Mileageplus shopping portal is offering 16X United miles for purchases on Sears today only. The additional 5X comes from your Chase Freedom credit card. This leads me to a Sears 21X United miles experiment. This is a pretty exciting deal if you can find anything useful on Sears.com. The best way to take advantage of this offer is actually buying things you would normally need on Sears.com
I couldn’t find anything I needed right away, so I am going to take a risk and buy an e-gift card from Sears. The terms and conditions state that gift cards qualify. Even though it isn’t stated if e-gift cards will qualify, I am willing to take a chance. I believe that since e-gift card is a gift card and their terms and conditions specifically say they quailfy, we have a good chance of getting the 21X. Note that physical gift cards are sold by Kmart and not Sears, so the 5X from Chase Freedom would not apply.
Points and miles is all about reading the terms and conditions. It states that gift cards eligible as of 10/4/13. I think if the promo does not offer the 16X to consumers, there will be a backlash from the points community. I’ve seen that an upset crowd can do wonders. Often times, companies will offer one time courtesies and shut down the deal. I think our chances are good
Planning for a worse case scenario
Like any offer, there needs to be a plan for a worse case scenario. I’m not going to go all out for this deal, but am only trying a $100 e-giftcard. I don’t really shop at Sears either, but I could probably spend $100 eventually. Also, Cardpool will buy Sears gift cards at 84% currently. I would have to go to the store to upgrade the e-giftcard to a physical gift card, which should be no problem.
Buying United Miles for Cheap?
If you are willing to take the risk, here is a fun way to maximize on this sears 21X United miles promotion:
- Buy $100 e-giftcard through Mileageplus shopping with Chase Freedom for 21X
- Upgrade e-giftcard to physical gift card.
- Sell Sears physical gift card to Cardpool at 84%
- Pay $16 to receive 2,100 United miles.
- Total CPM = 0.76
- Bonus: Extra 2% Topcashback if you haven’t reached $1K threshold.
I would say buying United miles at 0.76 cents each is well worth it. Again, attempt this method at your own risk. I won’t be doing it, but I may sell the gift card if I can’t find anything I would normally buy at Sears.
The best scenario to take advantage of the Sears 21X United miles is actually buying things you need. Some of the things on Sears.com are quite expensive and not on sale. I am not too excited about the deal, but I’m testing out the e-giftcard. Anybody else going to buy an e-giftcard for a Sears 21X United miles experiment?
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