I had a conversation with a friend recently about the
sickness “lifestyle” of earning miles and points on everything. It’s more than signing up for credit cards – it’s also about maximizing opportunity with category bonuses and spending tier bonuses to keep a steady miles income. You can maximize by spending standard style at brick and mortar, or by using shopping portals to earn mega miles with every swipe.
A great time to reap extra benefits is during holidays where there are special promotions galore. And the next holiday on the list is Fathers Day – this Sunday. Which means it’s time to make Dad happy while getting a little more for your dollar, too.
We do a lot of Fathers Day shopping in our family – dads on both sides, stepdads and granddads make Fathers Day an opportunity to pad our account balances by shopping strategically in stores and online.
Here are a few opportunities to get you thinking about earning points for Fathers Day. If you’re going to buy something online – you better do it quick.
6x United miles per $1 at Home Depot thru 6/10 (TODAY)
Through the United MileagePlus shopping mall, you can earn 6x points per $1 at Home Depot. What dad wouldn’t love something from the HD?
You can even get $5 off a $50 purchase by entering “HDDAD5″ during checkout, but that deal ends 6/12/13. And you will get free shipping on most orders over $45. Hip hip hooray.
p.s. You can also earn 16x points on Omaha Steaks thru the United MileagePlus shopping portal.
6x AAdvantage miles at Sports Authority
You can earn 6x points per $1 through the AAdvantage shopping portal on purchases made online at Sports Authority thru 6/16/13. Yippeee. Free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Father’s Day if you order by today, 6/10/13.
Ultimate Rewards portal
Some good opportunities through my favorite portal, Ultimate Rewards, are:
- 10x points at Kohls. Kohls has a lot of options and is a good place to buy Keurig coffee, btw.
- 2x points at Staples. Staples now sells Apple products and accessories, so be a hero. Plus, earn an additional 5x points if you use your Ink Bold® Business Card or Ink Plus® Business Card.
- 8x points at Rosetta Stone. Time to learn French…if you have a progressive Father, this could work.
- 3x points at ESPNshop. All Dads love sports, right?
- 25x points for Proactiv Solution. Just kidding, don’t do that.
- 7x points at JCPenney. Get Dad some of his favorite high-waisted pleated shorts. I think they carry those.
Freedom Quarterly Bonuses
If you have a Chase Freedom® or Mastercard, you can earn up to 5x points on restaurants, movies, and Lowes this quarter. You receive 5x up to $1,500, so you might have already met your threshold. But if you haven’t, there’s some nice opportunity here.
I know it’s not personal, but I usually get my Dad a gift card to the movies. It’s what he likes. And I’m sure you wouldn’t have a problem finding something for Dad at Lowes (they even sell some gift cards).
If movies or Lowes isn’t the answer, you could take your Dad out to eat or buy him a gift card to his favorite restaurant. Quality time, and he doesn’t need to know you’re earning 5x Ultimate Rewards points on the meal.
Gift cards can be great if you’re buying for someone out of state. You avoid shipping costs, hours of searching for the perfect gift, and you can be sure they’ll get something they actually like.
If your Dad travels, you can buy him Southwest or hotel gift cards at an office supply store and earn 5x points if you use an Ink card. Also, many grocery stores sell a plethora of gift cards, so if you have a rewards card that earns a category bonuses at grocery stores, then eat it up.
You can also by restaurant gift cards for 2x points with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card if you’re not maxing out the Freedom category bonuses.
The gift card possibilities are endless, so if you decide to buy Dad a gift card, make sure you’re maxing out a category bonus on one of your rewards cards.
I hope this helps if you’ve procrastinated like me and haven’t bought Dad anything yet. There are plenty of options to earn bonus miles and points for Father’s Day, so make buying Dad a gift less of a drag. I kid, I kid.
(Disclaimer: I receive a referral credit for the cards mentioned in this post. Thanks for the support if you apply through the blog!)
— Geoff Whitmore