The Latest Laboratory News



While I’ve been out vacationing and pursuing Marriott Platinum status, Frequent Miler Laboratory experiments have continued without out me, thanks to a number of industrious readers.

Below are the latest results…


Groupon Double Dip: SUCCESS

A reader named Gabriel went through TopCashBack to Groupon and bought a Groupon gift card.  He then went through TopCashBack again to Groupon to use the gift card.  He was credited for both transactions!  Gabriel earned a total of 10% back (5% for each “dip”).  If anyone has a Discover card and wants to try this, the Discover portal currently offers 15% cash back.  I’d love to hear whether you can earn a combined 30% back!

PacSun Double Dip: SUCCESS

Chris L went through the Ultimate Rewards Mall (4X) to Pacific Sunwear (PacSun) and bought a $40 e-gift card.  He then went through the mall a second time and used the e-gift card and a credit card to buy a $42 item.  Chris received full 4X points for both transactions for a total of 8X.

Only Natural Pet Store Double Dip: SUCCESS

Frequent Flyer Collector went through TopCashBack to Only Natural Pet Store where he bought an e-gift card.  He then went through TopCashBack again to use the gift card.  One day later, his TopCashBack account showed both purchases as pending 8% cash back, giving him a total of 16% cash back!

Visit the Laboratory

The Frequent Miler Laboratory can be found in the Resources menu of any Frequent Miler page.  Or, browse to:

The Laboratory page lists proposed experiments, in-progress experiments, and completed experiments.  The completed experiments are listed in an easily searchable table.  A picture of the table is shown below.  It’s just a picture though, the real table allows searching, sorting, and paging.  On the real table, use the search feature to find specific merchants or key words.  For example, type “Sears” (without quotes) to find all Sears related experiments.  Or, type “UpgradeGC” (without quotes) to find all of the experiments involving using gift cards to buy other gift cards.  Use the sort feature to view the results of the most recent experiments.  One click will sort oldest to newest.  Click a second time to sort newest to oldest.


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