The top five ways to use Sears gift cards

I often write about ways to get lots of points, miles or cash back when buying Sears’ gift cards.  For example, see these recent posts:

Whenever I write posts like these, I get variations on the same question: “That’s great, but what the heck can I do with a bunch of Sears gift cards?”  Long time readers of my posts already know the answers to that question, but I’ve come to realize that not everybody has read and memorized every one of my posts.  What, really?  Yep, it’s true.

So, without further ado, here are the top 5 ways to use Sears gift cards:

1. Buy merchandise

Sears gift cards can be used to buy all kinds of stuff at Sears, Kmart, Lands End, and more.  Don’t forget that you can go through an online portal to earn additional points or cash back even if you’re paying with a gift card!  I recommend using CashBackMonitor to find the best portal when shopping online.  Sears also has a price match guarantee that can be used when their prices are higher than the competition.

2. Buy travel

It’s not necessarily easy to do, but I’ve found that it is possible to pay for airfare, hotels, cruises, etc. with Sears gift cards via Sears Vacations.  For details of my experience, please see “Earn more miles (many more) for any flight, any hotel, any cruise.”

3. Buy and sell

This option is definitely not for everyone!  At times, Sears portal promotions can be so good that it is worth buying stuff and reselling it for a loss just to get the miles for both buying gift cards and using the gift cards to buy merchandise.  For tips and tricks about buying and selling, BigHabitat is worth adding to your daily reading list.  Also, see my post: Tips for selling on Amazon.

4. Buy gift cards that you need

It’s not always easy to buy other store gift cards with Sears gift cards, but it is possible.  Sears is usually more lenient than Kmart, but Kmart tends to have a better selection of merchant gift cards.  For info about Sears merchant gift cards, please see:

5. Buy and liquidate gift cards

Some Sears stores sell $100 Visa and MasterCard gift cards for $105.95 and will let you pay with a Sears (or Lands End, or Kmart) gift card.  If you got enough points and/or cash back from buying the Sears gift cards, it could be worth paying that 6% fee to turn them into Visa or MasterCard gift cards with PINs (see “Gift card PINs“).

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  2. […] I know some of my readers already know this, but in addition to Thank You points which actually can be cashed out, Citibank has some cards that give Citi Easy Deals points.  You may have looked at their “rewards” web site in the past and dismissed it as having nothing of any real value, which is largely true.  However, you can buy certain gift cards for 10% off, including Staples, Office Depot, Neiman Marcus,  Since Lands End is there, you could use that to pay for any Sears resales deals you find, or the other top ways to use Sears gift cards per Frequent Miler. […]

Comments

  1. To trade up to other GCs (like gas cards)…I try and buy other things I need at Kmart (milk, etc) and then I throw in a couple of GCs. Has worked so far. Getting 16X points on my gas from the last time Sears GC were on sale.

  2. Can you buy other gift cards with e-giftcards from sears? Can you use e-giftcards in the store or are they just for online? Thanks!

  3. @Frequent Miler,

    How fast do Plink points get posted? I purchase something but I don’t see any activity on Plink =(. I am worry!

    Thanks!

  4. Do you have any more details on Sears vacation? Like can you use gift cards? I have a Kmart one with about $150 that I’d like to put towards a flight. CMH-Den. Their prices are only like $10 more than I find elsewhere which would be worth it to get rid of this giftcard to me

  5. I bought $500 in kmart gc a couple weeks ago, turned them into southwest gift cards and then bought my $480 flight. Ended up getting 3k miles from the portal and then 5k for flying.

    Tried again today. Bought $200 in gc to cover my next flight for 1,200 rapid rewards points through the portal plus 750 bonus. Then got shut down by multiple cashiers and managers. They were adamant about no gc for gc purchases. So be wary of trying this loophole.

  6. The Sears in San Diego UTC flat out refused to accept a Sears gift card in payment for other merchants’ gift cards or cell phone service cards. The cashier said cash only.

    Is this not universal? I’d really like to find a Sears that still accepts gift cards as payment.

  7. Can I (somehow) cash in Sears GC’s for PayPal credit? off this topic, but same line of question regard to cashing in an iTunes card for PayPal credit?

    • I’m not sure what you mean about cashing in an iTunes card for PayPal credit. If you mean selling it to a gift card reseller, you can do that. See giftcardwiki.com or giftcardgranny.com to see public resale rates. Some places will pay you via PayPal (others cut a check).

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