Sunday, April 8, 2012

Using Rewards to Get Free Things

As we've been trying to save more money lately, I've looked elsewhere to get what I want.  I broke my camera a little while ago.  With have a little tot, that just won't do.  I had about 15,000 United Mileage Plus miles.  I have their credit card and have for a number of years.  I don't use it as much anymore because I don't travel as much as I used to.  It's been a long time since I've used my miles to get a free airline ticket but I have received about 3-4 free tickets.

Anyway, I logged into my Mileage Plus account to see if I could use my miles for anything other than a free airline ticket.  (I knew that I didn't have enough for a free ticket.)  There are many items that you can buy with your miles.  I selected a camera for about 10,000 miles.  I got it the other day and I've been very happy with it.  It would have been about a $100 camera if I would have purchased it retail.

I also lost my earbuds a little while ago.  Its been quite awhile since I've looked at my Swagbucks account but I knew that I had at least one Amazon gift card.  I found a pair of earbuds that were about $12 including shipping.  I requested another $5 gift card from Swagbucks for Amazon (I won't receive it for up to 14 days.)  I paid $7 for a pair of earbuds after using my $5 Amazon gift card.  I'm pretty happy with that price because I know that I would have paid more in the store. 

Do you use your rewards as soon as you get them?  Do you have any rewards out there that you could use?


  1. Great deals! I tend to use my rewards right away, but I want to change that.

  2. I save up my Amazon rewards using Swagbucks.

  3. I have about $10.80 worth of rewards that I haven't used yet. They can only be used at select merchants on the island, I'm hoping I can redeem it for gas. I have to put it in the car so I can have it ready.

    Those are some awesome deals you got, free airline tickets, a free new camera and discounted headphones. I really need to check out swagbucks.