May 3 (2022): Changes to Best Buy Rewards program, Goodbye Three Tiers

Ch-ch-ch-changes! Starting May 3 in 2022, Best Buy is streamlining their rewards program. Gone will be the three tiers. Everyone will be in a single tier, earning the same percentage, half a point for every $1 spent. Points will be redeemed in 250 point increments. 250 points is a $5 reward certificate, thus making it a 1% reward, since 1 point = 2 cents.

Not sure why they have it twisted like that instead of making it a straight 1:1. It’s the same thing, just the 0.5x and 2x can be confusing to those who do not pay close attention.

Best Buy credit cards earn higher percentages depending on card and promotion.

Some items and brands are not eligible to earn points (check the “E. Receiving points” segment) and some things cannot be paid with a reward certificate (check the “3. Non-Qualifying Redemptions”).

Ironically, the company with the highest profit margins in the universe (Apple/Beats purchases) do not earn points 🙂

Details at the Best Buy Terms and Conditions.

Note that the new terms are at the top of the page under the “Upcoming 5/3/22 update” section. If you scroll further down, you will find the previous terms that expire on 5/2/22. So if you are using your browser’s search feature to look for specific things, make sure you are in the correct section of the page…

eBay Bucks Changes: 1% Base Tier goes away

If you are participating in the eBay Bucks rewards program, eBay is making changes to the program starting April 1st in 2021. More specifically, you will no longer earn the base 1% on qualifying purchases. The program however is not shutting down. It will continue by offering “Bonus Bucks” promotions. One silver lining of the changes, rewards earned on April 1 in 2021 (and later) will be valid for 12 months…

More details at the updated eBay Help pages

YMMV: MyBestBuy $5 Bonus Certificate (expires Sat PM)

This is a YMMV! If you are participating in the Best Buy rewards program (“My Best Buy”), check your Inbox for an email from Best Buy titled “Drop Everything”. Inside you will find a “click to activate” offer that gets you a $5 bonus certificate that expires on 11/28/20 at night. This can be used online or in-store. I am at the entry-level Best Buy rewards tier and haven’t purchased anything from them in a while, so it may be a “reactivate inactive users” type of a promotion. It’s also possible that customers in higher reward tiers may be offered a higher amount, the “spend more to profit (for them) / save (for the consumer) more” philosophy 🙂

Here’s a screenshot of the relevant part in the email:

PS: it is possible the offer may have been in earlier emails as well, but with the avalanche of Black Friday emails, I’m not able to open them all or read every one of them end to end. If only I was a 16-core Ryzen, instead I’m a 2010 Celeron 😉

4X Google Play Points [ends Sun PM]

If you have been eyeing any camera and photography related for-pay Google Play apps, or any other for-pay Google Play apps, if you are participating in the free to join (and you can join immediately) Google Play Points rewards program, purchases made until Sunday night 5/24/20 earn you 4X rewards points instead of the usual 1X points. There’s no coupon code to enter. If you are participating in the rewards program you will earn the extra points automagically…

YMMV eBay Bucks: 5% (no minimum amount) [ends Wedn PM]

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Wednesday 5/6/20 at 11:59pm to earn 5% on eligible purchases. This particular offer does not have a minimum purchase amount (hooray!)…

As usual, maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions and exclusions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV eBay Bucks: 5% (no minimum amount) [ends Thur PM]

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Thursday 4/23/20 at 11:59pm to earn 5% on eligible purchases. This particular offer does not have a minimum purchase amount (hooray!)…

As usual, maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions and exclusions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV eBay Bucks: 5% (no minimum amount) [ends Wedn PM]

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Wedn 3/25/20 at 11:59pm to earn 5% on eligible purchases. This particular offer does not have a minimum purchase amount (hooray!)…

As usual, maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions and exclusions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV eBay Bucks: 8% (no minimum amount) [ends Tue PM]

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Tuesday 2/25/20 at 11:59pm to earn 8% on eligible purchases. This particular offer does not have a minimum purchase amount (hooray!)…

As usual, maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions and exclusions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV eBay Bucks: 8% or 10% on $25+ [ends Wedn PM]

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Wednesday 12/25/19 at 11:59pm to earn 10% on eligible purchases over $25, and 8% on purchases under $25…

Maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions and exclusions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

PS: speaking of eBay, until 12/30/19, coupon code JUMBOSAVE gets you 15% off on many official outlet stores on eBay including Adidas (All Day I Dream About Shutter_speed), Eddie Bauer, Asics, Hoover, Reebok, etc…

YMMV eBay Bucks: 8% on orders of $25+ [ends Wedn PM]

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Wednesday 12/11/19 at 11:59pm to earn 8% on eligible purchases over $25…

Maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions and exclusions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV eBay Bucks: 8% on orders of $25+, 6% under $25 [ends Thur PM]

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Thursday 12/5/19 at 11:59pm to earn 8% on eligible purchases over $25, or 6% on purchases under $25 on eligible items…

Maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions and exclusions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV: 5% to 10% eBay Bucks (ends Wedn PM)

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Wednesday 11/20/19 at 11:59pm to earn 10% on eligible purchases made using the official eBay app or 5% buying from anywhere else (web browser).

Maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV: 10% eBay Bucks (ends Thur PM)

IF you are participating in the eBay rewards program {it’s free to join anytime}, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account {you must click to activate before you earn the bonus}, you have until Thursday 11/14/19 at 11:59pm ET to earn 10% on eligible purchases.

Maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV: 10% eBay Bucks (ends Wedn PM)

If you are participating in the eBay rewards program, AND you have been invited by eBay via email or their eBay messages to participate, and you have clicked to activate the promotion for your account, you have until Wednesday 10/30/19 at 11:59pm ET to earn 10% on eligible purchases. Their rewards program is free to join.

Maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Ends Fri PM: 8% eBay Bucks on $25+ (YMMV, activation)

Good until Friday at 11:59pm pacific time, it’s yet another bonus rewards offer if you are participating in eBay Bucks. Check your emails/messages for the new offer because you have to manually opt-in to activate it in your account. With this offer you get 8% back in eBay Bucks with a $25+ minimum purchase amount required…

You must first opt-in to the offer, if you have been targeted for it. And you must be a member in the free to join eBay Bucks rewards program. Maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

10% eBay Bucks until Wednesday PM (YMMV, activation)

Another variant of this offer is back! If you are participating in eBay Bucks, check your emails/messages for a new offer to manually opt-in to that runs until SEPT-11-2019 at 11:59pm pacific time. With this offer you get 10% back in eBay Bucks. No minimum purchase amount required for this variant of the offer…

You must first opt-in to the offer, if you have been targeted for it. And you must be a member in the free to join eBay Bucks rewards program. Maximum rewards you can earn are $100 per transaction and $500 for the duration of this promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Double the Rewards with Adorama CustApp sale

For a limited time, Adorama is offering double rewards during their customer appreciation sale. This happens automatically while this promotion is running ~ no need to enter a coupon code…

eBay Bucks: 8% to 13% on $25+ purchases (ends Thur PM)

eBay fans, unite and take over! Good until Thursday 6/13/19 at 11:59pm, eBay is offering a new round of bonus “eBay Bucks”, extra points earned in their free-to-join and easy-to-join rewards programs when you make eligible purchases of $25+. The reward is 13% if you purchase using the official eBay apps or 8% if buy on their website/browser.

As usual, you have to be invited to participate in this offer and then you must needs activate the offer in your account before you earn the bonus bucks…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Ends Fri PM: YMMV eBay Bonus Bucks: 6% or 8% on $25+

If you are participating in eBay Bucks, check your emails/messages for a new offer to manually opt-in to that runs until MAR-22-2019 at 11:59pm pacific time. With this offer you get 8% back in eBay Bucks on purchases of $25+, or 6% on purchases under $25.

You must first opt-in to the offer, if you have been targeted for it. And you must be a member in the free to join eBay Bucks rewards program. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Ends Tue PM: YMMV: 10% eBay Bonus Bucks on $50+

Another variant of this offer is back! If you are participating in eBay Bucks, check your emails/messages for a new offer to manually opt-in to that runs until MAR-05-2019 at 11:59pm pacific time. With this offer you get 10% back in eBay Bucks on purchased of $50+…

You must first opt-in to the offer, if you have been targeted for it. And you must be a member in the free to join eBay Bucks rewards program. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Ends Tue PM: YMMV: 6% to 10% eBay Bonus Bucks on $25+

If you are participating in eBay Bucks, check your emails/messages for a new offer to manually opt-in to that runs until FEB-26-2019 at 11:59pm pacific time. With this offer you get 10% back in eBay Bucks on $25+ with the app, or 6% without the app. $25 is the minimum purchase amoutn.

You must first opt-in to the offer, if you have been targeted for it. And you must be a member in the free to join eBay Bucks rewards program. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Ends Wedn PM: YMMV: 6% to 8% eBay Bonus Bucks on $25+

If you are participating in eBay Bucks, check your emails/messages for a new offer to manually opt-in to that runs until FEB-20-2019 at 11:59pm pacific time. With this offer you get 8% back in eBay Bucks on $25+ or 6% under $25. You must first opt-in to the offer, if you have been targeted for it. And you must be a member in the free to join eBay Bucks rewards program. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply as always…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Tue: YMMV: 8% to 10% eBay Bonus Bucks on $50+

If you are participating in the eBay Bucks [reward program], check your emails or eBay Messages. You may have been invited for a new bonus bucks promotion that gets you 8% back in eBay Bucks with a $50+ minimum purchase amount required… If you use the official eBay app, you get 10% instead of 8%… Terms and conditions and exclusions apply as usual…

You must first activate the offer using the links in the eBay email/message before you can earn the bonus. Promotion ends FEB-05-2019 at 11:59pm pacific time…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Thur: YMMV: 10% eBay Bonus Bucks

If you are participating in the eBay Bucks [reward program], check your emails or eBay Messages. You may have been invited for a new bonus bucks promotion that gets you 10% back in eBay Bucks with no minimum purchase amount required… Terms and conditions and exclusions apply as usual (max $100 rewards per transaction and max $500 total during the promotional period)…

You must first activate the offer using the links in the eBay email/message before you can earn the bonus. Promotion ends 12/27/18 at 11:59pm pacific time…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV: 8% to 10% eBay Bonus Bucks on $50+

If you are participating in the eBay Bucks [reward program], check your emails or eBay Messages. You may have been invited for a new bonus bucks promotion that gets you 8% back in eBay Bucks with a $50+ minimum purchase amount required… If you use the official eBay app, you get 10% instead of 8%… Terms and conditions and exclusions apply as usual…

You must first activate the offer using the links in the eBay email/message before you can earn the bonus. Promotion ends 12/19/18 at 11:59pm pacific time…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Fri: YMMV: 8% eBay Bonus Bucks

If you are participating in the eBay Bucks [reward program], check your emails or eBay Messages. You may have been invited for a new bonus bucks promotion that gets you 8% back in eBay Bucks without a minimum purchase amount required… Terms and conditions and exclusions apply as usual…

You must first activate the offer using the links in the eBay email/message before you can earn the bonus. Promotion ends 12/14/18 at 11:59pm pacific time…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

YMMV: 8% to 10% eBay Bonus Bucks on $25+

If you are participating in the eBay Bucks [reward program], check your emails or eBay Messages. You may have been invited for a new bonus bucks promotion that gets you 8% back in eBay Bucks with a $25+ minimum purchase amount required… If you use the official eBay app, you get 10% instead of 8%… Terms and conditions and exclusions apply as usual…

You must first activate the offer using the links in the eBay email/message before you can earn the bonus. Promotion ends 11/28/18 at 11:59pm pacific time…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals

Best Buy Cyber Monday Early Access sale for Rewards members

IF you are a member of the Best Buy rewards program, you can get early access to their Cyber Monday specials. The offers are behind a login wall, and an account participating in their free-to-join Rewards program… I don’t have my login with me so I can’t check…

Canon D-Rebel T6 w/18-55 and $105 Kohls Cash for $400 [or buy filler item for $15 more Kohls Cash]

This offer is primarily of interest to fans of the KOHLS department stores, or anyone who does not object to shopping there to spend the rewards. For this offer, you must be part of the KOHLS rewards program or be willing to join it. It is free to join.

The offer is this. For every $50 you purchase, you earn $15 in Kohls rewards. Despite the name “Kohl’s Cash” this is not real cash, but virtual money you can spend sort of like cash at Kohls stores. Thus if you are a regular shopper there, it’s a good deal.

Which brings us to the Canon D-Rebel T6 w/18-55 which sells for $399.99. As it is, it earns $105 in Kohls rewards. But if you add any filler item priced $0.01+, your total goes to $400+, thus you earn an additional $15 in Kohls rewards. Kohls sells a gazillion of things, including many small trinkets, so it shouldn’t be hard to find some little thing to add.

So for Kohls Rewards members, this is sort of like paying $280 for this DSLR kit ~ again, assuming you have no problem spending the Kohls rewards on things you want/need. Between rewards and coupons and special promotions, you can get some really good deals at Kohls – if you have the time/energy/interest to chase these things ~ the chances of which increase if you are reading this sentence!

PRO TIP: you can rinse and repeat this type of a promotion with any other camera of interest that is carried by Kohls. Kohls is no B&H, so selection is pretty limited, eg popular instant cameras, basic P&S, etc…

YMMV: 10% eBay Bonus Bucks on $50+

If you are participating in the eBay Bucks [reward program], check your emails or eBay Messages. You may have been invited for a new bonus bucks promotion that gets you 10% back in eBay Bucks with a $50+ minimum purchase amount required… Terms and conditions and exclusions apply as usual…

You must first activate the offer using the links in the eBay email/message before you can earn the bonus. Promotion ends 11/20/18 at 11:59pm pacific time…

For ideas on what to buy, check the latest eBay Deals and the latest Trending Deals