No Mega Deal at Kohls


In a prior post I wrote about a few strange things in the Chase Ultimate Reward mall having to do with Kohls. I speculated that it might be possible to double dip at Kohls by buying Kohls gift cards through the mall and then using those gift cards to buy merchandise through the mall. In that way, I suggested it might be possible to double your Ultimate Rewards earnings for Kohls purchases. I also pointed out that Kohls was advertising a special holiday deal in which they would give 10 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar, but only on November 21. The weird thing about that was that they were already giving 10 points per dollar. So, I wondered if maybe on November 21 they would give even more?

Since I wrote the post, a few things have changed. First, I still haven’t received any points from buying a Kohls gift card. The Ultimate Rewards mall is usually quick with these things, so I’m ready to throw in the towel on that one. Also, while Kohls used to show up in the list of stores for which you can buy gift cards through the Ultimate Rewards mall, as of today they do not:

Another change is that they no longer say “Only Nov 21” for the holiday promotion. They’ve changed the text to “Nov 21 – Dec 31 EARN 10 EXTRA POINTS”. This is still confusing since the current rate is already 10 extra points, but I think it’s enough evidence to suggest that 10 points is the highest they’ll go:

Oh well. Ten Ultimate Rewards points per dollar is still quite valuable, so it’s still a good deal, but it’s not the mega deal I was hoping for. Sigh.

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