I’ve written in the past about some of my escapades in cashing in thousands of coins for the sole purpose of gaining Starpoints.
The way it works is that you can order 500 $1 coins of each US President and charge it to any credit card. The shipping fee is waived on the final checkout page. All you need to do then is deposit it at your local bank.
The Mint now has $1 Native American coins in stock with a 5,000 coin limit!
Considering that my stay in a ~$1,000/night terrace suite at the Westin LAX cost me just 3,500 Starpoints it’s not totally insane to shlep 100 pounds worth of coins in 2 boxes to my local bank to earn 5,000 Starpoints, right?
The best part was that Chase bank (where I just picked up over 28,000 miles opening an account) didn’t even bat an eye at the coins, they took the 2 boxes along with my US Mint receipt for 5,000 $1 coins and promptly gave me a $5,000 receipt for my deposit. I was in and out with 30 seconds!