Right now many of the online shopping malls, tied to popular airline programs and credit card programs, have back-to-school specials for purchases.
The Chase Ultimate Rewards Shopping Mall (for Chase UR cardholders, i.e. Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold, etc.) right now, for example, let’s you earn an additional 5x points per dollar spent on Staples.com purchases. If you have an Ink Bold card, that’s 10x points per dollar spent on Staples.com purchases! (Remember your Ink Bold gets 5x points in the office supply store category for up to the first $50,000 spent annually at office supply stores). That means buying $100 worth of items at Staples.com right now scores you 1,000 points which can be easily transferred at a 1:1 ratio with major airlines/hotel programs including United MileagePlus!
Remember that in order to gain these points, you have to log in through these shopping malls and click the link before visiting the retail website! Many offers are available online only.
If you don’t have a Chase credit card with UR points, there are also plenty of other shopping malls directly tied to airlines as well. The United Mileage Plus Shopping Mall (valid for any card; extra miles with United Explorer Card) for example has currently a FANTASTIC offer of 18 miles per dollar spent at eBags.com! That’s three times more than their usual 6 miles per dollar spent!! If you buy a $100 leather messenger bag, that’s 1,800 miles you are eligible to earn!
There are dozens of other featured back-to-school special merchants available, so hop on over to your preferred shopping mall and check those out to plan out your back to school purchases! Be sure to act soon though, as many of these vendors have had their eligible points-to-be-earned increased temporarily just for back-to-school!
Don’t have a Chase Ink Bold card or any Ultimate Rewards cards? You might be interested in the entry I wrote yesterday about how to leverage the Chase Ink cards to earn a free roundtrip ticket to Europe (or Asia), as well as how to get 5x points per dollar spent on virtually everything using that card.