Last month I hosted an online discussion about technology and travel with some of my heros in travel like Johnny Jet and Chris McGinnis. The event was sponsored by National Car Rental and coincided with the launch of their mobile app.
There’s some compensation to me for doing it, and as I wrote here before I don’t really take anything for doing those sorts of things. I rent from National, I was excited that they finally had a mobile app, and I figured I’d give away whatever they sent me as is my usual practice.
I’ll actually wind up doing two giveaways, since I don’t want a prize to be $600 or more, I don’t want to have to report anyone’s winnings to the IRS on a form 1099-MISC at the beginning of the year… So we’re going to do a $400 giveaway.
I decided it was ok for me to get something out of the giveaway, though, and so I took my Ink Plus® Business Card over to the gift card rack at Staples on my way home from work yesterday.
Ink Plus is my overall favorite card, for the quintuple (5x) points earning:
- Telecommunications: cell phone, internet, cable and satellite television
- Office supplies: not just paper and toner, but anything you can buy at an office supply store — which remarkably turns out to represent a good chunk of my spending.
The card also, of course, earns double points on hotels and gas, and doesn’t incur any foreign currency transaction fees.
I picked up a sampling of gift cards to give away and also to give you an idea of how I use the opportunity to earn 5 points per dollar not just on office supplies but on a great deal of my spending with different stores.
The gift cards I’ve purchased most often are for Amazon, I load them up onto my Amazon account and then spend them down as I make purchases. And I buy Starbucks gift cards, load them up onto my Starbucks card or more precisely onto the Starbucks card that’s linked to my Androis app. In that way I earn 5 points per dollar on all of my Starbucks and Amazon spending.
Buying $400 worth of gift cards means I do get something out of this giveaway, 2000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which I will likely transfer to United, to Hyatt, or to Korean Air (since they have fantastic first class award availability). Here are the best uses of Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
What I’ve picked up for the giveaway:
Here are the gift cards, totaling $400 in value, that you can win:
- $200 MasterCard
- $100 Southwest
- $50 Marriott
- $25 iTunes
- $25 Starbucks
All you need to do to enter for a chance to win is leave a comment in this post answering the question,
- What is the next award redemption you are planning?
You may enter one time only. I will take entries through Thursday 5pm Eastern, and I will select the winner with the assistance of Random.org. Any and all decisions I make are final. Void where prohibited.
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