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Well over 30 days had gone by and my MyPoints points from the 150 points OpenSky promotion still had not posted. I called the corporate office, sent them a message on Facebook, emailed them through the “missing points” request and still nothing happened. I was promised the points on multiple occasions, but nothing happened.
I then decided to contact OpenSky directly. I chatted with them through their website chat feature and a day letter the points were posted. This was the case with both a family members account and mine. While it could have been just luck, I do think this helped get my points posted quickly. If your points have yet to post, I highly suggest going this route.
So now I have 75,000 MyPoints points to cash out on. Since I haven’t read the best reviews about this online portal, I will probably be cashing out sooner than later to ensure my points do not magically vanish. UPDATE: New users to the site received double points, so instead of 75,000 points I earned 150,000 points!
So what are the best redemption opportunities for MyPoints points? (I am going to assume most of you have only the 75,000 points, so will cater my recommendations towards that)
Merchant Gift Cards
- Tier 1: 11,850 points for a $100 gift card:
- Banana Republic
- Bed & Breakfast
- Spa Finder
- Omaha Steaks
- Tier 2: 12,100-12,600 points for a $100 gift card:
- LL Bean
- Finish Line
- West elm
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Pottery Barn
- Pottery Barn Kids
- Motherhood Maternity
- Williams –Sonoma
From the Tier 1 list, you can cash out for 6 of them for a total of 71,700 points. That will then give you enough leftover points to redeem for another $25 gift card out of a longer list. Some will require an additional 50 to 100 points, which can be easily done by many quick activities (i.e., downloading the toolbar, finishing your account profile, etc.). In total you will end up with $625 worth of gift cards.
If you prefer the gift card options in Tier 2, you can redeem for 5 of them, and giving you enough points to redeem for a $100 gift card in Tier 1. This will give you a total of $600 in gift cards.
For the merchant gift cards, the list above is the best of the best. There are other options, but they will require more points and not as good of value. However, redeeming for gift cards that you will not use is pointless, so redeem for the merchant you will shop at anyways.
Aside from that list, you can redeem for Hyatt gift cards at a slightly lower value, but still might be good for some. You can get 7 $75 gift cards for a total of 67,200 points. This will give you 7,800 points left over which can get you 2 $25 gift cards from many other merchants. Or if you are able to get another 200 points in your account you can redeem 8,000 points for 2 $25 Hyatt gift cards. In total, this redemption will give you between a $550 and $575 value. Only slightly less than the best merchant redemption options.
- If you’d prefer United miles over a merchant gift card, you can redeem 10,100 points for 5,000 United miles. This means you can redeem your 75,000 MyPoints for 35,000 United miles. This will give you 4,300 MyPoints left over, which can be used for a $25 merchant gift card.
I spent $530 to receive these 75,000 MyPoints. I personally don’t love buying miles speculatively without a need in mind, so I will be redeeming my points either for $600 or $625 in gift cards. This redemption will be for stores I shop at anyways. So ultimately I spent $530 and got $500 worth of items (Le Cruiset pans), and $600 of gift cards to stores I shop at anyways. I personally think of this as the items were free and I made $70-$95. Not too bad! Although it did take some effort to get those points posted.
Did you get in on this promotion? How will you be cashing out?