Credit to bb182
from this thread: https://slickdeals.net/f/10284892-staples-weekly-ad-paper-50cent-ar-ac-4-ream-case-2-ar-ac-in-store-6-25-7-1?v=1
. The rewards department stated there will be email blasts about the rewards no longer being applied for online/phone orders as of 7/1/17, so watch your emails for more details.
I suggest reading all relevant posts in that thread but here are links to a couple of the most pertinent posts:
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Once again Staples is cutting back on benefits. This may affect you or may not depending on your use of Staples of course. I am just trying to provide the information to help others not scratch their heads if they typically disregard the emails they send ordinarily like I do. Plus no way to know how they will try to spin this to make it sound like they are doing us a favor, let alone the actual disclosure they will provide...
There is already another thread regarding the new online free shipping policy being changed which has rolled out already prematurely. https://slickdeals.net/f/10287268-staples-policy-for-shipping-fees-under-49-99-for-rewards-members-is-changing-july-1st-in-effect-for-some-currently
CSR's can refund it if you complain though, up until July 1st.
I would not be shocked if all of these policies already are in effect prematurely. So you might want to track your online/phone/kiosk spends between now and then if you care to fight for your rewards from online orders in the interim if no rewards post.