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?