Staples Update


Staples has taken a break from giving us free points:  no Free After Rebate items this week.  Bummer!  However there are a few bits of Staples news and conjecture worth sharing:

  • uPromise:
    • The Frequent Miler Laboratory team (which is basically me and a reader who goes by the title “lab assistant”) has taken on the task of testing whether one can buy Visa gift cards at after going through the Upromise portal for 5% cash back.  If this works, then the combination of uPromise and a Chase Ink card will be an awesome way to buy gift cards!  Look for an update soon.
    • Did you know that you can get cash back from Upromise instead of saving the money for college?  Thanks to reader Mow for pointing that out!
    • Also, Mow reports having 5% cash back pending from Staples purchases made through uPromise.  This could be a great alternative to the Ultimate Rewards Mall 2x for buying future Free After Rebate items!
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards
    • A reader tipped me off that the Southwest Airlines RapidRewards shopping portal has Staples at 4X until 4/22.  If you’re working towards a Southwest Companion Pass, this could be a great way to rack up some points:  Go through the portal to buy gift cards and use your Ink card to make the actual purchase.  That way you get 5X Ultimate Rewards and 4X Southwest miles!  NOTE: unfortunately there isn’t time to test whether gift cards will work here so buy at your own risk.

And, the most exciting news of all: thanks to all of the Staples purchases I’ve been making, I just became even more elite!  I am now a Premier member.  Feel free to ooh and aww:


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