I like to keep my wardrobe fairly simple, but I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that my guilty pleasure is dressing up an outfit with a designer statement pair of heels and handbag.
I’m well aware that prices on these types of items aren’t for the faint of heart, so I do my part to try my best to snag them at highly-discounted prices on PoshMark, nearby consignment stores, and even stacking deals on TheRealReal (aka Chanel flats for $110).
However, sometimes it’s really nice to unbox a sparkly new gift in a gift box… with a ribbon and all.
I was gifted a pair of shoes and a bag purchased at a local Neiman Marcus store tonight. Of course, I was gleaming with joy when I opened them and tried them on… imagining an dress I could pair them with for New Years Eve. It was a magical moment that probably deserved an “unboxing” video on YouTube (seriously, those girls behind those videos make bank).
However there was this dark thought lingering in my subconscious mind. I was calculating the amount of points that could be had if ordered via a shopping portal.
United is offering 18x on Neiman Marcus. The Chase Freedom is offering a quarterly bonus of 5x on department store purchases. There was an astronomical amount of points on the line.This wasn’t the first time I’ve encountered this “dilemma” (beyond #firstworldproblems, I know), so the decision was easy.
I am planning on wearing the shoes and the bag on New Year’s Eve. Expected delivery is 12/29. No brainer.
With a click of a few buttons, I added the exact same items into my shopping cart, and now I can truly say that this will be a gift that keeps on giving – I’m soon on the road to 53,490 fresh and sparkly United miles. I can already taste the caviar at cruising altitude ;).
- 2,710 x 18x = 48,780
- 500 (that’s all that was left to fulfill on my Chase Freedom 5x category this category) x 5x = 2,500
- 2,210 x 1x (regular Chase Freedom earning on the balance – bummer that I couldn’t split the payment onto multiple cards). = 2,210
Grand total of 53,490 United miles, which I value at a minimum of $1,000!
Now I am not sure if I should feel guilty about the extra gift to myself (the points) for being the highlight of the whole experience.
Bottom line: never leave points behind.
Have you ever done something like this before in the name of earning points?
P.S. I am just now seeing that Bloomingdales is paying 20x via the United shopping portal!
P.P.S. I know my screenshot above shows 53,480. I was lazy and didn’t feel like typing in 2,210, so I went with 2,200.