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"Other partner" hits (not Shopping Mall) [master thread]

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Old Aug 29, 11, 9:21 pm
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"Other partner" hits (not Shopping Mall) [master thread]

This thread is intended to serve as a resource for potential Grand Slam hits not falling into other categories (hotel stays, hotel transfers, points.com transfers, car rentals, credit/debit card usage, Shopping Mall, etc.). As time permits, and as others contribute suggestions, I'll try to compile the following:
  • Key rules & restrictions to keep in mind
  • Links to each partner's offer page on the US website
  • Suggested cheap hits
  • Consensus reports on each partner's transaction reporting practices (e.g., how long for points to post, any unusual patterns in terms of stated activity date, etc.)
Important restrictions

US has added several new qualifiers since last year's Grand Slam. From the T&C:

Non-qualifying partner activity
The following activities do not count as qualifying partner activity or hits:
[...]
  • Recurring partner bonuses including but limited to the ShareBuilder – 500 mile quarterly bonus and the USA Today – 100 mile monthly bonus
  • Miles earned for requesting a free quote for a service

New service cancellation policy
ALL bonus miles earned from the Grand Slam promotion will be forfeited and removed from a member’s account if new service acquired during the Grand Slam promotion is cancelled within 6 months from the end of the promotion. This date is May 14, 2012. For example, if you subscribe for a new USA Today newspaper subscription in order to earn a hit during Grand Slam and cancel it on or prior to May 14, 2012 ALL bonus miles you earned from the Grand Slam promotion will be forfeited and removed from your account, no matter how you earned them.

Subscription partners include:
  • US Airways Club
  • Dish Network
  • Energy Plus
  • getAbstract
  • Share Builder
  • Life Lock
  • Netflix
  • TD AMERITRADE
  • Trackitback.com
  • USA Today
  • Vinesse
  • Wine Insiders

Cheapest hits
For full details on each partner, including links, see the next section. Red indicates latest changes to the cheapest-hits list.

$0: Audience Rewards trivia

$0: 21st Century insurance quote

$0 and up: ING ShareBuilder

$0 + 400 miles: Magazines for Miles

$1.00: Thanks Again (restaurant.com $5 cert. @ 80% off)

$1: Dividend Miles Dining (small purchase at any member establishment)

$4.00: SuperShuttle (no-show fare @PHX using discount code, plus optional driver tip)

$6.50: SkyMall (squeegee blades, incl. shipping) -- but see note below re canceled orders

$8.80: OfficeMax (pen refill, incl. shipping) -- SEE WARNING BELOW

$14.98 and up: 800 Flowers (book, incl. shipping)

$15.95: Biscoff (French trial pack assortment, incl. shipping)

$15.95: Vinesse (recipe book, incl. shipping)

$24.94: trackitback.com (incl. shipping)

$26.09: Network Solutions (three-year domain registration)

$30.98: FTD (gift bear, incl. shipping)

$44.98: Teleflora (bouquet, incl. shipping)


Full list of "other partners"

*** = Subject to service cancellation policy listed above


21st Century Auto Insurance
Free quote earns 200 miles; switching your policy earns 2000. According to the GS rules, miles from a quote should not count as a hit, although multiple FT members report that they did receive hit credit. See this post and those following.

In 2011, miles posted once/month in the middle of the month (10/17, 11/16), with the initial quote date used as the activity date.
800 Flowers
Posting cycle: Miles post ~5 days after order is placed. (This merchant's T&C for US miles earning are imbedded in a .gif file with the tiniest type imaginable. Although it claims that "Miles are awarded based on the date product is delivered, not the date order was placed," several FTers -- including me -- have received a GS hit based on the order date. This has apparently not been consistent, as one FTer discovered to his chagrin.)

Earn 20 miles per dollar spent on regularly priced items. (The US site has two separate links. Use the special one [U44] for 20 miles/dollar, not 10 miles/dollar [U3].)

800 Flowers has two books for $9.99 each [search for "books"] plus $4.99 standard shipping, for a total of $14.98. These items will work with any promotion code, including U44 (20 miles/dollar). Note also that purchases from other storefronts accessible through the 800Flowers website (e.g., 800Baskets) will qualify, as reported by FT members. This opens up other options, such as Fannie May Peanut Butter Fudge ($7 + $7.99 shipping = $14.99) or Peanut Brittle ($11.99$14.99 as of 10/17 + $7.99 shipping = $22.98).

Caveat about inexpensive sale items:
  • Franciscan Desert Rose Oval Basket by Wedgwood - $12.99 [under "Sale"]
  • Assorted gift dolls (teddy brears, dogs, monkey) - $13.99 [search for "bear"]
  • LIFE Elvis Deluxe Gift Set - $13.99 [under "Sale"]

800 Flowers flags certain sale-priced items, including all of the above, with the notation "This special offer cannot be combined with Promotion Codes." Attempting to apply a promo code to the purchase of such items will result in an error. One FT member reports that she neverthless received 10 miles/dollar by doing the following: "I removed a promo code [i.e., from the box on the final ordering page] and put my DM# and clicked apply before I submitted the order." However, several other memebrs have reported that this did not work for them, i.e., they did not receive miles or a hit. Beware.

If you need to contact this merchant (instead of US) about having a transaction credited properly, one poster has reported that the promotions department may be reached at 800-755-7474.

AAA Carolinas Auto Club
US now says this partner is not participating in the Grand Slam promotion. They are also no longer listed in the rules & T&C.

Audience Rewards
Posting cycle: For trivia (see below), "activity date" = date answers submitted; miles post ~4 days after activity. For purchased tickets, "activity date" = performance date ; miles may take up to 1 month to post.

Earn 100 miles per show ticket.

Audience Rewards points earned from trivia questions may not be transfered to airline miles. However, AR recently began allowing direct earning of miles from trivia (2 miles per correct answer) at https://www.audiencerewards.com/usairways/trivia.cfm. UPDATE: Multiple FTers have made credible reports that direct-credited miles from AR trivia counted as GS hits in the 9/28-9/29 sweep. Correct trivia answers may be found at http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/miles...a-u-s-air.html or http://inacents.com.
Biscoff
Posting cycle: In previous years, Biscoff has posted miles once at the end of each calendar month. This year appears to follow that pattern, with numerous members reporting miles posted on Sept. 29, Oct. 27, and Nov. 28. (The cutoff for Biscoff's internal processing seems to be the 25th of the month.) Activity date = order date.

Earn 1 mile for every $1 you spend, plus 250 miles on purchases of $75 or more 3 miles per dollar spent.

Inexpensive options include:
  • French trial pack assortment (search for "trial") - $10.95 + shipping
  • Anna's Cookies 4-box assortment - $8.47 $12.95 (as of 9/26) + shipping
  • Biscoff spread (2 jars) - $13.95 + shipping
Shipping is a flat $5/order.

If you're outside the US and looking to ship to a US address to save money, I'd be happy to receive any unwanted shipments. PM me if you're interested.

Dish Network***
Earn 5000 for signup. Requires subscription through 5/14/12 at $24.99/month.
Dividend Miles Dining
Posting cycle: Miles may take up to 10-14 days to post after transaction. Activity date = purchase date.

Earn 3-5 miles per dollar spent at participating eateries.

You must register one or more credit cards with DMD, and then use that card at a member restaurant. As noted by FT member moebod,
even though a restaurant may actually accept Amex (or any card), they DO NOT NECESSARILY accept it as a reward "participating" card. The only way to know for sure that it will accumulate DM miles, is if it is listed with the rewards networks website (when you click on the restaurant for more info like hours etc) if it shows AMEX (or whatever you are using) then you are good to go.
e-Miles
See http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/2011-...er-thread.html
Energy Plus***
Earn 5000 miles, plus 2 miles/dollar, for switching electric providers. Requires subscription thrpugh 5/14/12. Available only in CT, IL, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and TX.
e-Rewards
See http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/2011-...er-thread.html

FTD.com or Florist.com (counts as 1 partner)
Posting cycle: Miles post 14-17 days after scheduled delivery date. "Activity date" = scheduled (not actual) delivery date, per this post.

25 miles/dollar per current promotion (vs. 15 miles/dollar standard offer). http://www.ftd.com/esaver250/ gives 20 miles/$ spent + 250 bonus miles, a better return if your purchase (before tax/shipping) is under $50. UPDATE: US also has a special offer -- 20 miles/dollar plus 300 miles -- marketed to Platinum members, but apparently useable by anyone.

FT member Flyerfrog suggests buying a gift bear for $30.98 (incl. shipping) + tax.

getAbstract***
Posting cycle: Relatively few FTers did this hit, so data points are hard to come by. That said, this post appears to indicate that miles post ~6 weeks after purchase, and that activity date = purchase date.

Earn 4000 miles for 6-month subscription ($179) to audio summaries of business books.

Hilton Grand Vacations® (ownership)


ING Direct – ShareBuilder***
Posting cycle: Points appear to post once each week on Tuesday. Following the foolish decision by some travel bloggers in early October to publicize the no-cost ShareBuilder hit, ING has suspended posting of any credits for the time being. Activity date = date account is established.

Any type of account, including custodial accounts for minors, will qualify. This year, as in the past, some participants report receiving bonus miles for simply opening an account, without even having to fund the account or make a trade. These bonuses count as a Grand Slam hit.

Note that the partner website does not recognize your US DM number if you use lower case, but instead requires ALL CAPS.

LasikPlus – surgical procedure only
1000 miles bonus for free evaluation exam does not count as a hit.

LifeLock – annual membership only***
Posting cycle: As reported here, LifeLock took about 4 weeks to post in 2010. More recently, posting in 2011 seems to have taken about 5 weeks.

Requires subscription (at $9/month) through May 14, 2012, to satisfy new T&C. Regular signup (using promo code TRAVEL56) earns 3,000 miles; FT member larrythai advises that code TRAVEL60 earns a 4,000-mile bonus.

LifeShield
This partner has no links on the US website, although an offer for bonus miles can be found at http://www.lifeshield.com/usairest.
Magazines for Miles
An unusual option, in that it involves spending miles instead of earning them. Inexpensive subscriptions can be had for as low as 400 miles for
  • Cigar Aficionado
  • Sunset

Offers vary over time, and some low-cost options may sell out quickly, so it is best to order early in the Grand Slam.

Several FTers report that the website gives a "session expired" error message after they enter their DM number/name/email address. This is a recurring problem, possibly resulting from an overworked system (or perhaps browser incompatibility). If it doesn't work after a few tries, wait a while and try again later and/or with a different browser.

Do not confuse this partner with the similar-sounding "Magazine Mileage Awards." which involves paying cash for magazine subscriptions and receiving a small (200-600) miles bonus. There are no indications that activity with this partner will qualify as a GS hit.

Marriott Vacation Club (ownership purchase)


Netflix***
Posting cycle: Per this report, Netflix posts "a few days" after your credit card is charged (i.e., shortly after the end of the initial 30-day free trial period). "Activity date" = signup date.

Earn 1500 miles for signup. Requires subscription through 5/14/12 at $7.99/month.

Network Solutions
Posting cycle: In 2011, just as in 2010, NetSol posted on the first Monday of the second month following the order. (See the 2011 posting reports starting at this post.) Activity date = purchase date.

The US website says you will earn 1000 miles per qualifying purchase. In the reports noted above, most FTers received 2000 miles, even when using a 70%-off coupon as noted below.

Using the link above, follow these steps:
  1. Click on the US website link to yougetmiles.com
  2. Click on "Get Your Domain Names"
  3. Enter your personal information. If the website won't accept your US Dividend Miles account ID, try
    • capitalizing all letters, if any
    • inserting several zeroes at the start of your identifier; it may take 10 or more
  4. Select a desired domain name (preferably .com or .org) and click "search"
  5. Click "continue" to confirm your selection
  6. Click "no thanks" to decline additional services
  7. You will see a pricing page listing a cost of $86.97. Click "redeem offer code" and enter a 70%-off discount code.
    • These codes can be found by Googling "network solutions codes". Current discount codes include SAVE70DAF and TECHDOM3AF.
  8. Apply the code and return to the main pricing page. Your new price for 3 years should be $26.09. (Do not choose a duration less than 3 years, as this will invalidate the miles promotion. This can be confirmed by reloading the page.) Note that the banner at the top promises 2,000 miles, although other pages in the process only 1,000 miles. As noted above, in 2011 people typically received 2000.
  9. Complete the secure checkout. Be aware that any address, phone number, or name entered here will be listed publicly in the domain name registration.
  10. You should receive an email from NetSol confirming your activity and the promised miles bonus.

NOTE: A number of FTers report that NetSol has extremely aggressive fraud-detection practices that may result in order cancellation where the credit-card home country does not match the IP address from which the order is placed.
OfficeMax.com
Posting cycle: OfficeMax has shown extraordinary incompetence and unreliability this year:
  • Until 9/22, there was a problem with the OfficeMax website (no means of entering US Dividend Miles number). If you ordered before 9/22, you can contact customer service by sending an email through the OMX website or by calling 800-283-7674. In most cases, OfficeMax will use the problem resolution date -- that is, the date a CSR opens a ticket for manual miles crediting -- as the "activity date," so it is crucial to contact OMX well in advance of the end of GS11 (on 11/14). Miles will post 24-48 hours after the CSR processes a manual miles request.
  • If you ordered from 9/22 through 10/2, you entered your US DM number on the OMX landing page. Unfortunately, the idiots at OMX failed to program the system so that the number would be applied to your order. As above, you must request a manually processed credit. Do not wait.
  • Finally, for orders placed on or after 10/3, OMX is refusing to process manual credits, claiming that the miles will post in 6-8 weeks. By then, of course, it will be too late if the miles do not post as promised.
UPDATE: On 10/31 & 11/1, OMX issued credits to numerous FTers, including those who a) purchased after 10/3 and b) had not contacted OMX to request manual posting. In many cases, these miles were in addition to a previous manually processed credit. Notably, these latest miles posted with the actual order date as the activity date. In light of these developments, FTers in need of a last-minute hit as the Grand Slam period closes can have a little more confidence in using OMX.

3 miles/dollar. Inexpensive items include:
  • Various pen and eraser refills, such as Ink Refill for Chain Pen at $0.80.
  • Bag of rubber bands - $1.49
  • Paper clips - $1.99
Add $7.95 for shipping.


RealEstate.com
This partner has no links on the US website, but one FT member notes the US-related offer at http://www.realestate.com/usairways/

Select Warranty


Sentry Insurance


SkyMall
Posting cycle: Irregular; takes up to 9 days to post after order is placed. "Activity date" for Grand Slam purposes is the order date.

Earn 3 miles/dollar.

Cheapest hit:
Shower squeegee replacement blades for $6.50 with free shipping.
Item no. "Frontgate 27146", or search for "replacement blades ." UPDATE: As of 10/19, we have multiple reports of SkyMall canceling orders for this item. Given their past practice on other cheap items, SkyMall may well de-list this item.

Other inexpensive items include:
  • 9v battery [search for "9v alkaline"] - $0.99; buy two if you're concerned about a sub-$1 purchase
  • Carabineer [sic] Clip - $1.99
  • Extra Joist Finding Screw [part of Squeaky Floor Repair Kit; search for "joist"] - $2.19
  • Slip-on Adaptor Plug - $2.85
  • Flag Storage Bag - $2.95
  • Christmas Dog Collar - $2.97 [FT member mikeef has offered to donate any unwanted collars to his local SPCA; contact him re the address SkyMall should ship to]
  • Race Deck Modular Shop Floor Tile - $3.50
  • Alkaline Batteries Pk/4 [search for "alkaline"] - $3.99
  • Sink Overflow & Drain Brush - $3.99
For any of these, add $7.25 for shipping.

I have removed direct links to these items because you must go through the US website (link directly above) to be prompted for your DM number and receive proper credit.

To search for site-wide cheap items, enter "*" in the search box. (h/t HikerT) Free items -- pools DVD, Kenzie-cover masks -- will not generate miles or a hit.

IMPORTANT: On the final order payment page, the "SUBMIT" button is at the bottom of the page. Most of it is hidden by the US DM promo T&C, but you can click on the sliver visible just above.

SkyMall T&C; email contact for inquiries about missing mileage.

Starwood Vacations Ownership


SuperShuttle & ExecuCar (counts as 1 partner)
Posting cycle: Miles post once/week each Friday. On 9/30 and 10/7, this happened between 4 and 5pm ET. Activity date = trip/travel date.

Earn 50 miles (SuperShuttle) or 150 miles (ExecuCar) per trip. Note important restriction: "Mileage earned only for online reservations made at supershuttle.com."

As noted by one FT member, "[t]ake $4 off your next round-trip or $2 off one way with code: LN7W3." For additional discount codes, see http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/s-p-m...pon-codes.html. UPDATE (11/3/11): Although the UYR59 code listed below has expired, Amex users can apply code 72MMA for $3.

You can earn this hit without riding SuperShuttle, or even showing up. This year, FTers have reported receiving miles for these paid no-show trips:
  • PHX airport -> airport Aloft; cost is $4 ($7 base fare - $3 discount code UYR59), plus optional driver tip; reported here. UPDATE: As of early October, more than one FT member has reported receiving no miles/hit credit for this no-show; treat the PHX option as a gamble.
  • DFW airport -> DFW Hyatt; cost is $10 ($12 base fare + $1 fuel surcharge - $3 discount code UYR59), plus optional driver tip. A reliable hit this year as in the past.
  • As reported by one FT member: "Pickup at SNA (orange county) drop off at disneyland (or disneyland hotel or grand california hotel) all $10- less the $3 coupon UYR59 +optional tip."
TD AMERITRADE***
Posting cycle: Initial miles bonus posts ~2 weeks after account setup. Activity date = setup date.

From the US website:
Open and fund a TD Ameritrade account to earn up to 25,000 miles.

You'll earn:
  • 5,000 miles with a $2,500 deposit.
  • 15,000 miles with a $10,000 deposit.
  • 25,000 miles with a $50,000 deposit.
According to FT members, half the miles bonus posts after the account has remained open for 6 months. Note that Grand Slam rules require the account to be maintained throgh May 14, 2012.

Teleflora
Posting cycle: Miles post on Wednesday each week, normally covering orders for the previous 7 days. "Activity date" = delivery date. (Their stated policy is this: "Miles are awarded based on the date the product is delivered not the date of placement of order. Please allow up to six weeks for posting of miles.")

Earn 25 miles/dollar. (Use the special promotional link, not the standard 15 miles/dollar one.)

FT member Flyerfrog suggests the make-a-wish bouquet for $44.98, shipping included.

Thanks Again
Earn 4 miles/dollar. Inexpensive hits include:

TrackItBack.com***
Posting cycle: Once/week on Wednesday or Thursday. Activity date = order date.

Earn 25 miles/dollar, according to TIB website. (US partner page says 20 miles/dollar.) Does not require subscription, so it is not clear why the GS T&C claim to require a 6-month minimum service. Least expensive product is $19.99 + $4.95 s/h.

As noted by FT member Beckles, TIB is located in Canada, often resulting in currency conversion fees on credit card charges. (This does not happen with all purchases; I don't believe we know exactly what determines whether or not the fees are assessed.) It is prudent to make any TIB purchases with a no-forex-fee card; a list of such cards may be found at http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/credi...tion-fees.html.
US Airways Cruises


USA Today***
$19.95 for 4 weeks; requires subscription through 5/14/12.

Verizon Wireless
"Get 5,000 miles and a free Droid X2 by Motorola when you sign up for a new 2-year Verizon Wireless activation and data pak." (NOTE: The actual vendor is a Verizon reseller named Tranzmobile.) Grand Slam T&C do not impose 6-month minimum requirement, but Verizon (or Tranzmobile) undoubtedly has a substantial early termination penalty.

Note that the landing page on the partner website does not recognize your US DM number if you use lower case, but instead stupidly requires ALL CAPS.
Vinesse***
Posting cycle: Miles post once each week on Friday. "Activity date" is handled erratically; it may be the actual ship date, or up to ~7 days afterward. (Thus, orders placed after November 4 or so may end up as invalid hits, depending on the vagaries of when Vinesse ships and how soon afterward they choose to credit.)

"Join a Vinesse Wine Club and get 2,000 bonus miles, plus 5 miles for every $1 you spend." This wording implies that non-club purchases of wine or accessories do not qualify. However, credible FT members report receiving US miles for recent purchases of individual items (including accessories) ; it remains to be seen whether this activity will qualify as a hit., as well as receiving hit credit in the 9/28 sweep.

Inexpensive options include
  • American Cellars Wine Club Apron ($9.95 + $3 shipping to DC) no longer listed
  • Wine Spectator's Pocket Guide to Wine ($9.95 + $3 shipping to DC) no longer listed
  • Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers ($12.95 + $3 shipping to DC)
  • The Wine Tasting Notebook ($14.95 + $3.62 [sic] shipping to DC)
  • Label Saver Wine Label Removers ($14.95 + $2.95 shipping to DC)price raised to $18.95
  • The Cabernet Book ($7.95 + $5 shipping) no longer listed
  • Quick Chill Wine Cooler ($9.95 plus $5 shipping) price increased to $19.95

Wine club monthly memberships require a subscription through May 14, 2012, as noted above.

An important caution if you attempt to credit Vinesse transactions to multiple US accounts:
Originally Posted by cvarming View Post
Vinesse should come with a huge warning: They post miles to the account number that is listed in your Vinesse account on day the miles are awarded. It is very difficult to create multiple accounts with Vinesse and when you try to sign up for a new account they will often just change your old account information. When this happens the old information, including any US Airways account numbers, is replaced with your newest information.

The net effect is that Vinesse purchases should be done in serial. You need to see the miles from a purchase before you can place the next order.
Wine Insiders***
Earn 1000 miles plus 4 miles/dollar for 12-bottle sampler ($83.88+tax). Wine club monthly memberships require a subscription through 5/14/12, although there does not appear to be a means of entering your DM number when buying a wine club membership (or any other merchandise aside from the sampler). Beware.

WARNING: Several FTers report that Wine Insiders modified or canceled orders without notice. Indeed, some buyers received late shipments (with out-of-time activity dates) after being told their orders were canceled. (For an epic saga of ineptitude, see http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/17603065-post111.html.) Really, beware.


Finally: "Can't be combined with Groupons, Coupons or other discounted offers."

Last edited by beltway; Jan 22, 12 at 8:42 pm Reason: updated 1 800 Flowers posting cycle reports
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Old Aug 29, 11, 11:06 pm
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great work-this is very helpful.
looks like the promo will cost more than last yr as they have tightened up the rules..

1800 flowers have a congrats bear(?) for 13.99$ inc delivery..
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Old Aug 29, 11, 11:36 pm
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1800 flowers have a congrats bear(?) for 13.99$ inc delivery..
There's even a $6.99 NASCAR bear, but all such sale items are flagged with a note along these lines: "Promotion Codes are not accepted on this item." I would worry that this means not only can one not use a discount coupon, but also that no miles are earned.
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Old Aug 30, 11, 12:59 am
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Dang. That "New service cancellation policy" is brutal. Those were great sources of hits last year. Oh well, the cat-and-mouse game continues.
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Old Aug 30, 11, 2:03 am
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What's the consensus on Energy Plus? If you google "energy plus scam" you get lots of scary hits, including this thread on FT:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/conti...tion-scam.html

Seems like an easy hit for 1 month, but committing to 6 months seems dangerous, especially considering ALL of your GS points are held hostage so you won't cancel.

I think I'm going to steer clear of all of the contractual partners, with the exception of netflix.
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Old Aug 30, 11, 2:05 am
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I do wonder how they track them though.....

the flower ones are just getting expensive!
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Old Aug 30, 11, 2:16 am
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There's even a $6.99 NASCAR bear, but all such sale items are flagged with a note along these lines: "Promotion Codes are not accepted on this item." I would worry that this means not only can one not use a discount coupon, but also that no miles are earned.
i missed the nascar bear!
there is an i love you bear for 19.99 which doesnt have the promotion code bit..

how can we find out if the promotion code not acccepted means no miles for bears?
its more suspense than i can bear

apologies for last comment couldnt resist

Last edited by bryanwallace; Aug 30, 11 at 2:18 am Reason: added apology for barely funny comment
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Old Aug 30, 11, 2:40 am
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i missed the nascar bear!
there is an i love you bear for 19.99 which doesnt have the promotion code bit..

how can we find out if the promotion code not acccepted means no miles for bears?
its more suspense than i can bear

apologies for last comment couldnt resist
Don't worry honey, it just stung a little bit.
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Old Aug 30, 11, 6:11 am
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What's the consensus on Energy Plus? If you google "energy plus scam" you get lots of scary hits, including this thread on FT:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/conti...tion-scam.html

Seems like an easy hit for 1 month, but committing to 6 months seems dangerous, especially considering ALL of your GS points are held hostage so you won't cancel.

I think I'm going to steer clear of all of the contractual partners, with the exception of netflix.
Energy Plus is more expensive than many other suppliers. I wouldn't call it a scam, but it is difficult to find out the actual rates. Last year I changed back to my former supplier after one billing period, but that won't work this year.
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There's even a $6.99 NASCAR bear, but all such sale items are flagged with a note along these lines: "Promotion Codes are not accepted on this item." I would worry that this means not only can one not use a discount coupon, but also that no miles are earned.
It probably means that you can't apply a discount code to the sale item. Last year I got a hit for a Dale Earnhart bear.
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Old Aug 30, 11, 6:23 am
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Originally Posted by kochleffel View Post
It probably means that you can't apply a discount code to the sale item. Last year I got a hit for a Dale Earnhart bear.

so you think its ok just to spend the bear minimum??



apologies again
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Old Aug 30, 11, 6:28 am
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It probably means that you can't apply a discount code to the sale item. Last year I got a hit for a Dale Earnhart bear.
Good enough for me. Post #1 updated. I've also added a a caveat re how this merchant posts activity: "Miles are awarded based on the date product is delivered, not the date order was placed."

Please keep the suggestions/input coming.

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Old Aug 30, 11, 6:29 am
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so you think its ok just to spend the bear minimum??
No more, please. These puns are too grisly.
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As I am not US based and hate to let things go to waste (aka let thing rod in a post-box): If anybody has got an US address for me (via PM) that would appreciate biscuits, flowers and other riff-raff during the GS I'd be more than happy to use that adress for all my GS purchases. I'm sure there's lots of non US-based FT'ers this could be intersting for.

Edit: I'm all set now and many thanks to those who PMed me - I'll spread the gifts according to preferences :-)

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Old Aug 30, 11, 7:23 am
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OfficeMax.com's 59-cent "wedgy scabard" is unavailable. I test-clicked it and found: "The following item(s) is discontinued and has not been added to your cart."
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