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Getting Points and Miles for Wedding, Graduation and Other Gifts

by on May 22, 2011 · 7 comments

in American Express, Points Guy Pointers

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Wedding and graduation season has officially begun, which means many of us will take substantial hits to our wallets as we shell out for gifts, travel and other assorted costs. In fact, my sister got married yesterday in sunny St. Augustine, so I am well aware of the costs, especially for a destination wedding. I’m by no means complaining about it – I’d do anything for my baby sister, but I did organize my spend to maximize points and miles.

For a gift, instead of cash I opted for an American Express Gift Card because I needed it to count towards my $2,500 spend requirement on the British Airways Visa. If you click my banner below (or this link) and use Promotion Code DSGRAD, 2nd Day Air shipping will be waived, so you only get charged the $3.95 service fee. If you want to get cash back, you can set up a Big Crumbs account like Mr. Pickles taught us a couple weeks ago, which will actually make you come out ahead on the purchase.

Some people have cautioned that Citi classifies these charges as Cash Advances, but I can confirm my Chase British Airways Visa listed it as a purchase (I blocked out the transaction ID and purchase price for security reasons):

Overall, most people view Amex Gift cards and cash as the same thing, so you might as well earn points and spend requirement for the purchase. Every point counts!

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  • Steve

    Hi TPG!

    As always, give great “every mile/point counts” tips (often every 10,000 mile/points, or beyond)!

    But what makes it even better is your generous “there are enough bonus miles/points out there, so let’s share our knowledge to help each other rack ‘em up” attitude!

    Many thanks for all your super useful posts!

    Steve

  • Tom

    I’m going to try buying one with my Amex Platinum. I’m wondering if this will yield Membership Reward Points and how Amex will treat it: purchase or cash advance? We shall see. With the bonus offers typical for transferring MR points, I’m thinking leverage here for some BA miles.

  • http://www.robertlondon.com/ Robert London

    I wonder how travelers checks would work, purchase or cash advance

  • Aron

    fyi, the code gives a discount on shipping, but doesn’t cover the full amount (covers $5.95 of the $8.95). Thanks for the tips though!

  • Dave

    Most people register at sites like Macy’s for their weddings. Typicially i give around $200 or more for a gift. I waited till skymilesmall had a promotion for 8 miles per dollar from Macy’s. Netted me around 1,000 miles per wedding!

  • tj

    is it $3.95 per card or the entire order?
    how can i purchase a card for $2,500? does it have to be in business?

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