From time to time Staples offers Anti-Virus software for free after rebate. Although I hate the rebate process, I’ve found the Staples Easy Rebate process to be very straight forward, dependable, and reasonably fast. Right now (offer ends tomorrow, March 24th) you can purchase up to 10 units of Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 (1 User) for free after rebate. The purchase price is $45. What makes this a great deal is you can go through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall and earn 4 bonus points per dollar for all non-promotional purchases from Staples. From what I’ve read online the free after rebate software is not a promotional item, so you would earn 4 points per dollar on this purchase. If you combine that with the one point you earn on all purchases on either the Chase Sapphire or Chase Freedom card, you are earning 5 points per dollar.
I went ahead and bought 10 units of Trend Micro software downloads for $450 and will file my rebate once I receive my confirmation email from Staples, which typically includes an order number, promotion number, and link. The screen capture below illustrates the 10 item limit per household.
This purchase will net me 2,250 UR points. Since I can transfer these to airline miles like Southwest and United at a 1:1 ratio, and I value United MileagePlus miles at 2 cents/mile, this will net me $45 in free travel!
Now, a couple of important notes before you proceed. First, you must have an empty cart at Staples.com before you link through the UR mall, or that might invalidate your points. Second, you must use your Chase Sapphire, or Freedom card to make the purchase, or that could possibly invalidate the bonus point you earn by linking through the mall.
Lastly, Staples charges sales tax for all states that do not have a law prohibiting sales tax on software downloads. To avoid this you should have your items sent to an address or store in California, which is a state that doesn’t allow sales tax on software downloads. Since these items are simply downloaded, you don’t have to worry about stuff ever being delivered. Finally, it is worth mentioning that this $450 purchase will qualify toward elite status in Staples Rewards program. I don’t think Premier status gets you much, which requires $1,000 in purchases per year to qualify, but it does give you free shipping on any order, and expedites rewards you earn on promotional items like the 100% cash back in Staples rewards when you purchase Duracell batteries.