Up to 2000 free Ultimate Rewards points from Staples


Staples is back with a new FAR (Free after Rebate) software download! This is a great way to make progress toward meeting credit card minimum spend thresholds or just to earn a few points for buying software you don’t really need or want. Of course, if you do want the software, the deal is even better!

The idea here is to go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to Staples.com. Once there, buy up to 10 copies of this “Free After Rebate” downloadable software product for $20 each. If you use your Chase Ink card, you will get 5 points per dollar from the Ultimate Rewards Mall and another 5 points per dollar if you pay with your Chase Ink card (since this is an office supply purchase).  If you use a Freedom or Sapphire card, you will earn 4 points per dollar from the Ultimate Rewards Mall and another 1 point per dollar from your Chase card. This means that you can earn between 1000 and 2000 free points. See Preparing for Miles for more info about the Ink and other cards.

Staples has an amazingly easy “Easy Rebate” system. Once you purchase the software, they send you a rebate link via email. You click the link, fill out a little bit of info and you’re done. Note that you will have to wait a while, though. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to receive your check.

If you have questions, please see the Q&A section at the bottom of this post.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Go to Staples via a shopping portal:

According to HikerT’s website, the Chase Ink card currently offers 5X for Staples whereas other Chase cards offer 4X. If you have the Ink card, log into that account. If you don’t have any Ultimate Rewards cards, you can go to TopCashBack instead. This should get you 5.5% cash back. $8.25 in free money!

Step 2: Add up to ten copies of “Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 (1-User) [Download]” to your cart:

TIP: Search for item 368662


Step 3: Check out

TIP 1: If you have a Chase Ink card that gives 5X for office supplies, use it!

TIP 2: You may be able to save $15 by using coupon code 99618 ($15 off $150).  Technically this coupon is not meant for software downloads so it may be risky to try this, but people have reported success.

: Your state may charge sales tax. If you know someone in a state that doesn’t charge sales tax for downloadable internet orders (CA, NH, etc.), then set their address as the delivery address and no tax will be charged. This is a download only purchase anyway, so nothing will really be delivered. I picked “deliver to store” and picked a store in New Hampshire. Of course, there won’t really be anything to pick up.

Step 4: Submit Easy Rebates

You will receive an email from Staples with a link in it for submitting the rebate form. It’s easy!

TIP 1: Even though you bought 10 copies, you only have to fill out one rebate form. Note that it can take 4 to 6 weeks (or longer) to get your rebate.

TIP 2: The software rebate can be changed from a Visa gift card to a check! See screen shots taken from a previous FAR deal:



Same Item

  • Q: In the past I’ve bought the exact same item for the rebate. Can I do this again?

  • A: Yes. As long as the rebate number is different from your past purchases, you should qualify for a new rebate. This rebate is different from any I’ve posted about in the past.

Per Household Limit

  • Q: How do you know that we can buy 10? I don’t see that restriction anywhere
  • A: See “Can I really buy 10” for a walkthrough of how to find that information.

Per Household Limit, Question 2

  • Q: Can I buy 10 copies for every friend I know?
  • A: I don’t recommend it. I know at least one person who tried to buy two sets of 10 that way, but Staples did not approve the second set of rebates. I don’t know how they figured it out.

Status = Researching

  • Q: The status of my order says “researching”. What’s up with that?
  • A: Staples needs to verify your order. Sometimes this happens if you have the wrong email address or phone number on file. Simply give them a call or do an online chat with them to verify the information they need. Once that is done, they’ll confirm the order.

Ultimate Rewards Mall T&C

  • Q: The Staples’ Terms and Conditions in the Ultimate Rewards Mall says “Not eligible on promotional items, technology, software, and electronics”. Shouldn’t this deal be ineligible since this is software?  And, aren’t these free after rebate items “promotional”?
  • A: In all past FAR deals, points have posted despite these terms & conditions.

Do I have to use a Chase credit card?

  • Q: If I go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall to Staples, do I have to pay with a Chase credit card in order to get bonus points from the mall?
  • A: No, you can use any credit card, but you may have better luck with a Chase card. For details and information about risks involved please see Ultimate Question.

Number of Rebate Forms

  • Q: I bought 10 copies of the software. Does that mean I have to fill out the rebate form 10 times.
  • A: Nope. If you buy multiple copies of a single item in one transaction, you only need to fill out the rebate form once. Really. I promise.

Rebate Time

  • Q: How long will it take for my rebate to arrive?
  • A: The Staples web site says to expect 4 to 6 weeks. My first rebates arrived after about 5 weeks so it looks like Staples’ estimate is fairly accurate.

Number of Checks

  • Q: I bought 10 copies of the software. Will I receive 10 small checks or one big check?
  • A: One big check.


  • Q: Do I have to download this software so that I can qualify for the rebate?
  • A: No! I didn’t download any of the software I’ve bought in the past, but all rebates processed successfully.

Do Good

  • Q: I don’t need this software. Is there someone I can send the license keys to that could make good use of this stuff?
  • A: Check with your local schools or libraries. If someone can make good use of this software, then great!
Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.

To determine your 5/24 status, see: 3 Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.
Chase 5/24 semantics ("Subject to" vs. "Count towards"): Most Chase cards are subject to the 5/24 rule. That means the rule is enforced in making approval decisions. In other words, you probably won't get approved if your credit report shows that you opened 5 or more cards in the past 24 months. Meanwhile, most business cards (such as those from Chase, Amex, Barclaycard, BOA, Citi, US Bank, and Wells Fargo) are not reported on your personal credit report. These cards do not count towards 5/24.

Example: Chase Ink Business Preferred is subject to 5/24, so you likely won't get approved if over 5/24. If you do get approved, it won't count towards 5/24 since it won't appear as an account on your credit report.
Amex credit and charge card limits: If you apply for a new Amex credit card, you may get turned down if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards; or 10 or more Pay Over Time (AKA charge) cards. Both personal and business cards are counted together towards these limits. Authorized user cards are not counted. See also: Which Amex Cards are Charge Cards vs. Credit Cards?
Applying for Business Credit Cards

Yes, you have a business: In order to sign up for a business credit card, you must have a business. That said, it's common for people to have businesses without realizing it. If you sell items at a yard sale, or on eBay, for example, then you have a business. Similar examples include: consulting, writing (e.g. blog authorship, planning your first novel, etc.), handyman services, owning rental property, renting on airbnb, driving for Uber or Lyft, etc. In any of these cases, your business is considered a Sole Proprietorship unless you form a corporation of some sort.

When you apply for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, you can use your own name as your business name, use your own address and phone as the business' address and phone, and your social security number as the business' Tax ID / EIN. Alternatively, you can get a proper Tax ID / EIN from the IRS for free, in about a minute, through this website.

Is it OK to use business cards for personal expenses? Anecdotally, almost everyone I know uses business cards for personal expenses. That said, the terms in most business card applications state that you should use the card only for business use. Also, some consumer credit card protections do not apply to business cards. My advice: don't use the card for personal expenses if you're not comfortable doing so.
Manufacturing Spend Caution: Many, many things can go wrong when manufacturing spend. If you suddenly increase credit card spend, your accounts may get shut down. If you cycle your balance often (e.g. spend to your limit, pay the bill, repeat) within a billing cycle, your accounts may get shut down. If you repeatedly pay your credit card bill from an anonymous bill payment source, your accounts may get shut down. If you buy lots of gift cards you may lose money due to gift card fraud, theft, loss, or simply mishandling those gift cards (e.g. maybe you thought you already used a gift card and tossed it into your “used” bin). If you rely on only one method to liquidate gift cards, you may be stuck unable to pay your credit card bill when that method gets shut down. In other words, don’t try this at home unless you know what you’re doing, and you understand and accept the risks..
Chase Ultimate Rewards points are super valuable and super flexible. At the most basic level, points can be redeemed for cash or merchandise, but you'll only get one cent per point value that way. A better option is to use points for travel. When points are used to book travel through the Ultimate Rewards portal, points are worth 1.25 cents each with premium cards (Sapphire Preferred or Ink Business Preferred, for example) or 1.5 cents each with the ultra-premium Sapphire Reserve card. Another great option is to transfer points from a premium or ultra-premium card to an airline or hotel program when high value awards are available (see this post for details). If your points are tied to a no-fee "cash back" Ultimate Rewards card, then first move those points to a premium or ultra-premium card before redeeming them in order to get better value.
Amex Membership Rewards points can be incredibly valuable if you know how to use them. In general, if you use Membership Rewards points to pay for merchandise or travel, you won't get good value from your points. One exception is with the Business Platinum card where you'll get a 35% point rebate when using points to book certain flights. This gives you approximately 1.5 cents per point value, which is pretty good. Another exception is with the Business Gold Card where you'll get a 25% point rebate when using points to book certain flights. This gives you approximately 1.33 cents per point value. If you don't have either card, then your best bet is to transfer points to airline miles in order to book high value awards. More details can be found here: Amex Membership Rewards Complete Guide.
Marriott points can be redeemed for free night awards, travel packages, airline miles, or experiences. 5th Night Free Awards: When redeeming points for free nights, the 5th night within a single reservation is free. Airline miles: Points can be converted to airline miles at a rate of 3 points to 1 mile. A bonus is added on when you transfer 60,000 points at a time, such that 60,000 points transfers to 25,000 miles. Also, you'll get a 10% bonus when transferring points to United Airlines.

Everything you need to know about Marriott's rewards program, Bonvoy, can be found here: Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by the same guy who showed you how to fly round trip to Africa (DC to Senegal) for 50,000 points, how to book business class to Europe for 80,000 miles roundtrip, and more. You can find John’s website and award booking service here: theflyingmustache.com/awardbooking.
-Greg The Frequent Miler

Amex Application Tips

  • Safe to Apply: Amex is the safest bank for trying your luck at earning a new welcome bonus offer. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application, and if you already have an Amex card, they won't usually issue a hard pull when approved for another one. Plus, they’ll now warn you during the application process if you’re not eligible for the bonus.

  • Lifetime Rule: If you've ever had the same card before, you are most likely prohibited from earning a welcome bonus offer for the card if you apply now. Fortunately you'll be warned during the application process if this is the case. Amex is known to "forget" that you've had a card after about 7 years.

  • 90 Day Rule: You can get at most two credit cards within 90 days. This rule does not apply to Pay Over Time (charge) cards.

  • 5 credit card max: Amex usually won't approve applications for new credit cards if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards or 10 or more charge cards.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day

Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new accountholders); 866-314-0237 (current accountholders)

Chase Application Tips

  • Shut-Down Caution: Signing up for new Chase cards can lead to Chase reviewing your accounts. This may lead to Chase shutting down all of your accounts if you appear to be a credit risk. See this post for details and recommendations: Why Chase shutdowns have increased and how to avoid them.
  • 5/24 Rule: With most Chase cards, you won't get approved if your credit report shows 5 or more cards opened in the past 24 months. Details here.
  • 24/48 Month Rule: With most Chase cards, you can get the same card and bonus again 24 months after having received the bonus as long as you no longer have the card open. With Sapphire cards, you must wait 48 months. No wait is required for Chase Ink cards.
  • 30 Day Rule: It is tough to get approved for more than 2 Chase cards within 30 days
  • Get Same Card Again: You can get the same exact card and again if you first cancel the older card and follow the 24/48 month rule. Ink cards are OK to get again without cancelling previous card if you apply with a new business.
  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.
  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day (not always true when mixing business and personal)

Call (888) 338-2586 to check your application status
If denied, call reconsideration here:1-888-270-2127 for both personal and business cards

Citi Application Tips

  • 24 Month Rule (ThankYou Cards): To get bonus on any ThankYou card, you must wait 24 months after receiving a new cardmember bonus or closing any ThankYou card account. Applies to Preferred, Premier, Prestige, and Rewards+.
  • 24 Month Rule (Expedia Cards): To get bonus on any Expedia card, you must wait 24 months after opening or closing any Expedia card account.
  • 48 Month Rule (AA Cards): With Citi AA cards, you have to wait 48 months after receiving a bonus for the same exact card.
  • Velocity Rules: Max 1 personal card per 8 days. Max 2 personal cards per 65 days. Max 1 business card per 95 days.
  • Get Same Card Again: Citi allows getting same card again (even if card is still open) as long as you follow the 24 or 48 month rules and velocity rules (above).
  • Hard inquiries DO NOT combine into 1 when approved same day

Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration here:800-695-5171 (personal); 800-763-9795 (business)
If reconsideration # doesn’t work, try the Citi Credit Card Executive Office: 423-477-6858

Bank of America Application Tips

  • 3/12 or 7/12 Rule: You won't be approved if you have opened 3 or more accounts, with any bank, in the past 12 months. For those with Bank of America deposit accounts, the rule changes to 7+ accounts.
  • 2/3/4 Rule: Max 2 consumer cards per rolling 2 months, 3 per rolling 12 months, and 4 per rolling 24 months.
  • 5 card limit: You will not get approved for a new consumer card if you already have 5 consumer BOA cards open
  • Get Same Card Again: With some BOA cards, must wait 24 months after either opening or cancelling, depending upon the card.
  • Hard inquiries are usually combined into 1 when initiated within 30 days but there have been reports of TransUnion not combining.

Click here to check your application status
If denied, call reconsideration here: 800-354-0401 (8am-7pm ET Mon-Fri); 866-695-6598 (business cards);

Barclays Application Tips

  • Get Same Card Again: Must wait at least 6 months after cancelling previous card (with some accounts Barclays requires waiting 24 months).

  • Hard inquiries are combined into 1 when approved same day. Most inquiries issued through TransUnion.

Consumer: Click here to check your application status
Business cards: Click here
If denied, call reconsideration here: 866-710-2688

Capital One Application Tips

  • 6 month rule: Must wait 6 months after applying for a Capital One card before applying for another one.

  • 2 card limit: Conventional wisdom and user experience has been that you can have at most 2 Capital One consumer cards, but according to application terms it may be possible to have up to 5. You may be limited to 2 of their rewards cards. Note that this limit does not apply to Capital One co-branded cards like the Kohl's charge card.

  • Get Same Card Again: There is no known rule against getting the same card and bonus again even if you still have the card open.

  • Hard inquiries usually get issued through all 3 credit bureaus

To check application status, call (800) 903-9177 or (877) 277-5901
If denied, call reconsideration here: (800) 625-7866

Discover Application Tips

  • 2 card limit: You can have a maximum of 2 Discover cards.

  • 12 month rule: Must wait just over 12 months after previous card was opened before applying for another Discover card.

  • Get Same Card Again: No known rules against getting same card & bonus again.

Click here to check your application status
If denied, call reconsideration here: 888-676-3695

TD Bank Application Tips

Call (888) 561-8861 to check your application status

US Bank Application Tips

  • Get Same Card Again: Depends on the product. For example, with the Altitude Reserve card you cannot get the bonus again. The terms state "The bonus is not available to Cardmembers who currently have, or had, a U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite account."

  • Hard inquiries may be combined into 1 when approved same day.

Call (800) 947-1444 to check your application status.
If denied, call reconsideration here: 800-947-1444 or 800-685-7680

Wells Fargo Application Tips

  • Bank first: Wells Fargo usually requires having a bank account open before you can apply for a credit card.

  • 16 month rule: Limit of one signup bonus per 16 months

  • Get Same Card Again: No known rules against getting same card & bonus again.

  • Hard inquiries are combined into 1 when approved same day.

Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration here: 1-866-412-5956 (consumer) or 1-800-231-9244 (business)

Under certain circumstances consumer Visa cards don't work with Plastiq. The following payments are fine:

  • Rent (residential rent, HOA fees, and commercial rent)
  • Taxes & government fees
  • Utilities (electricity, cable, internet, and telecom)
  • Tuition (including daycare and camp)
Payments outside of the above list are subject to the following limitations:

  1. Payments using personal Visa cards issued by Chase are subject to a limit of 20% of your credit limit.
  2. Payments using personal Visa cards from other issuers (other than Capital One or Wells Fargo) will code as a cash advance. That means you’d incur cash advance fees and wouldn’t earn any credit card rewards.
  3. The following types of Visa cards are not affected by these changes: Capital One personal Visa cards, Wells Fargo personal Visa cards, Visa business credit cards, Visa corporate, debit and prepaid gift cards.
In order to meet minimum spend requirements, people often look for options to increase spend in ways that result in getting their money back. These techniques are referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their welcome offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus offer. For example, most new cardmember bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount do NOT include fees or interest charges, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or purchases of other cash equivalents.
That said, many techniques for meeting minimum spend are perfectly fine. Here are some techniques that are safe for meeting Amex minimum spend requirements (click each link for more information):

Marriott Bonvoy credit cards are issued by both Chase and American Express.  If you're interested in getting more than one Chase or Amex Marriott card, it's important to consider the complex rules they have put in place:

We have added this to our running list of Black Friday deals, which will be constantly updated through Cyber Monday with a mix of gift card deals, merchandise deals, and travel deals. Check back often.
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Ben Perns

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Yep, I got my points, too. Still nothing on the Sears order, but I guess it’s just slow.

Some more free points this week (9/2-9/8). Trend Micro Internet Security 3-User download. Item 368663. http://www.staples.com/Trend-Micro-Titanium-Internet-Security-2012-3-User-Download/product_368663?catalogId=10051&fromUrl=home&cmSearchKeyword=368663++++&cmArea=SEARCH&langId=-1&storeId=10001&ddkey=http:StaplesSearch

$15 free after rebate. Sadly, limit is only 1. 🙁


Update: The points posted on 8/31 for Staples and I ordered on 8/15. FM is right, just be patient and the points will show up.


Still no points for me yet. 🙁 Ordered 8/15, used SPG card so I have little recourse, and it’s software anyway so if it doesn’t post automatically, no way to get them to do it after the fact anymore since it says in the terms it doesn’t count.

Also still haven’t had a Sears order from 8/20 post. Forgot to double dip on that one, too. 🙁

Groupon order 8/17 posted on 8/21, though.


Just another data point: My UR points posted in 4 days and I used my SPG card to place the order.


I just spoke to a Chase rep about my missing bonus points and he confirmed that Software is not eligable for UR bonus points. At least 1,000 pts for free isn’t a bad deal.


Adam and Allen: I did receive points for the order despite the T&C. The UR mall seems to be slower than usual lately for many orders. Just wait a few weeks: you might find that you get the points after all.


Ordered about 10 days ago and points have not posted. There are also reports that the Lowes trick with putting a portion of the purchase on a CC resulted in no UR points. Seems like UR mall is cracking down on these loopholes.


Darn, thanks for the response though. I always appreciate your analysis. Maybe you should have a donate button! (too soon?)


econjon: Yes, sorry it was only good for a week. Normally I put in the dates for these things — I must have missed it this time.


Is this deal dead? When I searched for the 368662 it comes up as 59.99 without an instant discount.


I got an email too saying my rebate was invalid. Anyone know anything about that or what to do?


Marisela: call Staples


Just got a note from Staples saying my rebate offer is invalid…. trying to find out more.


How long do Staples UR point normally take to post? So far they are not showing up. Anyone else have that problem?


James: yes, it is several pages in where you have the option to switch from a gift card to a check

Nathan: FAR deals are usually shown in Staples weekly ads. Even better, follow SlickDeals to get info about them. I don’t know of any way to search staples.com to find them


How do you find these FAR deals on Staples’ site?


And one more question please… I clicked from the confirmation page to the rebate page. Do I have the option to change to check there or on the following page once I provide my address (I didn’t see it on the first rebate page and I thought maybe we get more options via the email which I didn’t yet get). Thanks.

Frequent Miler

James: I would expect that to work. But I’ve never tried


I have an authorized user and he has a different card number. Can I order for him (using a different address?) Thanks


chris: Yes, that’s normal

Maury: Yes, the T&C says that, but our experience is that you’ll get the points anyway.


Hi. Please clarify. The T&Cs on the Chase UR site state that for Staples, software is not eligible. Isn’t the first deal considered software? Thanks


Thanks! I actually did this through Southwest’s shopping portal using my Southwest card. Only 600 points instead of the 1000 I could have gotten with Chase, but those 600 are companion pass qualifying. Trying to get a CP for another year!


Pretty happy that I can “cash out” my Staples Rewards certs…


FM..thank you. now, I am feel clearer. I will check again next week if my $160 showing up. So far nothing yet.

Thks again!!!


I found out that I got a message from staple.
My order is on hold for 3 days until i called back. Is this normal?


F: thks for prompt reply. one last question, if I use Chase Freedom, I can surely see the rewards from my credit card statement.
160 pts + 640 bonus points on my freedom statement.

If say, I use AMEX gold to purchase, where can I see the 640 bonus points? how can I check if I got it or not.



chris: log into Ultimate Rewards and click Rewards Activity… Ultimate Rewards Mall & Travel Earnings.

[…] While this is great for items you actually need, there are also some great perks in getting those items even if you have absolutely no use. Another blogger, Frequent Miler, is well known for finding these deals that will get your credit card spend up and earn you miles along the way. You can also check out his FAQs on rebates and FAR items here. […]


since the purchase isnt showing in chase credit card…


If you paid using other credit card (then chase freedom or chase ink) with Ultime rewards site, how do you get the 4x or 5x points?


oozze: As long as you have an Ultimate rewards card and you log in with that account, you can pay with a different card but still get points from the Ultimate Rewards Mall. This is risky though since its hard to get help from Chase if it doesn’t work smoothly.


FM: thks! I guess I am mixing up ultimate rewards from chase freedom with ultimate rewards mall.

I did purchased this item 8 quantities, using my CAL address, and showing $160 due, no tax. But, I saw poster ad deals we like, i should not use CA address. Which one is right?

Lastly, i submit the rebate online with staple. It doesnt show quantity on rebate but rebate for $20. How can I be sure it will be $160, not $20?


chris: California doesn’t charge tax on software downloads so you’re good to go there. As to the rebate only saying $20: just trust me. I was worried about the same thing the first time I did one of these, but I got a check for the full amount. There is also a web page you can go to to check the status of your rebate. I think it should give more info there.

Frequent Miler

Devon: no issue. I’ve done this many times


Finally had a call from Staples confirming my email address for the online delivery. Everything worked, including the $15 off coupon. Now, just need to wait for the rebate. Thanks FM!!


FrequentMiler: any issues with picking a store location in a different state and your rebate being mailed to your billing address? I picked NH like your example yet my check is going to another state/address


Awesome – thanks so much for posting these, I get them every time and love the walkthroughs.

Is there a way to quickly check the rebate code in advance when looking for FARs?


Matt: I don’t understand the question. What do you mean to check the rebate in advance?


Thank you!! I love these posts! 🙂


Took me about 10 minutes to log in, buy with the coupon and complete the rebate info. Easy points! Thanks!


@Texsan, Thanks for the info. Will try again tomorrow morning.


@bill & harvson – it’s something recent. Someone on SD posted that Staples has been giving them the runaround because they filled in the rebate information using the billing versus delivery zip code. Fix for that is not to fill out the form by hand but rather let Staples autofill by clicking the rebate link in the order email, and then changing where the check goes to later.

I’ve always wanted to go to LA so all my software goes there. We’ll see 🙂


@bill – I’ve never had this problem.
@FrugalAsianMan – buying boxed software from Staples will incur sales tax in some states, which won’t be refunded. Just a heads-up.


be careful using the different address for tax saving unless you can also have them send you the rebate check to that address.


Thanks. Gave it a shot, and the $15 coupon worked. Hopefully it all posts OK.


Thanks – appreciate the heads up. For the poster who said staples called them to confirm, they did something similar on one of my orders. They sent me an email to call them. Then when I called they confirmed my email. Right after we hung up the phone, my order went through. Weird but true.


@Deltanuts, my order for 10 went through this morning and I got six download keys (didn’t bother to count at the time since I never actually download). Got call from Staples this afternoon stating that they are limited in the number they can sell each day, and would I mind re-entering my order for the balance tomorrow morning. If I understood her correctly she said it was a limitation placed on Staples by Trend Macro, but I could be wrong about that.

Grant Thomas

@Tim, I would be careful, the TOC probably says something about the same address, but if you had a business address that you can use, that would work. Here are the complete terms for the offer:



I’ve been trying to get in on this deal for the past 6 hrs it keeps telling me the item is out of stock. Nobody has this problem? Am I the only one?


You rock! This is just what I needed in helping to tackle the massive spend on the Ink Bold card.


can i buy one in my brothers address in NY but filled out the rebate address of mine here in IL so i get the rebate check ?



Grant Thomas

@FrugalAsianMan, Frequent Miler prefers the online rebates as apposed to the mail in rebates. I personally think the online ones are processed faster and don’t require stamps, photocopying the submission and cutting out the UPC barcode.

Grant Thomas

@FrugalAsianMan, you are eligible for every single FAR offer that Staples offers as long as the rebate number is different. This particular rebate is “12-14521”, so as long as the other rebate you filed has a different number, you will be safe. In March, Staples had this same FAR for 3-4 weeks in a row, all with different rebate numbers, and I received the complete rebate every time.


Wow. Had no idea this one was limit 10…(haven’t checked the terms to confirm this). Usually it’s limit 1 per household. I bought the boxed version a month ago so I don’t think I’d be eligible for this download version.

In either case, another option is:
Staples has QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll 2012 for Windows (1-3 Users) [Boxed CD] (item #365837 ) is $199.99 and free after a mail-in rebate, for those of you who are looking for extra points. You can apply the same strategy here (caution: limit 1 of those per household).

Ozaer N.

Awesome find!! thank you so very much…Allah bless you


I just got an email from staples that my rebate from last month was mailed out today and my points for the ink bold posted a few days after the purchase showed up on my recent charges section. I used chrome incognito mode to minimize tracking issues and it has worked so far every time.


i did same in july for $150 rebate which i didn’t receive yet.

am i eligible for this deal? or will not receive rebate for this new one?


@Frequent Miler, you are right. I checked my ink card account, I forgot that I used Freedom card account last time. My point is still there. Thanks!


My points posted for the July FAR without any issues. Did the full 10 copies. Used SP UR portal but paid with IB.


@mason – that’s pretty common. They just want to make sure it was you. Easy questions to answer.

Frequent Miler

My July points from the last FAR deal are still showing. I paid with my Ink Bold, but logged into the UR mall with my SP at the time (since it was only 4x for either at the time — I don’t have the Freedom card which was 5x).

All, if you do have the Freedom card check to see if you used that account to get the UR mall points


Since about June, I’ve had good luck with UR rewards posting for FAR purchase with my Chase cards. When I’ve used another bank’s card, no points have posted (but have in the past). For those that did use Chase cards, it’s been fairly easy for costumer service to do a courtesy adjustment.


I ordered 10 in the middle of July and the points did not post at all.


@Karen and @Enigman Last time I saw this deal (middle of July), my UR points did post. I didn’t order 10 though. That might be a tip-off to Staples or something. Not sure.


@Enigma, I will take that statement back. When I checked on July 24, I saw the points in the UR Mall Activity. I just found out that the points record is gone. I could not find it anymore. Does anyone have the same experience?


@Enigma, I got my UR points for last FAR deals.


Last time an offer like this came up I ordered 10 copies. A couple days later I got a call from Staples wanting me to verify the order. I was out of town on vacation so I didn’t call back, so they cancelled the order. Anyone have any experience with this type of thing?


I haven’t received UR points for recent FAR deals. Seems like elimination of software according to T&C is working.

Does anyone got UR points for last FAR deals (a month back)?


That Promo code works…not sure yet if the rebate check will be for $185 or $200.


@Jetsetter, I wonder what they mean by promotional. My bonus points posted from the last FAR posted in July with no problem.

Grant Thomas

@Nathaniel, I have 20+ codes from the last few FAR deals that are unused. Can I email the codes to you?


I did not get credited for the UR points on the most recent FAR prior to this one. I did on all my previous FAR’s. I suspect there has been a change in policy.


Just bought 10 copies. Thanks!


@JetSetter – never had problems earning UR points for software in the past. Not sure if anything has changed recently. Thanks for pointing this out though. I suppose it can’t hurt to try…worst case you’re out $200 for a month or two while you wait for the rebate, and in the end you break even.


for those of you (myself included) who buy this just for the points, consider donating the codes to your local schools. My local high school it teacher was happy to get them from previous deals.


First time trying to use the UR for this – but noticed on the bottom of the UR jump page to Staples:

Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. Not eligible on promotional items, technology, software, and electronics.

Anyone else have had problems with “Software” from Staples.com for UR credit?

Grant Thomas

I love these FAR deals. Just bought 10 digital copies (too bad I have no need for these codes). Chase Ink Bold card is getting lots of bonus points from these offers 🙂


Another great Staples find!

But like others, F[orget] TCB. They are not straight shooters.


It’s so nice of Staples to pre-arrange a FAR deal ahead of time to be auto-posted during your vacation! Thanks to them and you!
Also, I’m glad to monetize some Staples Rewards coupons that were sitting around collecting dust.


Oops…I see the answer now…not a safe option


Is the rebate one per household, or can it be double-dipped by my spouse ordering?



It doesn’t say “up to $20” I just says “$20 rebate” so you should be good using the coupon. Wish I had known about the coupon before I purchased it.


Also, I saw that I can apply the $15 coupon, bringing it down from $200 to $185, but do you still get a $200 rebate check, or a $185 check?

If the latter, it seems useless to apply that coupon


I’m avoiding TopCashBack … they’ve been really flaky with my Radisson stays a few months back. Haven’t gotten any $ from them.