(Now Live) Easy 5x: Fee-free Visa Gift Cards at Staples


Staples is once again be offering fee-free $200 Visa Gift Cards through Saturday, August 13, 2022. Note that the limit of five per customer per day will be in effect.

The Deal

  • Staples will waive the $6.95 activation fee when you buy a $200 Visa Gift Card from August 7-13, 2022.

Key Terms

  • Offer valid August 7-13, 2022
  • Limit 5 per customer per day (YMMV on whether your cashier / store enforces the limit)
  • In-store only

Quick Thoughts

This can be an easy points-generator for Ink Cash or Ink Plus cardholders (note that the Ink Plus is no longer available to new applicants).

In my case, my wife is an AU on my Ink Plus card, so if we were going to a store, we could each pick up 5 fee-free $200 gift cards per store per day, earning 10K Ultimate Rewards in the process ($2000 in gift cards x 5 = 10,000 points). That would certainly make this an attractive enough deal if we were to pass a store during this promotion.

Overall, this is an easy way to generate some points without cost on this end of the deal if you’re going to Staples. Remember that this does not start until Sunday and it is in-store only.

We have added this deal to our list of current Visa and Mastercard gift card deals.

Other times this deal has run recently at Staples:

Fee-free Visa Gift Cards

  • July 10-16, 2022
  • June 12-18, 2022
  • May 8-14, 2022
  • February 27-March 5, 2022
  • January 16-22, 2022
  • December 12-18, 2021
  • October 31-November 13, 2021
  • October 17-23, 2021
  • September 26-October 2, 2021
  • September 5-11, 2021
  • August 8-14, 2021
  • July 11-17, 2021
  • June 13-19, 2021
  • May 9-15, 2021
  • February 28-March 6, 2021
  • January 17-23, 2021
  • December 27, 2020-January 2, 2021
  • December 6-12, 2020
  • November 1-14, 2020
  • October 11-24, 2020
  • August 30-September 5, 2020
  • August 2-8, 2020
  • July 5-11, 2020
  • June 7-13, 2020
  • February 23-29, 2020
  • January 12-18, 2020
  • December 15-21, 2019
  • November 3-16, 2020
  • September 29-October 5, 2019
  • September 1-7, 2019
  • August 4-10, 2019
  • June 30-July 6, 2019
  • May 5-11, 2019
  • January 13-19, 2019
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Frank Doyle

What I do is buy amazon gift cards with them then deposit that directly into my account…easy peasy.

Mark P

You buy Visa gift cards and then… use them to buy amazon gift cards? Why even bother with the Visa gift cards, you can just buy amazon gift cards at staples?

Michael Nalavey

Not sure about where Frank lives, but I know I have issues finding amazon gift cards at my local staples.


Just tried buying and the person at the register said they have a new policy as of a month ago where they won’t let you buy these with a credit card?


i bought 7 of these over on sunday to pay off a river cruise through gate1travel. thanks for keeping us posted on these!!!


If only using for regular spend, how do you deal with the remaining balance after a few purchases? I don’t want to have a bunch of gift cards, each with a few random amounts left on them.


A lot of places auto-drain the gift cards. I finish mine at Costco. I don’t use these cards ever for restaurants or gas at the pump. Restaurants can preauthorize these cards for 20% above the bill to account for the tip. Gas stations sometimes preauthorize the cards for $100 at the pump.

Ed. C

I spend them down as much as possible, then load the remaining balance to my Amazon account.


getting harder and harder to liquidate. my local grocery chain just stop accepting metabank visa and mastercards from purchasing money orders.

used to buy $25-50k annually using my ink cash card, but now have no place to go that will allow me to liquidate them.

regular spend for so much is not practical, so am at a loss.


any suggestions on how best to liquidate Staples Visa GC. Other than normal spend.




are you referring to normal spend?


i know some ppl buy high value stuff using a bunch of these $200 cards and then return for cash. however this is not an avenue i choose to pursue.

  1. Purchase ~$604M in Visa GC. May require multiple trips to Staples.
  2. Purchase each number in Mega Millions when cash value exceeds $604M.
  3. Profit. Plus, get ~3B points when you use your Chase Ink Cash card.

sounds like a fun week at Staples!!




My small, rural Post Office still allows me to purchase money orders with VGC. Purchased 2.9k in Money orders today with Metabanks. The secret is to find a very small, rural p.o. that does not have an integrated computer system. I realize this is an outlier scenario for most but just wanted to let folks know that p.o.money orders with vgc is not completely dead.