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Step 8: Earn Points for Everyday Spending

Aside from sign-up bonuses, you can earn lots of points by taking advantage of bonus categories and promotions.

1.   Category Bonuses

With mile & point credit cards you typically earn 1 point per dollar on regular spending and then more points per dollar in certain categories such as groceries, gas, travel, and dining.

For example, you can earn 5X points when you use the (no longer offered) Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus cards at office supply stores and on cable, internet, and phone.

Reader Question When Does The 5x Bonus On The Ink Cards Reset
5X Points at Office Supply Stores & Telecom With the Ink Cards!

And you can earn 3X points with airlines and 2X points at US restaurants, gas stations, and US supermarkets with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold card.  You can rack up a ton of points by taking advantage of these spending categories.  And having multiple credit cards that cover each of your major categories ensures that you are earning bonus points on most of your purchases.

2.   Shopping Portals

Another way to earn more points is by shopping online through portals.

Shopping
Get More Miles for Travel by Clicking Through Shopping Portals Before Shopping at Your Favorite Stores

Airlines and hotels offer bonus points for clicking their links to certain stores before you shop.  These bonuses can be quite lucrative especially because you are earning points for shopping you were doing anyway.   Sometimes you can get 18X to 36X points when you shop online!

Before you shop, check evreward to see which portals offer the best bonus.

evreward
Just Enter the Store Name Into the Search Box at Evreward to Find the Best Shopping Portal Deals
3.   Earn Bonus Points For Dining Out

With Rewards Network you can earn up to 5X points per dollar spent at one of their over 10,000 participating restaurants, clubs and bars.  Each city has a roster of different restaurants that range from fine dining to fast food.

Emily and I live in Austin and the list of places includes a highly-rated Brazilian restaurant, casual Mexican dining, local pubs, a pita place, Jack in the Box, pizza, sushi, coffee shops, and of course barbecue!

Here’s how you get the points:

  •  Sign-up for a free Rewards Network account
  •  Enter your credit card information
  •  Automatically get miles in your frequent flyer account when using your card at 1 of their ~10,000 restaurants, bars, and clubs
Register Your Chase Sapphire Card for Free with Rewards Network to Earn Points With Your Favorite Travel Program
Earning Bonus Points For Dining Is Easy As 1-2-3!

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