iPad Flash Sale & Rewards Opportunites
This is just a quick post that Best Buy is currently holding a flash sale on the iPad Mini 3. Yes this is the same iPad Mini 3 that is being replaced by a newer version soon, but the discount makes up for that. Currently Best Buy is selling it for $249.99. through 1PM Pacific.
I checked on Amazon and the iPad Mini 3s are selling for about $330. There will of course be significant downward pressure on that price, but I still think it is worth considering them. While I do like Best Buy’s price, I actually think someone else is better. Staples.
Price Matching to Staples
Recently I discussed how I earned thousands of “free” miles & points from two iPads I purchased at Staples with a price match. Today’s sale gives a similar opportunity. Lets look at the details.
- Price at Staples: $299.00
- Price at Best Buy: $249.99
Remember that Staples has a 110% price match guarantee through September 28. This brings the price at Staples down to $245.08! Good stuff. Of course Staples also has a decent portal payout, rewards & 5X with Chase Ink. Here is how my purchase looked. (Tax has been left out for simplicity.)
- Price: $245.08
- 5% in Staples Rewards: $12.25
- 5X Ultimate Rewards: 1,225
- 4X Southwest Portal: 1,196 Rapid Rewards Points (see below.)
Add the Portal
I also went through the Southwest portal since they are paying 4 points per dollar today at Staples. While I can’t guarantee this, when I went through the United portal on my last order I was given rewards based on the pre-pricematch price. If that is the case I should earn 1,196 Rapid Rewards points.
How to Match (Limit 1)
I have gone into great detail about how to match before, but basically you just need to go onto Staples chat. You can find the chat on this page under “Live Customer Support”. Once on chat, feed them the item number and the link to Best Buy. They will then approve the pricematch (hopefully) and then tell you to place an order.
After you receive the approval, open up a new incognito window and go to the portal and then Staples to place the order. Once that is complete just give the chat agent the order number and it will magically be adjusted. In the past they have allowed two iPads, however today I was told you can only match one.
This is a great deal for people actually looking for an iPad 3 (I may actually just keep mine) or those looking to resell. From this one purchase I should at least break-even and will earn Staples Rewards plus a couple of thousand points. Unfortunately this deal isn’t very scalable, however if you have a lot of friends & family you could ask them to buy one for you! 😉