News You Can Use – $20 Off Visa Gift Cards, Save $60 at Hotels.com, 5,000 Bonus Hilton Points, & More!

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1.   $20 Back on $300 in Visa Gift Cards at Staples

Via Miles to Memories, when you purchase $300 or more in Visa gift cards at Staples, you can get a $20 Visa prepaid card via Easy Rebate.

The deal is valid until this Saturday, June 27, 2015.

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Earn a $20 Visa Prepaid Card When You Buy $300 or More in Visa Gift Cards at Staples

To make the most of the deal, pay with a card that earns 5% cash back (or 5X points) at office supply stores like:

If you buy 2 $200 Visa gift cards, you’ll pay ~$414 ($400 in gift cards + ~$14 in activation fees).

And you’ll get a $20 Visa prepaid card and ~$21 in cash back when you pay with a card like the AMEX SimplyCash, which earns 5% back at US office supply stores (~$414 in gift cards X 5% cash back).

So you’ll make a profit of ~$27 (~$41 back – $14 in activation fees).  That’s a great deal!

Visa gift cards have a PIN, so you can load them to your AMEX Bluebird, Serve, or Target Prepaid REDcard and then pay bills you can’t normally pay with a credit card.

2.   Avis 1-Way Rentals for ~$20

Here’s a great deal for folks who like to take weekend mini-vacations.  You can get a 1-way rental for up to 4 hours (including gas) for ~$20 in participating cities and locations.

To get the discounted rate, pick up your car at the airport and drop it off downtown on a Thursday or Friday.  Or pick up your vehicle downtown on a Sunday or Monday and return it at the airport!

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If You’re Visiting 1 of These Cities, Consider an Avis ~$20 Short Term 1-Way Rental to Get Between the Airport and Downtown

This could save you lots of money if you’d otherwise pay for a cab, train, or transit between downtown and the airport.  Especially if you’re traveling as a group!

Here’s how to reserve your 1-way rental.  And there are restrictions:

  • Reservation must be made at least 48 hours in advance
  • Offer may not be available during holidays or other blackout periods
  • Only certain types of vehicles are included in the deal
  • You can only keep the vehicle for a maximum of 4 hours

One-way car rentals are usually very expensive, so this is a fantastic deal!

3.   Save $60 on a $300+ Hotels.com Purchase

You can get $60 off a Hotels.com booking of $300 or more (before taxes and fees) when you pay with your MasterCard and use coupon code “MASTERCARD60“.

Book by June 28, 2015, at 11:59 pm Mountain Time for stays completed through September 8, 2015.  And they’ll only honor the coupon for the 1st 2,000 bookings.

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Save $60 on a Hotels.com Booking of $300+ Until June 28, 2015 (or Until 2,000 Bookings Have Been Made)

This deal only applies to Best Price Guarantee hotels where you pay in advance.  And you won’t earn Hotels.com rewards nights when you use the coupon.

Some hotels are excluded.  You can use the coupon for a maximum of 5 separate bookings per person.

And you can’t use the coupon towards:

  • Package bookings (hotel + flight)
  • Reservations made through Group Travel Services
  • Bookings paid for at the hotel or in a foreign currency
  • Bookings at non-participating hotels
  • Bookings you’ve already made

This is a good deal if you have a paid stay coming up anyway.  But remember, you won’t earn hotel points for 3rd-party bookings.  And you may not receive elite status perks.

4.   JetBlue Points for Completing Surveys!

I received an email from Pointsforsurveys.com offering 400 JetBlue points for signing-up and completing a survey.

JetBlue points are worth ~1.5 cents each, so 400 JetBlue points equal ~$6.  Plus, once you’ve registered, you’ll have the opportunity to earn more points when you complete other surveys.

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You Could Earn Free JetBlue Points for Completing Surveys at Pointsforsurveys.com

It takes some time to register and fill out your profile.  And some of the questions are personal (income, for example).

Once you’ve completed your profile, you’ll be given the opportunity to complete your 1st survey to earn 400 JetBlue points.  But there’s no guarantee you’ll even qualify for the survey!

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400 JetBlue Points (~$6) for 20+ Minutes of Time Isn’t Worth It for Many Folks

The survey I was offered was 20 minutes long so I declined.  But if you have a lot of time on your hands, or enjoy taking surveys, it could be worth it for you.

5.   Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton Points per Stay!

Head for Points reports you can earn 5,000 Hilton points for each Hilton stay (even 1 night!) you complete through July 6, 2015.

To earn the bonus points, you have to sign-up for the promotion.  And you can stack this deal with the Hilton double points promotion which runs through August 31, 2015.

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If You Have a Paid Hilton Stay Before July 6, 2015, Don’t Forget to Sign-Up to Earn 5,000 Bonus Hilton Points!

Hilton hotels include Conrad, DoubleTree, Embassy SuitesHampton InnHiltonHilton Garden InnHome2SuitesHomewood Suites, and Waldorf Astoria brand hotels.

5,000 Hilton points for 1 night is a good deal!  That’s enough for an award night in a category 1 Hilton hotel.

And remember, there are lots of other ways to earn Hilton points.

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5 responses to “News You Can Use – $20 Off Visa Gift Cards, Save $60 at Hotels.com, 5,000 Bonus Hilton Points, & More!

  1. Leslie Johnson

    points for rewards very rarely gives points. quite often you get halfway through a survey and then you are told you don’t meet the criteria . They do not give partial credit. E rewards is much better. After 2 or 3 questions they either let you take the survey or give you a token amount for trying. I earn 1000 jet blue miles a month IHG is also a partner. Points/miles post quickly

  2. “Visa gift cards have a PIN, so you can load them to your AMEX Bluebird, Serve, or Target Prepaid REDcard and then pay bills you can’t normally pay with a credit card.”

    I thought Serve stopped taking everything other than AMEX.

  3. STAY AWAY FROM THE SURVEYS FOR MILES promos….. they’re mining your personal information, utterly wasting your time, and treating you like a idiotic dolt. Nothing worse than responding to a survey offer which sounds almost worth it, then after ten minutes of forking over your private info, they suddenly kick you out and claim that they’ve already filled the category for your profile. Used to wast my time when I thought this was the only way to get the companion pass points for SWA — oh, I got it, but there’s far, far easier ways to get the miles.

    In retrospect, I cam to HATE these privacy and time killers. Shame on Jetblue for joining the crowd.

  4. Who can send me an invitation for e rewards?

  5. @John, Serve only takes Amex credit cards as far as online loading up to $1K/month. You can still load up to $5K/month with pin-based gift cards to Serve, Bluebird and Redbird. For the first two you have to do it at Walmart or Dollar Store and can’t use Vanilla type GCs $50 or over.

    For Redbird you do it at Target with any type of pin GC…see this guide for steps on loading Redbird: https://goo.gl/gjNp7Y