How I’m Earning 8 Miles/Points Per Dollar Spent at Amazon on ALL Purchases

The big news from yesterday was all JetBlue TrueBlue members can now earn 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spent at Amazon when using a special, unique link in your TrueBlue profile or when shopping on Amazon while inflight on JetBlue using their Fly-Fi Wifi network. There appears to be no end date listed for this promotion nor any cap on the amount of points to be earned. The best part about this promotion is that is covers most Amazon purchases and in my personal Amazon shopping, it covers 100% of my purchases.

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Direct Link to Bookmark to Access This Promotion.

Here are the excluded categories of which none seem to be of any major consequence.

  • Any product or service sold on a site linked to from the Amazon Site (e.g., a product or service listed through our “Product Ads” program or sold on a site linked to from a banner ad, sponsored link, or other link displayed on the Amazon Site)
  • Any wireless service plan offered through the Amazon Site and not sold or fulfilled by us
  • Any product, including games and other applications, sold through the Amazon Appstore for Android
  • Any product sold on fresh.amazon.com
  • Restaurant takeout
  • Any alcoholic beverage product
  • Any digital Kindle product purchased as a subscription (e.g., Kindle newspaper subscriptions, magazine subscriptions, blog subscriptions, etc.)
  • Any free trial subscription

This is a pretty big deal as this promotion has very few restrictions on what is not eligible, unlike many of the shopping portals out there. For example, TopCashBack (yes, this is my referral link in which we both earn $10) only offers cashback on Jewelry, Patio Lawn & Garden, Watches, Clothing, Amazon Home Services and Amazon Prime (though at a much higher percentage from 8.5% to 10% – so if shopping in those categories, use TopCashBack or other shopping portals). But now for those everyday purchases of soap and toilet paper, you can earn 3 additional points without having to worry about category restrictions.

Anyway going back to the title of this post, with the promotion I can now earn 8 miles/points per dollar spent on my Amazon purchases. Currently, I use my Chase Ink Bold business card to buy Amazon gift cards at Staples to take advantage of the 5x bonus category at Office Supply stores.  I’ve been doing this for years so I’ve always earned 5 Chase UR points per dollar spent at Amazon though at the trade off of price protection and extended warranties offered through my credit cards.  Now factoring in 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spent, I’m up to 8 total miles/points earned for every dollar spent at Amazon.

For others trying to replicate this, even if you don’t have access to a Chase Ink card due to not having a business or you are subject to the 5/24 rule, the Discover It cards offer 5% back this quarter at Amazon while historically the Chase Freedom has as well though not in this past calendar year. Another option would be the Amex Blue Cash Everyday card which offers 10% back on Amazon purchases though only for the 6 months of card membership. Using a fair value of 1.4 cents per TrueBlue point, your potential return on Amazon purchases could be 14.2% for the first 6 months of Amex Blue Cash Everyday card membership. Not too shabby!

Summary:

If you shop often at Amazon and buy many of your household goods from them (guilty), then this is an easy way to get an extra 3 points per spent dollar spent ON TOP of existing credit card rewards (in my case 5 Chase UR points per dollar spent). As mentioned above, shopping portals only offer a limited range of categories to earn cashback but with this promotion, you can basically buy almost anything on Amazon & earn an extra 3 TrueBlue points per dollar spent.

I’m loving this promotion as I was going to make these “everyday” purchases anyway and now I can earn an extra several thousand points a year on my Amazon purchases just for clicking my unique link before I shop. With the amount I spend at Amazon yearly, there is no doubt I’ll earn a free flight (even if it is just a one way) with this promo so its well worth the few extra mouse clicks before shopping at Amazon. Kudos to JetBlue and Amazon for this exciting new promotion!

Deal Alert: 100k Signup Bonus American Express Platinum Card + Increased Bonuses on Other Amex Cards

Update (11/24): 100k Platinum offer is dead! Congrats to those that got it. 

One of the big offers that I know a lot of my readers (looking at you Justin) are interested in is back and it is the 100,000 point signup bonus on the American Express card. I don’t know if this offer will last long so if you’ve never had a personal Platinum card before, I’d strongly consider jumping on this offer soon just in case.

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Here is the direct link to the landing page of this offer. You might have to use incoginto/private browseing mode to get this offer to appear. I’ve discussed this card & offer before but the 100,000 points (worth ~$1,500), $200 airline credit (yes gift cards work for some airlines), lounge access, Global Entry credit, hotel elite status at Starwood, Marriot and Hilton more than offset the $450 annual fee for the first year.

One IMPORTANT Note: DO NOT put any manufactured spend on this card or you risk Amex freezing your account which they have been known to do. Also do not close the card right after you get the points – keep it open until the 10th/11th month or so if you don’t plan to keep it longterm.

On top of this offer, there are increased offers on many other Amex cards. Here are some of the offers though I’d recommend reading this Reddit thread on all of the increased offers.

Thanks Amex for the early Thanksgiving gift!

H/T Doctor of Credit & Reddit

Datapoint: The New Chase Ink Preferred Business Card is Subject to the 5/24 Rule

This is probably not a surprise to most of you reading this but I can now confirm that the new Chase Ink Preferred business card is subject to the 5/24 rule as I got my denial letter in the mail yesterday.

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For a bit of background, the Chase Ink Preferred is a new business card from Chase that technically isn’t available to the public yet. It will have a 80,000 point signup bonus though it does not offer 5x categories. Interestingly, just as it happened with the Sapphire Reserve before it officially launched, last week two rouge links were found (and posted to this Reddit thread) that allowed you to apply for the card. The big unknown was whether this card would be subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule even though the prevalent thought was it would be, based on other Ink products being subject to this rule.

That said, this was potentially a big development as folks who applied for the Sapphire Reserve via those leaked links before it was officially launched were able to bypass the 5/24 rule and get the 100k signup bonus. There was hope that these links for the Ink Preferred would follow those some guidelines and give folks like myself who are way over 5/24, a chance to get the card. In this case, the landing page showed no mention of the signup bonus but I felt confident (along with others) that Chase would match the bonus so I wasn’t worried about that. Instead, I gambled that the chance of this link working to bypass the 5/24 rule and earn 80k Chase UR points was worth the cost of a hard pull.

In the end, I obviously lost out but for me, it was still worth the gamble as frankly, one hard pull doesn’t matter much to me at this point and the potential reward was almost $1,500 worth of points depending how you value them. Just remember, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” — Wayne Gretzky — Michael Scott.

 

A Fellow Blogger Just Spent One Million SPG Points to Throw Out the First Pitch at Game 7 of the World Series Tonight 

File this under one of the most amazing/ unique use of points but DansDeals just posted he won an SPG auction to throw out the first pitch tonight at…Game 7… of the World Series. Ya know arguably one of the biggest sporting events in recent memory with the Cubs looking to break a 108 year curse and the Indians looking to win for the first time in 68 years!


If we assume a 2.5 cent value per point, Dan “spent” ~ $26,500 worth of points to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. I don’t normally advocate the use of points for non-travel but I have to admit this is pretty freaking cool – I’m definitely a bit jealous. I’m sure he will remember this for  the rest of his life. Congrats Dan!

Here is the press release from SPG:

“November 2nd, 2016 – Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG(r)), the award-winning loyalty program now a part of Marriott International, Inc., is excited to announce the highest-ever bid on its SPG Moments platform.

Today, SPG Member Daniel Eleff redeemed 1,060,500 Starpoints to throw out the first pitch at Game 7 of the World Series tonight in Cleveland. The redemption amount is equivalent to over a month of free nights in a superior room at the St. Regis New York.

The SPG Moments program gives SPG members once-in a-lifetime experiences and VIP access to premier sporting events, concerts, culinary experiences, and more.

Eleff, founder of the deal blog DansDeals.com, will take the mound this evening at Progressive Field to kick-off the final match-up of the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.

This record-breaking point redemption reflects the historic nature of this World Series and, as the official hotel and resort loyalty partner for Major League Baseball(r), SPG is proud to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience for Mr. Eleff.”

You Can Now Transfer Citigold ThankYou Points…But Only to Sears

I discovered an interesting point (pun intended) while figuring out the best way to redeem my wife’s 51k ThankYou points from her Citigold account as I’m looking to close the account soon. As you may remember, it was a huge mess earlier this year fighting for my wife’s 50k ThankYou points for opening a Citibank Citigold Account that involved several rounds of messages, phone calls and finally a CFPB complaint. While I succeeded in having the points awarded to my wife’s account, I haven’t had a chance to use them for anything yet until I began looking to redeem them for a flight to St. Lucia next year for a wedding.

Historically, only Citi ThankYou points linked to a Citi Premier or Prestige could be transferred to airlines or hotels. However, with the news that JetBlue is now a transfer partner and no annual fee cards like the Preferred could transfer ThankYou points to JetBlue, I wondered if Citigold ThankYou points could be transferred as well. Alas, the answer is no but I did determine that Citigold ThankYou points are transferable into Sears Shop Your Way points.

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I did a little digging into the terms & conditions and sure enough, only a ThankYou Rewards account is required to transfer points to Sears (the language is different for airline/hotel transfers).

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The transfer ratio is 1 ThankYou point to 12 Sears Shop Your Way (SYW) points but before you get all excited, that is a value of just 1.2 cents in value per ThankYou point and you are stuck shopping for all the “fine” merchandise at Sears. Unless you an extreme Sears shopper, a reseller who understands the SYW program or looking to top off your SYW account if you are close to some free merchandise, I can’t recommend this transfer option. That said, I still think it’s a positive sign Citibank is adding new partners and hopefully they continue to improve the ThankYou points program.