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LETTERBOY
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April 5, 2014 5:34 pm  

HaveMilesWillTravel, post: 2333519, member: 648 wrote: Yes, but they do pay lots of people (blogs, ...) affiliate fees for links to their products.

I assume that the finances of that works differently than the airline mileage malls do. What you're referring to is, basically, advertising costs.

Maybe Amazon is like Southwest, in that they prefer people to do business directly through them rather than go through a 3rd party.


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HaveMilesWillTravel
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April 5, 2014 5:45 pm  

LETTERBOY, post: 2333593, member: 1582 wrote: I assume that the finances of that works differently than the airline mileage malls do. What you're referring to is, basically, advertising costs.

I don't know. In both cases a 3rd party is advertising Amazon products and collecting a percentage of the sale. In the case of the mileage malls, they hand over a portion of their earnings to the ultimate buyer as a kickback, and in the case of blogs etc using affiliate links the earnings stay generally with the site operator. But how is that fundamentally different from Amazon's perspective?

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liladybugz26
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April 5, 2014 8:21 pm  

MyPoints.com has cash back combined with accumulating points for Amazon.com when you shop certain departments which change every week. This week if you make a purchase from either the toys, clothing or baby department you receive an instant 3% cash back at checkout, and 5-points per dollar spent that you can accumulate for redemption of hundreds of various gift cards on the mypoints website.


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LETTERBOY
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April 5, 2014 9:37 pm  

HaveMilesWillTravel, post: 2333599, member: 648 wrote: But how is that fundamentally different from Amazon's perspective?

As I say, I'm assuming. No company in their right mind is going to give us much detail on how this kind of thing works. Certainly not enough detail to know how much money they're making.

In any case, I think it's safe to assume that if Amazon thought they could make more money by being a part of mileage malls, they'd do it. It's apparent that they think they can make more money by not doing so. The fact that Amazon has these affiliate links but isn't a part of the mileage malls must mean that the former makes them money, while they don't think the latter will. The financial considerations for each, therefore, must be different. If they're not different, then someone at Amazon needs to be replaced. But we'll never find that out, either.


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April 6, 2014 10:45 am  

Amazon should take the high road and set this up for themselves. Surely they could do it more accurately than Catara or who ever runs the airline portals.

It may not be that way anymore but I was thinking that BA and maybe Air Canada had a way to use Amazon.ca or Amazon.uk for awhile as well. I would shop more on Amazon or Ebay if they offered miles or points through any of my programs. I also wish iTunes would allow you to save your airline miles earning partner instead of always having to link through a shopping portal. Then again it could hurt the that feature in being able to keep expiring orphan programs alive.

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Steven Schwartz
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April 11, 2014 12:20 pm  

Best deal (to me) is purchasing Amazon gift cards at Staples. I usually buy 3 $100 cards at a time. Charge it to my Chase Ink card which gives 5 points per dollar at office supply stores so I get 1500 miles each time. Load them into my Amazon account and they automatically deduct each time I make a purchase. Amazon could not make it easier. I've been very happy with this.


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Betty Boop
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April 11, 2014 1:26 pm  

Steven Schwartz wrote: Best deal (to me) is purchasing Amazon gift cards at Staples. I usually buy 3 $100 cards at a time. Charge it to my Chase Ink card which gives 5 points per dollar at office supply stores so I get 1500 miles each time. Load them into my Amazon account and they automatically deduct each time I make a purchase. Amazon could not make it easier. I've been very happy with this.

Thanks for that info. I am going to try with my Costco business card which means I should get money back and it will be a business deduction as well.

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April 11, 2014 1:32 pm  

Not sure if it was a feature for everyone, but when filing my tax return (used TurboTax), upon getting my refund, I was offered the opportunity to add 10% of whatever I opted to get in Amazon dollars.

Amazon does have category rotations (usually clothes and luggage). Ebates is one portal I use for cashback, and on their site, they also have a 20% off spring clothing if you buy over $100 (exp 04/14/2014). This is in addition to the 5% they are offering for the clothing category.

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schnitzel
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September 1, 2015 7:19 pm  

I saw some blog touting a portal that does 5% cashback on Amazon. Now I can't find it.

Anyone see that?

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September 1, 2015 7:49 pm  

schnitzel, post: 2654572, member: 284 wrote: I saw some blog touting a portal that does 5% cashback on Amazon. Now I can't find it.

Anyone see that?

I saw it on Twitter yesterday. It didn't look like anything I wanted to sign up for, so I didn't thoroughly read it. I'll see if I can find it.


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schnitzel
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September 1, 2015 8:18 pm  

Found it!

https://givingassistant.org

AA, SPG, United, Delta, and Hilton are my main programs. I also go for MR and UR points.


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schnitzel
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September 1, 2015 8:20 pm  

snap, post: 2654583, member: 458 wrote: http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/08/31/how-to-get-15-off-all-amazon-purchases/

I guess you found it first. Thanks.

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kellio
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September 1, 2015 10:48 pm  

The MileagePlus X app lets you purchase Amazon credit/certs. 1 mile per dollar.


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October 27, 2015 2:30 pm  

Using MileagePlus X, you earn 1 mile/$. Better is the office supply store purchase of gift cards using Ink for the 5 points/$ but if you need to order and don't have a gift card, MileagePlus X is useful.


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