2 Back to School Shopping Portal Offers – Up to 5,000 bonus points available!

We all online shop. A lot. It’s a fact of living in the 21st century, so you might as well get more than just your purchases! As I’ve said before, shopping portals are a great way to earn extra miles on the things you already buy online. From that previous post:

Shopping portals are a great way to earn extra points on things you’re already buying online, and most rewards programs have some sort of portal. If you have a rewards account, the chances are they also have a shopping portal.

Normally when you go to buy something online, you go directly to that website, pay for what you want, and earn miles at the base rate (the points you earn just by using your credit card). Shopping portals act like a sort of middle man, rewarding you with extra points for using them as an intermediary.

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What can you do with 30,000 Amtrak points?

Back in December, I completed my first mini app-o-rama, and was eventually approved for all three cards I applied for–including the Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards World. Well, those bonus points recently posted to my account, and I started to wonder, what could I do with those 30,000 Amtrak points? Here are some options, from the practical to the fantastic.


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Chase Freedom Q1/Q2 Categories Announced

Yesterday, Chase confirmed their 5% cash back categories for the first two quarters of 2017. Are we in for something new–or a return of the categories we have come to expect?

According to Doctor of Credit, we’ll see:

  • Quarter 1 (January 1 – March 30):  Gas stations and commuter passes
  • Quarter 2 (April 1 – June 30):  Grocery stores and drugstores

Remember, the Chase Freedom earns you 5% cash back (up to $1,500 per quarter) on the above purchases. For New Yorkers, that means $5.83 back everytime you buy an unlimited monthy Metrocard in January, February, and March.

Interestingly, the 5% cash back category for the Discover it in quarter one is also gas stations, commuter passes, and wholesale clubs.

The Curious Tale of my Starwood Starpoints

Or, how I spent 38,514 points without stepping foot in a hotel.

As you may be away, Starwood is a hotel chain. If you weren’t away, now you are! Earlier this year, I signed up for the Starwood SPG credit card by American Express when the sign-up bonus was 35,000 points. After I completed the spending requirement, I had a balance of 38,514 points. This is the tale of how I didn’t use a single point for hotel stays.

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