The Five Back Visa Gift Card features an interesting benefit that Frequent Miler has previously covered: the ability to earn 5% back at a variety of different merchants such as Nike, Bed Bath & Beyond, JCPenney, GAP, etc. You can see the full list here. You simply use your Five Back Visa Gift Card at one of these merchants. Then, several days after your purchase, your gift card will be credited with 5% back provided you used it at one of the listed merchants.
Unfortunately, according to this Flyertalk comment, Staples has been removed from the Five Back program as of April 26th.
- Five Back Gift cards are no longer paying 5% back at Staples
- Change is reported to be from April 26th (already ended)
This isn’t the first store we have seen abruptly removed — CVS withdrew from the program several months ago, though they did give some advance notice of that change.
This is a disappointing change, but those with a credit card that earns 5X at office supply stores would probably find it easier (and potentially more rewarding) to use a credit card at Staples. Moving forward, keep in mind that the list of merchants at which you can earn 5X is subject to change — and it seems that change may happen without notice.