Trick to Earn Miles Using “Pick Up in Store”

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Trick to Earn Miles Using “Pick Up in Store”

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Y’all know I don’t like in-store shopping!

It’s a lot of hassle, and I’ll do just about anything to avoid it.  I’d rather shop online, where I can get bonus rewards from airline and hotel portals!

But for those of y’all that enjoy shopping in person, did you know you can also earn bonus rewards through online shopping portals?

Online Shopping Tricks
Before You Swipe Your Card at the Register, Check an Online Rewards Portal for Even More Savings

I’ll show you how to earn portal rewards while you’re inside brick-and-mortar stores!

These Online Shopping Tricks Are for Every Kind of Shopper!

Link:   How One Easy Everyday Change Can Earn You More Miles & Points

I make a lot of internet purchases.  And earn lots of extra rewards through travel rewards portals.

But plenty of folks like shopping in-store.  If you’re one of them, you don’t have to give up portal rewards.  You can use these online shopping tricks to have both!

Step 1.   See If the Stores You Use Earn Portal Rewards

You can quickly find the portal rewards for your store by visiting sites like Evreward or Cashback Monitor.  Make sure the stores you plan to shop offer rewards you want.

Online Shopping Tricks
You Can Earn Cash Back, Airline Miles, and Hotel Points

Step 2.   Check the “Pick-Up” Rules for Your Store

Some stores will NOT let you order items online and pick them up in-store.  And some portals will NOT give you bonus points if you pick-up your item at the store.

Step 3.   Go Shopping!

Shop as you normally would.  Try out that leather office chair, pair of penny loafers, or purse to see if you like them.

When you find items you’d like to buy, pull out your phone!

Step 4.   Navigate to Your Favorite Shopping Portal

Instead of checking-out at the cash register, use your phone to visit the online store through a rewards portal.

Read the fine print, and make sure the items you want to purchase are eligible for portal rewards.

Online Shopping Tricks
Step 4 – Visit the Store Website Through a Rewards Portal – and Make Sure Your Purchases Will Qualify!

Step 5.   Locate the Items You Want to Buy

Find the items you plan to purchase, and make sure they’re available for in-store pickup.

Online Shopping Tricks
Step 5 – Find Your Items Online

Step 6.   Choose to Pick-Up the Item in Your Store

Your items will likely be available in multiple stores in your area.  Make sure to choose the store you’re currently inside to pick-up your items!

Online Shopping Tricks
Step 6 – Select the Correct Store

Then, check-out on your phone like you normally would!

Step 7.   Note How Long It Takes Until Your Order Is Ready

It’s important to know how soon your items will be ready.  Some stores will prepare your items in under an hour.  And some will take longer.

If you’re purchasing something that must be shipped from another store, you might have to wait a few days for your order.

If your order will be ready in an hour, you can continue to shop to pass the time.  Or walk to the nearest ice cream parlor for a celebratory waffle cone!

Lots of Stores Are Eligible for Portal Rewards

If you don’t think your favorite store participates in a shopping portal, you might be surprised!

Nearly all national chain stores are available for extra rewards.  Currently, Macy’s and Home Depot are offering cash back when making purchases through a portal and picking up in-store.  That’s free money!

You can also use a portal to buy items through Walmart (just make sure the portal does NOT restrict store pickup)!  It may be referred to as “Grocery-to-Go” or similar.

Online Shopping Tricks
If You Want Fresh Food Items, You’ll Still Have to Purchase Those In-Store

Some items (perishables or products containing hazardous materials) can only be bought in-store.  So you won’t be able to buy milk or eggs online.  But just about everything else should be available!

Instead of spending lots of time at the store, you can purchase most of your items online and earn bonus rewards.  Then head to the store, purchase the items you weren’t able to buy online, and head to the pick-up desk, where the rest of your items will be waiting for you!

This will not only earn you bonus points, but it will save you time.

Pay With the Right Card!

Make sure you’re using the right credit card to get the most rewards from every purchase.

For example, if you’re shopping at an office supply store, you’ll earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points for with your:

And if you’re shopping at wholesale clubs, you’ll earn 5% cash back for using your Discover it® Cash Back card through March 31, 2017, when you register. Enroll every quarter to earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in purchases made in various categories throughout the year. Plus, if you’re a new cardmember, Discover will match all rewards you earn during the first 12 billing cycles (including any rewards you earn through the Discover portal!). Plus, 1% cash back on all other purchases.

You’ll earn these bonus points in addition to the portal rewards points you earn!

Bottom Line

You don’t have to be sitting behind a computer at home to earn portal rewards.  You can earn them in-store, too!

When you find an item you want to buy, open your phone, navigate to your favorite rewards portal, and purchase the item online.  At checkout, select “store pick-up“.

Most orders don’t take long to prepare for pick-up, so continue to shop until it’s ready.  Then drive home with more miles or cash back than when you started!

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Keep in mind that when you do an in-store pickup, you will also be paying the sales tax of the store location versus in some states, the store will just charge the state sales tax. For example, I recently bought a new TV from Best Buy for $499.99. I’m in Cook (Chicago) County where the sales tax is around 10% ($50.00), whereas the Illinois state tax (what Best Buy charges) is 6.25% ($31.25). Essentially, I saved almost $20 by having the product delivered to be instead of doing a store pickup. For small items, it probably won’t matter much, but for the larger items it can definitely make an impact.

Excellent tip, Mike! Definitely something to keep in mind. Thank you for sharing.

You’ll only earn 3X at Office Supply stores for Ink Business Preferred, not 5X

“For example, if you’re shopping at an office supply store, you’ll earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points for with your:

Chase Ink Cash

Chase Ink Business Preferred”

Thanks for the catch! I’ve updated the post.

Here’s another great tip that I use to get reward points if they don’t allow store pick up:

Go through the shopping portal and buy an electronic GIFTCARD for the amount you need. Then go to the store and shop with the giftcard. I’ve earned lots of points this way and there’s no need to worry about if it’s in store pick up eligible or if there’s waiting times.

I hope this tip helps someone 🙂

Some portals won’t pay out for gift card purchases. And it varies by merchant. If you find one that works though, it’s a great workaround!

This is also great for busy people or you just don’t want to take the time of shopping and researching in the store. I’ve done this before where I just have my husband pick up an item after a long day at work!

Agreed, eliminates the wait for a shipment and you still get extra miles & points. Total win-win!