wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
The (not so) best kept secret out there is to use British Airways "Avios" miles to ticket domestic flights on American Airlines. My upcoming trip (Chicago-LA-Lihue (Kauai)-Las Vegas-Chicago cost me 45,000 Avios. The same flights ticketed by American would have cost 85,000 miles, IF American had Saver Miles to sell, which they never do. So yeah, getting 5x points buying GCs at Office Supplies stores affords a HUGE payback in Chase Ultimate Rewards (which can be transferred to Avios.Another way I have heard of (but haven't done personally) is using a Chase Ink card to buy Disney Gift Cards at Office Max. They will earn you 5x Ultimate Rewards points (office supply store), which you can transfer to many different airlines and hotels. Using Southwest Airlines as the example they are worth about 1.86 cents per point, giving you over 9% back (and there are other transfers that can possibly be more).
And, if your Office Max is like mine... there is never anyone in line so no concern there.