One of the most frustrating parts of using shopping portals for manufactured spending is waiting for the payout. I love the Alaska shopping portal because points usually post within 3 weeks. I wish that were the case for cash back portals. Back in April, I wrote about how you could purchase $200 Visa gift cards from Staples and earn 6 Swagbucks per $1 spent. These points could be converted to Paypal cash at a rate of 1 cent per point. I ordered $3,800 worth of gift cards and received confirmation from Swagbucks that my transaction had been tracked and I should receive 23,592 Swagbucks, though the date wasn’t specified.
The points hadn’t posted on Monday either and there was no indication the purchase was tracked under “My Shop & Earn.” Yesterday, I got fed up with waiting and decided I was going to email them to see what’s shaking. After all, points are supposed to show up in your ledger within 2-7 days and then take another 32 days to post. It had been exactly 3 months since I had made this purchase.
I clicked on the Swaybacks confirmation email, which has a link to the Shop & Earn Ledger. To my surprise, my points had posted! Not only that, but I apparently generated about 13,000 points from referrals as well (thanks guys!). The total 36,000 points is good for about $350 in Paypal cash (useless, now that Paypal has shut down my account for no reason) or Hyatt gift cards. With the trip I’m planning for December and the mattress run I’ll inevitably have to do to maintain my Diamond status next year, the Hyatt gift cards are looking pretty good.
Other worthwhile gift cards include Royal Caribbean, the Global Hotel Card by Orbitz, Amazon, Target, iTunes, Starbucks, along with many other popular retailers and a few non-profit organizations. It’s worth noting that you can only redeem up to two rewards per day. Oddly, the “awarded” date is July 30, though the points posted on July 29 and I was even able to redeem them.
If you got in on this deal back in April and Swagbucks sent you an email confirming that your purchase was tracked and you’d be receiving a certain number of points, you may want to check your account this week. Chances are if you placed the order around the time I did, your points should be posting around the time mine did.
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