MB131174 wrote:I've always felt buying gift cards to get the required spend is not only a hassle, but actually results in more spend than necessary if they have fees. Like Dr., I just use the new card for everything until I meet the spend then sock drawer it. I'm keeping the card for the annual free room; but also using it for my car insurance. I have it set to auto pay every 6 months. This will keep some activity on the card. I just didn't attempt to get the required spend so close to what was required.
The problem I have personally is when I try to meet the minimum spend by using it for every day purchases I tend to start buying things I don't need. Also, you can buy $200 Visa gift cards from Staples.com through a cash back portal which pays for most of the fee.