An Infinite Number of Uses for Sears Gift Cards

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In my recent post, Buy Miles for 1.2 Cents or Less, I showed a way to get airline miles by buying Sears gift cards, upgrading them, and then selling them. What I didn’t mention in that post, is that you can get all of those miles for free if you can find ways to use Sears gift cards for things you would buy anyway.  For those new to this: you can buy Sears gift cards through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall in order to receive 6 to 10 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar (see the previously sited post for more information).  Since Ultimate Rewards points are quite valuable, this is a significant rebate off of the cards.  However once you buy the cards, you need to do something with them!   To help you out, below are some ideas for how to spend those gift cards. One thing to note: Sears owns both Kmart and Lands End, so you can use Sears gift cards in both of those stores as well as at Sears.  Another note: you can buy either e-gift cards or physical gift cards, but in my experience the physical cards are a bit easier to redeem at KMart.

Sears

  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • TVs and other electronics
  • Washer & dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Tools
  • Power tools
  • Garage door opener
  • Automotive parts
  • Tires
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Gutters
  • Roofing

Lands End

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Boots
  • Winter gear

Kmart

  • Prescription drugs
  • Over the counter drugs
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Sports equipment
  • Garden stuff
  • Toys
  • Holiday stuff

Other Stores

Go to Kmart and find the gift card racks. Use your Sears (or Kmart) gift cards to buy gift cards that you would actually use:

  • Gas cards
  • Movie cards
  • Restaurant cards
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Marriott

Just About Anything

(This is the infinite part)

  • EBay
    (One of the gift cards available to buy at Kmart is the EBay gift card. You can use that card to buy anything available through EBay – including other gift cards!)

Conclusion

If you plan to buy any of the stuff listed above, consider buying Sears (or Kmart) gift cards in order to get airline miles, and then use the gift cards to make the purchases you would have made anyway. You will find details about buying the gift cards here: Buy Miles for 1.2 Cents or Less

If you are interested in getting Ultimate Rewards points for purchasing gift cards, you will need your own Chase SapphireSM Preferred Card. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up with this link. Even if you don’t want to buy gift cards, this is a great card. The signup bonus alone is worth $500 in cash back, or $625 in travel booked through Chase, or more than $1000 in travel if you convert the points to United Airlines miles and/or Hyatt points. That last point is really key to the value of this card: Ultimate Rewards points earned with this card are instantly transferable to a number of airline and hotel programs. So, you can shop around to find the best miles and points redemptions before transferring your points and in that way get some incredible values from these points! I will get a small commission if you use my link, but you’ll get the same best offer available anywhere. I promise I would recommend this card with or without the referral commission. In fact, I have recommended it many times prior to my signing up for a referral network and I use it every day as my main go-to credit card.

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