Earlier I wrote a post, half-finished, and hit publish instead of ‘save draft’. So some may have seen this in their RSS feed. I abandoned the post for a brief time, though, when I started reading about the Open Sky rewards program and saw some folks over at Slickdeals being told that they would receive Open Sky rewards points rather than Mypoints. But the bulk of folks in that thread seem to be confirming and confident that it is indeed Mypoints that they’re earning.
Here’s the value proposition: 10,100 Mypoints convert to 5,000 United miles So $67.34 in purchases buys 5000 United miles, for a cost of $0.01346 per mile. You can spend up to $500 with this offer, apparently.
Oh, and you also get whatever products you buy — be it a cellulite brush, makeup kit, scarf or mattress pad. Perhaps you can even eBay the items.
If you don’t want United miles, 4000 points ($26.67 in purchases) gets you a $25 Hyatt gift certificate. Better still $46 in purchases gets you enough points for a Marriott $50 gift certificate.
It’s just about a 100% rebate or even a little more, not accounting for shipping which is $7.95 for the first item purchased and $3.95 each additional item in your shopping cart.
Here are the Mypoints various travel-related redemptions.
My advice, if you choose to pursue this offer, is to take screen shots throughout the process and be prepared to follow up to ensure your Mypoints post. And then follow up to ensure once you redeem your Mypoints that you receive your reward as well. And be sure to follow up promptly if your points don’t post, they are supposed to within 30 days after the transaction. And you want to make sure you stay within the window in which you can dispute the purchase with your credit card company if things don’t go smoothly.
This offer is available until September 30, “or until the maximum number of Points have been claimed. Once the maximum number of Points have been claimed, the offer will no longer be available and you will be directed back to the MyPoints website.”