Shopping through portals can be a lot of fun and fairly lucrative. When there are a couple of promotions that come together at the same time, it is even better!
Great Deal: 15X UR Points and $20 Back
Right now, the Ultimate Rewards portal is offering 15X Ultimate Reward points per dollar spent at eBags.com. That is a pretty good deal by itself – it is a straight 15% rebate if you value Ultimate Reward points at 1 cent per point, but more realistically, it is like a 22 – 30% rebate. Not bad at all!
However, there is another promotion going on right now as well and it is from American Express and their Offers – $20 back on purchases of $100 or more at eBags. Plus, you can count the mile/point you will get using your American Express card as well (yes, Amex cards do earn points shopping through the UR portal).
When we put it all together, the math looks like this (for a purchase of just $100) – 1,500 Ultimate Reward points + $20 statement credit + 100 points on your Amex. When we assign a conservative value to those points, we get something like this – $24 in Ultimate Reward point value + $20 Amex statement credit + $1.30 Amex value = $45.30 in value-based rebates on a $100 purchase. Oh yeah, you get a nice travel accessory as well. 🙂
How To Put It All Together
Register your American Express card for the eBags offer
Sign-in to your American Express account and check the Offers For You at the bottom for the eBags deal. It will look like this:
Note – this offer expires this Sunday (July 20), so move fast!
Select to save the offer and make a note of which card you saved it to (you may be able to save it to more than one card, if it is offered to your other cards as well).
Login to Ultimate Rewards shopping portal
For this part, you must have an Ultimate Rewards earning credit card to have access to the portal. You will not need to pay with that card, though! Once you sign in, go to Earn Faster and search for eBags to see the offer.
Note – you cannot use coupons from outside the the eBags website or else you may void your cashback (if an offer is listed on eBags.com, you can use that).
Start shopping at eBags!
Do not forget to sign-up for the eBags reward program to earn an additional 5% in points for future orders!
Now, there may be items that are marked quite a bit higher than other retailers have them listed for. That is definitely not the case with everything, so just make sure you do a little comparison shopping to make sure you have the best price (or at least close to the best price, considering the amount of points you will be earning). The best percentage for this deal is if your order is just $100, but anything over that will still yield some great savings. Just make sure that, to take advantage of the Amex offer, your order is at least $100.
One item that may be of interest is the TravelPro Crew 9 20″ expandable roller bag. It is the same price on Amazon as it is on eBags ($135) and is a closeout item so it is at a pretty steep discount. Also, it is the perfect size (by dimensions given) to accommodate the stricter carry-on bag limits by United and others.
Just make sure you move quickly because you only have until Sunday for the American Express offer and you wouldn’t want the UR portal to change their earnings on you either. 🙂 It’s nice when the big boys like Chase and American Express play nice together – it gives us a great opportunity to rack up extra points and cash! Have fun!