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Easy 1500 United Miles when you join MyPoints

Mypoints.com will let you earn a maximum of 1500 United miles. You can earn a easy 500 United Miles for simply enrolling in the MyPoints program. You will need a United MileagePlus account so if you do not have one go to United.com and register to get a frequent flyer number. Also earn additional 1000 United Miles by shopping with any Mypoints partners such as Ebay, Groupon, Walmart and many more. According to the terms and conditions –

Earn an additional 1,000 MileagePlus bonus award miles when you make one or more qualifying purchase(s) totaling $25 in your first 30 days of membership”

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I registered yesterday and my 500 miles posted this morning surprisingly in less than 24 hours. 1500 miles may not sound that of a big deal but it may help cap off a future award ticket (Domestic starts at 12,500 miles one-way) or  help you keep your United Mileage account active as  miles  expire if there has been no activity in the past 18 months.

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Easy 500 miles just for signing up.

You can sign up for MyPoints.com and earn 1500 miles by following this link – MyPoints.comDo not forget to shop for $25 from qualified stores via MyPoints.com to get the bonus 1000 miles.

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Fly Business Class One-way to Europe under $350 using this strategy

Introduction

Staples recently started selling $300 visa gift cards online and this is great news for folks who have the Chase Ink Business Credit Card as it earns 5X on office supplies for the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services each account anniversary year. For a limited time Chase Ink Plus card is  offering 60,000 sign-up bonus after spending $5000 in three months which is almost $800 in Travel rewards (annual fee $95 not waived) if you use the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, you can further maximize the bonus by transferring UR points to other partners such as United, Southwest and many more.

So now I will show you how you can use a simple manufactured spending strategy to reach Europe for under $350.

The Scoop

For every $300 visa gift card you purchase from staples you will pay a fees of $8.95 earning 1545 Ultimate Rewards points. These Visa gift cards are pin-enabled and can be loaded onto any prepaid cards such as Bluebird, Serve or Target Redcard. You may use the prepaid cards to pay other bills such as mortgage, utility bills etc or turn around and pay back the Chase Ink card you used to purchase the gift card from Staples at first place.

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Now, remember United Airlines is transfer partner of Ultimate Rewards for transfer ratio of 1:1. Let’s price out an award ticket from North America To Paris for sometime next year. For reference I am using Dulles Airport, Washington DC (IAD) but you can try other airports.

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One-way flights from IAD to Paris are available for 57,500 United Miles or Ultimate Reward points. If you are signing up for the Chase Ink Business Card then the sign-up bonus of 60,000 points  is enough to score one business class ticket to Paris from IAD on United Airlines, but who likes to travel alone!!! Lets see how we can use the Staples $300 Visa to our earn this business class ticket for cheap.

As each $300 visa gift card with $8.95 purchase fees will earn you 1545 UR points, you will need 38 gift cards to earn 58710 UR points while paying $340 in purchase fees. Now you can easily transfer the points to United and book the award tickets by just paying another $25 for award fees.

Would you like to see what is the retail price if you were to buy these tickets using straight cash? Hold your breath ladies and gentlemen!!!

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Staggering $7000 + one way business class ticket to Europe can be bought for under $350

WOW!! $7991 for a one way ticket to Paris from IAD.

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You will be jumping after reaching Paris in Business class for $350

Conclusion

Using the Chase Ink Business credit card and a little bit of manufactured spending by purchasing the $300 Visa gift card from Staples you can score business class tickets to Europe for under $350. You can get creative using UR points and  transfer them to Singapore Airlines to fly the suite for pennies!!

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Earn 30,000 United Mileageplus award miles with Direct TV, Redcard Update

1. I just received an email that United is offering 30,000 Miles with a new Direct TV account and a 2-year contract.

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United 30,000 Miles Offer

This best offer I’ve seen has been for 25,000 miles so the 30,000 mile offer is definitely a better deal. 30,000 miles will easily get you a round-trip domestic ticket. If you already have direct TV and your current contract is coming to an end, you can apply for a new account under your spouse or partners name and earn 30,000 miles. More details on this offer are here. The offer is valid until 7/22/15.

2. Redcard Update – I wrote on the demise of free credit card loading at Target Yesterday. Today (5/6), I was at a local area store in Richmond, VA  and credit card loads are a no go. However, folks via flyertalk and other forums have reported success using Simon Mall Gift Debit gift cards. This may not be as lucrative as free loading but can still help you with minimum spending and if you do what I do i.e buying the simon gift cards using Barclays Arrival World Mastercard or the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card where you earn 2x miles n every dollar spend and redeem earned miles for travel credit. This may also help you with the minimum spending on any new credit card to earn large sign-up bonus.

You can buy gift cards upto $500 by paying $3.95 purchase fees for each card. You can find location of the nearest Simon mall here and the cards are usually sold at customer service desk inside the mall. Simon gift cards are pin enabled  and the default pin is  last four digits of the debit card. The Simon mall in Richmond allows you to buy up to $10,000 worth of gift cards per day but it is very ymmv at each location.

Another experiment I need to do is try loading on the redcard the last $500 Amex Gift Card that I purchased from Topcash back for a profit of $100I will keep you posted with any more data points. Please do share your experience and any tips.

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Nepal Earthquake Donation Via United Airlines

United Airlines has partnered with Redcross to raise money for Nepal Earthquake, one of the worst natural disasters we’ve seen in the past decade. Several thousands are dead and several others stranded without food and shelter. You can join the cause of raising money via United Airlines. So far almost $700,000 has been raised and United Airlines will provide $50,000 in matching donations which will come a long way to help the beautiful country of Nepal to restore some normality and provide basic necessity such as food and shelter. This video shows  the extent of damage but

As with other similar disasters, certain airlines have started to offer mileage incentives to their customers who donate money to support relief efforts.  I know that getting something in exchange for a charitable donation can elicit a wide variety of responses, but if some miles are the incentive that it takes for someone to donate then I think it is a great move.

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Below in an excerpt from the email I received from United –

Donate $50 – $99 and receive 250 bonus miles

Donate $100 – $249 and receive 500 bonus miles

Donate more than $250 and receive 1,000 bonus miles.

Up to 5 million bonus miles will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis based on contributions made through the airline’s fundraising page through 11:59 PM CDT on May 15, 2015.

I think its a great cause and everyone should do their part in helping out.

You can donate by visiting here

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