Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free $50 Lyft Credit

This Quick Deal comes from Points and Pixie Dust (UPDATE: Requires Facebook):
Here's a way to get double the normal Lyft sign-up bonus (the normal bonus is $25):
  1. Download the Lyft app on your iphone or Android.
  2. Enter code SLICKDEALS in the Settings > Payment > Lyft Credits area.
Note: do not use a friend's referral link if you want to get this offer! Currently, referral bonuses are only $25, and the deal above is clearly a much better value.
For more details, including tips on how to maximize your free ride credit and several ride reviews, visit Points and Pixie Dust.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today only: Up to 18 miles per dollar at JC Penney

Today, April 22, the United MileagePlus Shopping portal is offering triple miles when clicking through to make purchases at JC Penney.  MileagePlus cardholders will receive 18 miles per dollar.  Others will get 12 miles per dollar.  

I wouldn't recommend buying JCPenney gift cards this way since recent Frequent Miler Laboratory evidence suggests it won't result in points earned.  Using JCPenney gift cards, though, should work fine.

See also: 15X Southwest Rapid Rewards Points at JCPenney

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Amex Serve to be reloadable at Walmart, fee free

American Express has announced that, in addition to CVS and 7-11, fee free Amex Serve cash reloads will now be available at Walmart.  This is great news since Walmart allows reloads to be paid for with debit cards (in my experience, neither CVS nor 7-11 allow debit or credit cards anymore for cash reloads).  You can read the American Express press release here.

For more information about Serve and how it compares to Bluebird (a very similar product), please see: Bluebird vs. Serve once again.

Hat Tip: Travel With Grant

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Monday, April 21, 2014

15X Southwest Rapid Rewards Points at JCPenney

Valid through 11:59 PM EST 4/22/14

For two days only, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping portal is offering 15 points per dollar when you click through to shop at JCPenney.

https://rapidrewardsshopping.southwest.com/me____.htm?keywords=jcpenney&mnpos=1839|8925|1|1|search_box&mids=1607
I wouldn't recommend buying JCPenney gift cards this way since recent Frequent Miler Laboratory evidence suggests it won't result in points earned.  Using JCPenney gift cards, though, should work fine.

Remember that you can get a Southwest Companion Pass valid for unlimited flights through the end of 2015 by earning 110,000 Rapid Rewards points this year.  So, simply buy $7334 worth of JCPenney merchandise and you'll be good to go! (I'm kidding, there are easier (and cheaper) ways to earn those points such as signing up for 50K SWA offers)

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Up to 4 miles per dollar for Amex gift cards!

That didn't take long!  Earlier this morning I published a Quick Deal saying that TopCashBack had increased their cash back rate for Amex gift cards to 3%.  In that post, I predicted that other portals would increase their rates too.  I wrote: "I've noticed that TopCashBack deals often show up about a day in advance of deals through other portals.  So, keep an eye out for the Arrival RewardsBoost portal to go back up to 4X or the Alaska Airlines portal to go back up to 3X if you prefer miles over cash back."  And, sure enough, the other portals have followed suit as predicted (but much faster than expected)!  Here are the current best rates:
  • Barclaycard RewardsBoost 4X (Requires Arrival card)
  • Alaska MileagePlanShopping 3X
  • Delta SkyMiles Shopping 3X
  • TopCashBack 3% Cash Back
And, here are two codes to try for removing gift card fees other than shipping costs:
  • FPADMIN (through April 29th)
  • SYNCGIFT




Questions?
Please read: Everything you ever wanted to know about Amex gift cards.  And, if you still have questions, please ask via the comments of that post so that we can keep information about Amex gift cards in one place. 

Important notes:
  • The Barclay RewardsBoost rebate is in addition to your credit card rewards.  So, when that portal offers 4X and you pay with the 2X-earning Arrival card, you'll earn a total of 6X (worth 6.6% towards travel).
  • Amex gift cards do not have PINs.  They cannot be used to load Bluebird cards.
  • Some credit card companies charge cash advance fees when purchasing these online. Please read Everything you ever wanted to know about Amex gift cards for details.
  • Portals often state that using codes not found on their site will invalidate cash back / miles earned.  This has not been my experience.  I use codes for free gift cards every time.  Try SYNCGIFT, for example.
  • Some portals restrict the top card amount to $500.  You can easily circumvent this by logging into your Amex account (after clicking through from the portal) and then you'll see values up to $3000.  Yes, you should still get cash back or miles (that has been my experience).
  • Cash back can take several months to go from pending to payable.
  • Miles often take several weeks or even a month or more to post, but then appear immediately in your mileage account.
See also:
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American Express Gift Cards 3% cash back via TopCashBack

TopCashBack has increased its American Express gift card rebate to 3%.  They are also offering the  code FPADMIN for fee-free cards through April 29th (you'll still have to pay for shipping, though). All other portals offering enhanced earnings reduced their Amex gift card rebates last week.  That said, I've noticed that TopCashBack deals often show up about a day in advance of deals through other portals.  So, keep an eye out for the Arrival RewardsBoost portal to go back up to 4X or the Alaska Airlines portal to go back up to 3X if you prefer miles over cash back.




Questions?
Please read: Everything you ever wanted to know about Amex gift cards.  And, if you still have questions, please ask via the comments of that post so that we can keep information about Amex gift cards in one place. 

Important notes:
  • Amex gift cards do not have PINs.  They cannot be used to load Bluebird cards.
  • Some credit card companies charge cash advance fees when purchasing these online. Please read Everything you ever wanted to know about Amex gift cards for details.
  • Portals often state that using codes not found on their site will invalidate cash back / miles earned.  This has not been my experience.  I use codes for free gift cards every time.  Try SYNCGIFT, for example.
  • Some portals restrict the top card amount to $500.  You can easily circumvent this by logging into your Amex account (after clicking through from the portal) and then you'll see values up to $3000.  Yes, you should still get cash back or miles (that has been my experience).
  • Cash back can take several months to go from pending to payable.
  • Miles often take several weeks or even a month or more to post, but then appear immediately in your mileage account.
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Thanks to Delta Points for alerting me to the increased TCB payout. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Up to 12 United miles per dollar at Neiman Marcus (and maybe up to 24X)

The United Airlines MileagePlus Shopping portal is currently running a special with Neiman Marcus.  MileagePlus credit card holders will get 12 miles per dollar when shopping through the portal.  Everyone else will get 9 miles per dollar.

https://www.mileageplusshopping.com/me____.htm?mids=2772

According to Frequent Miler Laboratory results, Neiman Marcus usually pays out portal points both for e-gift card purchases and for merchandise purchased with gift cards, so it is theoretically possible to double dip for up to 24 points per dollar!

Hat Tip: Trent

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