Finally bit the bullet and purchased a pair this morning. I'll review once they arrive.
I was able to get them for $255 out of pocket and received ~300 UR points and ~1530 AA miles. Here's how:
Through the UR Mall, I purchased two Living Social coupons for $25 for $50 at Sharper Image at 5 points per $. Then, I went through the AA shopping portal to complete the purchase at 6 miles per $ and applied a $30-off coupon at checkout. Finally, I synced my Amex via Twitter and got $25 back.
Some people have had luck applying multiple Living Social coupons to the purchase, but it looks like Sharper Image closed that loophole. I was unable to apply more than one. I've asked Living Social for a refund because I was unable to apply it. Sharper Image is also offering free shipping on all Bose products, but charged me $10 because I selected two-day shipping. They don't tell you what kind of free shipping they offer and each shipping option appears to cost money at checkout, so I had no idea which to choose and selected the cheapest one. Apparently, that was the wrong thing to do. I've asked for a refund on that as well.
(If Living Social and Sharper Image both refund me, I'll get $35 back. The points totals may or may not change.)
So, the best way to go is to get one Living Social coupon through the UR mall, Got o Sharper Image via the AA Mall, apply the $30-off code, and select the correct shipping. You'll be $245 out of pocket and you'll get 150 UR points and 1470 AA miles. If you sync your Amex with Twitter, you get an extra $25 back, purchase protection, and an extended warranty. Alternatively, if you don't need AA miles, you could use a cash-back portal - Discover gives 10% and TopCashBack gives 12%.
But, to add some confusion, don't forget that AA is running a promo
for up to 3000 bonus miles if you spend $250 or more through the portal. This transaction pushed me over $250, so I get an additional 3000 miles on top of the 1530 (and 170 from a previous transaction) for a total of 4700 AA miles.
It's all a game, folks...
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