Roundup of Current Free Points & Money Offers

Over the past few days, there have been several offers out there for free points and cashback for certain members or cardholders. I figured I would put together a quick post that summarizes each offer in one post.

1) $15 Statement Credit for Chase Sapphire & Chase Sapphire Preferred Cardholders – Through 9/30/15, Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cardholders who make a purchase using Visa Checkout at a participating merchant with their respective card will receive a $15 statement credit within 1-2 billing cycles. There is a limit of one $15 statement credit per account (unlike the recent American Express offer which was a statement credit for each merchant and thus you could earn multiple statements credit per account). Some of the participating merchants include Newegg, Fandango, UnderArmour, Pizza Hut, Staples and more.

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Since the terms do not indicate a maximum purchase, you could purchase a cheap $.49 cent game code from Newegg using Visa Checkout to make a profit of $14.51 which is exactly what I did. Of course you could also buy something you need from a participating merchant and use this to take $15 off the purchase. Just remember to take advantage of this before 9/30/15!

2) 500 Free IHG Points – IHG is offering members 500 free IHG points if you link your IHG Rewards credit card to your online profile by October 31st. This might be targeted (though the terms don’t explicitly state that) as several people received an email about this offer but I think it is worth a shot to try it anyway. Worst case you don’t earn anything while best case you earn 500 points for linking your IHG MasterCard to your profile. The terms also state if you already have your IHG card linked you would receive the bonus points (again assuming this is not targeted) so no need to unlink it and relink it. While 500 points isn’t a lot, it will reset the expiration of your points.

3) 200 Free Starwood Starpoints – Starwood is promoting the use of their SPG Dashboard which is an online tool that tracks all your historical stays, summarizes your account activity and offers exclusive promotions when using the SPG Dashboard. When logging into the SPG Dashboard, most people are reporting seeing an offer for 200 free points if you opt in to receive emails from Starwood.

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If you don’t see this offer displayed, check your SPG profile and see if you are already subscribed to receive emails from Starwood. If so uncheck all the boxes to unsubscribe, sign back into the SPG Dashboard and you should then see the offer appear for 200 free points. I did exactly this for my account and it worked. As with the IHG offer, 200 points isn’t much but does serve as a great way to extend the life of your points.

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Quick Deal: 25,000 United Miles for Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz

I’m sure there is a limited target audience for this deal but United is offering 25,000 miles to members who purchase a Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz and if you are a United elite member, you are also entitled to special discount pricing on certain models. In order to take advantage of this offer, you must first register and obtain a control number to present to the participating Mercedes-Benz dealership.

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Direct Link to Signup for This Offer

For this promotion, United is partnering with TrueCar to find available models near your neighborhood. You can view the prices on each car but since I’m not in the market to buy a Mercedes, I can’t express any opinion whether these prices seem fair or not (though if I had to guess they are probably high). To obtain the 25,000 miles, you must print out the savings certificate with your control number (see below).

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While it would be nice to earn 25,000 miles for buying a car, remember these miles are roughly worth $300-$350 depending on how you value them so when considering the price of a Mercedes, this is not a significant incentive. You are probably better off researching and finding a good deal on a Mercedes yourself though it may be worth a shot to see how much you can negotiate on a car you find using United’s TrueCar link.

Terms and conditions:
The bonus mileage offer and incentives are only available to members who are eligible MileagePlus members at the time of an eligible transaction. An eligible MileagePlus member is a member who has been enrolled in the MileagePlus program for at least six (6) months prior to the time of accessing the bonus mileage offer and incentives, or if less than six (6) months, has flown at least one (1) flight eligible to earn miles since enrollment. To receive the miles or incentives, the MileagePlus member must log in to united.com/mercedes using their MileagePlus credentials and print out a Savings Certificate to present to the dealer for the applicable car of their choice. In order to be eligible for the bonus mileage offer or other incentives, the member must obtain a Savings Certificate prior to the transaction. Upon completion of the sale or lease, these bonus miles will be posted to a member’s account approximately 6-8 weeks after the date of completion of the eligible transaction. These offers are not valid for any purchases already completed.

Quick PSA: Yes, You Really Need to Be Playing Starwood’s Open the World Promotion

I’ll make this short and to the point – Look, I don’t normally play and I certainly don’t post about all the various contests to win some prize but Starwood’s Open the World Promotion caught my eye after other bloggers mentioned winning prizes. I saw two different bloggers post about winning 1,000 SPG points so I started playing and guess what – I won as well! Instead of points, I won a $50 Amazon gift card.

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Direct Link to Promotion

It is super easy to play as all you do after registering is click on a mobile device and then select a door to open which adversities a Starwood hotel. Simply go to this link, enter your SPG number and email address and hope for the best. By playing you are also entered into the Grand Prize Sweepstakes which is advertised as a “weeklong dream getaway” but per the terms & conditions is really 250,000 Starpoints.

Simply put this is worth 30 seconds each day to play. Good luck!

New Offer From GolfMiles – Earn 3,000 Miles for Playing a Single Round of Golf

Last month I broke the news to the points & miles world about Golfmiles, a website golfers could use to book tee times and earn thousands of miles for playing golf. I was able to my offer my readers an exclusive bonus of 1,500 miles at that time but I’m happy to report I have negotiated an even higher bonus mile offer of 2,500 miles. And if you choose to earn AA miles, this offer is increased to 3,000 miles! This is the highest ever bonus mile offer from Golfmiles and this is an exclusive offer for PointsCentric readers only. The AA offer is only valid through September 1st and after that time will drop down to 2,500 miles until September 10th.

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This offer can be increased to 3,000 miles if you choose AA miles

In order to receive 3,000 miles with your first booking, you must do the following:

  • New customers must signup via my referral link here (full disclaimer: I do receive a small amount of miles for each person who signs up and completes a booking).
  • Choose to receive American Airlines AAdvantage miles as the miles earned. This offer is only valid if you choose AA miles
  • The first tee time must cost $30 or more

Note: The website will initially show 2,500 miles as your offer – I am working on having the landing page show the special AA offer. If you do not meet the above criteria, such as wanting to earn United miles or the tee time is less than $30, you would earn 2,500 miles.

I recommend reading my previous post about Golfmiles but their website aggregates local tee times at golf courses and awards an amount of miles each time you book a round of golf through them. I have generally seen the miles awarded per round range from 250-2,300 miles though with this signup bonus offer, you could earn 3,250 to 5,300 AA miles for one round of golf. The value of these miles could be worth more than the cost of your round of golf! You can also choose to earn a gift card to use towards future rounds of golf instead of miles.

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Through my research, I found Golfmiles offered the same or even some lower prices than my local courses. I’ve had several readers book through them without any issues and they all earned thousands of miles for playing a round of golf they would have played anyway. I encourage you to give them a try with the knowledge that this offer is the best ever offer for Golfmiles. The public signup bonus is only 1,500 miles and no other blogger has a better current offer.

If you have any questions or concerns, please post them in the comments or email me at ralph@pointscentric.com and I can assist in having Golfmiles address it if I can’t answer it.