LUFTHANSA MILES AND MORE FOLLOW-UP: Following up on Saturday’s post, a friend of ours tried the archaic $2,500 minimum spend version of the 50,000 mile Lufthansa credit card application. He and his wife were both rejected, although they were approved via the reconsideration line for the $5,000 minimum spend version. Unless we hear of anybody having success with it, we recommend staying away from the $2,500 spend application and sticking with the official link. (Disclaimer: that’s my affiliate link, but it is the best offer I’m aware of for this card.)
FREE STUFF FOR BANK OF AMERICA CREDIT CARDHOLDERS: Check your mailbox for promotional materials from Bank of America and/or FIA Card Services (a B of A subsidiary)–we just received a promotional offer for a $15 gift card from our choice of Target, Best Buy, or Starbucks when we use our credit card to pay a utility bill. This offer was for our Fidelity Amex (issued by FIA), which is also the only active B of A card in our portfolio, so perhaps this is only targeting active users, or perhaps we’re just in a test cell, who knows. If you want to check to see if any of your cards are eligible go here for FIA and here for B of A. The website asks for your registration code; select “Don’t have one”, and then enter your ZIP, last four digits of the account, and your last name.
CHEAP TIRES AT SEARS: Several stackable promotions add up to cheap Goodyear tires at Sears. There’s a buy 3, get 1 free promo (that’s B3G1 for all you couponers out there), then there’s a $40 coupon, a 10% off coupon, and a $40 rebate. Sound good? This one is a little complicated, so please refer to Slickdeals, our source for this and other deals, for details. If you need help installing the tires, please note that Wal-Mart also has a good deal: for $11 per tire, you get installation plus rotation and balancing every 7,500 miles for the life of the tires.
AMAZON GIFT CARDS ON SALE AT OFFICEMAX: Get $5 off two $25 Amazon gift cards at OfficeMax (i.e., $5 off $50). In-store only, limit two GCs per transaction, and some stores may limit you to two GCs, period.
BANKDIRECT REDUCES AA MILES PAYOUT: For a long time BankDirect.com has been known as a good source of AA miles. They’re still a good source, just not quite as good if you’re a high-roller. For deposits up to $50,000, you can get 5,000 AA miles per month in lieu of interest. Previously the limit was $200,000, so some people were able to bank 20,000 miles per month from their savings account.
If you value miles at one cent each, that works out to an interest rate of 1.2%, which is pretty good by today’s low standards. If you’re a savvy frequent flyer, like this guy, you may value your miles higher, which makes BankDirect an even better deal. (H/T: FlyerTalk)