Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards

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A common practice for increasing credit card rewards is to use a credit card to buy PIN-enabled Visa or Mastercard gift cards, and then liquidate those cards by using them to reload prepaid cards, buy money orders, or pay bills.

The first step is to find PIN-enabled Visa or Mastercard gift cards that can be bought with a credit card, with low fees, and without risk of incurring cash advance fees.  That’s where this post can help.  Note that this post focuses on options available within the United States only.  Within the US, options vary by region, by county, by store, and even from one cashier to another.

You can often find promotions to save on the activation fees. Current and recently expired promotions are listed here:

Current Visa and Mastercard Promotions

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Best options for buying online

GiftCards.com

Order online through a cash back portal in order to recover some or all of the fees.

GiftCards Visa with name

Card Notes: When first buying cards from GiftCards.com, it is recommended that you start slowly.  If you buy too many in a short period of time, they may shut down your ability to buy more cards.

 

Max value: $250

Max order size: $2500 (inclusive of fees)

Per card fee: $4.95 + shipping. Shipping is either $1.99 per card for first class mail or $7.45 for an entire order with tracking.

Can include your name on gift card? Yes

Portal rebate available? Yes. Portal rates are sometimes better for Mastercard gift cards than for Visa gift cards. Find current portal rates here (but note that you’ll have to click into each portal to find Visa/MC specific rates). Cash back may be earned on up to $2K per month through portals (this changed in July 2020).

PIN enabled? Yes. After activating online you’ll be given a 4 digit PIN and you can then change the PIN if you prefer.

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: MetaBank

Credit card category bonus: None that I’m aware of

GiftCardMall.com

Order online through a cash back portal in order to recover some or all of the fees.

GiftCardMall Silver Visa

PIN safe now: GiftCardMall used to sell two types of Visa gift cards.  One type (sold by IncentiveCardLabs) didn’t have PINs.  Now, they only sell cards issued by MetaBank, so all of their Visa gift cards should have PINs.

Card notes: GiftCardMall is known to have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to cancelling orders.  If you intend to place larger orders, you should increase order size slowly.

Max value: $250

Max order size: $10,000 (inclusive of fees)

Per card fee: $5.95 + shipping. Shipping fees vary depending on the number of cards you purchase and they sometimes run promotions for free shipping.

Can include your name on gift card? Yes

Portal rebate available? Yes. Find current portal rates here (but note that you’ll have to click into each portal to find Visa specific rates). As of June 29th, the cap is reduced to $2K in orders per month for portal rewards (see this post).

PIN enabled? Depends (see note on left)

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Metabank

Credit card category bonus: None that I’m aware of

Simon Gift Cards Bulk program

Card notes: If you wish to purchase Simon Visa Gift Cards that can be loaded with up to $1,000 per card, you need to first register and be approved for the Simon bulk ordering program (which requires manual verification from Simon’s end). The process can take about a week. You will then re-enter the verification process each time you add a new payment method to your account. Note that you should likely avoid using an Amex because Amex stopped awarding points for in-person Simon Mall purchases, so it is doubtful that Amex would award award points for Simon online purchases. See: Simon Visa Gift Card online bulk ordering. Everything you need to know.

Max value: $1,000

Max order size: $25,000 per day whether in a single or multiple orders (inclusive of fees)

Per card fee: $3.95

Order processing fee: $10 per order

Shipping fee: Varies. From around $10.

Can include your name on gift card? Yes.

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes (last 4 digits)

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Metabank

Credit card category bonus: None

Staples.com

visa gift cards purchase

Card notes: If you pay with a Chase Ink Cash (or the Ink Plus, which is no longer available to new applicants), the $8.95 fee is more than made up for by the 5X Ultimate Rewards points earned (5 X 308.95 = 1545 points per $300 card).  In fact, if you wanted to, you could cash in 895 of those points to reduce your net fees to zero and still earn 650 points per $300 card (i.e. ~2.2X). Note that the card activation PIN is mailed separately a few days behind your gift card order.

Max value: $300

Max order size: $2,000 (inclusive of fees)

Per card fee: $8.95

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes (last 4 digits)

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Metabank.

Credit card category bonus: 5X Chase Ink Cash (or Ink Plus, which is no longer available to new applicants), Amex Simply Cash, Discover Business. Other category bonuses can be found here.

VanillaGift.com

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Card notes: VanillaGift.com is one of the few remaining options for buying $500 Visa gift cards online.

Note that Walmart doesn’t accept Vanilla Visa gift cards as debit transactions for more than $50, but other locations should be fine.

Max value: $500

Max order size: $10,000 (inclusive of fees)

Per card fee: $5.95

Can include your name on gift card? Yes

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: TBBK Card Services, Inc., MetaBank, N.A. or Sutton Bank

Credit card category bonus: None

 Office Depot

visa gift cards purchase

Card notes: Although in-store gift card purchases of Visa gift cards at Office Depot can earn you 5x on Ink Plus and Ink Cash cards, that’s sadly not the case online. That’s because Office Depot’s online gift card offering is powered by GiftCardMall and payments are therefore processed by them rather than Office Depot.

GiftCardMall reduced the maximum denomination for Visa gift cards to $250 in July 2020 on their own site, but $500 cards are still available on Office Depot’s site.

The cards come with a $5.95 activation fee, but you can get free trackable shipping.

Max value: $500

Max order size: $5,095.50 (inclusive of fees)

Per card fee: $5.95

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes (last 4 digits)

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Metabank

Credit card category bonus: None

 Giant Eagle

visa gift cards purchase

Card notes: Gift card purchases from Giant Eagle online code as groceries.

You don’t have to live in an area with Giant Eagle stores to have them mail gift cards to you.

Max value: $200

Max order size: $2,747.50 (inclusive of fees)

Per card fee: $4.95

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes (last 4 digits)

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Metabank

Credit card category bonus: Groceries

 Kroger

Kroger VGC

Card notes: While the activation fee of $5.95 is very high given the card’s low denomination, earning 4x fuel points when Kroger runs that promotion can potentially save you more than that fee when buying gas.

Unlike gift card purchases from Giant Eagle, online gift card purchases from Kroger don’t code as groceries. That’s because, similar to Office Depot, their online gift card offering is run by GiftCardMall.

Max value: $100

Max order size: $1,064.50 (inclusive of fees)

Per card fee: $5.95

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: U.S. Bank

Credit card category bonus: None

Sam’s Club

Sam's Club VGC

Card notes: The $6.48 activation fee and the fact that it’s a Vanilla card means buying Visa gift cards from Sam’s Club isn’t too enticing. However, there are often Amex Offers for Sam’s Club which can make buying them more worthwhile (and profitable) if you wouldn’t use the Amex Offer for organic Sam’s Club purchases.

Max value: $200

Max order size: Seemingly no limits, but unlikely that Sam’s Club will fulfill a $10,324 order for 50 of these cards.

Per card fee: $6.48

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Varies

Credit card category bonus: None

BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ's VGC

Card notes: The image of the $200 Vanilla Visa on the BJ’s website shows an activation fee of $6.95, but they actually only charge $5.45. That’s still a high fee, but might be worth it if you’re looking to max out wholesale club spending when it’s a 5% category on cards like the Chase Freedom and Discover It.

Max value: $200

Max order size: Seemingly no limits, but unlikely that BJ’s will fulfill a $10,272.50 order for 50 of these cards.

Per card fee: $5.45

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? Possibly. Gift card purchases from BJ’s sometimes track online even though they’re excluded.

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Varies

Credit card category bonus: Wholesale clubs

Amazon (our affiliate link)

visa gift cards purchase

Card notes: The highest denomination is $200 and those come with a $6.95 activation fee which is high as an overall percentage. It might make sense though if you have an Amazon credit card from Chase or Amazon which earns 5% on Amazon purchases.

Max value: $200

Max order size: None listed.

Per card fee: $6.95

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: MetaBank

Credit card category bonus: Amazon

Incomm Incentives

Incomm Incentives VGC

Card notes: Incomm Incentives appears to be set up to sell gift cards in bulk to businesses, so they might have some kind approval process to be accepted.

They offer $500 cards for a $3.25 fee, so it might be worth considering if you have an eligible business.

Note that these are Vanilla Visa gift cards, so these can’t be used for debit transactions over $50 at Walmart.

Max value: $500

Max order size: Seemingly none. This option is set up to buy in bulk (VanillaGift.com directs you to Incomm Incentives if trying to buy $10,000+ in Visa gift cards).

Per card fee: $3.25

Can include your name on gift card? Yes

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Varies (Vanilla).

Credit card category bonus: Unsure.

Target

Target VGC

Card notes: A $6 fee means you’re paying 3% when buying a $200 prepaid card. Target offers a 5% discount when buying gift cards with a RedCard, so that might be worth it if you actually get the 5% discount (I don’t know if you do).

Max value: $200

Max order size: $2,060 (inclusive of fees).

Per card fee: $6.00

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? No

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: TBBK Card Services, Inc. or MetaBank

Credit card category bonus: Unsure.

 

USPS

visa gift cards purchase

Card notes: The highest denomination is $500 and comes with a $5.95 activation fee. The great thing is that they offer free trackable shipping, so the activation fee is the only cost added on.

Stephen had problems trying to check out when logged in, so you might need to use the ‘Checkout As Guest’ option.

Max value: $500

Max order size: $5,000 (before fees)

Per card fee: $5.95 with free trackable shipping.

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? No. Although it’s on a sub-domain of GiftCards.com, it doesn’t seem to track after clicking through from a shopping portal.

PIN enabled? Yes. After activating online you can choose a PIN.

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: MetaBank

Credit card category bonus: None that I’m aware of

Gift Card GrannyGift Card Granny Visa Gift Card

Card notes: It’s not clear who processes payment for these cards (presumably Gift Card Granny, but that might not be the case), although the cards themselves are listed as being issued by MetaBank.

Max value: $500

Max order size: $Unsure

Per card fee: $6.95 with $1.99 shipping per card.

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? Possibly. Gift Card Granny might be available on one or more shopping portals, but we don’t know if Visa gift card purchases will track.

PIN enabled? Likely seeing as it’s issued by MetaBank.

Cash advance fee? Unsure

Issued by: MetaBank

Credit card category bonus: None that I’m aware of

Simon/GiftCardMallSimon Visa Gift Card

Card notes: This option is different to Simon’s own direct sales of Visa gift cards. This portal is run by GiftCardMall and payments are processed by them which means that you can earn rewards on American Express cards which you can’t do when buying from Simon Mall directly.

Max value: $500

Max order size: $5,000 (before fees)

Per card fee: $3.95 with $0.50 shipping per card ($0.50 is for non-trackable shipping, trackable shipping is $6.99 regardless of how many cards you order.

Can include your name on gift card? No

Portal rebate available? Unlikely. Although it’s processed by GiftCardMall, it’s on a subdomain. Clicking through to GiftCardMall from a portal and then manually adding ‘simon.’ before ‘giftcardmall.com’ probably won’t work, but could be worth a try.

PIN enabled? Likely seeing as it’s issued by MetaBank.

Cash advance fee? Unsure

Issued by: MetaBank

Credit card category bonus: None that I’m aware of

Best options for buying in-store

None of the following in-person options provide a way to recover fees through portals, nor do they offer gift cards with your name on them.

Grocery Stores
Many grocery stores sell Visa and MasterCard gift cards loadable up to $500.visa gift cards purchase
Card notes:
While Visa cards operate normally, U.S. Bank Mastercards do not automatically work as debit cards at Walmart registers. A workaround is to hit the red cancel button almost immediately after swiping so you can change the payment type to “debit”.

Max value: $500

Max order size: Varies by store

Per card fee: $4.95 or $5.95

PIN enabled? Yes. PIN usually comes in the package. If it doesn’t, call 1-866-952-5653 to set the pin.

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: U.S. Bank (usually) or Metabank in some cases.

Credit card category bonus: A number of cards offer up to 5% or even 6% cash back at grocery stores (found here).

Also watch for grocery stores as quarterly category bonus with cards such as Chase Freedom, Citi Dividend, and Discover.

Discount Stores

Stores like Walmart, Target, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club sell a variety of Visa and/or MasterCard gift cards.  Sam’s Club and BJ’s wholesale sells Vanilla brand cards that may look like this:

 

Card notes: Vanilla brand cards do not work as debit cards at Walmart for transactions of $50 or more. In my experience they work fine everywhere else.

Max value: $500

Max order size: Varies by store

Per card fee: Varies

PIN enabled? Yes.

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Varies (Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale sell Vanilla gift cards)

Credit card category bonus: In some cases Walmart or Target may code as a grocery store for earning credit card category bonuses.  For Sam’s Club, look for cards offering wholesale club bonuses (for example, Chase Freedom offered 5X at wholesale clubs in both the 3rd and 4th quarter 2016)

Drug Stores

Many drugstores sell Vanilla brand Visa and MasterCard gift cards loadable up to $500.

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Card notes: Vanilla brand cards do not work as debit cards at Walmart for transactions of $50 or more. In my experience they work fine everywhere else.

Max value: $500

Max order size: Often limited to one $500 card.

Per card fee: $4.95 or $5.95

PIN enabled? Yes (Use any 4 digits upon first use to set the PIN)

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Bancorp

Credit card category bonus: Both the Discover It card and the Chase Freedom card sometimes offer drugstores as a 5X quarterly category.

Office Supply Stores

Many drugstores sell Vanilla brand Visa and MasterCard gift cards loadable up to $500.


Card notes:If you pay with a Chase Ink Cash (or the Ink Plus, which is no longer available to new applicants), the $6.95 fee is more than made up for by the 5X Ultimate Rewards points earned (5 X 308.95 = 1034.75 points per $200 card).  In fact, if you wanted to, you could cash in 695 of those points to reduce your net fees to zero and still earn 339.75 points per $200 card (i.e. ~1.7X). Keep in mind hat office supply stores may also sell “Everywhere” Visas, which are more limited in acceptance though they do have lower fees.

Max value: $200

Max order size: $2,000 (inclusive of fees), though during promotions you may be limited to 1 card.

Per card fee: $6.95 for $200 cards

PIN enabled? Yes (last 4 digits)

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Metabank.

Credit card category bonus: 5X Chase Ink Cash (or Ink Plus, which is no longer available to new applicants), Amex Simply Cash, Discover Business. Other category bonuses can be found here.

Gas Stations / Convenience Stores

Some gas stations and convenience stores (which sometimes conveniently code as gas stations for credit card purposes) sell Visa and MasterCard gift cards loadable up to $500. The ability to pay with a credit card varies from region to region and store to store and is often limited to Vanilla brand gift cards.

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Card notes: Vanilla brand cards do not work as debit cards at Walmart for transactions of $50 or more. In my experience they work fine everywhere else.

Max value: $500

Max order size: Often limited to one $500 card.

Per card fee: $4.95 or $5.95

PIN enabled? Yes (Use any 4 digits upon first use to set the PIN)

Cash advance fee? No

Issued by: Bancorp

Credit card category bonus: A number of cards offer up to 5% cash back at gas stations (found here). Note that some category bonuses are restricted to payments at the pump — those will not work for buying gift cards.

Also watch for gas station quarterly category bonuses with cards such as Chase Freedom, Citi Dividend, and Discover.

Shopping Malls

Many indoor shopping malls have gift card displays, often near the information desk. Visa gift cards aren’t always on display so you may have to ask for them.

simon gift card

Card Notes: Some malls sell Amex gift cards, which are not PIN-enabled and can therefore be harder to use since they generally will not work as debit cards. Visa gift cards are preferable.

Max value: $1,000

Max order size: Varies. A $10,000 limit (inclusive of fees) was typical, but in February 2019 it was announced that the limit at Simon Malls had been raised to as high as $25,000 for qualified buyers. See this post for more.

Per card fee: $3.95 (usually)

PIN enabled? Yes (Last 4 digits)

Cash advance fee? Usually not, but in Feb 2016 there were a few reports of cash advance charges at Simon Malls. That was resolved without subsequent reports.

Other issues?  Amex credit and charge cards do not earn rewards nor credit towards minimum spend for gift card purchases made at Simon Mall.

Issued by: Metabank

Credit card category bonus: None that I’m aware of.

AAA

Check your local AAA office to see if they sell Visa gift cards. Often they’ll run no-fee promotions, especially late in the year.

Card Notes: Some people have reported that buying gift cards from AAA is a cumbersome and time consuming process.  Others have had no such problems. We’ve received at least one report of a customer being charged a cash advance fee when buying AAA gift cards.  Make sure to lower your credit card’s cash advance limit below the amount you plan to spend.

Max value: $500

Max order size: ?

Per card fee: Varies. Often $3 to $3.95 for members. Sometimes fee-free during promos.

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? Usually not. See Card Notes.

Issued by: Metabank

Credit card category bonus: Some AAA branches code as insurance. If you have a card offering a bonus for insurance payments, you might qualify for a bonus this way.

Credit Unions

Credit unions often sell Visa gift cards to their members sometimes with no fee at all.  When they do charge fees, they’re often lower than elsewhere. One example of a credit union that offers Visa gift cards can be found here.

Many credit unions only allow credit cards to be used if you pay with a credit card from that credit union.  Ask your credit union whether they accept 3rd party credit cards for these purchases.

Card Notes: There is always a risk of being charged a cash advance fee. Make sure to lower your credit card’s cash advance limit below the amount you plan to spend.

Max value: $500

Max order size: ?

Per card fee: Varies. $3.95 is typical.

PIN enabled? Yes

Cash advance fee? Possible

Issued by: ?

Credit card category bonus: None.

Expired Visa and Mastercard Promotions

StorePromotion DetailsStart DateEnd Date
MeijerMeijer mPerks: Save $10 On $150+ Mastercard Gift Card (Must Load Coupon)
Load this digital coupon to your mPerks account and then buy the largest denomination Mastercard to maximize rewards and come out a few bucks ahead of the activation fee.
12/2/1812/08/18
Walgreen'sWalgreens Chase Offer: Get 10% Back (Limit $5 Cashback – Targeted)
This offer explicitly excludes gift card purchases, but it's possible that they may still work. YMMV. If it works, it will mostly wipe out the activation fee on one Visa Gift Card.
12/2/1812/14/18
Office DepotOffice Depot: $10 Off $300+ In Mastercard Gift Cards Net activation fees for two $200 cards are $3.90, but you'll earn 2,070 UR or $20.70 by paying with an Ink Plus or Ink Cash card respectively.12/09/1812/15/18
Safeway / Vons / Randall's / AlbertsonsMastercard Gift Card deals at Safeway (& affiliates) and Publix
This Just4U coupon is only good on the $50 and $100 Mastercards, but it effectively eliminates the activation fee on a couple of them.
12/2/1812/15/18
PublixMastercard Gift Card deals at Safeway (& affiliates) and Publix
This coupon is good for $10 off $100 or more, so buy the largest denomination Mastercard possible to maximize rewards and come out a few bucks ahead of the fee.
12/2/1812/15/18
Lowe'sChase Offers: 10% back at Lowe’s, Office Depot, Starbucks, Advance Auto, more
A max of $12 back turns a $200 Visa Gift Card into a $5 money-maker.
11/20/1812/19/18
StaplesStaples: $5 off a $200 VGC [12/16 to 12/22]12/16/1812/22/18
Office Max / Office DepotOffice Depot: $15 Instant Discount On $300+ In Visa Gift Cards12/16/1812/22/18
Simon MallsSimon Malls to offer $1 off Visa Gift Card activation 12/10-12/24
The activation fee on $500 Visa Gift Cards is $2.95 under this promotion, which runs 12/10-12/24/18.
12/10/1812/24/18
Giftcards.comGet Fee-Free Visa Gift Cards On Giftcards.com With Code FEEFREE201812/28/1812/31/18
BJ's WholesaleVisa Gift card special for BJ's Wholesale members [YMMV]
The sign on the rack showing $0 indicates that this is not a mistake, but it probably won't last. No certain end date.
12/07/1812/31/18
StaplesNew Chase Offers for Staples, Olive Garden, Cinemark (10% back, low caps)
The $6 back from this offer will nearly wipe out the activation fee on one Visa Gift Card. Extended until 12/31/18.
11/23/1812/31/18
Bed Bath & BeyondBed Bath & Beyond: Buy $50+ In Third Party Gift Cards & Get $10 BB&B Gift Card (Rebate Submission Required – Limit 10)
This offer includes Visa Gift Cards and can be repeated up to 10 times, making it a pretty easy win if you value the BBB gift cards and/or can sell them.
12/15/1801/01/19
StaplesFee-free Visa Gift Cards & easy 5x at Staples next week01/13/1901/19/19
StaplesNice stack at Staples: 30% back + 10% back
It's unclear whether or not this will stack with the 10% back offer than ends on 12/31, but even if it doesn't this makes Visa or Mastercard gift cards profitable.
12/25/1801/24/19
StaplesStaples: Get Fee-Free $100 Mastercard Gift Cards (Limit 10) Stack with the Staples Amex Offer and Chase Offer to save even more.1/22/191/26/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On All Gift Cards Including Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards This offer is only valid from February 1 to February 3.2/01/192/03/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On Fixed-Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards From Feb 8-10 This offer is only valid from February 8 to February 10.2/8/192/10/19
SafewayRoundup Of Gift Card Deals: VGCs, Uber, iTunes, Spotify & More Albertsons/Safeway has a couple of digital coupons offering up to $25 off Visa gift cards.2/14/192/26/19
Office Max / Office DepotEasy 5x: $10 off $300 in Visa Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot [3/10-3/16/1]03/10/1903/16/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On All 3rd Party, Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards (Expires 3/26/19) This offer valid for two weeks, giving you plenty of time to take advantage of the deal.3/13/193/26/19
StaplesStaples fee-free Mastercards 3/24-3/30/19
While this had no stated limit, corporate has since sent out a memo limiting it to one per customer.
03/24/1903/30/19
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 When Buying $150+ In Visa Gift Cards This should be a profitable deal if your store has $200 Visa gift cards.3/24/193/30/19
Harris TeeterMastercard gift card promo at Harris Teeter 3/29-3/31
This one is only valid for a couple of days, but it's a good way to rack up some supermarket spend.
03/29/1903/31/19
Office Max / Office DepotEasy 5x returns: $10 off $300 in Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot [3/31-4/6/19]03/31/1904/06/19
Safeway / Vons / Randall's / AlbertsonsSave on Mastercard GCs at Safeway/Albertsons through 4/9/19
This Just4U coupon is only good on the $50 and $100 Mastercards, but it effectively eliminates the activation fee on a couple of them.
03/27/1904/09/19
StaplesStaples: Get $5 Off $200 Visa Gift Cards In-Store This reduces the activation fee to $1.95; pay with Chase Ink Cash or Plus card or stack with the Staples Amex Offer.4/7/194/13/19
Office DepotOffice Depot: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $15 Off This is a profitable deal even before taking into account earning 5x if you have an Ink Plus or Ink Cash card.4/14/194/20/19
MeijerMeijer mPerks: Save $10 When Buying $150+ Mastercard Gift Cards If your local Meijer has $200 Mastercard gift cards, this will be a profitable deal.4/14/194/20/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On All 3rd Party & Fixed-Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards You can save $8+ for each $100 Visa gift card if you can fill up with 35 gallons.4/8/194/24/19
StaplesStaples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards next week
Starts 4/21, this makes for an easy 5x. Just be sure to liquidate these sooner rather than later.
04/21/1904/27/19
Giant / Martin’s / Stop & ShopGiant/Martin’s/Stop & Shop: Save $15 On Groceries When Buying $250+ Visa Gift Cards
This Just4U coupon is only good on the $50 and $100 Mastercards, but it effectively eliminates the activation fee on a couple of them.
04/21/1905/02/19
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples next week05/05/1905/11/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On Third Party Gift Cards & Fixed-Value VGCs & MGCs Save up to 14% on third party gift cards and make a profit on VGCs/MGCs if you can fill up more than 13 gallons.05/05/1905/12/19
Office DepotOffice Depot: Save $12 When Buying $300+ Of Everywhere Visa Gift Cards These types of Visa gift cards have restrictions on where they can be used, but it's a profitable deal and so is worth considering.05/26/1906/01/19
Albertsons, Safeway et alSave $10 On $100 Visa Gift Card At Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, etc. Make a few bucks in profit while taking advantage of some bonused spend at grocery stores.05/26/1906/08/19
Albertsons, Safeway et alAlbertsons/Safeway/Vons, etc.: Save $15 On 2x $100 Mastercard Gift Cards, $10 On 2x $50 Cards Make a few bucks in profit while taking advantage of some bonused spend at grocery stores.06/05/1906/18/19
Albertsons, Safeway et al$10 off $100 or more in Visa Gift Cards at Safeway / just for U stores
One-time use, but stack this with a card that earns a nice category bonus at US Supermarkets for a quick hit.
06/16/1906/29/19
Simon MallsSimon Mall Visa gift cards $1 off June 10-30, 2019
The activation fee on $400-$500 Visa Gift Cards is $2.95 under this promotion, which runs 6/10-6/30/19.
06/10/1906/30/19
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples next week06/30/1907/06/19
Giant/Stop & Shop/MartinsGiant/Stop & Shop/Martin's: Save $15 On Groceries When Buying $250 Visa Gift Cards This is a profitable deal and helps you get some bonused spend at grocery stores.6/23/1907/06/19
MeijerMeijer: Buy $150+ Visa Gift Cards & Save $10 Instantly With Digital Coupon This is a profitable deal and helps you get some bonused spend at grocery stores.7/7/197/13/19
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 On $150+ Mastercard Gift Cards & $5 On $50+ Happy Gift Cards This is a profitable deal and helps you get some bonused spend at grocery stores.7/14/197/20/19
StaplesEasy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards next week Pay with Chase Ink Cash or Plus card or stack with the Staples Amex Offer.7/21/197/27/19
Albertsons, Safeway et alSafeway/Albertsons/Vons, etc: Save Up To $25 On Visa Gift Cards With 2 Digital Coupons Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.7/21/198/3/19
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples next week08/04/1908/10/19
Office DepotOffice Depot: Buy $300+ Mastercard Gift Cards & Get $15 Instant Discount The $15 instant discount more than offsets the activation fees, making this slightly profitable.8/18/198/24/19
HannafordHannaford: Save $10 Off Next Grocery Purchase When Buying $150+ Visa Gift Cards If Hannaford sells variable load Visa gift cards, this will be a profitable deal.8/18/198/24/19
Stop & ShopStop & Shop: Buy $150+ Visa/Mastercard Gift Card & Get $15 Off Next Order, Plus Earn 2x Gas Rewards Points On Mastercard Gift Cards Each $500 Mastercard gift card can save you almost $30.8/23/198/29/19
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway: Save Up To $25 On Visa Gift Cards, 10x On Happy, 8x On Google Play & AutoZone The Visa gift card digital coupons can be a $3.20 money maker overall, while the some of the Happy gift cards could be used to buy Visa & Mastercard gift cards at Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond.8/18/198/31/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On 3rd Party Gift Cards, VGC & MGCs (March 1-3) This offer is only valid from March 1-3.3/1/193/3/19
GiantGiant: Earn 2x Gas Rewards Points On Mastercard GCs, 10x On Lord & Taylor, Cracker Barrel & Domino's GCs This will be profitable if you need to fill up with 6 gallons or more.4/5/194/11/19
Office DepotOffice Depot: Save $15 When Buying $300+ Visa Gift Cards Make $1.10 profit for every couple of $200 VGCs you buy, plus rack up some 5x spend.8/25/198/31/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On 3rd Party Gift Cards & Fixed Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards (8/30-9/2 Only) Save up to 14% on third party gift cards and make a profit on VGCs/MGCs if you can fill up more than 13 gallons.8/30/199/2/19
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway: Buy Mastercard Gift Cards & Save Up To $25 Make a total of $3.20 profit and get some grocery store bonused spend in.8/25/199/7/19
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 When Buying $150+ Visa Gift Cards This will be profitable provided your local store has variable load or $200 Visa gift cards.9/8/199/14/19
Office DepotOffice Depot/Office Max: Save $10 When Buying $300+ Mastercard Gift Cards This isn't break even, although it could still be worthwhile if you have a 5x/5% Ink card.9/22/199/28/19
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway: Buy $100 Visa Gift Card & Get $10 Off Or 8x Reward Points The $10 instant discount is good, but the 8x Reward Points version of the offer can save you up to $20.9/15/199/28/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On Gift Cards & Fixed-Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards Save up to 14% on third party gift cards and make a profit on VGCs/MGCs if you can fill up more than 13 gallons.9/10/199/28/19
PublixPublix: Spend $50+ On Groceries & Save $10 On $50 Mastercard Gift Card And/Or $50 Gas Gift Card You'll make a $5.05 profit on the Mastercard gift card after accounting for its activation fee.9/21/1910/4/19
Office DepotOffice Depot/Office Max: Save $15 When Buying $300+ Visa Gift Cards This is a profitable deal even before taking into account earning 5x if you have an Ink Plus or Ink Cash card.9/29/1910/5/19
StaplesStaples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards next week
Starts 10/20, this makes for an easy 5x. Just be sure to liquidate these sooner rather than later.
10/20/1910/26/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On All 3rd Party Gift Cards & Fixed Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards (Nov 1-3 Only) Save up to 14% on third party gift cards and make a profit on VGCs/MGCs if you can fill up with 14+ gallons.11/1/1911/3/19
Stater BrosStater Bros: Buy $100+ Visa/Mastercard Gift Card + $10+ Groceries & Save $10 This is a profitable deal that can be done more than once.10/30/1911/5/19
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save $10 When Buying $100+ Visa Gift Cards This is a profitable deal.10/27/1911/9/19
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples next week11/03/1911/16/19
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 When Buying $150+ Visa Gift Cards This is a profitable deal.11/10/1911/16/19
Rite AidRite Aid: Earn BonusCash On Visa Gift Cards & Gift Cards For Delta, Hotels.com & More The $6 BonusCash doesn't fully offset the activation fees, but it certainly helps.11/10/1911/16/19
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Buy $100+ Mastercard Gift Cards & Get $10 Off This is a profitable deal.11/10/1911/23/19
Hy-VeeHy-Vee: Buy $150+ Visa Gift Card & Get $10 Instant Discount (No Limits?) You'll make a profit on each VGC you buy. It should work on variable load VGCs and there seems to be no limit on how many you can buy.11/20/1911/28/19
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 When Buying $150+ Mastercard Gift Cards This is a profitable deal.12/1/1912/7/19
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save $10 On $100+ Visa Gift Cards This is a profitable deal.12/1/1912/7/19
StaplesStaples: Buy $200 Mastercard Gift Cards With No Activation Fee Stack with the Staples Amex Offer or pay with a 5x card.12/1/1912/7/19
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On Third Party Gift Cards & Fixed-Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards Save up to 14% on third party gift cards and make a profit on VGCs/MGCs if you can fill up with 14+ gallons.11/17/1912/10/19
Office Max / Office DepotEasy 5x: $15 off $300 in Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot [12/8-12/14/19]12/08/1912/14/19
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples next week12/15/1912/21/19
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Save $15 Instantly This is a profitable deal even before taking into account earning 5x if you have an Ink Plus or Ink Cash card.12/15/1912/21/19
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples next week01/12/2001/18/20
Kroger$10 off $150 in Visa or Mastercard gift cards at Kroger Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.01/08/2001/21/20
Kroger$5 off $50 Visa or Mastercard Gift Card at Kroger Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.01/24/2001/25/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesSafeway/Albertsons/Just For U: Save $15 On 2x $100 Visa Gift Cards, $10 On 2x $50 Cards Both of these digital coupons are profitable deals.02/09/2002/22/20
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On 3rd Party & Fixed-Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards (Feb 28-Mar 1) Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.02/28/2003/01/20
StaplesStaples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards next week
Starts 3/22/20. Poor timing given the fact that most of us are trying to stay home as much as possible and many retail stores and malls are closing.
03/22/2003/28/20
StaplesStaples Amex Offer: Save 10% On Up To $500 (Biz Cards Only) This can be used to save on Visa and Mastercard gift cards, as well as third party gift cards.1/21/206/30/20
Lowe'sLowe’s Amex Offer: 10% back up to $100 [Targeted] This can be used to save on Visa and Mastercard gift cards, as well as third party gift cards.1/2/206/30/20
Staples(Back) Easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards07/19/2007/25/20
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples (8/2 - 8/2)8/2/208/8/20
Staples$5 off Visa Gift Cards at Staples 8/16-8/228/15/208/22/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $15 Off Instantly This is a profitable deal even before taking into account earning 5x if you have an Ink Plus or Ink Cash card.3/8/203/14/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Save $13 When Buying $300+ Mastercard Gift Cards3/29/204/4/20
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 On $150+ Visa Gift Cards & 10% On $50-$500 Happy Gift Card You'll make a $4.05 profit when buying a variable load Visa gift card.3/29/204/4/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 On Fixed-Value Mastercard Gift Cards You'll make a $3.10 profit on the $100 cards and $0.10. on the $50 cards.3/29/204/11/20
BJ's Wholesale ClubBJ’s: Save $3 on Visa gift cards from home, stack with 5% Discover cashback4/5/204/11/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save $10 When Buying $100+ Mastercard Gift Cards You should be able to buy a variable load Mastercard gift card to increase your bonused spend.5/3/205/16/20
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On 3rd Party Gift Cards & Fixed-Value VGCs & MGCs (May 22-25 Only) Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.5/22/205/25/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $100+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $10 Instant Discount You'll make a $3.05 profit on each card and can also earn 5%/5x on Ink Cash & Ink Plus cards.5/24/205/30/20
Giant/Martin's/Stop & ShopGiant, Martin’s & Stop & Shop: Earn 2x Points On Mastercard Gift Cards (May 29-June 4) Every $500 variable load Mastercard gift card you buy can save you up to $20 on gas.5/29/206/4/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save $10 When Buying $100+ Visa Gift Cards This is a profitable deal. You should also be able to buy a variable load Visa gift card to increase your bonused spend.5/24/206/6/20
KrogerKroger: Save $3 On Variable Load Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards With Digital Coupon This makes a $500 card only have a $2.95 activation fee. Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.5/20/206/9/20
Giant/Martin's/Stop & ShopGiant/Martin’s/Stop & Shop: Earn 3x Points When Buying Visa Gift Cards (Including Variable Load) Every $500 variable load Visa gift card you buy can save you up to $30 on gas.6/5/206/11/20
StaplesStaples: Activation Fees Waived On $200 Visa Gift Cards6/7/206/13/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxSave 10% At Office Depot/OfficeMax With Targeted Chase Offer (Max $8 Back) You should be able to use this in-store to buy gift cards.5/2/206/14/20
H-E-BH-E-B: Get H-E-B Gift Cards Free When Buying Select Gift Cards (Visa, Home Depot, Uber, Netflix & More) Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.6/10/206/16/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Buy $100+ Visa Gift Card & Get $10 Off Instantly This should work on variable load Visa gift cards.6/14/206/20/20
StaplesStaples: Buy Fee-Free $200 Mastercard Gift Cards6/14/206/20/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $100+ Visa Or Mastercard Gift Cards & Get $10 Off6/14/206/20/20
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On 3rd Party Gift Cards & Fixed-Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.6/10/206/23/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $100+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $10 Off7/5/207/11/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Buy $100+ Mastercard Gift Card & Get $10 Off Instantly This should work on variable load Mastercard gift cards.6/28/207/11/20
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples (7/5 – 7/11)7/5/207/11/20
KrogerKroger: Buy 2 Variable Load Visa Gift Cards & Save $5.95 With Digital Coupon7/22/207/28/20
PublixPublix: Buy $50 Visa/Mastercard Gift Card & $50 Groceries & Get $10 Off7/22/208/12/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $100+ Mastercard Gift Cards & Get $10 Off8/16/208/22/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $100+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $10 Off Instantly8/23/208/29/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 When Buying Visa Gift Cards Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.8/16/208/29/20
KrogerKroger: Save $3 On Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards In-Store With Digital Coupon This should work with variable load Visa & Mastercard gift cards.8/26/209/1/20
MeijerMeijer mPerks: Buy $150+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $10 Instant Discount Make a few dollars and get ~$500 of grocery store bonused spend.9/6/209/12/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 When Buying $50 & $100 Mastercard Gift Cards Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.8/30/209/12/20
StaplesStaples: Buy $100 Visa Gift Cards & Get $3 Off Instantly (Sep 13-19) This is a poor deal from Staples this week.9/13/209/19/20
PublixPublix: Buy $50 Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards + $50 Groceries & Get $10 Off Instantly8/23/209/19/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Mastercard Gift Cards & Get $15 Back (Ends 9/26/20) You'll make a profit of $1.10 when buying two $200 Mastercard gift cards.9/20/209/26/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300 Visa Gift Card ONLINE For $285 (Ends 10/1/20) Easy online $15 profit.9/20/2010/1/20
MeijerMeijer: Buy $150+ Mastercard Gift Card & Save $1010/4/2010/10/20
Office Depot onlineOffice Depot Online: Buy $300 Visa Gift Card & Get $15 Off + Free Trackable Shipping 10/16/2010/22/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $15 Off (Ends 10/24/20)10/18/2010/24/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 On Mastercard Gift Cards (Ends 10/31/20) Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.10/18/2010/24/20
MeijerMeijer: Buy $150+ Visa Gift Card & Get $10 Off Instantly (Ends 11/4/20) 11/8/2011/14/20
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples10/11/2011/14/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $15 Off (Ends 11/21/20)11/15/2011/21/20
Hy-VeeHy-Vee: Buy $150+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $10 Instant Discount11/18/2011/24/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 On Mastercard Gift Cards Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.11/15/2011/28/20
KrogerKroger: Save On 25 Different Gift Card Brands (Visa, Sephora, GameStop & More)11/21/2011/30/20
MeijerMeijer: Buy $150+ Mastercard Gift Card & Save $10 Instantly (Ends 12/5/20)11/29/2012/5/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 When Buying Visa Gift Cards Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.11/29/2012/5/20
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On 3rd Party Gift Cards & Fixed-Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.11/4/2012/08/20
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save $10 When Buying $100+ Visa Gift Card12/6/2012/12/20
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples12/06/2012/12/20
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Mastercard Gift Cards & Get $15 Off12/6/1012/12/20
Simon MallSimon Visa Gift Cards: 20% off purchase fee + free ground shipping & more 5/15/2012/31/20
Simon Malls[EXTENDED indefinitely!] $1K Visa Gift Cards w/ $3.95 fee at Simon next week
Anyone can purchase these $1K VGCs with a $3.95 activation fee by simply asking for them at guest services. Easy low-cost MS.
07/17/1912/31/20
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples6/13/216/19/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples7/11/217/17/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples8/8/218/14/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples9/5/219/11/21
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save $10 When Buying $100+ Visa Gift Card (Ends 1/2/21)12/27/201/2/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples1/17/211/23/21
KrogerKroger: Earn 4x Fuel Points On 3rd Party Gift Cards & Fixed-Value Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards Combine this with a card that earns a good category bonus at US supermarkets.1/28/211/31/21
PublixPublix: Buy $50 Groceries & $50 Visa And/Or Mastercard Gift Cards & Get $10 Off (Ends 2/20/21)1/31/212/20/21
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 When Buying Visa Gift Cards Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.2/10/212/23/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples2/28/213/6/21
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 When Buying $150+ Visa Gift Card (Ends 3/27/21)3/21/213/27/21
StaplesMore easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards3/28/214/3/21
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 On Mastercard Gift Cards Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.3/28/214/10/21
Staples$5 off Visa Gift Card activation fees at Staples4/11/214/17/21
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 When Buying $150+ Mastercard Gift Cards4/11/214/17/21
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $15 Off (Ends 11/21/20)4/11/214/17/21
Lowe'sFree $15 Lowe’s gift card with $200 Visa Gift Card, stacks with a lot4/22/214/28/21
StaplesMore easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards4/25/215/1/21
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 On Mastercard Gift Cards Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.5/2/215/15/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples5/9/215/15/21
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Mastercard Gift Cards & Save $155/16/215/22/21
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $15 Off (Ends 11/21/20)5/23/215/29/21
Albertsons, Safeway & other Just For U storesAlbertsons/Safeway/Just For U: Save Up To $25 When Buying Visa Gift Cards Make a few dollars and get ~$300 of grocery store bonused spend.5/23/216/5/21
StaplesMore easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards6/27/217/3/21
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 When Buying $150+ Visa Gift Cards7/4/217/10/21
MeijerMeijer: Buy $150+ Mastercard Gift Card & Get $10 Instant Discount7/11/217/17/21
StaplesMore easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards7/18/217/24/21
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Mastercard Gift Cards & Save $158/15/218/21/21
StaplesMore easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards8/22/218/28/21
MeijerMeijer: Save $10 When Buying $150+ Visa Gift Cards (Ends 9/11/21)9/5/219/11/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples9/26/2110/2/21
StaplesMore easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards10/10/2110/16/21
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $15 Off (Ends 11/21/20)10/10/2110/16/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples10/17/2110/23/21
GiftCards,comGiftCards.com: Save 10% On Virtual Visa Gift Cards With Promo Codes TRICKORTREAT Or TREATS10/27/2110/31/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples10/31/2111/06/21
Meijer$10 off $150 Visa Gift Card at Meijer11/7/2111/13/21
StaplesMore easy 5x: Staples fee-free $200 Mastercard gift cards11/14/2111/20/21
Office Depot/OfficeMaxOffice Depot/OfficeMax: Buy $300+ Visa Gift Cards & Get $15 Off (Ends 11/21/20)11/14/2111/20/21
StaplesEasy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples12/12/2112/18/21
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Theels23

Do vanilla VGCs still work at grocery stores like Kroger for liquidating?

Scott

Just found out that Metabank does not allow transactions for charitable donations (after purchasing $1K on the various Staples fee-free deals).

I was trying to donate to the local animal shelter, Feeding America, and a couple others.

Onsale

I’ve never had any success getting a cash advance on these cards. Has anyone found out a way to get cash out of these cards?

I ask because there is a category for “Cash Advance Fee”. This is puzzling.

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Byron

Would it be possible to put this in a spreadsheet?

Rajadat

For the USPS site, you can actually add your name to the card, but you need to type your name in the “message” box separately from the “recipient” box.

David Ramirez

Anyone having any luck recently with reloading any reloadable debit card with gift cards. I’m trying to stop getting money orders

Gene

Best option is to not buy gift cards.

Lukas

Looks like the option for buying VISA gift cards at Office Depot’s GCM site is gone. USPS is still alive.

[…] sites now sell a max denomination of $250 per gift card, Simon is looking a bit better (though see this post for other options still around for buying Visa and Mastercard gift cards). In my case, I’m willing to pay a bit more than the cheapest cost possible in exchange for […]

king

Giant Eage fee for 200 $ is 6.95 not 4.95

king

https://www.simon.com/giftcard/ is another option to buy online.

500 $ . No name on the card. 3.95 fee . Shipping – 50 cents per card or 7$ trackable .

Better option that usps or office depot , since all use GCM , but fees are lower.

Miles Ahead

Seems like a good option– anyone know if Amex will give points on this order if GCM is processing? or is it still subject to the Simon Mall restriction?

Greg

It looks like the card purchase fee at Giant Eagle online is only $4.95 for the $50 cards. It’s $5.95 for the $100s and $6.95 for the $200s. Even with a 5% card at grocery stores, the feel is eating most of the lunch.

Kent

Under the drug stores section, for category bonus you could add the new 3x at pharmacies with Freedom Flex and Unlimited.

Raghu Narayanan

The USPS online purchase of gift cards will it code as shipping, i.e. the $20 reimbursement for packaging and shipping companies from Amex Biz Platinum will kick in?

Jeff

I don’t think so, I just purchase a $500 card as a test and its showing up as BHN GIFTCARDS on my Chase Ink

[…] updating a post on Frequent Miler this evening, I noticed something interesting on the gift card portal that GiftCardMall runs for […]

D T

How to add name on Incomm Incentives Vanilla Cards?
Also cannot place an order before choosing a “greeting” like Thank You, Great Job etc.

Rob

I had similar issues regarding adding the name and choosing a greeting. It also seems as though you need to have a “corporate” account with a Tax ID in order for your account to be approved for ordering.

Elmer

Embarrassing the lengths bloggers go to right now to get advertising hits. If your income is gonna go down, best to go scorched Earth and take down the entire MS hobby, huh? At least you’ll make a few more final bucks in the process.

voyager

You sound like an opportunistic parasite whose blood supply is being cut off. If you’re going to call it a ‘hobby’, then you shouldn’t see anything wrong with the bloggers sharing information and making it a fun game of opportunities for the entire community, because it is, after all, a hobby.

ed k

Although I’ve always called this a hobby, generated and redeemed more points and miles than I even know, even before I knew there were others also in the game, I can now say the earth is indeed scorched now in a lot of areas as far as liquidation. So, it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s talked about it. I still have miles and hotel points I can’t even use. One day I hope that changes and more economies/countries open back up. Thanks COVID-19 and those who froze it and then thawed it out to “study” it when it wouldn’t have naturally thrived like this. The beginnings of what would curiously “evolve” into COVID-19 should have stayed in a cave. And, it amazes me that stores would rather promote cash-only mo’s rather than gcs being used that can be traced back to a cc. And some think the hobby is somehow ml, yet cash is the true ml result. Sorry for my rant for the day, but it’s not at any commenter or this site. I still find very useful information on FM.

a-a_ron

Which “everywhere” visas can be liquidated at Walmart? I heard only grocery and style… dining?

THEsocalledfan

Nick,

Amex award points on simon bulk? If not, that should be noted.

THEsocalledfan

Wonder if they code the same as personal online ordering? That is a cheaper test.

Jeffrey

It says that “office Supply” gift cards are Vanilla Gift cards, but I don’t see that on the package. Simply that they are offered by Meta bank. Can they be used at Walmart to buy a money order or not?

JohnFromATL

That is a copy/paste error from Drug Stores. Office Supply are usually Metabank

Miles

How about VanillaGift.com?

[…] been available through cash back portals, which reduces net cost considerably (See our guide to the Best options for buying Visa and Mastercard gift cards). While payout rates and caps have varied some over time, the current monthly cap for Gift Card […]

[…] Best Options for Buying Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards […]

MalMel

The link for drugstores does not have info for drugstores.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Thank you. That’s now fixed.

Boris C

I just bought a virtual gift card on GiftCardMall.com using my rewards credit card. What’s the best way to liquidate this?

Anonymous

I bought a Visa gift card from USA Connect and it expired in 12 months. The company took the entire amount of the gift card, not just a small fee. Is this common?

bill

i keep having my order cancelled by giftcards and giftcardmall. Has anyone else encountered this and were able to resolve it? I called their help desk which was an effort in futility. They just said keep trying a different card or email and make sure your billing address matches. 6 failed attempts. Any suggestions?

rysn

Has anyone tried buying the $200 vgc at staples and use it to pay your credit cards bill at Walmart? Is there a fee to do that and is it a good method to ms?

Thanks

Jkwon

Yes. You can pay to Visa or Mastercard with $1.5 fee up to 4 payment cards(4 gift cards) at once.

Kalifa

Known to trigger shutdowns with banks you are paying….see Pointchaser.com for more info

Denise

Has anyone tried buying Costco Cash Card and cash out at a register? I have called a local Costco and they said OK. There’s no card fees, shipping or taxes. And we can buy up to $1000 per card. As far as I know, California is one of the states that allows cashing out. “Any gift certificate sold after Jan. 1, 1997, is redeemable in cash for its cash value or subject to replacement with a new gift certificate at no cost to the purchaser or holder” .

trvl4fs

This is the key: “or subject to replacement with a new gift certificate…” It the balance is $10 or more, they are not going to give you cash, in my experience. Would love to hear about contrary date poitns.

P-nope

My only option is Safeway if it’s in person. Only giftcards.com online.
But Safeway has not restocked their variable gift cards in over 4 weeks. The remaining ones in stock are dwindling. Very few people seems to be buying them in my area, but in a couple of weeks, they’ll run out.

Mike

I’ve read a few places in comments that the Vanillas can now be used to load serve/Bluebird at Walmart without the $50 limit. Is that YMMV?

Mike

A $500 vanilla giftcard worked to load serve at a walmart in Florida. It appeared to go through as credit, as no pin was requested. Wonder if a credit card would work…anyone tried?

Sophie

Isn’t it still possible to buy visa/mc gift cards in person at Office Depot for 5x pts with Ink Cash/Plus? I know you obviously don’t get a portal bonus, but you didn’t list this as an option under the “in-person” category. Is this not an option anymore?

Mike

yes that is still possible anytime. Good deal when they offer fee free or reduced fee (has been $1.95 per $200). YMMV on how many you can buy. I’ve generally been able to buy $2,000 total, although on these deals the terms say limit one and a manager once limited me to one card.

Colabus

Nick –
You need to update the reply stream: Ahold stores (Stop& Shop, Giant, etc.) DO accept CCs when purchasing VGC or MC. In addition, many times through-out the year you can can get multiple times gas points when buying GCs, such that I got many full tanks of gas for just the activation cost of the gift cards, besies getting the points Also, besides getting multiple points with certain CCs at grocery stores, AMEX Hilton Ascend will key as grocery and acrue points toward a free weekend night, as opposed to buying GCs at Simon where they don’t.

Chris

AAA will shut you down for volume and you have no recourse when that happens.

[…] See also: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards. […]

Jerry Mandel

Buy VISA/MC cards to pay bills? Silly to pay the gift card fees. Just use your new credit cards to prepay monthly bills for signup bonuses and get it back from no monthly payments for some time. Note: No place in Dallas, TX area will sell money orders using PIN-enabled gift cards. Sad.

Kalifa

Croger not Kroger

[…] rewards. You can read more about this in our Manufactured Spending Complete Guide. See also our Best Options for Buying Visa and Mastercard Gift Cards for more information on which cards to purchase at various stores as well as which category […]

Rahul

The cashback portal TCB.COM is showing VGC from GC.com and Giftcardmall.com earning cashback now, but at lower 0.75% now. Can someone reconfirm? Is Giftcardmall.com earning 2% or not, like in past?

Lisa

I apologize if this has been covered before, but OV visa and MC gift-cards are issued by Bankcorp . Where can they be liquidated after purchase?

Sideshowbob

Either Dollar General or Family Dollar will load them onto Amex Serve cards. Walmart will not for over $49.99

BG

1. Unhappy DP from staples.com. I test-purchased a $300 GC online with my Chase Ink Business Preferred, expecting the 3x bonus rate, but chase.com reports it only earned 1x as “all other.”
The bonus works fine for things like Travel. Anyone else seen this at Staples? Is it likely to be the same in-store?

2. While ApplePay is a 5x category for Freedom this quarter, has anyone found a store (preferably in NYC) that accepts it for gift cards?

Lin

I can use Apple Pay to buy gift cards at staples. Got my statement and it pay 5 pts per dollar

Puja

Does staples have $500 VGC/MC GC’s? If not, which ones did you buy?

BG

Puja: From personal experience, the biggest card at staples.com is $300 with $8.95 (~3%) fee. I’ve read but haven’t confirmed that the in-store max card is $200 with $6.95 (~3.5%) fee. Both methods have transaction limits.

BG

1. Thanks. I conflated categories with other Ink cards.

2. I’ll report my ApplePay/Freedom results for GC purchases in NYC when I get them. A working 5x bonus would be the best GC deal I know.

3. Related, and I hope not off topic, I could use advice on a change of Ink cards, with GC purchases as the primary driver. I’m at 5/24. I have had Ink Preferred for 6 months. I received the 80k bonus. Most of the main Ink Preferred benefits are redundant for me, or unused. My CSR gives me 3x travel and car insurance; an Ink Plus/Cash would earn more (5x v 3x) for internet and cable; and I don’t use the other bonus categories. If I drop Ink Preferred for Ink Plus or Ink Cash, I’d lose cell phone insurance, but right now my employer pays the phone bill. Unless I’m missing something, an Ink Plus or Ink Cash seem clearly better than Ink Preferred in my shoes.
Would it be better to:
a. Apply for a new Ink Plus or Ink Cash (I read somewhere they don’t count for 5/24) to get the new card bonus, then cancel the Ink Preferred?
b. or product change my Ink Preferred to Ink Cash or Ink Plus?
Would either course be likely to bring unwanted attention from Chase? I doubt it (I’ve only bought 2 GC ever) but I have six-figures of UR points I really don’t want to lose.

Thanks, everyone, for giving a hand to a relative newbie.

BG

Update on question 2):

A RiteAid in NYC had no issue letting me buy an Amazon GC with ApplePay. I set ApplePay to use my Chase Freedom card, which is giving a 5x bonus for app payments. Amazon cards are sold at face value — no fee. I test purchased a $25 card for $25, scanned it in as credit using the Amazon app, and got 125 UR points. Almost too good to be true. I’d be wary of overdoing it, but I have no idea what volume is likely to set off alarms.

Greg The Frequent Miler

If Amazon gift cards are like cash for you, then that’s a good way to go. Note that you can also get 5X buying Amazon (and other) gift cards with the Chase Ink Cash card simply by buying gift cards in an office supply store.

[…] See also: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards. […]

[…] course, there are still plenty of options for buying Visa and Mastercard gift cards, and GiftCardMall has had some good sales […]

Lin

Yes been buying them for months

Shane

giftcardmall has $500 visa cards available, instead of the $250 as earlier mentioned. Has anyone been able to purchase these?

Greg The Frequent Miler

Thanks for pointing this out! Updated post.

Prem

Guys I bought 4 MasterCard GC’s of $500 each from Croger. Where do I liquidate them?

WM red button cancel trick to change as debit is one option right?

However do they work at Croger MO too, itself?

Gaurav

Yes, obviously not in the same interaction though.

Jerry Mandel

Use gift cards to prepay utilities and other monthly bills. Get it back from no monthly payments.

Amanda

‘Get it back from No Monthly Payments”? What do you mean, pls explain.

Jerry Mandel

I can’t possibly write it any clearer. Your prepaid credits will take care of monthly bills.

Amanda

That would be quite dumb, though. I would use credit cards to pay utility bills and earn points/rewards on that spend.

Why buy giftcards with credit cards and then use giftcards to pay for something i could use my CC to pay for?

Jerry Mandel

Amanda-You didn’t note to whom my reply was directed. It was for the one who was *already* stuck with gift cards and needed help to use them.

Gaurav

@Amanda, also there are plenty of utilities do not take credit cards.

Jerry Mandel

Is Croger same as Kroger? If not, what is it?

Julian

I got $500 VGC from local grocers store issued by US bank. Earlier i was aboe to liqudate them at local PO for MO. But that avenue is closed. Where can i liquidate these cards (have 6 of them) now? Please help this Lad in Distress…..Sighs

M

Walmart.

Riya

Any one having issues placing order with giftcarmall.com?
I have placed orders smoothly till last month and suddenly this month, website is giving issues. Despite trying different borwsers and different CC’s, error keeps coming when trying to purchase saying ‘Order cannot be processed, transaction declined, could be credit card issue”

Called their customer service and they said they have been getting calls about the same…????????????

Do share your experience, and inputs/suggestions.

Ken

It’s GCM, people are banned for no reason at all plenty of times. I’ve moved to another state and still am banned. I bought a single $200 GC form them years ago.

escot

Yep, that was the line I heard for nearly a year — the lower level reps telling me that they couldn’t tell me what the problem or “reason” was. When I’d ask for supervisors, they were trained to be polite, to sympathize, but that there was nothing that they could say…. (that the decisions were made in another department)

BUT all that seemed to change (at least for me), when one sympathetic supervision suggested the “level 2 review” — AND I was assured that I would actually get a call back from someone who really could work with you to figure out what the problem/reason was. (and more often than not for me, each time a block appears, it’s usually something trivial — yet not self-apparent)

Yes, it’s a super pain dealing with gcm…. and they deserved all the disdain and barbs they get. (though I gather that bad reputation may be part of the reason this “level 2” process is now supposedly available)

kavz

BEWARE OF GCM, Fraud company. I purchased 3 cards of $500 each and selected free shipping. Cards never arrived and were lost/stolen in the mail………..Filed dispute with GCM and they asked me to file dispute with visa network since these are visa cards…………………turns out they said cards were already used/balance drained on all 3 by someone else who got their hands on my cards…………refused to help me outright……..Hence forcibly i filed dispute with Amex as i had used Amex CC for the order………..guess what, while Amex is investigating this……….fraud GCM sent me 3 replacement GC supposedly for $500 each and notified AMEX to close their investigation as they had fulfilled the order………….hence AMEX closed their investigation………

TO MY UTTER SHOCK, ALL THE 3 GIFTCARDS SENT AS REPLACEMENT CARDS BY GCM HAVE ZERO BALANCE, YES ZERO FREAKING BALANCE………..When i called GCM about it, they said they will look into it…………….and even WORSE…………when i try to look up the card balance online, the numbers do not even register or are recognized by GCM website…….

hence i have reopened DISPUTE with AMEX AGAIN…………

Bottomline, stay away from GCM, as in greed to get 2% CB on your order, you will end up losing like $1500 like i stand to lose, at this point of time………..

Any suggestions/inputs on how to recover my $1500 is welcome……Thanks

escot

Apologies in advance if anything I write here is redundant to earlier posts.
I’ve had better luck over past six months buying vgc’s (custom $500) via gcm, including this month, but it’s always an upsetting adventure….. Among the things that have helped for me:

1. If you’ve encountered problems, consider what you might have done that “changed.” Not that you did anything “wrong,” per se, but you might have done something major/little that prompted a mindless robot block…. Did you suddenly do a lot more volume? Different browser, different computer, location? (More below)

2. NEVER use Google Chrome for GCM transactions. Maybe it’s just the set up on my machine. (though it is the latest this and that) But for me, Firefox works; Chrome NEVER works. (Some reps at GCM will affirm this; others flatly deny it. I affirm it.)

3. Use the same credit card. GCM’s nasty “algorithms” are so intrusive that they will (mindlessly) sneeze and block at any change. (If you must change, as I will soon, do the first transaction with the new card very modest/small. If it fails, as it likely will, call GCM customer reps. If first level can’t “fix it,” ask for a level #2 review/inquiry/help. If you’ve been a good customer in the past, that will get their attention.)

4. Never change your email address on the account. I went for the first half of this year unable to buy anything with GCM, despite having had a few successes end of last year. Clueless, I “reasoned” that if my previous account went “bad,” then set up a new one. (with new email, but same me, address, credit cards, etc.) Bad move. Took me over half a year to figure out this had become a critical problem, getting me blocked everywhere. (thanks to a level #2 rep.)

5.Don’t get angry. (preaching to myself here) Patience. If the first GCM rep. you speak with comes across as a battle axe who treats you like a criminal, politely end that call early, wait a few days and call back…. Be patient, yet persistent; you’re really NOT a criminal. (though the GCM system, like paypal, can make you feel like one, where you’re presumed “guilty” of something, until you can “prove” your innocence.)

6. If first level rep. can’t help, DO ask for second level review — and ask specifically for them to call you. (worked wonders for me last summer when one second level rep. heard my saga — then suggested I go back to that account from last year that I’d moved away from…. then she worked with me, monitored my attempts live…..)

7. GCM reps. may not be impressed when you tell them you have no problems doing transactions with their “sister” company GC’s.com . (Some might take that as extra cause to push for a level 2 inquiry, but even at that level, some will darkly snark back at you claiming well “that’s because we’re better at security than they are….” If you encounter that “attitude,” smile/laugh and call back another time.)

8. It’s worth the aggravation…. I can confirm that GCM is paying out significantly more than GC’s. (twice actually — though you will wait a lot longer for it)

escot

Remind me never ever to waste my breath like this into such a wasteland.

Nobody here gives a damn really. Take me off this miserable list.

Lin

Walmart

Artie

i care

Puja

I just bought $500 MC Gc from GC.com issued by Metabank

However they keep registering at WM as CC Instead of DC to buy MO

Any recent changes or issues with y’all regarding the same?

Greg The Frequent Miler

Did you try the trick of quickly cancelling the transaction and changing payment type to debit? This is a known thing that you need to do with Mastercards at Walmart. See the mastercard trick, here: https://frequentmiler.com/visa-gift-card-pins-and-example-uses/

Jia

I got an email that iconsumer is providing 9% cashback on giftcards.com till 10/31/17.

Can you confirm/update/provide more details about the same?

Here is copy/paste of my email…..what does this language mean? Anything tricky?
==========================================================================
Increased Cash Back

3.6% Cash Back – Total 4% Rebate

.9% Cash Back – Total 1% Rebate

Offer Good Through
October 31, 2017

escot

Jia….. Would that you were right, but suspect you’ve misread the message. Cashbackmonitor only has iconsumer paying out a paltry (.)9 — as in less than one percent, plus the (.)1 percent (as in .001) in currently meaningless iconsumer stock. 1% total.

Where are you getting 4%?

Jia

Sorry 4% is for Gap i think.

Oops it is 0.9% and not 9%. My bad. Glad i did not pull the trigger and buy from there yet.

GC.com gives 1% CB at other websites too right? Like TCB.com for visa GC’s?

Does Mastercard give 1% or 2% there at gc.com?

Lexi

Does Safeway on West Coast sell MO like WM? If yes same as WM with max of $1000
(Split with 2 of $500 VGC each? Fee charges?

Jerry Mandel

Does anyone know any place in the Dallas, Texas area that will sell money orders using loaded gift/PIN cards?

Iffy

Walmart

Jerry Mandel

I meant ANY place in Dallas Area. If WM would work, I wouldn’t have written. I’ve tried WM, drugstores, grocery stores, gas stations,USPS, …………

Chris

AAA cards ar $3.95 issued by Metabank. I’ve purchased $13,000 in June when there was no purchase fee for June (same time every year in our region). They are PIN enabled, but I don’t recall if I had to change the PIN or if it was the last four. Store limits vary, but they freak out over anything over $2K.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Thank you! I’ve updated the AAA section.

escot

Thanks for your report Chris. Interesting that you indicate no issues purchasing vgc’s in such volume via your AAA. (MidAtlantic, no?) In my experience with the overstaffed AAA locations in central Virginia, you get hit with micro-interrogation plus very lengthy in-store processing times for each and every attempted vgc…. (plus insistent questions wanting to know how you planned to use them…. I’d usually answer simply, “for travel purposes” — but felt like I was getting the “guilty until proven innocent” treatment — even though I rarely bought more than 1 per month)
Recall past reports then of AAA banning (sic) its own members from purchasing VGC’s…. with doing volume well below your report.
If AAA has eased up in this realm, I might consider re-joining AAA.

Maricel Del Moral

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Greg The Frequent Miler

Updated info about GiftCardMall gift cards

[…] Buy Visa/MasterCard debit gift cards with a rewards credit card (see: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards) […]

Rhea

1) Can you revise update the portal C.Back rates for Buying VGC and MC GC’s? I think rates have dropped significantly at GCM and GC.com

2) Are Mastercard GC’s also available at both these sites?

3) Lastly are C.Back rates same for VGC and MC GC’s at both these sites??

Bullfrog23414

1) I’m not normally “that guy,” but have you considered posting a comment answering your own questions so that others could benefit instead of just asking someone to do it for you? Log onto cashbackmonitor, look up the rates and post.
2) Really? How hard is it to log onto 2 websites and see if they carry a product?
3) see 1

Linda

Does visa dining cards work

Greg The Frequent Miler

Try the fashion ones. I don’t think the dining ones work at Walmart (but I could be wrong — I don’t remember for certain)

Madison

Katie,
I have two local WM stores where I purchase MOs. One works fine with Sunrise VGC, the other does not.

Aa

Notify me of follow-up comments by email

Katie

any DP on using it to do MO?

Greg The Frequent Miler

If it works for loading Serve, it should work for MO too

Susan

What kind of Serve card to get? I am
Confused with all subtypes available and want one without any fees and can be used to load money at WM with VGC/MC Gc’s

Greg The Frequent Miler

One VIP Serve is probably your best bet. More details here: https://frequentmiler.com/american-express-serve-types-guide/

Susan

Thanks Dear. Where can i get this “One VIP Serve” card from? Online it is not there on Serve website. Is it free to get or has one time fee?

Greg The Frequent Miler

You can signup for ONE VIP Serve here: https://www.serve.com/onevip/#one-vip-loyalty-access

Susan

I got the One VIP serve card. Thanks for your help and guidance in this matter.

One last question. Just like with BB, can i load This serve card with VGC/MC GC’s at WM/CVS?

How do i do it and is there a fee for loading Serve?

Also monthly limits?

Greg The Frequent Miler

Not at CVS, but yes at WM
There is no fee to load that version of Serve
Load limits: $2500 per day; $5,000 per month

Katie

Hi Greg, Katie here.

I tried to open One VIP Serve but got message saying ‘Sorry we cannot approve your card at this time. What the Crap is that? I had Serve that i had closed more than 4 yrs ago. Why is it not letting me open one? Any way i can turn this around? Called Serve customer service, and they were helpless and clueless.

Greg The Frequent Miler

That’s unfortunate. You may have to keep calling until you get someone who knows what they’re doing (or give up and try something else)

Katie

I bought a $500 VGC issued by Sunrise Banks. Would it work to get MO at either WM or PO?

Metabank works at WM and Bancorp works at PO, right?

How about this VGC i got got from Sunrise Banks?

Rick

I’ve bought and used Sunrise GC at WM.

Katie

To do MO @WM with Sunrise GC? Appreciate the prompt reply.

Rick

Actually, I used GC to load Serve.

JL

Hi,

I’m a newbie and I need to spend $3500 in the next 4 weeks to meet the Chase Sapphire Reserve spending requirement. Will buying $3500 worth of visa gift cards work?

Mia Nak

It all depends on your ability to liquidate those gift cards in your local stores; I couldn’t turn any GC into MO in the Hallandale area in FL. I did, however, use Plastiq to successfully meet $8000 for my Delta Skymiles cards (Platinum and Gold). Use their service, for a small fee, to send payments via check. Good luck! My Plastiq referral code: 561865 to send $200 fee free. http://www.plastiq.com

JL

Thanks Mia for the reply.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Yes, that will work. If your goal is simply to time-shift spend, then you shouldn’t have any problem (e.g. buy the gift cards now and spend them over time). If you hope to liquidate the gift cards by buying money orders or other means, that will take more effort to find out what works in your area.

JL

Thanks so much Greg! My goal is simply to time-shift spend, and just wondered if there’s any difference between buying Visa Gift Card and buying Store-Specific Gift Card when it comes to increasing my credit card spend to meet the Chase Sapphire Reserve SignUp Bonus spending requirement. I was suspicious because it’s involving using a “Visa” credit card to buy another “Visa” gift card.

Sam

Hey Greg, I am trying to meet Chase minimum spend…I’m just curious if there are any issues these days when buying Amex Gift cards online with a Chase Visa? Does Chase look down upon this, does it properly apply towards minimum spend? Will it raise any suspicion? I remember a while back Citi used to code them as Cash advances…

Greg The Frequent Miler

I don’t think that Amex will let you buy them with a Visa card unless you’re talking about buying them in-store (grocery, drugstore, etc)? If the latter, it shouldn’t be a problem.

ToothMiles

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Abhay Sharma

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Ramzi

Update: “example of a credit union that offers Visa gift cards” link is dead.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Thanks Ramzi. Fixed.

M

The post says giftcards.com cards are issued by Bancorp, however their website has the following small print, has something changed recently?

“The GiftCards.com Visa® Gift Cards are issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.”

Ken

Mine were MeteBank from a few weeks ago.

Ozzie

However, Mastercard would be issued by Bankcorp.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Thank you. Fixed.

Rahul

does it matter if issued by Metabank or Bankcorp? How and why would that matter? Can someone explain?

Eric

Some places don’t accept Metabank (ie USPS) and others don’t accept Bancorp (ie Wally).

Katie

I got a $500 VGC issued by Sunrise Banks. Would it work to get MO at either WM or PO? Pls advise.

Metabank works at WM and Bancorp works at PO.

How about this VGC i got got from Sunrise Banks?

Eric

I’ve never tried it. However, a couple of weeks ago I tried to use my Mango debit card, which is also issued by Sunrise, at the USPS and the transaction failed.

[…] For detailed options, please see: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards. […]

[…] See also: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards. […]

[…] See also: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards. […]

Mia.Nak

Reporting from Hallandale, Fl.
Unable to use my $500 Vanilla VGC from CVS (Bancorp) to purchase MO from Walmart (known issue); declined at Publix (local grocery store) and PO.
Any luck liquidating VGC lately? Please share tips! Thanks!

JV

Where USPS offices accept VGC’s for MO purchase (not all do), vanilla appears to be an acceptable flavor

Julie

I came across your article today. I just purchased 2 $300 vanilla visa gift cards for holiday gifts from CVS. Since purchasing them, I’ve read several bad reviews on them and that company. I see you said that you havent had issues with them. I’m concerned and wonder why there are so many poor reviews… any tips on how to use these to make sure they work properly? They have both been activated… thank you!

BOB

Dear Admin, For One Vanilla Debit cards at CVS,

1) Should I buy non reloadable $500 OV card for $5.95 fee or Reloadable $500 OV for $3.95 fee? Any advice AND BENEFITS OF One over the other?
—————–
2) My $500 OV I got for $5.95 fee can’t be used at WM AS debit card as it keeps going as credit card. WHAT should i do? Any way to get over this at WM to use a debit card and purchase MO?

3) Any other ways to liquidate this One Vanilla card bought from CVS? I guess i am stuck with no option to liquidate these

Greg The Frequent Miler

Julie: I wouldn’t worry. They generally work well.
BOB:
1. Most stores will take cash only for the reloadable OV. So, if your goal is to earn credit card rewards, you need to go for the non-reloadable version. Note that there are both $5.95 fee and $4.95 fee versions. Go for the $4.95 fee if you can. The benefit of the reloadable card is that it is reloadable, can be used at ATMs, etc. The benefit to the non-reloadable is that it can often be paid for with a credit card and it can be used immediately (the reloadable has to be registered with your SSN, etc.)
2. WM registers don’t like Vanilla brand gift cards as debit cards unless each transaction is less than $50. I don’t think there is any work-around other than paying less than $50 each time (which would be a huge hassle).
3. Try the PO instead.

pat

How would it work at PO? Does it work as debit at PO by default unlike at WM where it goes as credit transaction every time i try to use it?

Greg The Frequent Miler

Yes it will work as debit

Greg The Frequent Miler

Post has been (belatedly) updated as follows:
1) Removed warning about possibly getting PIN-less Visa cards from GiftCardMall. That practice seems to have stopped. Still have warning about GCM cancelling many/most orders.
2) Removed note about gift cards no longer being available in many grocery stores. Many stores have started carrying the cards again. Also Whole Foods now sells them nationwide.

[…] For detailed options, please see: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards. […]

[…] For detailed options, please see: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards. […]

Ken Brown

Jerry and readers,

I am in the market for a vanilla CC that can be used for recurring charges and have a name on it that is not my own. Reloadable preferred, non-reloadable ok. Tried GiftCards.com and it was fine for non-recurring but rejected for recurring. Could you please suggest a few options?

Haze

Seem that MO can’t be issued from many places including post office. Does anyone know where to buy MO by using VGC?

SDO

Your ability to buy MO’s at the post office and other places is highly dependent on your region.

JP

See March 11 post above.

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[…] allowing the purchase of Vanilla Reload cards with credit cards.  The new challenge was to find the best ways to buy Visa and Mastercard gift cards and earn miles while doing so.  Thanks to now having PINs, Visa and MasterCard gift cards could be […]

misty

Anyone know of Western Union outlets that take a credit card for purchase of
a money order?

Or…
grocery stores that take a debit or cc for a money order?

Thanks.

Ken

MOs are cash instruments, and you will never be able to buy a MO directly with a credit card. If they accept a card at all it will be debit only.

Greg The Frequent Miler

There are grocery stores that take debit for money orders, but it varies regionally as to what is allowed.

misty

Thanks for the info Greg!
Appreciate it.

Jerry Mandel

I just bought loaded VISA gift cards with new Citi Hilton credit card and, when activating them, set my desired PIN. Bought money orders at Walmart money center (NOT at a cashier) and deposited MOs into my checking account. Why mess with Bluebird? I paid 67c cash for each $1,000 MO. 75,000 bonus Hilton HHonors points + points for buying the gift cards.

Anthony

Jerry,

You stated that you bought loaded VISA gift cards.. are they the reloadable or one time and done?

Jerry Mandel

One and done. Hard to find reloadable ones anymore and no cost savings, anyway.

SHASHI

Do you mean you didn’t have to talk to cashier to buy MOs at Walmart? Can you please explain how that process works?

Jerry Mandel

I can’t write any clearer. WM money center (NOT cashier). If you can’t find it, ask someone.

Victor

Jerry
Where did you buy the VISA GC.
Store? Online?

Jerry Mandel

Any CVS or Kroger. $5.95 per $500 MC or VISA. In Galleria Mall (Simon), Dallas, TX service desk, $250 VISA cards for $2 fee. Max 4 cards at a time.

Kevin

Yes, the Simon Mall opportunities are great. I quite well enjoy the $500 cards for just $3.95 in fees.

rahul

Correct me if i am wrong, but loading GC’s to serve/redbird/bluebird has stopped since last few months, right?

Am i missing something here?

Moderator, please share your expert opinion and thoughts.

Greg The Frequent Miler

It stopped for everyone who had their accounts frozen, but many people have still-functional Bluebird or Serve cards.

[…] Buy Visa/MC online and then pay bills online or via phone:  It is sometimes possible to buy Visa or MasterCard gift cards online with little or no net fee (or to earn a nice category bonus).  Then, you may be able to use those gift cards for bill payments where debit cards are accepted, but credit cards are not.  For example, you may be able to use gift cards to pay rent with RadPad, or to pay taxes for a small fee. To learn the best ways to buy Visa and MasterCard gift cards, please see: Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards. […]

Joy

Just received the vgc from giftcards.com and went to Walmart cs to load it to serve, but it didn’t go through, tried two time one 500 and the other time 200, not sure if this is just my local Walmart or nationwide, any one has similar experience recently ?

Greg The Frequent Miler

I don’t think it’s nationwide, but I have heard similar issues from others

Christine

Just got 3 New Jetblue, Hilton Surpass, Regular Hilton and now Amex Platinum , get off work drive to cvs, purchase 1000 in onevan, go across street to Publix buy two money orders, drive 500ft to Suntrust deposit mo,drive 6 min home jump on computer pay cc. Worth the fee IMO

Bob

What’s onevan?

Pat

OneVanilla

Calvin

So you’re paying $10 in fees on two $500 Vanilla Cards? That’s a little steep for the return.

Jerry Mandel

Not steep for many miles or points on initial bonuses.

TF

Just ordered 5k of Silver Visa Gift Cards from giftcardmall.com. Pending charge on Amex shows as “GIFT CARD MALL (CARDLAB)”. I made an order of Silver Visa Cards last week and got PIN enabled ones, but I see the warning here about Cardlab. I wonder if this is different from “Incentive Cardlab”?

Greg The Frequent Miler

I’m not sure. Did you get an email confirmation? When I ordered cards that were sent by Incentive Card Lab, the receipt clearly indicated that.

TF

They ended up cancelling the order… Possibly because I went up to $5k from my earlier $3k order? The cancellation email did come from Incentive Cardlab

Steve

Bought $2K worth of Vanilla gift cards at CVS today at $500 each + $4.95 fee using AmEx SPG card. They scan your license – the daily limit is $2K. Worked great and paid off bills a few hours later that only took VISA / Mastercard. Didn’t love paying the fee, but worked great. Thanks for all of the advice in the blog & website!

ozzie

may I know what type of bill payment you could pay by vanilla cards? I was trying to unload my one vanilla cards. thanks.

Steve

I used mine for a regular online bill where their payment system accepts Visa & Mastercard. Vanilla does say that the business must be US-based. As a precaution, I registered my zip code first before I paid the online vendor.

mjm

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Vicki

Two days ago I tried to buy a $500 gift card at QFC with the Chase Freedom card. The bank would not allow the purchase. Has anyone been denied when trying to buy a gift card at a grocery store? I really want to spend $1500 for the 5x points!

Ken

Did you call Chase to see why it was blocked?

Greg The Frequent Miler

It’s very common for banks to deny purchase authorization attempts when the purchase is much larger or different than normal. Their goal is to stop people who may have stolen the card or the card number from using your card and getting away with lots of money. In general all you have to do is call the number on the back of the card to let them know that you still have the card in-hand and that you did mean to make the purchase.

I think you’ll find this post helpful too: https://frequentmiler.com/2015/01/23/bet-you-didnt-know-setup-credit-fraud-alerts-text-email/

misty

Safeway Grocery Stores in my area of Denver no longer sell the $500 M/C or Visa Gift Cards.
They are only selling the $200 variety.

Ken

I haven’t seen a $500 at a Safeway around Denver in ages. When was the last time you saw one? I’m out by the airport so pretty much middle of nowhere.

Greg The Frequent Miler

GiftCards.com is now available through TopCashBack at the same 1.5% rate as iConsumer and Yazing.

Greg The Frequent Miler

GiftCards.com and GiftCardMall.com have returned to portals again. iConsumer hasn’t updated giftcards.com yet to show that it is tracking, but I’m sure they’ll fix that today or tomorrow. Yazing shows 1.5% still for giftcards.com

Sam

It’s back on iconsumer this AM.

Gaurav

Do the BankCorp cards from giftcards.com take any four digit code at first use as PIN like the vanilla cards? Thanks

Bullfrog

No. When you activate on their site, they’ll give you an assigned PIN, you can change it.

Greg The Frequent Miler

FYI: GiftCards.com disappeared from portals yesterday (and on iConsumer it says that the purchase can’t be tracked). This happened in February. It then took about 2 and a half weeks for giftcards.com to return to portals. It will be interesting to see if the same happens again.

Wil

after successfully put two 1K orders(3/8 and 3/15), today’s 1K order got cancelled. is it dead for me? or I have to wait a while to start it again. it is not for Mser.

Greg The Frequent Miler

I don’t know. Which site did you buy from?

Wil

giftcards.com

Taylor Dankmyer

What about using an actual Amex (Amex Hilton HHonors) cars for giftcards.com? I remember hearing Amex is more selective about what they would code to count towards minimum spend…

Greg The Frequent Miler

In my experience, Amex counts pretty much everything towards minimum spend (even though their terms state otherwise). You should be fine.

Will

brought a bunch of those pre-designed visa gift cards from giftcards.com, Today tried to use them at WM to buy MO, all got infamous “debit not available error= 51”. is something going on?

Bullfrog

According to the FT Wiki, this is the error you get when you haven’t activated your cards. Sorry if that’s overly obvious, but you should double check. It’s relatively easy to activate the cards and change the PIN through the app. Scan the front of the card, type 3 digit number on back, change PIN, liquidate.

Pamela

1) Fee/Cost to buy each MO?

2) Can i buy 1 $500 MO per one $500 GC or i can combine 3-4 $500 GC’s to buy one single MO of $1500-$2000?

Bullfrog

You directed this at me. Maybe that was a mistake as I’m not an MO-er (yet).

1) depends on vendor
2) max amount = $1000, multiple swipes depends on vendor. Time to go to some reading.

Jerry Mandel

Walmart will allow two $500 cards for each $1,000 MO max. I pay fee in cash. So, two more $500s for another MO.

Charles

What few do u pay at WM for $1000 MO?

Jerry Mandel

$1,000 money orders at Walmart. Varies 67c-90c. Varies by city.

misty

At my Walmart.. you can divide payments for money order amounts by 3 cards max.
Does not matter the dollar amount of money order ( $1000, $800, $700 etc).
Only buy one money order at a time. New people will tell you that you can purchase multiple money orders in one transaction but this always fouls it up and creates problems.

? Can Vanilla cards still be used to purchase money orders at Walmart?

Will

Thank you, Bullfrog, I do did activate the cards by my computer, but I went to WM right after. I re-activated them by phone app ( thank you for the tips, it is fast and easy), Let them rest overnight, and use them tomorrow.

oldporkchops

Hi Will, you mentioned a phone app. Do you know if the Android version of the GiftCards.com app allows Visa Gift Cards to be activated by scanning the front? Thanks.

Will

Hi oldporkchops,

I do not have android phone, I used the iphone app to activate the cards.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Misty: Vanilla cards can only be used at Walmart if you keep each transaction below $50. Not worth the hassle.

Dan

Hi, I am new to this website, but looks like a great one, very helpful.

One question, i have about $6000 in Visa GC’s that i cannot liquidate as my BB account has lost the option of adding funds via Debit Card upload.

What are my options? I see the option of MO. But wouldn’t that be expensive, paying fees to get MO in addition to fees I’ve paid to get the GC’s?

Greg The Frequent Miler

MOs usually aren’t very expensive

dan

thank you for the quick answer.

1) Can you provide options of where to buy and how much one can buy in one order?

2)can i use 2-3 $500 GC’sdebit cards to buy one MO of 1000/1500/2000? Or best is to do 1 MO individually or one GC?

Ken

It largely depends on where you live. Try grocery stores first, they’re the most likely to allow MOs with vGCs.

Jerry Mandel

Money orders at Walmart are very cheap–around 75c per $1,000 MO. I pay fees in cash or from my bank ATM/debit card. Easy way to meet minimum spending for signup bonuses. Then deposit MOs in your checking account to pay off your credit cards when you get the statements.
In some mall desks, amounts of debit cards are quite limited per day.

Greg The Frequent Miler

I’ve updated the GiftCardMall section with a tip on how to find a card that will have a PIN. Thanks to this Miles to Memories post: http://milestomemories.boardingarea.com/giftcardmall-visa-gift-card-deal/

Greg The Frequent Miler

Sorry I’m a bit late reporting this: Last week DOC reported that Stop & Shop and Giant grocery stores are now cash only for Visa/MC/Amex gift cards: http://www.doctorofcredit.com/another-blow-stopshop-giant-going-cashdebit-prepaid-cards/

Payal

how to buy MO? from where? any charge/fees associated with buying MO? can it be bought with my VGC’s i have? and can MO be deposited to my Bank account?

Greg The Frequent Miler

It’s hard to answer where since the answer depends on where you live. Many stores sell money orders. Some of those allow you to pay for the money orders with debit cards. Some of those allow you to use Visa gift cards as debit cards to pay. Try the Walmart in your area, for example. Fees vary but are usually less than $2 for up to $500 or up to $1000.

Yes you can deposit MOs in your bank account, but if you regularly do many thousands of dollars worth, your bank may shut down your account for suspicious activity. You can also use MOs to pay bills that can’t otherwise be paid by credit card. Use them just like a check.

Bob

So what to do after buying the visa gift cards? How to liquidate them now that Bluebird is not an option anymore? (Bluebird sent me an email that I cannot load money with debit card anymore in my account)

Please detail all options on liquidating the GIFTCARDS/Visa debit cards and COSTS associated with those options (if any)

Racerboy80 (Will)

HI Bob,

You might want to read the previous post by FM from a couple of days ago…found HERE!

Racerboy80 (Will)

In the middle of the post I referenced he has a link named, “Connecting the dots: Prepaid cards that allow debit reloads.” He describes alternatives to liquidating GCs.

Good Luck!

Jeremiah

You say to start out slow on giftcards.com. Can you elaborate? What constitutes slow? What sort of monthly volume is possible (I’ve not placed any previous orders with them)? Also, if my SO and I were to place separate orders, would that help assuming we use different CC numbers for the orders, or would the identical address be caught?

Greg The Frequent Miler

I wouldn’t separate orders to the same address. I don’t think that will help. Orders are limited to $2500 at a time. When starting out, I recommend placing an order of maybe $500 or $1000, then wait until it arrives. Then go for maybe $2000 and wait for it to arrive. Once you’ve built up your buying relationship with them it should be safe to place additional orders while still waiting for the previous ones to arrive.

jcb

Can you buy visa egift cards and load them onto a prepaid card?!

Greg The Frequent Miler

I can’t think of any way to do so, no.

jcb

True. What about using them as debit cards to send people money via Venmo?

Greg The Frequent Miler

I think that Venmo would charge 3%. Also, I think they have strict limits with how many cards you can use

KT

About paying Citi CC with a debit card .. I purchased a Metabank issued VGc at a grocery store and registered with my name and address at giftcardmall.com/mygift – made sure everything matched my CC info. Then I called Citi to pay, but the agent said that she got an error message – ‘do not honor’ or something along those lines.

Don’t these cards work at all for this liquidation method? Thanks !

Greg The Frequent Miler

There are many places in which companies try to only allow “real” debit cards for things like bill payments, money transfers, money order purchases, etc. For that reason, I believe that Citi bars most gift cards from being used for debit payments.

Rose

I bought some $500 gift cards on the giftcardmall before I came across your article. It’s been a few hours since I ordered, and I haven’t received a confirmation email for my order yet. My question is, how did you know that your orders on giftcardmall were cancelled? I kind of hope they are so I can get the 1.5% cash back on giftcards.com instead!

Greg The Frequent Miler

I always received emails telling me that the order was cancelled. I believe that they sometimes arrived on the next day.

Ashley

Thanks for putting all these together.

Ken

No mention of buying vGCs at WM? I tried to buy a Sunrise GC yesterday at WM with my Aviator Red card using the chip reader an dit was immediately canceled. Not declined. Some have said it’s due to using the chip for the first time, so I’ll try again another time.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Good point, I should add that to the grocery section. Anyone else have recent success or problems buying the Sunrise Bank Visa gift cards at Walmart?

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Wanderingnubian

Thanks for putting this together, very helpful to have it all in one place.