WE’LL GIVE THIS ONE A TRY: We previously wrote about Great Bridge Group, a company willing to give you 1% on your credit transactions, up to $300 per year. Another one caught our eye, and it goes by the name Plink. This is a different model from GBG: whereas that company simply wants to look at your data and sell it for market research, Plink wants to steer your business to companies, who give Plink a cut of the traffic they generate.
This company is probably a little more secure than GBG, so we’re not so concerned about them failing to pay up. The downside with Plink is the reduced number of earning opportunities. You’re only allowed to have three active offers at a time to start, and it’s a relatively small pool of offers to draw from. The offers we chose: 70 points for a $5 purchase at Arby’s, 70 points for a $5 purchase at Burger King, and 100 points for a $10 purchase at 7-11 (fuel purchases are excluded, unfortunately, although that is a claim worth testing).
Plink points are valued at $.01 each, as they can be exchanged for a pretty good variety of retailer gift cards (Amazon, Wal-Mart, B&N, etc.) at that valuation. So 70 Plink points would get us $0.70 worth of Amazon action. If we were able to limit our spending on Arby’s delicious “roast beef”, as they call it, to only $5, that would amount to 14% back in the best-case scenario, plus the 5% restaurant spending bonus we’re currently getting from a temporary promotion on one of our Citi cards.
One nice thing: Plink doesn’t seem to limit the number of times you can take advantage of an offer. So if you could find a way to repeatedly spend $10 or more at 7-11 then this could be quite a good deal for you.
One limitation: you can only register one card at a time. So if you’re somebody who frequently swaps out cards when there’s a new spending bonus to meet, it could be a little inconvenient.
AN EXTRA $42.50 FROM DISCOVER: Following up on our post about the $200 DIY Discover card bonus, we learn thanks to poster ‘giantsfan2’ at FWF that you can get an extra $42.50 via FatWallet’s portal. You’ll have to sign up, then click through to Discover from this page.
17% OFF MARRIOTT GIFT CARDS: The very clever Frequent Miler has figured out how to stack three different promotions to get Marriott gift cards for 17% off face value.
NEW BLOG WORTH A LOOK: If you’re planning on transferring wealth from large banks to yourself, you can do a lot worse than Chasing The Points, a new blog we just stumbled upon. For a taste of the typical fare, here’s a post on how to make an easy $50 per hour with points.
SERIOUSLY, HOW’D THEY GET THREE MOVIES OUT OF THAT BOOK?: $5 off a Fandango code to go see The Hobbit. We’re pretty sure this blog’s audience skews more Tolkien than the general population, so enjoy!