I’m Giving Away $400 in Gift Cards: Did You Win?

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I swung by the Staples on my walk home from work earlier in the week and picked up some gift cards (earning 5 points per dollar, natch, with my Chase Ink Plus card).

  • $200 MasterCard
  • $100 Southwest
  • $50 Marriott
  • $25 iTunes
  • $25 Starbucks

For entering I asked,

    What is the next award redemption you are planning?

I drew the winner with the help of random.org:

the winner is Jon who wrote,

Avios down to Florida for a little sun (and hopefully no rain)

Congratulations to Jon! He wins $400 in gift cards, and I pick up a couple thousand Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

It’s amazing the kinds of spending you can earn 5 points per dollar on this way — I buy Amazon gift cards and load those into my Amazon account so that I earn 5 points per dollar at Amazon; I load Starbucks gift cards purchased at office supply stores onto my Starbucks card to earn 5 points per dollar at Starbucks; the same goes for iTunes and as you can see you can do it with Southwest, Marriott, etc (expenses like gas, too).

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About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. “I buy Amazon gift cards and load those into my Amazon account so that I earn 5 points per dollar at Amazon.”

    My dilemma is whether the extra 4 points per dollar are worth losing out on the extra year of extended warranty provided by my Amex card. Generally I try to use gift cards at Amazon only when purchasing non-durable goods, or where there is no warranty to speak of. But if I’m buying a $1,000 television I’ve typically chosen to choose the additional year of warranty in lieu of the extra 4,000 points. How do others go about this?

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