United: 1,000 Free Miles for Downloading a Shopping Toolbar

What’s the deal???

United is offering 1,000 bonus miles if you download their MileagePlus Shopping Assistant Toolbar and conduct ONE search.

How do I get in on it?

  1. Click here and sign into your MileagePlus account.
  2. Click here to download MileagePlus Shopping Assistant Toolbar
  3. Install the toolbar
  4. Perform one search by October 31, 2012 (I perform a few to be sure).
  5. Un-install the toolbar (you don’t want that bloatware on your computer anyway).

That’s it! I’m sure the 1,000 miles will take several weeks to post but it’s not too much work for a cool 1,000 miles.

Other Notes

IE 7+, Firefox 5+, Google Chrome 11+ and Safari 5.x+ on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS X

Note: You must be logged in to MileagePlus Shopping using your MileagePlus user name and password in order to download the MileagePlus Shopping Assistant.

To qualify for the initial download 1,000 bonus miles offer, make at least one search or purchase using the Shopping Assistant. Bonus offer is only valid for the initial download and install of the Shopping Assistant. Not valid on subsequent downloads or installs. Offer ends 10/31/12.

 Thanks, Just Another Points Traveler.

Chase Freedom Bonus Categories 4th Quarter 2012

Don’t forget that from today, October 1, through December 31, 2012, we are in the 4th quarter of the Chase Freedom bonus categories.

For every dollar you spend in the following categories, you will earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points:

  • Airlines
  • Hotels
  • Best Buy
  • Kohl’s

I don’t need to talk about how easy it is to max out the $1,500 limit in any of these categories, especially with the holidays looming.

So if you haven’t done so already, here are details about activating your card and also a little tip about how to maximize the Chase Ultimate Rewards points by shopping online at Kohl’s.

What Card Do I Use For This Purchase?

This is a question that many friends & family ask me almost every day. There is usually a simple answer, but sometimes there are just so many types of purchases that one can forget.

A fairly updated array of all our credit cards

Here are a list of categories that you might commonly spend your money on and the cards that offer bonuses for spending within those categories:

Groceries

American Express Blue Cash Preferred: A straight up, no frills 6% cash back.

American Express Premier Rewards Gold: 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent.

American Express Hilton Honors Surplus: 6 Hilton Honors points per dollar spent.

Chase Freedom (rotating categories): If eligible for that quarter, earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar, capped at $1,500 per quarter.

Gas

Chase Ink Bold Business: 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent.

Chase Ink Plus Business: 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent.

American Express Mercedes Benz: 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent.

American Express Premier Rewards Gold: 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent.

American Express Business Gold: 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent.

American Express Hilton Honors Surplus: 6 Hilton Honors points per dollar spent.

Chase Freedom (rotating categories): If eligible for that quarter, earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar, capped at $1,500 per quarter.

Dining/Restaurants

Chase Sapphire Preferred: 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent.

Chase Freedom (rotating categories): If eligible for that quarter, earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar, capped at $1,500 per quarter.

American Express Mercedes Benz: 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent.

Citi Forward: 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent.

Airfare

American Express Premier Rewards Gold: 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent.

Chase Sapphire Preferred: 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent (3 if you purchase through Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal)

Hotels

Chase Sapphire Preferred: 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Chase Ink Bold Business: 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Chase Ink Plus Business: 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Other Travel (Tolls/Taxi Fare/Train Tickets)

Chase Sapphire Preferred: 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spen

Office Supplies

Chase Ink Bold Business: 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Chase Ink Plus Business: 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Drugstores/Pharmacies

American Express Hilton Honors Surplus: 6 Hilton Honors points per dollar spent.

Communications (Cable/TV/Internet/Cell)

Chase Ink Bold Business: 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Chase Ink Plus Business: 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent

Advertising/Shipping

American Express Business Gold: 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent.

Amazon.com

Citi Forward: 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent.

Department Stores

Chase Freedom (rotating categories): If eligible for that quarter, earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar, capped at $1,500 per quarter.

Movies

Chase Freedom (rotating categories): If eligible for that quarter, earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar, capped at $1,500 per quarter.

Things to Note

  • ALL the links in this post are PUBLIC OFFERS that don’t pay me any commission. They are open to anyone and can be found with a simple Google search. That is, in face, how I found these links.
  • The Chase Freedom appears in a lot of these categories. Its bonuses change every quarter (as I’ve most recently posted about here) and with no annual fee, it’s almost a no-brainer to always have one in your wallet.
  • The Chase Sapphire Preferred also shows up in a lot of categories, mainly because Chase considers a lot of things in the category of “travel”.

Wrap-Up

Clearly, there are A TON of bonus categories that you’ll come upon in your everyday spending. It can get a bit daunting, but hopefully this guide will help you out.

As for me, I have my favorites of the bunch. Both the aforementioned Chase cards earn Ultimate Rewards points, which is why they are my favorite card combo for earning points that can be transferred to the following:

  • United Airlines
  • Southwest
  • British Airways
  • Korean Air
  • Hyatt
  • Priority Club
  • Marriott
  • Amtrak

Please let me know what you think and if this helps. Also, if you have other categories you are wondering about, post a comment and I’ll see if there is a card that qualifies for it!

Chase Freedom Bonus Categories 3rd Quarter 2012

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It’s activation time once again! If you have a Chase Freedom credit card, click this link, starting June 15, to activate your card for the 3rd quarter bonus categories. From July 1 – September 30, you’ll receive 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent at Gas Stations and Restaurants. This is good up until $1,500 spent. After that, you’ll go back to earning the standard 1 Ultimate Rewards point per dollar spent.

The categories for next quarter are pretty straight forward, but if you think you’ll have trouble meeting $1,500 spend on these categories, consider buying gift cards from both gas stations and restaurants that you know you’ll frequent in the future. Better to buy the gift card for later and earn the bonus points than to leave them unearned!

As always, don’t forget to finish up your 2nd quarter spending in the bonus categories of groceries and movie theaters. If you are having trouble meeting that spend, consider buying some gift cards from your local grocery that you know you’ll use. I picked up gift cards for stores like Home Depot, Starbucks, and Hess because I often frequent those places. Try not to leave any bonus points on the table! You have until June 30, 2012.