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Frequent Miler, the king of earning miles for free through the Chase Ultimate Rewards mall, outlines a pretty lucrative offer whereby you can earn 2,450 Ultimate Rewards points for free using the Ultimate Rewards mall.
I won’t give step-by-step instructions here since he does such a fantastic job of breaking down the process, but I’ll just share the idea behind it.
Basically, Staples offers some antivirus software for free after a rebate (which can be applied for online using their “Easy Rebate” system). You have to pay $35 upfront for the software, and then they’ll mail you a check for $35. You can buy up to ten of these and get reimbursed for each.
By going to staples.com through the Ultimate Rewards shopping mall you’ll earn two bonus points per dollar.
Then if you use the new Ink Bold® Business Charge Card you’ll earn another five points per dollar. That’s seven points per dollar on $350, or 2,450 Ultimate Rewards points.
There’s no doubt it takes a bit of effort, though I value Ultimate Rewards points at two cents each, so that’s basically a $49 “reward.” Is it worth the time? Probably for most of us.
The only reason I’m not taking advantage of it is that I still have the old version of the Ink Bold card, before they rebranded a few months ago and started offering 5x points on office supply stores. So instead I’d just be earning three points per dollar total, or 1,050 Ultimate Rewards points. For that it’s a bit too much effort, in my opinion.
Either way, this can be a great way to reach the minimum spend requirement on a card, while picking up quite a few extra bonus points along the way.
Anyway, check out Frequent Miler’s post for step-by-step instructions.