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

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

Postby cashback » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:47 pm

Post where you can buy 'em! Please only post 5% (or more) category stores...

Price Chopper (Grocery Store)
Hannaford (Grocery Store)
Walgreens (Drug Store)
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Postby RewardHop » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:29 am

CVS (Drugstore)
Rite Aid (Drugstore)
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Amex BCE: 3% grocery, 2% gas
Bank of America Better Balance Rewards MC: $25/quarter bonus
Barclaycard Rewards Visa Signature: 2% gas, groceries, utilities
Capital One Quicksilver Visa Signature: 1.5% everything
Chase Freedom Visa Signature: 5% rotating
Citi Forward Visa: 5% restaurants/fastfood, movie theaters, amazon.com
Discover It: 5% rotating
SallieMae MC: 5% Groceries, Gas, Amazon
US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature: 5% electronic stores, restaurants
Sock Drawered: Chase Sapphire, Chase Amazon[/size]

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Postby Bksuper » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:48 am

Really? I've only seen $25, $50, and $100 gift cards at the CVS near me.
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Costco TrueEarnings Amex, $6k CL, Backdates to 1/2012
SallieMae Rewards Barclay Mastercard, $2.5k CL, Open Since 4/2013
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Postby Randiesel75 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:38 am

Pathmark here in NJ has a whole stand dedicated to these. They carry both Visa and MasterCard.

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Postby RonJonson » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:22 am

Bksuper wrote:Really? I've only seen $25, $50, and $100 gift cards at the CVS near me.

I don't know about the standard prepaid gift cards but you can buy Vanilla Reloads and Green Dots at my local CVS up to $500 which can be loaded onto a prepaid card like the Blue Bird or American Express Prepaid.
Wells Fargo Platinum - $10,500 - 11/2004
Citi Forward - $5,000 - 10/2012
Chase Freedom - $3,900 - 10/2012
Capital One Quicksilver (Formerly Cash Rewards) - $6,000 - 12/2012
American Express Hilton Honors - $3,900 - 1/2013
Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard - $5,000 - 11/2013

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Postby kcarter609 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:09 am

Are Walgreens and CVS definitely considered drug stores by the Freedom? I might go there and get 3 $500 gift cards to get the maximum bonus for the quarter.

Also, how do you guys keep track of how much is left on each? And what happens if you have say $10 left and the thing you want to buy is $20? Just ask them to run that for the remaining amount and then put the rest on another card?

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Chase Freedom 10+10 Visa Signature ($9k Limit - 8/2012)
Chase Sapphire Preferred ($10k Limit - 2/2013)
Chase Ink Plus ($7k Limit - 2/2013)
Discover IT ($9.5k Limit - 10/2012)
AMEX Zync (No Pre-set Limit - 1/2010)
AMEX Blue Cash Everyday ($20k Limit - 1/2013 - Backdate to 1/2010)

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Postby RonJonson » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:19 am

kcarter609 wrote:Are Walgreens and CVS definitely considered drug stores by the Freedom? I might go there and get 3 $500 gift cards to get the maximum bonus for the quarter.

Also, how do you guys keep track of how much is left on each? And what happens if you have say $10 left and the thing you want to buy is $20? Just ask them to run that for the remaining amount and then put the rest on another card?


I can only attest to CVS being counted by the freedom, I've never used it at walgreens. I loaded my two $500 vanilla reloads on a bluebird card and have been using it for bill pay to places that don't typically accept credit cards (rent for example). It has text banking so I can do a quick balance check as well as online and mobile apps. Doesn't integrate into mint which is my only gripe.

Oh and to answer your remaining balance question, most POS systems will allow a cashier to run multiple cards. So you should be alright to tell the cashier to run your last $x.xx and use another form of payment for the rest.
Wells Fargo Platinum - $10,500 - 11/2004

Citi Forward - $5,000 - 10/2012

Chase Freedom - $3,900 - 10/2012

Capital One Quicksilver (Formerly Cash Rewards) - $6,000 - 12/2012

American Express Hilton Honors - $3,900 - 1/2013

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard - $5,000 - 11/2013


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Postby Frank512 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:43 am

Stop & Shop (Grocery) has a very large selection of gift cards on an end cap. They have the $500 Visa gift cards as well.
Amex Blue Cash Everyday - $12,000
Capitol One Quicksilver - $10,000
Discover IT - $7,500
Chase Freedom - $6,900
Chase Amazon - $5,000
Sallie Mae - $5,000
Barclay NFL - $3,000
Sears - $2,001
Kohl's - $900

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:42 am

Kroger. I'm going to check Walgreens.
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Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
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Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
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Postby RewardHop » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:04 am

Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc are all considered Drug stores by Chase Freedom.

Source: https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/merchants.aspx
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Amex BCE: 3% grocery, 2% gas

Bank of America Better Balance Rewards MC: $25/quarter bonus

Barclaycard Rewards Visa Signature: 2% gas, groceries, utilities

Capital One Quicksilver Visa Signature: 1.5% everything

Chase Freedom Visa Signature: 5% rotating

Citi Forward Visa: 5% restaurants/fastfood, movie theaters, amazon.com

Discover It: 5% rotating

SallieMae MC: 5% Groceries, Gas, Amazon

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature: 5% electronic stores, restaurants

Sock Drawered: Chase Sapphire, Chase Amazon[/size]



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