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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #75 on: November 02, 2014, 10:05:05 AM »
+1. Business & first is where you see the big difference.
And even in business some times not a great deal to use miles.

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #76 on: November 02, 2014, 10:06:59 AM »
As I wrote here in the United thread : This is what I did: I am flying to from EWR-TLV in Feb Iyh and I wanted to fly J but of course to book a direct flights with United with points is extremely difficult to find and most stopovers from the stop till TLV is not really J, but the cost is 170K RT so transferring UR is a Value of 2,100 and the charges is about $100 so thats a value of 2,200 if I would find, so I sold the points got a United card with a 50k sign up bonus. Now the ticket is $3,100 but I was credit $50 from united and I get 50K plus 6K plus around 11K for using card to pay for the ticket and thats a value of $800 so thats why I sold the points to purchase a J class ticket. 

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #77 on: November 10, 2014, 10:02:23 PM »
Here's how some of these discussions make me feel :P

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #78 on: November 10, 2014, 10:14:42 PM »
Here's how some of these discussions make me feel :P


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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #79 on: November 12, 2014, 11:54:30 PM »
Saw that graphic on fb today love it. So applicable to me lol

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #80 on: December 28, 2014, 09:22:15 AM »
Would love to figure out if the MR to BA 40% bonus is a worth while redemption if redeeming for car rentals... Looking for very rough numbers.. Is it better to pay cash for minus available coupon codes, or redeem avios with a 40% discount (when transferring from MR)
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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #81 on: January 06, 2015, 04:46:56 AM »
When/how is it most advantageous to use Staples eGCs and Staples GCs when buying at Staples? 

Do I just look at it as if I already received my 5x points when I bought the GCs so I don't need to feel guilty about using GCs instead of 5x Inks when buying new things at Staples?

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #82 on: January 06, 2015, 11:05:11 AM »
When/how is it most advantageous to use Staples eGCs and Staples GCs when buying at Staples? 

Do I just look at it as if I already received my 5x points when I bought the GCs so I don't need to feel guilty about using GCs instead of 5x Inks when buying new things at Staples?
Yes. That point was made to me, and I now agree.  Especially when the GC was bought at a discount.
$100 GC.  Bought for $90 on a 1ppd cc. $10/$100 = 10% discount (10% back) plus another 90 pts earned.
$100 paid with Ink.  100 x 5 = 500 pts Even if the pts are worth $.02 each, total discount = $10. So you break even with the $90 for $100.
But these calculations are approximate.
How much are points actually worth?
How much did you get the Staples GC for?

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #83 on: November 01, 2015, 11:38:21 PM »
So far every one of my cards has the $10 off $200 AGC offer.
Better to buy those or use an Ink at Staples?

Get $10 off a purchase of $200 or more in amex gift cards purchased from americanexpress.com/gift. There's a $3.95 purchase fee. So if you purchase one, you're in essence getting it for $193.95. If your are using twitter, its #amexgift. Terms and conditions apply.
only issue is that ink offers 5x the points & the bonus kind of washes out the $10.. its not exactly a wash but its closer than I would ideally like
So ~$6 + ~$4.5 in points (@.022 cpd) =$10.50 net if bought through Amex
or ~$16.50 in points (@.016 cpd) if bought with an Ink at Staples.

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #84 on: November 02, 2015, 10:12:04 AM »
So far every one of my cards has the $10 off $200 AGC offer.
Better to buy those or use an Ink at Staples?
So ~$6 + ~$4.5 in points (@.022 cpd) =$10.50 net if bought through Amex
or ~$16.50 in points (@.016 cpd) if bought with an Ink at Staples.
You are comparing VGCs to Amex GCs. But Amex GCs are harder to liquidate...
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #85 on: November 02, 2015, 10:46:38 AM »
You are comparing VGCs to Amex GCs. But Amex GCs are harder to liquidate...
Thanks, but looking for thoughts without that factor.

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #86 on: November 02, 2015, 11:49:07 AM »
Thanks, but looking for thoughts without that factor.
It would also depend on what you pay for fees + shipping for the amex gcs - if you have a free shipping plan with them (I think you can get a 3 month trial, which would be a good idea if you are buying a lot). There are also 2 advantages to online purchases, one of which is that you can save a trip to the store.
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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #87 on: November 02, 2015, 01:13:06 PM »
It would also depend on what you pay for fees + shipping for the amex gcs - if you have a free shipping plan with them (I think you can get a 3 month trial, which would be a good idea if you are buying a lot). There are also 2 advantages to online purchases, one of which is that you can save a trip to the store.
And the other one

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Re: Figuring Out the Math
« Reply #88 on: November 02, 2015, 01:22:36 PM »
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Figuring out how to maximize the chase ink card for 5 x
« Reply #89 on: November 01, 2016, 03:31:43 PM »
How do you get 50,000 points by buying staples gift cards