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Exchange Gift Cards for United Miles + 40% Bonus

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I am guessing that we’ve all received gift cards for stores that we do not shop at and would love a way to get rid of them.

There are sites that you can sell the gift cards to (ex.Plastic Jungle) that pay you a percentage of their value. From what I could tell, Plastic Jungle pays back 75% + of face value on your gift cards.

Another option is to exchange your unused gift cards for airline miles.

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By using the United MileagePlus Gift Card Exchange you can turn your gift cards into miles.
I received an e-mail last night from United about a bonus offer for the GC exchange. 
For a limited time you can earn 40% more award miles when you exchange your gift cards.

Some of the Rules:

  • Must be a US resident to participate
  • Your MileagePlus account has to  open for at least 30 days and have a positive account balance
  • Gift cards must have at least $25 balance to do the exchange 
  • You’ll see the number of miles you will receive for your gift cards before deciding to exchange them. 
  • You don’t need to mail in your gift cards. The exchange will be done electronically.
  • All gift card exchanges are final
How to exchange the gift cards:
  • Log in with your United account info
  • Select the merchant for the gift card you are looking to sell (over 100 to choose from)
  • Enter your gift card info and they will convert the value into award miles
  • Receive your miles within 5 business days
Examples of minimum award miles you could earn:
  • $25 gift card= 940 miles
  • $50 gift card= 1,870 miles
  • $100 gift card= 3,730 miles

*The estimated miles earned include the limited time bonus.

In my opinion, exchanging your gift cards for miles is more or less another way of buying miles. 
I’m not really interested in buying miles and never have done so. However, if you have gift cards collecting dust this might not be a bad way to get a decent return for them.

To exchange your unwanted gift cards for United miles Click HERE

Earn Up to 12,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points with Marriott GiftCards

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If you are looking for a way to add Rapid Rewards Points to your Southwest account you can do so by purchasing Marriott gift cards. 

Now through November 30, 2012 you can earn up to 12,000 Rapid Rewards Points.


  • $100 Marriott Gift Card, earn 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points
  • $250 Marriott Gift Card, earn 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points
  • $500 Marriott Gift Card, earn 6,000 Rapid Rewards Points

Marriott GiftCards do not expire 
Gift cards can be used on all purchases and services charged to a Marriott guest room. 
Marriott GiftCards can be used at over 3,700 locations worldwide

GiftCards can be used at participating locations including JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, AC Hotels by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and Marriott Vacation Club

*This is an online promotion only*
To purchase Marriott GiftCards that earn a Southwest Airlines bonus Click HERE

Contest: Win A Kiva $25 Gift Card

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I posted a bit about the Milepoint Kiva Lending Team the other day.
You can read the post here.

I think Kiva is a really interesting and great non-profit. Their efforts are helping people all over the world become successful due to the generosity of it’s members.
Once you make a loan, you will see progress updates from Kiva through your 
e-mail. As the borrower repays the loan, the money becomes available in your account. You can then fund another loan, donate it to Kiva or withdraw it for something else. There is a 98.87 repayment rate for ended loans.

I joined the Milepoint Kiva Lending Team recently. Milepoint has been deeply involved in Kiva and has made a huge impact with it’s efforts.

Here are some stats about the impact of Milepoint:

  • Number of Team Members: 584
  • Number of Loans: 32,016
  • Number of Loans Per Member: 54.8
  • Total Amount Loaned: $1,510,875
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If you are thinking of joining Kiva, why not join the Milepoint team?
To join Click Here

To show my support for Kiva, I am running a contest and the rules are very simple:

Leave a comment at the end of this post (don’t sign it anonymous) and you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Kiva Gift Card.

I have TWO Kiva gift cards to give away- I will be giving one $25 Kiva gift card and Milepoint matched my offer and will be giving me another for this contest.

Contest ends on 2/17/12
The winners will be selected using

Kiva Gift Cards are also being given out on Mommy Points and Frequent Miler

Earn 10 Marriott Reward Points Per Dollar Spent For Purchasing Gift Cards Until January 8

Marriott is running a nice bonus offer for purchasing gift cards online.
  • You can earn 10 Marriott Reward Points per dollar spent online.
Go to Marriott Gifts to get this offer.

Here are the terms for the offer:

Gifts For Them, Points For You Terms and Conditions

Offer valid on purchases of GiftCards made online at now through January 8, 2012. Offer not valid on Marriott GIftCards purchased via Marriott properties, 3rd parties or 1 800 813 GIFT and cannot be combined with any other offer/promotion. Marriott Rewards members earn 10 points per dollar for each GiftCard purchase made online at and by entering their valid Marriott Rewards number. A maximum of 25,000 Marriott Rewards points* may be earned per member. Points will be posted to your Marriott Rewards account within six weeks after the promotion ends on January 8, 2012. Shipping and handling fees apply. $1 shipping option available to U.S. addresses only. For Marriott Rewards Terms and Conditions, visit For Marriott Gift Cards Terms and Conditions, visit