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

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Staples is again offering fee-free $200 Visa Gift Cards through Saturday, October 1, 2022. Note that the new limit of eight 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 9/25/22 to 10/1/22.

Key Terms

  • Offer valid Septmber 25-October 1, 2022
  • Limit 8 per customer per day (YMMV on whether your cashier / store allows or 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). Some other cards also bonus office supply store purchases (See our Best Category Bonuses page for more options).

In my case, my wife has an Ink Cash card and I have the old no-longer-available Ink Plus card (both cards earn 5x at office supply stores), so if we were going to a store, we could each pick up 8 fee-free $200 gift cards per store per day, earning 16K total Ultimate Rewards points in the process ($3600 in gift cards x 5 = 16,000 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

  • September 4-September 10, 2022
  • August 7-13, 2022
  • 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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slaven

anyone knows what’s going on with these cards? just a few days ago, an online vendor that i’ve been using for years, could no longer process any of these cards as payment.

PointsHound

Can you liquidate GC loading on Venmo then cashing out to your bank?

Stephen Dedalus

One liquidation option is to use them at Kroger grocery stores to buy $500 gift cards, because the self checkouts there autodrain smaller payments. So you could you five $200 gcs to buy two $500 gcs at Kroger. Obviously, there is some additional expense involved but if these are fee-free at Staples and OfficeMax, it works out okay for me at least.

Meme

Need some liquidation ideas please

Barry

Kiva loans.

JayP

“We have added this deal to our list of current Visa and Mastercard gift card deals.”
I don’t see it, just Quill and Gift Card Granny. Am I missing it?

[…] Staples Fee-free Gift Cards for 5X Points: Starting this Sunday, Staples is once again offering a deal for fee-free Visa gift cards. This is a great way to earn 5X points on certain cards, like the Chase Ink Plus/Cash cards. See this post on Frequent Miler. […]

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.

Ukr

Office Depot carries $1-$500 Amazon gift cards, resulting in 5X on Ink card

Rich Howdy

And your able to deposit this back into your account without any fees?

Ukr
Charlie

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?

drew

how sensitive is chase to MS’ing these? I just started, usually do 600-1k at a time but don’t want to get shut down

Sandie

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

jimbo

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.

Barry

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.

Vince

drain completely by adding to your amazon gift card balance. I think the minimum is 50 cents or a dollar to do so. I have a lot of random low value reloads that do add up
Costco is another good option as noted.

slaven

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.

CJH

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

Harry

costco

CJH

are you referring to normal spend?

slaven

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.

BDLS
  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.
CJH

sounds like a fun week at Staples!!

Barry

Kiva.

Johnny

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.