Ultimate Rewards Mall, Feb 2013 Edition


Another dull month in the Ultimate Rewards Mall… 

Every month, the Ultimate Rewards Mall has new month-long specials. Last month, I wrote about the January specials in the post “Ultimate Rewards Mall Jan 2013 Edition.” Today, I’ll show you how things look for February.

As always, thanks goes to HikerT for updating his website that shows the Ultimate Rewards Mall payouts for different Chase cards. You can find his website here: lakebagger.com/ur/.

Many small changes

Usually I like to highlight good offers that appear each month, but while there were quite a few small changes to merchant payouts, nothing strikes me as particularly interesting.  I’m not saying there aren’t any good deals, its just that they haven’t changed much from last month.  For example:

  • Kohl’s is still 10X
  • Shoebuy is still 10X
  • The North Face is still 8X
  • Lowe’s, J-Crew, Macy’s, and OfficeMax are still 5X
  • Sears, which had fallen to 3X, is back up to 5X (but that change occurred mid-month in January)


MileagePlus Shopping

HikerT’s website also shows payout rates for United’s MileagePlus Shopping portal whenever it’s payout beats the Ultimate Rewards Mall.  This month, that amounts to a pretty big list.  Most of these are merchants don’t exist at all in the Ultimate Rewards Mall.  There are, though, a few cases in which a merchant exists in both malls and the United mall is better:

  • FTD.com 30X (vs. Ultimate Rewards Mall 15X)
  • Lillian Vernon 10X (vs. Ultimate Rewards Mall 6X)
  • HSN 6X (vs. Ultimate Rewards Mall 4X)
  • Avon 6X (vs. Ultimate Rewards Mall 4X)

These payout rates are for United MileagePlus credit card holders.  Those without the MileagePlus credit card may see lower rates.

Note: The comparison between the Ultimate Rewards Mall and the United MileagePlus shopping portal is a good once since one of the best uses of Ultimate Rewards points is to transfer them to United miles.  In order to transfer points to United, you or your significant other must have a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus credit card.

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norman: Yeah, it seems to have disappeared


What happened to the Apple store on the UR website. It was there a couple days ago, but no longer there or on United portal. Looking to buy a new computer!


KL: I don’t think you’ll get points from OfficeMax for buying gift cards


D: No, you have to go through the UR Mall in order to get the points.
Thomas: Thanks for the update
RakSiam: Gotta love it when you get extra points!


Had an interesting thing happen with Sears and the UR mall. I wanted to buy a camera. Sales for those items go through the Sears affiliate Cameta Camera. My order was placed on hold, I think because it was over $1k, for verification. Int he meantime I had decided that I actually wanted a different package than the one I had initially ordered. So when I called Sears to verify I told them I just wanted to cancel the order. This was handled quickly with no issue. No charge was ever made to my card. Then I went ahead and ordered what I actually wanted. Received a phone call to verify and did so. Charge went through, camera arrived, all no problem. Then recently I checked my UR mall shopping history/points thing and saw points awarded for both orders. If eventually the points get taken away, no biggie since I don’t deserve them. But something tells me that’s not likely to happen. We’ll see when my account closes for the billing cycle.


Sears dropped back to 3x


Yes, can you double dip at The Chase UR Mall on Office Max with the Ink Bold and get 5X+5X = 10X? Can you buy OM gift cards @ 10X?


So has anyone tried to stack any of these by going through the UA link and paying with a Chase UR card? Based on the verbiage in the UR Mall, you only have to check out with the card and they’ll apply the bonus to the total amount (base amt + shipping). So seems to me like you could double-dip…

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