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How to maximize points and miles on Father's Day purchases

June 13, 2022
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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available.

Father's Day may be alarmingly soon if you haven’t recently glanced at a calendar. Yes, Father's Day is on June 19 this year. So, there’s not much time left to order gifts and secure restaurant reservations.

If you’ve already made all the necessary arrangements, kudos on being better-organized offspring than most of us. But if you’re still at square one, there are some great ways to earn points and miles while purchasing solid gifts or tasty meals for your dad.

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Here are a few strategies to help you get the biggest bang for your bighearted buck.

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Earn rewards shopping for gifts

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Online shopping portals are one of the most powerful tools in the world of travel rewards and cash back. When you begin your shopping trip with a portal, you will be redirected to the actual merchant's website — so your shopping experience will be the same as if you'd started at the merchant's website.

Best of all, the rewards you earn via a shopping portal are in addition to the rewards you’ll earn for spending on your credit card.

Related: Your guide to maximizing shopping portals for your online purchases

Here are a handful of good shopping portal deals for potential Father’s Day gifts that were available when I wrote this story. However, note that the payouts listed below may have decreased (or increased) by the time you read this article.

As noted above, some of these payouts may have changed since I wrote this story. So, I recommend using a shopping portal aggregator site like Cashback Monitor to compare returns and help determine which portal to use once you've decided to purchase your gift from a particular retailer.

Related: The best travel gifts to buy for Father’s Day

Earn rewards for sporting events and concerts

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You can purchase tickets to sports and concerts from various sites, and they all provide dramatically different potential return rates. The returns listed below were available when I wrote this story, but may be different now.

Again, I recommend using a shopping portal aggregator to compare current offers for the merchant from which you want to purchase tickets.

Related: Book and redeem rewards for exclusive events with Capital One’s new entertainment platform

Earn rewards for eating out

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Whether you intend to brave the crowds for a Father’s Day meal or just want to order takeout or delivery, make sure you’re using the right credit card to make your purchase. Many rewards credit cards offer bonus points for dining purchases, such as:

  • American Express® Gold Card: 4 points per dollar spent at restaurants worldwide, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: 3 points per dollar spent on dining, including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out.
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve: 10 points per dollar spent on Chase Dining purchases through Chase Ultimate Rewards when you make prepaid restaurant reservations, order takeout or join virtual cooking events; 3 points per dollar spent on other dining, including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out.
  • Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card: 6 points per dollar spent on dining at U.S. restaurants, including takeout and delivery.

Depending on the restaurant you choose, you may be able to earn even more rewards if you make your restaurant reservations through an app called Seated. It provides up to 30% back in rewards — in addition to what you’ll earn from your credit card.

Related: Expert stacking: How I earned $80 in cash back and rewards from one dinner

Save with promo codes and offers

Some cards issued by banks like American Express and Chase come with targeted statement credits and bonus rewards. It’s worth checking them out to see if there are any helpful offers for purchases you may have already planned to make for Father’s Day.

You can often use these offers in tandem with a shopping portal, too. It’s a great way to receive an extra layer of savings or bonus rewards.

For example, I’ve currently got a string of Amex Offers that I could use in various ways for Father’s Day gifts.

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Eligibility for these offers is limited. Enrollment is required in the Amex Offers section of your account before redeeming.

You can also check other apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats, which now deliver many non-food items. For example, look at the Office Depot Father's Day page on DoorDash, where you can buy items ranging from office chairs to desk lights. Some of these items are currently on sale, too.

(Screenshot from doordash.com)

One thing to note is that you may not always be able to use promotional codes and earn bonus rewards through shopping portals. Sometimes a promotional code will cancel the bonus rewards a shopping portal would otherwise offer. So, be sure to read the fine print on the shopping portal before you make your purchase.

Related: Gone, but not forgotten: How my father instilled in me a love for travel — and points and miles

Bottom line

You’ve got lots of ways to turn your Father’s Day gift-giving into a springboard for your next vacation. Between online shopping portals, targeted deals like Amex Offers and considering your credit card bonus categories, shopping for presents could be more fun and rewarding than you might expect.

Alternatively, if money is tight this year, check out our guide to using points and miles to give gifts with $0 out-of-pocket cost.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases