Earn 7,000 miles at Rocket Miles

Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine that award you miles with American Airlines, Delta, United , Alaska, Jet Blue, US Airways, Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines when booking with them. I wrote an article about their cool business models a few months ago . This time, they are coming back with a great promotion for new customers only (sadly not for people like me).

A new customer can  get at least 5,000 airline miles from a hotel booking with Rocketmiles. 1,000 bonus mile for opening a new account + 5,000 miles for the first booking + 1,000 miles for the booking itself. 7,000 United/American Airline points are worth about $140 (2 cent per mile valuation)

Here are steps by steps on how to get the points

1.  Use my referral link to sign-up for Rocketmiles.com, you will earn 1,000 bonus points for signing up (I will also earn 1,000 points from your sign-up too thanks a lot)

2. Book a hotel today (Nov 5th). Stay at the hotel  by December 31, 2013. You will earn 5,000 bonus points from doing this

3. Booking a hotel will ALSO reward you  another 1,000+ points

4. After the points are posted, you can go to Account – Miles/Points – Add loyalty account – Assign the points to any frequent flier account

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If you would like to maximize this promotion, you should try to book hotels with less than $140 per night. From my simple search I find a bunch of cheap hotels in Dallas, Houston and Orlando which will give you a net positive of up to $21

  • There are $79 hotels in Orlando for many dates in October. These are great for Disney/Universal Studio trips
  • $84 for hotels in Dallas for many days in Oct
  • And many $100 hotels in Houston for Sep and Oct

Terms and Conditions in detail:

Qualifying Activity: To qualify for the Rocketmiles Anniversary Promotion, a new reservation must be made through http://www.rocketmiles.com/anniversary using this special promotional link on November 5, 2013 between 8:00 AM CT and 9:00 PM CT, and have a check-out date no later than December 31, 2013. The reward offer you see when searching Rocketmiles using this link will show the 5000 bonus miles if eligible. Limit one (1) bonus per customer. Any subsequent bookings will not qualify for the miles/points bonus, but will still earn the standard reward amounts. BONUS MILES/POINTS CAN NOT BE ADDED RETROACTIVELY TO EXISTING BOOKINGS. THIS PROMOTION CAN NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER BONUS MILE/POINT OFFERS. ROCKETMILES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY AND ADJUST ANY BONUSES RESULTING FROM THE CANCELLATION AND REBOOKING (SAME SEARCH CRITERIA) OF AN EXISTING ROCKETMILES RESERVATION (OR IF IT DETERMINES, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, THAT ANY CUSTOMER HAS APPLIED BONUSES TO MORE THAN 1 PURCHASE). Bonuses can be disqualified and reversed at the sole discretion of Rocketmiles for any actions that breach these terms, including but not limited to fraud, deception, and technical errors. Please allow up to 4 weeks for bonus miles/points to post in a qualifying member’s account after hotel stay is completed and the qualifying member has met the stated conditions. For complete Terms and Conditions of Use please visit www.rocketmiles.com/terms.

3 great deals in a day Officemax, CVS, Staples

1. Get a $200 Visa gift card at Office Max for $196.95. Yes, you can buy money cheaper than its actual value


Basically, Office Max (in store only) gives you $10 off when you buy any of their Master Card and Visa gift card which has a fees of $6.95
Therefore with this deal, you can make at least $3.05 + 197 points. In addition, if you have a Chase Ink Bold or Plus which earns 5x at OfficeMax, the return will be $3.05 + 985 Ultimate Reward points

2. Staples is offering a free $10 ePromo card when you get a $50 eGift card through 6/16. Since you will buy this via Cashstar.com, you might not be able to earn 5x points by using your Chase Ink credit cards. I will probably use this $10 ePromo card to buy Easy Rebate Item at Staples however the limit is only 5 gift cards per transaction.

Link to the deal


Terms and Conditions can be found here

- eGift Cards may be used only in Staples U.S. retail stores

-  eGift Cards cannot be used for credit card payments or to purchase other gift cards (including Staples gift cards) or wireless cards

-  No more than five eGift Cards may be used for any single purchase

3. CVS is offering $5 Extra Bucks when buying 2 Visa gift cards throuugh 06/15. This offer is valid for in-store purchase only.

CVS sells $500 My Vanilla Debit Visa card with $3.95 fees that can be cashed out by using Amazon Payment. $500 Vanilla Visa gift card can be bought for $504.95 which can be loaded to Bluebird at Walmart and money can be sent back to your checking account. With this deal, you should buy 2 Vanilla Visa gift card for $1,010 and get back $5.


Make up to $94 + points from Marriott gift card

Last week, MightyTravels detailed  a post about the Daily Getaway week 1 which is happening tomorrow.

The first deal is Marriort gift cards at 20% off if you use your American Express credit card. I was initially not excited about these deals since I like to redeem points for free hotel stays rather than paying at 20% off. However, you can make some money with these deals if you want to churn gift card. Churning gift cards involve buying them at a discount and resell them for a profit.


Here is day 1 deal:
Day 1 (Jun 10, 2013): Buying Marriott gift cards at 11% off. Plus 10% off if you pay with Amex
– $100 gift card for $89 ($80 with Amex card) – 410 available and purchase up to 5 packages
– $500 gift card for $445 ($400 with Amex card) – 308 available and purchase up to 2 packages
– $1000 gift card for $890 ($800 with Amex card) – 75 available and purchase only 1 package

According to GiftCardGranny, Marriott gift cards can be sold for 86% of its face value (sell $1,000 gift card for $860 cash) at Cardpool, ABC Gift Card or Gift Card Zen. Furthermore, if you click through TopCashBack before selling your gift card to Cardpool, you will earn another 4% ($40 for $1,000 gift card).


Overall, if you buy $1,000 Marriott gift card at $800, you will be able to sell it for $860 + $34.4 cash back + 800 points = $94.4 in profit + 800 points

My Take:
– There are a lot more packages for $100 and $500 gift cards than $1,000 therefore my goal is to aim for either 5 * $100 gift cards or 2 * $500 gift cards.
TopCashBack only awards the threshold $1,000 in purchases and sales for Cardpool, in total across ANY reward or cash back sites, they are not eligible for any more cashback from Cardpool.
– Based on my own experience, Cardpool tends to send you the check faster than ABC gift card
– Daily Getaway deals are getting more and more competitive and harder to get. However, here are a few tricks to score you a deal:
+ Open a few browsers before the deals go live
+ Use this official clock for EST time at a different screen from the deal’s one
+ Click Buy at exactly the right second

Note: the TopCashBack link is my referral link

Rocket Miles – Almost Free hotel night in Vegas

Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine that award you miles with American Airlines, Delta, United , Alaska, Jet Blue, US Airways, Virgin America and Hawaiian Airlines when booking with them. Rocketmiles was founded a few months ago and their business model is buying large quantity of miles for cheap and award miles as incentives for hotel bookings on their site. Jay Hoffman, the CEO of Rocketmiles was head of MileagePlus program at United therefore he knows the miles business inside out


- The trick is to find a cheap hotel that have a good mile earning rate. From my research, I found out that Vegas hotels have the cheapest rate. Since I am planning to visit Vegas for Christmas, I look up 1 day from 12/22 to 12/22. New York, New York hotel, Tropicana and Monte Carlo hotel shows up with the highest mile earning and the lowest cost per night. You will earn 1,000 United miles for the cost of $52 + tax ($6). Plus if  use my referral link to sign-up for Rocketmiles.com, you will earn another 1,000 points for your first booking. In total, you will earn 1,000 + 1,000 = 2,000 points from this booking
If you value United miles at 2 cent/mile, you will get a value of $40 and out of pocket $58. Basically, this means that you get a hotel night for $18.

I also found out that from Tropicana is running $47 + tax ($7) = $54 from 12/22 to 12/23. It means that you will get 2,000 points = $40 value and out of pocket $54. Basically, this means that you get a free hotel night for $14

    • There is a resort fee of $20 per night at New York, New York Hotel and Tropicana
    • This booking is refundable therefore there is almost no risk for this deal


You can also invite your friends to join Rocketmiles. After their first booking, you’ll earn 1000 bonus miles and they’ll earn 1000 bonus miles

Rocketmiles seems to offer only a few nice hotels per cities at the moment. The available cities on Rocketmiles:

    • Atlanta
    • Austin
    • Boston
    • Barcelona
    • Charleston
    • Charlotte
    • Chicago
    • Dallas
    • Denver
    • Detroit
    • Fort Lauderdale
    • Hawaiian Islands
    • Houston
    • Las Vegas
    • Los Angeles
    • Mexico City
    • Miami
    • Mineapolis
    • Montreal
    • New Orleans
    • Philadelphia
    • Phoenix
    • New York
    • Portland
    • San Diego
    • Seattle
    • San Francisco
    • Vancouver
    • Toronto
    • Washington, DC

Home Improvement Gift Card = Vanilla Reload?

Here is the anticipated trick I promise to share. A few of you emailed me in the last few days and I thought why not sharing with the world so that we and our families can travel more for less

Here is the background about the Home Improvement Gift Card from Frequent Miler who discovered and introduced that to us

The big deal about this card is that you can double dip or triple dip at Sears and Lowe’s. In his post, he didn’t specify how to convert Home Improvement Gift Card into “Cash”.

The key is the ability to convert Sears Gift Card into Visa Gift Card at Sears/Sears Grand Stores

Here is the math that we are talking about

1. Go to Office Depot to buy $500 Home Improvement gift card with your Chase Ink credit card (earn 2,500 Ultimate Reward Points)

2. Go through online shopping portals to buy Sears physical gift card paying with Home Improvement card. At the moment Ultimate Reward is giving 4 points/$ and US Airways portal is giving 6 points/$ (this will become AA points soon so rack it up people)

    • Sears put $1 hold on your Home Improvement card therefore you can order a maximum amount of $499 from your $500 card
    • Remember to buy Sears physical gift card to earn points – electronic card might not earn points
    • This trick will give you either 1,996 Ultimate Reward points or 2,994 US Airways points

3. Go to Sears store to buy Visa/Amex/Master gift cards with Sears physical gift cards. Instruction is in this post. This will depend on your hard work and your luck since some Sears stores don’t sell Visa gift cards or don’t let you buy them with Sears gift card. I believe with hard work, you will be able to find your gold mine

    • Sears sell $100 Visa gift card with $5.95 fees
    • I don’t think you earn Shop Your Way Award (Sears loyalty program) points with Visa gift card purchase. But feel free to prove me wrong

4. Buying $500 Visa gift cards at Sears will cost $30 but will give you 2,500 Ultimate Rewards + 3,000 US Airways points. Assuming these two points are the same, cost per point = .54 cent/point

How to get your money out:

5. According to this thread on Flyertalk,  it seems like from 04-01-2013, you can create a PIN with your Visa/Master gift card and use it to load Blue Bird at Walmart for $1000 free per day or $5000 free per month. Or you can use Visa/Master gift cards to buy money order with PIN at many grocery stores or USPS stores

    •  This is huge since there is no cost involving cashing out Visa/Master gift card for $5,000 per month

6. Use Amazon payment to liquidate $1,000 of Visa gift cards per month for free. Alternatively, use American Express at Target to load a $1,000 at a time for $3 fees.

    • $3 per reload in-store
    • $3 per ATM withdrawal after the first free withdrawal each month.  Note that ATM owner fees apply as well.
    • Number of cards: Each person is allowed up to two cards.  Only one may be purchased in a day.
    • Maximum balance: $2500 per card
    • ATM withdrawals: Limited to $400 per day
    • You can load up to $5,000 per month (potentially $10,000 per month)

You can also buy Vanilla Reload at Valero, Dollar General and Family Dollar with Visa Gift Cards

Some parting words, I love this trick because you can earn a lot of miles with less manufactured spending. Right now, you earn 11 points/$ however when Sear award 10 points/$, it will become 15 points/$. I try not to manufacture spend more than $10k per month so that the banks won’t ever question my income and ability to cover bills.

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Is Vanilla Reload coming back at Office Depot as a new form?


  • I talked to Vanilla Reload Customer Service and was informed that you could load your MyVanilla, Mio, Momentum cards at Family Dollar and Dollar General. I believe Blue Bird won’t work since those stores require a Visa or Master card
  • I also went to Office Depot to ask about reloading at a retail location and the answer is no
  • However I discovered a way to cash out Home Improvement Gift Card and will write about it soon 


This is a totally speculation from my part however I accidentally found out that

On VanillaReload.com FAQ section under “How to Reload your card”, there is an added method – Swipe your card at Retail

Does it mean the Vanilla Reload game is coming back? Since Office Depot is listed as a Retail location, can we now reload Blue Bird at Office Depot skipping Vanilla Reload step? Or may there be another Prepaid card we can use to load money into at Office Depot? I will test it out tomorrow and report back.

For any of you who is confused with this post, Vanilla Reload is a tool for point/mile community to earn millions of points at a very cheap price. The basic concept was to use Chase Ink (5 points/$ at Office Supply stores) to buy Vanilla Reload card (cost $3.95 per card)at Office Depot. Load Vanilla card into a Prepaid product, BlueBird. Blue Bird Prepaid lets you send money to yourself and other people. Therefore people were able to buy 2,500 points at $3.95 or 100,000 points (business class ticket to Europe) at $160. Vanilla Reload was pulled from Office Depot a few months ago as Office Depot and Chase were trying to stop people buy points at a cheap price.


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Amazing opportunity to make money at Best Buy

A blogger, Top5deals.net, I met just shared with me her secret tricks about making money at Best Buy


The main idea is to buy Best Buy gift card at a discounted value (5% to 20%) and then go to Best Buy Stores to purchase Visa gift card with Best Buy gift card (3% cost). By using Topcashback, you can earn a profit of 4% to 19% + credit card points by doing this.

If you want more detail, check out her website here