Sunday, May 17, 2015

Up to 2,500 Bonus Points from United Shopping Portal - Up to 11.5 United Miles for a $700 Purchase

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The United Shopping Portal is offering bonus points for using their portal before you shop elsewhere.

The bonus is tiered in the following way:

  • Spend $150, you will earn 500 bonus miles
  • Spend $350, you will earn 1,000 bonus miles
  • Spend $700, earn 2,500 bonus miles

Combine this with the fact that the United portal is currently offering 3 miles per dollar at Staples and you can get some nice United earning potential right now.

If you spend exactly $700 at Staples, you will earn 2,100 miles for regular 3x miles per $1 and a bonus of 2,500 miles.  

Use a Chase Ink business card and you will earn 5x Ultimate rewards points per dollar spent at office supply stores including Staples.  Ultimate Rewards can be transferred into United in a 1:1 ratio if you have the Chase Ink Plus or Sapphire preferred.  This means, your $700 purchase earns you 3,500 UR points which can be 3,500 United miles.

All in all, you can earn 8,100 United Miles for your $700 purchase.

In addition you can earn up to 5% towards a future purchase with Staples Rewards, which is $35 if you are Premier status (requires $1,000 of spend at Staples for the year)

Final Tally for your $700 purchase

4,600 United Miles
3,500 Ultimate Rewards points which can be converted into another 3,500 United miles.  A possible 8,100 miles total which comes out to 11.57 miles per $1 spent at Staples for a $700 purchase!
$35 towards a future purchase at Staples

To put this in perspective, a round trip ticket to Israel from NYC is 85,000 United miles in Saver economy so you almost 1/10 of the way there.  Hopefully you have to spend the $700 anyway and you are good to go!

An idea for your purchase, check out Big Habitat for some ideas on iPads