Ultimate Rewards News and Predictions


Staples Success!

I’ve reported before that it should be possible to get 10 points per dollar buying gift cards at Staples.com.  Go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to Staples.com and then use the new Chase Ink Bold credit card to make your purchases.  Multiple readers have reported success with this, but of course I had to try it myself.  This morning, points posted for purchases of both a Lands End card and a Visa gift card!  I don’t have the new Ink Bold (yet), so I can’t verify that you will get 5X for an office store purchase, but I don’t see any reason why that won’t happen.  In my credit card transactions, the purchases are correctly listed as being from Staples.

Ultimate Rewards Mall Predictions

Tomorrow is the beginning of February.  This is significant because some of the current Ultimate Rewards Mall offers were only promised to go until the end of January.  These include Staples (5X), Target (5X), HP (5X), and Drugstore.com (10X).


Starting tomorrow, I expect we’ll see some changes and some new offers.  Here are my predictions (without any basis in fact whatsoever):

  • Staples.com will stay at 5X (maybe just my wishful thinking?)
  • Target.com will decrease from 5X to 3X
  • HP will stay at 5X
  • Drugstore.com will decrease to 8X
  • Sears will increase to 6X or 7X

What do you think?  Anyone want to offer up your own predictions?

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