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How do Staples rewards work?

Get up to 5% back in rewards cash, along with free shipping.

Staples is a retail store that sells office supplies and business products, including electronics and tech services. Its rewards program is free to join and helps you earn rewards cash every time you shop.

How Staples Rewards work

At a glance

  • Earn 2% back in rewards cash in the base tier — that’s a $5 reward for spending $250.
  • Earn 5% back in rewards cash if you spend $1,000 or more in a year on its premier tier.
  • Free shipping — some exclusions apply.
  • Earn $2 back in rewards for every recycled ink cartridge.
  • Rewards are issued in increments of $5.
  • Rewards have complicated expiration dates.

Verdict

There’s no drawback to Staples Rewards, except that membership means you agree to receive Staples promotional emails. You’ll unlock free shipping with no minimum and can earn a little extra in rewards cash to spend on more purchases from Staples. But make sure you spend your rewards before you lose them.

When you first sign up, you'll earn 2% in rewards on your purchases online and in-store. That means you need to spend at least $250 to earn a $5 reward. As soon as you spend $1,000 within a year, Staples will upgrade you to its premier rewards tier, and you'll start earning 5% in rewards.

An extra perk of the rewards is its ink recycling program. If you spend at least $30 on ink and toner purchases over six months, you'll get $2 in rewards for every eligible cartridge you recycle at Staples. Base members can return up to ten cartridges a month, while premier members can recycle up to 20.

Staples issues rewards in increments of $5, but once they're issued, you don't have much time to use them. Any unissued points expire at the end of the next calendar quarter. And once you receive that $5, you have until the last day of the following month to spend it or you'll lose it.

How to sign up for Staples Rewards

You can enroll in Staples rewards online or in-store:

  1. Head to the Staples website.
  2. Click or tap Rewards in the menu bar.
  3. Select Sign up for rewards.
  4. Choose Sign up.
  5. Enter an email and password and select Enroll in Staples Rewards.
  6. Fill in your name and phone number and choose Create account.

Every time you make a purchase online or in its shopping app, make sure you're logged in to earn rewards.

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While shopping in-store, scan your Rewards card or use your phone number to pull up your account.

How can I check my points balance?

Check your rewards balance by logging in to your account and clicking or tapping View details in the Rewards Center.

Current Staples deals

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Sign up for Staples email and get daily deals, exclusive offers and more

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Up to 50% off on select chairs and furniture

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Free next day delivery on all ink and toner

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Bottom line

Staples Rewards is a great way to get free shipping on your purchases and earn some credit to apply to a future order. We like that the rewards conversion is a straightforward percentage of what you spend, but keeping track of when your rewards expire may be a bit of a hassle.

But you might consider a different reward program if you want less red tape on your cashback.

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