January 26, 2012
Through a special triple dip with the Chase Ink Bold credit card, you can earn 20 points per dollar at Kohl’s and Sears!
In a previous post, I wrote about how to get 10 points per dollar using the Chase Ink Bold credit card (for more about this card, please see Preparing for Miles). In this post, I’ll show how to turn that trick into a triple dip worth 20 points per dollar!
Step 1: Log into the Ultimate Rewards Mall and shop at Staples.com
By going through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to Staples you will earn 5 points per dollar from the mall and another 5 points per dollar when using your Chase Ink Bold credit card at Staples!
Step 2: Buy Gift Cards
If your goal is to shop at Kohl’s, then buy Kohl’s gift cards. If your goal is to shop at Sears, then buy Lands End gift cards (which work at Sears). With the exception of Visa gift cards, Staples does not charge any service fees or shipping charges for gift cards. Use your Ink Bold for these purchases. As described above, you will earn 10 points per dollar for this transaction!
If you do not have an Ink Bold, another option is to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred. You will get 5 points from the mall, plus 1 base point from the credit card, plus a 7% annual bonus. In total, you will get 6.42 points per dollar using this card.
If you have both the Ink Bold and the Sapphire Preferred, then log into the Ultimate Rewards Mall with your Sapphire account, but make your purchases with the Ink Bold. In this way, 5 of the bonus points will count towards your annual 7% bonus and you will increase your points per dollar to 10.35!
Step 3: Spend your gift cards online via an appropriate portal
Kohl’s currently offers 10 points per dollar through the Ultimate Rewards Mall. So, when shopping for Kohl’s merchandise, go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to Kohl’s and then use your gift cards to make your purchases.
Sears currently offers 10 points per dollar through the Aadvantage eShopping Mall. So, when shopping for Sears’ merchandise, go through the AA mall to Sears and then use your Lands’ End gift cards to make the purchase.
With either of the above steps you will earn an extra 10 points (or miles) per dollar, for a total of 20 Points Per Dollar!
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