As a followup to my last post on the shopping promo where you can buy miles for $0.007 apiece, I thought I’d update my miles posting progress.
Gaiam, a Dividend Miles Mall member not separately listed on the promo page, posted for me this morning and was listed as “SHOPPING MALL, GAIAM”
My Bose purchase posted as “SHOPPING MALL, BOSE” — although I’m a little bit concerned that this won’t count towards the promo (95% that it will, but I’m paranoid) because the promo page highlights only “1,500 bonus miles when you buy the new QC15 headphones” rather than all miles counting towards the promo. Still, since all shopping partners count, this should as well. Later in the promo I may make some extra purchases just in case.
My Sears $5 gift card (free shipping) posted as well, simply as “DIVIDEND MILES SHOPPING MALL” rather than as Sears. Again, I’m going to be watching how other partners post — if another merchant posts as Dividend Miles Mall rather than by name, my fear is that the US Airways computers don’t treat them as unique merchants. Sure, I can fight for it and presumably win, but I’d rather make sure everything works smoothly on their own. So long after Track-It-Back miles have posted, but before the end of the promo period, I’ll make some extra purchases from other merchants just in case.
These three partners posted overnight last night with the dates I made the original purchases.
Meanwhile, I’m waiting on the points for my Restaurant.com gift certificate purchased via ThanksAgain and the points for my Omaha Steaks $5 gift certificate as well.
Promo code SHARE currently takes 80% off Restaurant.com gift certificates, making the $25 dining certificates that ‘normally’ (well, full price, but there’s always a discount code) cost $10 only $2. You can purchase Restaurant.com gift certificates via ThanksAgain (which you’ll click on via the holiday shopping promo page, of course) to chalk up a merchant towards the 250% bonus level. So another cheap merchant.
One idea being discused in the Flyertalk thread on the bonus is donating your TrackItBack purchases to a non-profit in order to take a tax deduction. As long as you’re itemizing your deductions, and depending on your marginal tax rate, if you can make it work that should reduce your cost basis to about half a penny a mile.