1. Buy $250+ in Visa Gift Cards Get $20 Back (Free Money!)
Frequent Miler writes, you can make money and earn points on Visa gift cards at Staples (in-store only) next week! Buy $250 or more in Visa Gift cards and you’ll get a $20 rebate (1 per household)! That’s more than enough to cover the ~$7 in activation fees per card.
This Deal Is Good From March 15, 2015, (Sunday) to March 21, 2015!
However, Staples gift cards tend to sell out quickly!
Which cards will give you the most points at Staples?
- AMEX SimplyCash – 5% cash back at US office supply stores
- Chase Ink Bold (no longer available) – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores
- Chase Ink Cash – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores
- Chase Ink Plus – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores
So if you buy 2 $200 Visa gift cards, you’d pay ~$14 in fees. But you’d get back a $20 rebate, which gives you a profit of ~$6 ($20 rebate – ~$14 in fees).
Plus you’d earn ~$21 in cash back (~$414 in gift cards and fees X 5% cash back) or ~2,070 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
You can then load the Visa gift cards to your AMEX Serve or Bluebird account. Or use the cards at most places where Visa is accepted.
Staples sells Visa gift cards in several different denominations, so do the math to see which combination works best for you!
Note: This is a $20 rebate, so you’ll have to fill out forms and wait for Staples to mail your $20 gift card.
2. Get an Easy 1,000 Hilton Points!
Virgin America is a West Coast based airline that flies to several cities in the United States and a few cities in Mexico. Their flights are concentrated along the West Coast, and from their hub cities (San Francisco and Los Angeles) to the East Coast.
A lot of people like flying Virgin America since they’ve marketed themselves as a very “hip” brand! But most of us here care more about Virgin America points and what you can do with them.
You Can Fly Virgin America in the US and Mexico, or Use Points on Partner Airlines Such as Hawaiian Airlines
A few months ago, I wrote that you could use your American Express Membership Rewards for Airbnb gift cards. And now through March 31, 2015, you’ll get a 25% bonus.
With the 25% Bonus You’ll Get a $125 Airbnb Gift Card for 10,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points
But is this a good deal?
I wrote several years ago about the best ways to get Hilton points.
Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Peter for commenting that it’s time for an update! A lot has changed since 2012.
Since then, Hilton has made significant changes to its award chart, so their points aren’t worth as much as before. But they’re still among the easiest points to get through credit card sign-up bonuses and spending.
Hilton Points Are Still Very Easy to Earn, and I’ll Show You How!
Hilton hotels include DoubleTree, Conrad, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Home2Suites, Homewood Suites, and Waldorf Astoria brand hotels.
Let’s take a fresh look at how you can earn lots of Hilton points.
1. Sale on Virgin America Main Cabin Select & First Class (Book By End of Today!)
Virgin America is having a sale on its upper class cabins for travel between March 3, 2015, and April 30, 2015. You must book by February 11, 2015 (today!), at 11:59 pm Central Time.
Here are examples of the 1-way sale fares in Main Cabin Select:
- Las Vegas to Los Angeles – $99
- Portland to San Francisco – $99
- Seattle to San Francisco – $109
In Virgin America Main Cabin Select You’ll Get More Leg Room Along With Food & Drink Service
And First Class 1-way sale fares include:
- Las Vegas to Los Angeles – $149
- Portland to San Francisco - $149
- Seattle to San Francisco – $165
I Did a Quick Search for Fares For Las Vegas to Los Angeles and Only Found 3 Available Sale Dates (All on Saturdays)!
You can probably find better prices if you don’t mind flying in coach. I prefer to fly coach within the US to save money. And I almost exclusively fly Southwest on domestic flights because Emily flies with me for (almost) FREE.
But it’s worth a look if you like traveling in style. Let me know if you find a fare that works for you!
2. Flights to Maui Starting at $144 Each Way (Book by Tomorrow!)