US Mint Deal Is Back!

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I’m very excited that the US Mint deal is back!

OK, it’s not really.  But I happened to find a way to help meet minimum spending requirements (sort of) buying coins with a credit card!  And with no fees!

US Mint Deal Is Back

Always Be on the Alert for New Ways to Earn Miles & Points!

For folks new to our hobby, the US Mint deal was a government program that allowed you to buy dollar coins with a credit card without a fee.

And some people would buy the coins with their credit cards, then haul these heavy coins to deposit in their bank account, earning Big Travel in the process!

I was playing Skee-Ball with friends at Punch Bowl Social here in Austin, when I spotted it.  A rare magnificent beast.

US Mint Deal Is Back

The Change Machine at the Bar & Arcade Accepts Credit Cards!

I thought, “Surely there must be a fee to use a credit card.”

But as always, I examined the fine print.  And there was no fee.  Two of my friends had new Discover it cards that earn $50 after the 1st purchase.  They immediately purchased coins at no cost.

US Mint Deal Is Back

You Earn a Profit Each Time You Get Coins From the Machine

I imagined the joy of running my Citi Prestige through the machine to earn 2X Citi ThankYou points for each $1 spent.  (Because the machine is in a bar that is likely categorized as a restaurant or entertainment.)

I did try it to find out if it would code as a purchase or cash advance (and to see if I’d earn a category bonus).

US Mint Deal Is Back

Success! It Posted As a Purchase (and I’ll Earn 2X Points for Dining!)

Then I thought of rolling all those quarters and figured it probably wasn’t worth my time.  Or being known in Austin as “that guy who leaves Punch Bowl Social every day with a huge sack of coins.”

For that reason, I probably won’t be adding this to my 50+ Ways to Earn Miles & Points post.

Although, the experience was a reminder that if you keep your eyes open, you can find unusual ways to earn points.  Even if it’s only a few points for fun!

Bottom Line

Be on the lookout for hidden ways to earn miles & points for no cost!

In this case, I found a change machine at an arcade that accepted credit cards with no fee.  My friends and I earned points towards Big Travel playing Ms. Pac-Man!

Have any of y’all found unexpected ways to earn a few extra points?

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13 responses to “US Mint Deal Is Back!

  1. A lot of arcades have this…one by my house just gives you cash to put in the coin machines. So I always get more then I need!

  2. Awesome! I’m going to that same one in the Domain next week for happy hour.

  3. You tease! Don’t get my heart racing like that again! 🙂

  4. Seems like all around here use a point system. I can’t deposit arcade points in my bank account! Any thoughts in the Atlanta area?

  5. Speaking of unique ways to meet minimum spend, Square (the CC processing app) is having a signup deal that gives you the first $1000 worth of CC processing free of charges (normally they charge a 3-5% fee that makes it unreasonable to manufacture spend).

    Here’s a link to get the bonus:

    (Full disclosure, I will also get $1000 in fee-free sales if you use that link)

  6. Mark O, which arcade do you use that gives cash back? No fee?

  7. Don't use Square for own spend

    Joe, it is not wise to use Square for your own cards to hit min spend or gain pts/miles

    Very bad advice!

  8. Ha ha, the owner of that machine is now sweating. Bad business move. Here come the fees.

  9. I can see you putting $200 of quarters in your pants and having them fall down in the parking lot on the way to your car in front of a bunch of kids and mad mothers…glad some things are beneath you.

    you can however buy coins through the mint as collectibles…I have 3 rolls of all the national park quarters so far (one from each mint) and will collect them all and then sell the set for a profit. Just like state quarters it takes many years, so I usually combine shipping on orders and get a couple of proof sets, 3 or 4 different quarter sets, and maybe a uncirculated set all at once…’s only a few hundred a year, but it is still the mint, which is nostalgic to see on your credit card bill.

  10. I moved $100,000 of these coins in 6 months years ago !!!! I MISS THIS PROGRAM !!!! LOL !!!!

  11. Click bait

  12. I actually used the 1dollar coins at grocery stores and gas stations and even the horse track.
    I would always get funny looks from the employees. As they do not give these out for change so they never get into circulation.

    No fee and free shipping and easily meeting min spends. I miss the US MINT