Limited Time Offer, 30% back with Hotels.com and 7x Points
I want to start out by saying this may not be for everyone, and you might not be able to take advantage of this deal. What I do want this post to serve as (if it doesn’t work for you) is a way to think outside the box to earn a bunch of points, miles, and save money. Right now, through a unique mechanism of credit cards, points, miles, shopping portals, and discounts, you can earn about 30% back and 5x points on your hotel stay at Hotels.com
Currently, Rite Aid Pharmacies are offering $20 in BonusCash when you purchase a gift card from one of many participating brands. This deal is good through February 29th, so you have about a week (from time of writing) to take advantage. They include:
- Bed Bath and Beyond
- Dominos Pizza
- Regal Cinemas
- Bass Pro Shops
- Chili’s, On the Border, and Maggiano’s
- Panera Bread
There are certainly plays in here for those selling gift cards (Cabela’s, Panera, and Bed Bath and Beyond). I actually want to use my gift card, so I opted for the Hotels.com
When you spend $100 you get $20 back in BonusCash that you can use at RiteAid within the next 30 days. Double it up and you’re getting $40 back on a $200 card. That’s a 20% savings on your hotel stay.
Hotels.com has their own in house rewards program that gives you one night free for every 10 that you stay (a 10% return on your stays). We wrote about the hotels.com reward program before, so if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a good refresher.
If you’re not using Shopping Portals to buy almost anything online, you should be. It’s an amazing way to earn miles and points when you buy stuff online. Currently, the British Airways portal (my favorite portal) is offering 2x points on all purchases, including those made with hotels.com gift cards. Some portals don’t allow points on the reservation if you use a gift card, but British has been good for us.
Credit Card Points
RiteAid lets you use any form of payment to purchase your gift cards, INCLUDING Visa and Mastercard gift cards. You can often pick up these cards at grocery stores or office supply stores.
Use your Ink Cash Card at Office stores to get 5x on gift cards.
Use your American Express Gold card to get 4x on gift cards at Supermarkets.
Buy Hotels.com gift cards at RiteAid and get 20% back in rewards. Hotels.com own rewards program gets you 10% back. Then, you can get 2 Avios per dollar through a shopping portal and up to 5x via the right credit card.
Remember that you can only have one offer per RiteAid account, so if you want to buy more, make sure to sign up your husband, wife, friend, child, etc etc…