Where to buy $500 Visa & AmEx gift cards in 2013

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FutureBillionaire
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:18 am

I found Vanilla Reloads at the Daily's (Shell gas station) near my house. I'm going to use my Chase freedom in there. I wish my Penfed card would let me get 5% inside of the gas station, because I have two of those cards.

CVS let me spend 1500 bucks in 3 separate transactions across 3 different cards. I'm a very happy camper right now.
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape


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Postby FutureBillionaire » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:37 am

I highly recommend checking gas stations near interstate on/off ramps. I think you will have better luck there to find these cards than at the neighborhood station.
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape

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Postby cashback » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:22 am

FutureBillionaire wrote:I highly recommend checking gas stations near interstate on/off ramps. I think you will have better luck there to find these cards than at the neighborhood station.


What cards count inside gas sales as "gas stations"? I know you said PEnFed doesnt.
Credit Cards
Amex BCE 25K ---- PenFed Platinum Rewards 15.5K --- US Bank Cash+ 12K --- Discover IT 6K --- Citi Dividend 5K --- Chase Freedom 12.5K --- Amex SPG 6K --- Citi Thank You Preferred 15K

Not Used
Citi Simplicity - 5K, Sam's Club Discover - 10K

Future Cards
Sallie Mae World Mastercard

FICOs
Exp 772 - TU 781 - Equ 781

FutureBillionaire
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:56 am

cashback wrote:What cards count inside gas sales as "gas stations"? I know you said PEnFed doesnt.


I heard you can do it with Freedom.
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape

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Postby DavidNY » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:42 pm

cashback wrote:Get the Dividend card. 6K worth of VR's and/or prepaids...


OK, but that's the cap for the year.

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Postby cashback » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:45 pm

DavidNY wrote:OK, but that's the cap for the year.


So it's a bad thing to hit rewards caps on cards now? Everyone knows Dividend's categories aren't the greatest. The categories for the rest of the year probably wont be worth it. Getting 6K worth of 5% is great. I'll keep any card that gives me $300 a year.

I'm more than happy to get my $300 and then sock drawer it for the rest of the year.
Credit Cards
Amex BCE 25K ---- PenFed Platinum Rewards 15.5K --- US Bank Cash+ 12K --- Discover IT 6K --- Citi Dividend 5K --- Chase Freedom 12.5K --- Amex SPG 6K --- Citi Thank You Preferred 15K

Not Used
Citi Simplicity - 5K, Sam's Club Discover - 10K

Future Cards
Sallie Mae World Mastercard

FICOs
Exp 772 - TU 781 - Equ 781

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Postby DavidNY » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:47 pm

cashback wrote:I'm more than happy to get my $300 and then sock drawer it for the rest of the year.


That's cool as long as you know it's a sock drawer card until 2014.

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:02 pm

DavidNY wrote:That's cool as long as you know it's a sock drawer card until 2014.


They may surprise us with some good category choices. I'm probably going to app for the Dividend in a minute.
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape

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Postby cashback » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:09 pm

FutureBillionaire wrote:They may surprise us with some good category choices. I'm probably going to app for the Dividend in a minute.


Perhaps. I spent 5K in GC's just to leave 1K open in case there is a good category. But from looking at their 2012 categories, I wouldn't expect anything.
Credit Cards
Amex BCE 25K ---- PenFed Platinum Rewards 15.5K --- US Bank Cash+ 12K --- Discover IT 6K --- Citi Dividend 5K --- Chase Freedom 12.5K --- Amex SPG 6K --- Citi Thank You Preferred 15K

Not Used
Citi Simplicity - 5K, Sam's Club Discover - 10K

Future Cards
Sallie Mae World Mastercard

FICOs
Exp 772 - TU 781 - Equ 781

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Postby Sevenfeet » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:13 pm

cashback wrote:Perhaps. I spent 5K in GC's just to leave 1K open in case there is a good category. But from looking at their 2012 categories, I wouldn't expect anything.


$5000 on gift cards? Seriously?? :confused:
Cards:
American Express Platinum (NPSL)
Penfed Platinum Reward Visa ($28K)
Chase Freedom Visa ($25K)
Fidelity American Express ($20K)
American Express Blue Cash Preferred ($20K)
Bank of America Cash Rewards MasterCard ($20K)
Citi Thank You Preferred Visa ($9.5K)
Chase Sapphire Preferred ($7.5K)
US Bank Cash + Visa Signature ($7K)
Discover IT ($4K)



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