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!
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.
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.
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).
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!
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?