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TODAY: Earn up to 4x on Apple purchases through shopping portals (select products)

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Shopping through online portals can be a great way to boost a loyalty account balance, save some cash, or to prevent a loyalty balance from expiring. Right now a number of shopping portals are offering improved earnings rates for purchases made with Apple so this may be a good time to buy any Apple products you have been considering.

I generally use the evreward.com site to check which sites are offering the best earnings rate at whatever store(s) I’m planning to shop at and this is what’s on offer right now:

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For some, this won’t as good a deal as the 6 miles/dollar offer that we saw back in January, but as that earning rate was reserved for iPhones only and as today’s 4 miles/dollar rate is valid on most things Apple sells, this will probably be a more useful promotion overall.

For the purposes of comparison, Rakuten is currently offering up to 2.0% cash back and TopCashBack.com (which evrewards doesn’t cover) is offering just 1.01% cash back on refurbished items only.

The more important terms

The key thing to be aware of is the fact that not all Apple purchases will trigger enhanced earnings.

Per the terms and conditions (which you’ll find on the individual airline portals) the following items will not earn up to 4 miles/dollar (per the American Airlines AAdvantage store):

  • Apple Vision Pro.
  • Apple Vision Pro Accessories.
  • Apple Pro Display XDR.
  • Gift wrap.
  • Apple Developer Programs.
  • AppleCare+ monthly subscription.

There are a few other restrictions you should know about too:

  • You may not purchase products for resale.
  • Customers will only earn miles on up to five units per eligible product, except iPhone, in which case only two units within a thirty-day period are eligible.
  • Using a coupon or discount code not found on the portal will invalidate the mileage earning.
  • Orders placed on the Government or Veterans and Military Stores are not eligible for rewards.
  • Purchases made with coupons or discount codes not found on the shopping portal and purchases made using gift cards, gift certificates, or other cash equivalents are not eligible for the promotion.

Essentially, this appears to be the same promotion that we saw in February.

Which credit card to use

By shopping through an online portal you’ll earn the miles that the portal is offering and you can earn more miles, points, or cash back by using a good credit card.

If you’re looking to earn points, the best credit card to use will be card_name (review) which earns 2 Membership Rewards Points/dollar on eligible business spending (everywhere) up to an annual spending limit of $50,000 (1 point/dollar thereafter – terms apply).

If you’re looking to earn a good rate of cash back, the Citi® Double Cash Card is a good option as it earns 2% cash back on all purchases with no cap on the cash back you can earn (1% cash back when you buy and 1% when you pay for those purchases)

If you happen to hold one of the Citi ThankYou credit cards you can convert cash back earned from the Citi® Double Cash Card (review) into ThankYou points at a ratio of 1:1.

Bottom line

These Apple points deals have almost never lasted for more than a day, and this remains the case with all the portals that I’ve checked confirming that the deal will be over when today ends.

If you’ve been planning to make an Apple purchase (especially an iPad or Mac purchase), now may be a good time to buy.

Note: Amazon often offers good deals on Apple products so make sure you’re not missing out on good savings by shopping with Apple directly via the portals (check Amazon here).

Our favorite Southwest Airlines credit card

If you fly (or intend to fly) with Southwest with any kind of frequency, the card_name is the best consumer Southwest co-branded card for you to hold (by a distance). Between the 3 points/dollar offered on all spending with Southwest and the excellent benefits listed below, this is the Southwest consumer card that should more than cover its annual fee (annual_fees) with ease.

Currently, successful new applicants for the card_name can bonus_miles_full

Our Favorite Benefits

  • 3x Points on Southwest spending
  • $75 Southwest travel credit every year
  • Earn 1,500 tier qualifying points per $5,000 of eligible spending
  • Four Upgraded Boardings every year (when available)
  • 25% back on inflight purchases
  • 7,500 bonus points every anniversary

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