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

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Staples is once again offering fee-free Visa Gift Cards from 10/31/21 to 11/13/21.

The Deal

  • Staples will waive the $6.95 activation fee when you buy a $200 Visa Gift Card from 10/31/21 to 11/6/21.
  • Direct link to ad (see page 3 of the 10/31 ad)

Key Terms

  • Limit 5 per customer per day (YMMV on whether your cashier / store follows the ad)
  • In-store only

Quick Thoughts

This can be an easy point-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 has an Ink Cash and I have an Ink Plus, 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

  • 10/17/21 to 10/23/21
  • 9/26/21-10/2/21
  • 9/5/21 to 9/11/21
  • 8/8/21 to 8/14/21
  • 7/11/21 to 7/17/21
  • 6/13/21 to 6/19/21
  • 5/9/21 to 5/15/21
  • 2/28/21 to 3/6/21
  • 1/17/21-1/23/21
  • 12/26/20-1/2/21
  • 12/6/20-12/12/20
  • 11/8/20-11/14/20
  • 10/18/20-10/24/20
  • 10/11/20-10/17/20
  • 8/30/20-9/5/20
  • 8/2/20-8/8/20
  • 7/5/20 – 7/11/20
  • 6/7/20 – 6/13/20
  • 2/23/20 – 2/29/20
  • 1/12/20-1/19/20
  • 12/15/19-12/21/19
  • 11/3/19 – 11/16/19
  • 9/28/19-10/5/19
  • 9/1/19 = 9/7/19
  • 8/4/19 – 8/10/19
  • 6/30/19-7/6/19
  • 5/5/19-5/11/19
  • 1/13/19 – 1/19/19
  • 11/11/18-11/17/18

Fee-free Mastercard Gift Cards

  • 8/22/21-8/28/21
  • 6/27/21-7/3/21
  • 4/25/21-5/1/21
  • 10/25/20-10/31/20
  • 7/19/20 – 7/25/20
  • 3/22/20 – 3/28/20
  • 1/22/20 (online-only $100 cards)
  • 12/1/19-12/7/19
  • 10/20/19-10/26/19
  • 7/21/19-7/27/19
  • 4/21/19-4/27/19
  • 3/24/19-3/30/19

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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Brad Wilson

I just picked some up and they say visa debit card on them but will only work if the store does them as a credit card. Tried Safeway, Walmart, and the post office. I want to pay a travel agent that will only accept debit cards.


This is becoming a weekly event. How much does this cost Staples? 1%? The PE lords that control Staples must be hoping that the increased traffic to their otherwise dead stores will compensate.


I was thinking about this too. Everytime we buy $1000 worth of VGCs, they’re probably out about 2% in swipe fees or $20. Metabank makes money off of the usual activation fees and gift card breakage. Staples must get some kind of kick back from Metabank for selling these.


I think the PE lords are hoping that the greater fool buyers they plan to dump Staples to are not point-chasing cheapskates and wont notice that 20% (I made that up, but on Sunday morning it seemed more like 100%) of their revenues come from GCs.


Do the Visa Gift Cards from Staples work toward minimum spend on Chase Ink Biz Unlimited?


Yes, but it’s better to work towards the minimum spend on the Chase Ink Cash card with these (5X URs vs. 1.5X URs).


Sorry I can’t find our old posts on Ink ins so here goes.
Called Chase 1 hr on PH with a Pro on buying new Apple IP 13 on what it covers.
Zero using Chase Business Plus card to pay monthly Bill. But when u buy a Ip13 u get 4 months of Lost, Theft protection and Damage protection zero deductible.Plus Chase gives u 12 months more then Apple on repair with zero deductible but no Theft or Damage coverage.
But will they pay and when ???

Last edited 1 month ago by Cavedweller

fyi the 5 card limit is very much YMMV, and sometimes to our benefit. Today a store Asst. Manager allowed me to run $2,000 split into two transactions. He said he recently called in to corporate to get the scoop and was told that the only limit is 2k per day. So he’s my best friend now 🙂 Will be seeing him almost daily this week.

Another Jeff

MC no go today for me? Lame

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