Is the Kohls Double Dip Alive?


Kohls comes through with Ultimate Rewards points for gift card purchase

Well, well, look at that. It took more than two weeks to post, but the Kohls gift card that I bought by going through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall has paid off with the promised 10 points per dollar:

A few weeks ago, I reported a potential mega-deal from Kohls. In that post I speculated that Kohls may be offering more than 10 points per dollar through the Ultimate Rewards Mall on November 21st. I also speculated that it may be possible to double dip by first buying Kohls gift cards and then going back through the mall to use the gift cards and in that way earn points twice. Later, in the post No Mega Deal at Kohls, I posted evidence that I was wrong on both counts: double dipping wouldn’t work and Kohls will still be at 10 points per dollar on November 21st. Well, today I’m back to say that maybe I was wrong on the first part. I mean, maybe I was right originally about the double-dip opportunity, but was wrong to say it doesn’t work. Since Kohls has recently disappeared from the list of gift card merchants in the mall, I can’t promise that this will work anymore, but we’ll see. It seems that the double-dip has worked for me! Stay patient, though, I’m hard at work trying to figure out if this opportunity still works. Read on:

Last night I launched two Kohls experiments:

First, after going through the Ultimate Rewards mall, I ordered merchandise using the gift card I bought earlier. If this works out as I expect it will, I’ll earn another 10 points per dollar for a total of 20 points per dollar for my Kohls spend! To make this deal even sweeter, I used promo code NOVFF20 which gives 20% off your order until November 20th. So, for $50 out of pocket, I got about $65 worth of stuff and 1000 Ultimate Rewards points which I value at about $20. So, I really ended up with $85 worth of value for $50.

The second experiment I started was to check whether points for gift card purchases are still awarded. It may be that I bought my gift card just in time before they changed the policy. My guess, though, is that this stuff is automated and no one really changed any of the underlying code when Kohls was removed from the gift card list. So, to test that theory, I went through the Ultimate Rewards mall again and purchased another physical $50 gift card. I’m less confident about getting points for e-gift cards so I haven’t tried that at all with Kohls (although I have found it to work with Sears).

As before, I’ll report back about both of these experiments once I know the results.

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