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

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

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    CVS (Drugstore)
    Rite Aid (Drugstore)

    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
    Chase Sapphire Preferred: 2% travel
    Citi Forward Visa: 5% restaurants/fastfood, movie theaters, amazon.com
    Discover It: 5% rotating
    US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature: 5% electronic stores, restaurants
    Chase Amazon Visa: 3% amazon.com (unused)
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    Really? I've only seen $25, $50, and $100 gift cards at the CVS near me.
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    Pathmark here in NJ has a whole stand dedicated to these. They carry both Visa and MasterCard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bksuper View Post
    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
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kcarter609 View Post
    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
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    Stop & Shop (Grocery) has a very large selection of gift cards on an end cap. They have the $500 Visa gift cards as well.
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    Kroger. I'm going to check Walgreens.
    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
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    Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc are all considered Drug stores by Chase Freedom.

    Source: https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/merchants.aspx

    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
    Chase Sapphire Preferred: 2% travel
    Citi Forward Visa: 5% restaurants/fastfood, movie theaters, amazon.com
    Discover It: 5% rotating
    US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature: 5% electronic stores, restaurants
    Chase Amazon Visa: 3% amazon.com (unused)
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