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Yesterday I posted that Office Depot is a new partner of Pink’s loyalty program. While it is always great to earn bonus points for your purchases, for those that have certain Chase credit cards you can double dip in the points that you earn. As you may recall, you are able to get 5x points on purchases at Office Depot by using one of the many Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards that give you 5x points at all office supply stores. These credit cards include: Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Cash, Chase Ink Classic. And as of just recently, there is an American Express Membership Rewards opportunity to really maximize the points earned with the new Amex SimplyCash – this card also gives you 5x points at office supply stores.
With Plink you will earn the following points per Staples transaction IN-STORE and ONLINE:
- 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
So let’s say you make a $60 purchase with one of the four Chase credit cards I listed above (or the Amex SimplyCash card), you will earn the following points:
- Using your Chase Ink Bold/Plus/Cash/Classic or Amex SimplyCash credit card = 300 Chase Ultimate Reward points – I value Chase UR points and Amex MR points at 2 cents/point, so think of this as $6 value in rewards
- Linking your credit card to Plink = 300 Plink points – This is valued at $3
- TOTAL value of your points earned = $9
And if you are making an online purchase, make sure to first go through an online shopping portal to fully maximize your points/miles earning!
While this might sound like a lot of effort to make just a few extra bucks, once you grasp the concept, it will really only take you an extra minute or so per purchase. You only need to link your Plink account once, just make sure to link it to your Chase Ink Bold/Plus/Classic/Cash or Amex SimplyCash credit card if you plan on maximizing the 5x points at office supply stores. Every purchase thereafter at Office Depot will qualify.
Some things to keep in mind:
- You need a minimum of 500 Plink points to cash out and can only cash out in increments of 500 points
- Plink points can be cashed out for gift cards such as iTunes, Amazon.com, Walmart, Kohl’s, Barnes & Nobles, Overstock.com, Regal Cinemas, and Tango card (which can then be redeemed at many merchants such as: Target, Home Depot, Pottery Barn and REI, etc.),
- You will need to monitor the online shopping portal you go through to ensure to receive the points you are entitled
- The 5x bonus points at business expenses (which includes office supply stores) is maxed – Chase Ink Bold & Chase Ink Plus is maxed at 200,000 bonus points /$50,000 spend, Chase Ink Classic & Chase Ink Cash & Amex Simply Cash is maxed at 100,000 bonus points/$25,000 spent
- You will earn the points on your entire purchase regardless of items purchased (so gift cards are included)
You can read more about Plink in my post from yesterday, but here is a snip-it:
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 and have not had any issues)
- Add the merchants you’ll be shopping at to your Plink Wallet account (for example, Office Depot)
- Read the terms of each merchant and shop in-store or online and earn Plink points
You can learn more about earning 5x points at office supply stores by reading these prior posts: 1) Amex SimplyCash Business Credit Card Offer, 2) Chase Ink Bold Charge Card 3) Chase Ink Plus Credit Card, 4) Comparison of the Four Chase Ink Business Cards, 5) Introduction to Chase Ultimate Rewards Program
Let me know if you have any questions!
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