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I’ve written about Plink many times over the past year (here, here, here, here, here, and here). To quickly recap though, Plink.com is a loyalty rewards website where you can earn points while making IN STORE or ONLINE purchases at various merchants (the way you can earn the points depends on the particular merchant). Depending on the dollar value of the purchase, you’ll earn a certain number of “Plink” points which can be cashed out for a variety of gift cards (i.e., Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobles, Walmart, etc.). It is a similar concept to the Airline/Hotel Dining Rewards program where you connect your credit card to the program and then earn points when using your registered credit card.
Although Plink.com lost their partnership with Staples last week, Office Depot has joined the program for a limited time through April 10, 2014. You can earn Plink points when making purchases in-store or at OfficeDepot.com. This is great for those who are all about the free-after-rebate products at Office Depot or purchasing gift cards with a credit card that earns 5x points at an office supply store.
Number of points you’ll earn with each Office Depot transaction:
- 50 Plink points when you spend $15 in a single transaction
- 125 Plink points when you spend $30 in a single transaction
- 300 Plink points when you spend $60 in a single transaction
When redeeming Plink points, 1,000 points = $10 gift certificate. This can definitely add up if you frequently shop at Office Depot often. And new members will earn 300 bonus points just for signing up for Plink.com, which is worth $3. In the past they used to offer slightly better promotions, but this has been pretty consistent since last summer I’d say. You will see the 300 points after registering, unfortunately the promotional bonus will not be shown on the registration page.
How this works:
- Sign up for Plink here and you’ll earn 300 Plink points
- Link your credit card to your Plink account – I know many do not trust this concept so the choice is yours (I’ve been doing it since the Spring of 2013 and have not had any issues)
- Add the merchants you’ll be shopping at to your Plink Wallet account
- Read the terms of each merchant and shop in-store or online and earn Plink points
In my experience the points have taken about a week to post, and they all did post – no follow up was needed! At this point you can cash out those points for gift cards at the following stores: iTunes, Tango card (which can then be redeemed at many merchants such as: Target, Home Depot, Pottery Barn and REI, etc.), Amazon.com, Walmart, Kohl’s, Barnes & Nobles, and Overstock.com. I personally have cashed out thus far at Amazon.com and it has been an extremely easy process. Just recently I cashed out and I received the certificate within minutes.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Note: The Plink link listed is my referral link, feel free to add yours to the comments section as well.