Amex gift cards disappear from portals
Recently, the best cash back rates for buying Amex gift cards have been through BeFrugal and TopCashBack. Yesterday afternoon a reader alerted me that Amex gift cards had disappeared from both portals. Then, later in the day, as I reported in this Quick Deal, BigCrumbs sent the following message to many of their customers:
“American Express Gift Cards just informed us that today will be the last day to purchase their cards until further notice. Their links are dropping off at other cash back sites as we speak. Hurry and shop with BigCrumbs now through midnight tonight Eastern Standard Time to earn the highest cash back available.”
Kudos to BigCrumbs for alerting readers and giving them a last chance at portal cash back. There is no word yet on whether this change is permanent or temporary. The best approach, in my opinion, is to assume it is permanent, but be happily surprised if / when Amex gift cards return to portals.
17K miles for $10 posted
In June, I posted a Quick Deal: “Over 17,000 Singapore Krisflyer miles for less than $10, and more…” which was, in turn, based upon this Might Travels post. The Singapore Airlines shopping portal, KrisFlyer Spree, had a couple of ridiculously good offers..
17,077 miles for purchasing LifeLock (for less than $10 per month):
And, 23,077 miles for buying a premium domain name from Network solutions:
It turned out that both of these offers were portal mistakes. Just in case it would be honored, though, I had bought one of each: a LifeLock membership and a domain. Unfortunately, there was a problem with my domain registration and so my Network Solutions order was never processed. The LifeLock purchase went through fine. I even let them charge my credit card for a few months before cancelling.
No miles ever showed up in my account, so I recently submitted a support ticket through the KrisFlyer Spree portal. Yesterday, my ticket was approved and 17,077 miles show as approved in the portal! Did you buy into either of these? What were your results? If you’re still waiting for miles, I highly recommend that you open a support ticket.
It’s safe to buy office supplies for 5X
Recently I reported that Office Depot and OfficeMax online orders were not necessarily earning 5 points per dollar with Chase Ink cards (see this post). It was a false alarm. I’m sincerely sorry about alarming anyone. Readers have confirmed getting 5X recently, and the original reporter of this news has confirmed that it turned out to be a weird reporting issue: his bonus points had actually posted but a year to date report from Chase said otherwise.
AA is back on Orbitz
American Airlines flights are once again bookable via Orbitz. This also means that you can once again book AA flights (including free one-ways) using FlexPerks points online.