September 28, 2012
This deal now appears to be dead for real
Update 3 (9/28 11:22 am EST): Deal appears to be back
MyPoints has put the splash screens back!
Update 2 (9/28 10:01 am EST): Deal appears to be dead
MyPoints has removed the splash screens and most references to OpenSky. I was just about to order stuff too!
MyPoints is currently running a promotion for 150 points per dollar at Open Sky (a site with ridiculously overpriced items). Despite the high prices, this could a great way to buy miles or gift cards at a low price and get some possibly useful junk as well. Gary has the details here, and MileCollector has a bit here.
The problem with this promotion is the confusion caused by this screen:
Most of this is intelligible:
- Limited to $500 in purchases per household
- The 150X offer will go away after 9/30/12 or earlier if too many points have been claimed (they don’t say what “too many” is, though)
- Points will be credited within 30 days
The confusing part is the final statement:
OpenSky points are different from Points earned in the MyPoints program and may not be used for MyPoints rewards
This seems to indicate that the points awarded are OpenSky points (not worth much!) instead of MyPoints which can be reasonably valuable. This has raised a debate on SlickDeals where some people have argued that no, it is MyPoints that are awarded, whereas others have argued the opposite.
Even though the weight of evidence is on the side of this being truly 150 MyPoints per dollar, this has a feel of “too good to be true” to me. I’m tempted to go for it, but I think I’ll sit out of this deal and wish good luck to everyone who gives it a shot.
Update (9/28 8:26 am EST)
A reader named Michael wrote the following:
I think this is legit, Open sky 150 points for dollar is even listed when you look at all merchants in mypoints.
This is the page that shows the merchants listed and the amount of points you get per dollar.
They also state
Get an unheard of 150 Points per dollar on your purchase with OpenSky!
Sounds like a Opensky fire sale
Thanks Michael! I agree. Somehow this looks legitimate. I’m going to risk it and go for $500 worth of stuff. As HikerT recommends (in the comments), I’ll use a personal Amex card with return protection just in case things go wrong.