The Ultimate Rewards Mall April 2013 bonuses are here, although unfortunately many of the more useful retailer bonuses have gone down. All the same, I'll highlight the April Ultimate Rewards Mall bonuses that I view as the best ones. As always, be sure to check prices, since you may find that getting 5X points on Amazon and a lower price is better than 15X points for Kohl's or 12X points for JC Penney and a more expensive price.
To get the full bonus I list, you must have an Ink Bold or Ink Plus card and use this card to buy the store's gift card at an office supply store, such as Office Depot, OfficeMax or Staples, then click through using the Ultimate Rewards Mall and pay with the gift card. I'd highly recommend that you put at least a small amount of the purchase on your Ink Bold or Ink Plus credit card, to maximize your chance of earning points even for the part of the purchase using the gift card. And note that there is a small risk of not getting the points, so before you buy a huge amount this way, you may want to do a trial run early in April with a smaller amount.
1. 15X Points for Kohl's
15X: 5X from Kohl's gift card + 10X Ultimate Rewards Mall
Get 15X Ultimate Rewards points by purchasing Kohl's gift cards at OfficeMax or Staples with your Ink card for 5X points, then going through the Ultimate Rewards Mall for a further 10X. There's not currently a Kohl's cash offer, but if you earned Kohl's cash March 21-30, you can redeem it now through April 14.
2. 12X Points for JC Penney
12X: 5X from JC Penney gift card + 7X Ultimate Rewards Mall
Get 12X Ultimate Rewards points by purchasing JC Penney gift cards at OfficeMax or Staples with your Ink card for 5X points, then going through the Ultimate Rewards Mall for a further 7X.
3. 13X Points for Sephora
13X: 5X from Sephora gift card + 8X Ultimate Rewards Mall
Get 13X Ultimate Rewards points by purchasing Sephora gift cards at OfficeMax, Staples or Office Depot with your Ink card for 5X points, then going through the Ultimate Rewards Mall for a further 8X. While I don't buy anything at Sephora, if you or your significant other does, getting 13X points is so much better than buying it in-store.
4. 11X Points for Nordstrom
11X: 5X from Nordstrom gift card + 6X Ultimate Rewards Mall
Get 11X Ultimate Rewards points by purchasing Nordstrom gift cards at OfficeMax or Staples with your Ink card for 5X points, then going through the Ultimate Rewards Mall for a further 6X.
5. 10X Points for Lowe's
10X: 5X from Lowe's gift card + 5X Ultimate Rewards Mall
Get 10X Ultimate Rewards points by purchasing Lowe's gift cards at OfficeMax or Staples with your Ink card for 5X points, then going through the Ultimate Rewards Mall for a further 5X.
6. 8X Points for Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Gap, Banana Republic, Home Depot
Unfortunately the Ultimate Rewards Mall bonus has decreased for Macy's from 5X to 3X, so it's gone down from 10X to 8X. Similarly, Bloomingdale's has gone down from 4X to 3X. Gap and Home Depot remain unchanged at 3X for the Ultimate Rewards Mall, so 8X total if you first buy gift cards. Note that you can use Gap gift cards at any of the Gap group brands, including Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta.
Where to buy the gift cards:
Macy's: Staples, Office Depot
Bloomingdale's: Staples, Office Depot
Gap: Staples, Office Depot
Home Depot: OfficeMax, Staples
7. 7X for Marriott
Marriott only offers 2X points in the Ultimate Rewards Mall, but if you can manage to find Marriott gift cards at Staples, you could get 7X points total. I'll note that at least at the Staples stores near me, I can't find Marriott gift cards, but you may be luckier.
Plan to take advantage of any of these Ultimate Rewards Mall offers? Others you think should be included?
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