which in turn would really be using the word to indicate authority (one who “rules” has authority over…

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A great disturbance in the Force

In the past few days I’ve been writing a lot about the ability to buy $200 Visa gift cards online from Staples.  This event, in itself, would be unremarkable except for a number of other forces that have converged: Chase began to issue Ink business cards as Visa cards mid 2013 (previously they were MasterCards).  And, both the old and new Ink cards continue to offer 5X rewards at office supply stores. Visa Savings Edge…

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Catching up

Lots of miscellaneous things going on… Delta award bookings Last week I reported a way to book multiple saver level awards when Delta shows just one saver level seat available (see “Booking Delta awards when you love your spouse“).  I ran a simple test to see if I could repeat the process and I was half successful.  First, I booked a saver level business class award to Asia for my wife.  Then, the next day…

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The best cards get better, plus 5000 points

I love when great cards get even better.  Chase already surprised us recently by changing the benefits guides for most of their cards for the better.  You now receive automatic travel insurance benefits (except for rental car coverage) and purchase protections even if you pay only partially with your Chase card, or if you pay with points.  I think that’s a great enhancement.  Almost all other banks require that you pay entirely with their card…

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