Extreme Stacking

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Extreme Stacking is about combining deals so that you can save the most money and earn the greatest rewards.  Deal stacking often involves many of the following components:

  • Shopping Portals
  • Gift Card Double Dips
  • Credit Card Bonuses & Rebates
  • Store Rewards
  • Coupons & Discounts

Figuring out how best to stack deals is rarely intuitive.  Below you’ll find a few general tips.  For details about specific merchants, click through to one of the merchants shown on the right .


Frequent Miler LaboratoryThe Frequent Miler Laboratory (found here) is a page dedicated to experimenting with stacking deals.  Every component of a stacked deal is tested individually: Can you earn rewards from portal X when buying gift cards from merchant Y?  Can you apply a discount code when buying a gift card?  Can you earn portal rewards when using a gift card?  Can you apply multiple discount codes to one order?

The majority of the results found in the Laboratory come from readers.  Please keep track of your portal purchases, gift card uses, etc. and let us know what works and what doesn’t.  Contribute your findings simply by commenting at the bottom of the Laboratory page.

Portal Tips

Online shopping portals offer a great way to earn extra points, miles, or cash back when shopping for things you were planning to buy anyway.  For details, please see: Earn oodles of airline miles from shopping portals. Tips:

  • Use CashBackMonitor to find the best portal offers
  • Use one browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) for portal shopping. Use a different browser for comparison shopping and deal seeking.
  • Disable toolbars and ad blockers from your portal shopping browser.
  • When making a second purchase always click through from the portal a second time.

Gift Card Tips

merchant gift cards, best optionsGift cards are an important part of Extreme Stacking because you can often increase rewards or reduce your costs by “double dipping”.  First, save money or increase rewards when buying gift cards.  Next, stack portal rewards, coupon codes, etc. when using gift cards.

Read: Merchant gift cards, best options for stacking deals


  • Some merchants limit the number of gift cards that can be used per order.
  • When buying items with gift cards, you will not get the automatic purchase protections that are offered by many credit cards automatically.


  1. Love this! I often have expired coupons or promo codes because I can’t find the time to research which way to stack to produce more points. Thanks!

  2. Several points in the PetSmart extreme stacking article are incorrect! I have been stacking there for years and on a monthly basis.

    1. I use physical gift cards bought at gas stations and shop PetSmart online, and those physical gift cards do work for online orders.
    2. I only buy bulky items – as in canned food and huge bags of dry dog food. All are shipped free to my house with a $49 purchase.

    • Pam,

      Thanks for your data points. I’ll update the post!

      Have you gotten any value from the Pet Perks program?


  3. Anita, thank you so much for this. I’ve gotten benefit from the PetPerks program, but I sometimes board my dog with them or have her attend day camp when it’s extreme weather. For every 10 times she attends camp, she gets a day free. They also send me coupons for $ off stays, day-camp, grooming, and discounts on food sometimes. For a while, every time I made a purchase, there was a survey on the receipt that earned either $3 or $5 off my next purchase. But this extreme stacking is WAY better.

  4. Does Gyft normally ask for a photo of your passport or drivers license? They denied my order and said they needed additional verification. For a company that has been hacked, this seems fishy.

    • Gyft is known to be aggressive (cautious?) when it comes to making sure people don’t open multiple accounts (they offered sign up cash at some point) or don’t commit fraud. I know someone who was asked to upload pics of ID or passport, as well as a face pic, on their first order, despite that order being merely a $50 gift card.

  5. I remember back in the early days of internet shopping, stackable deals were abundant. I remember once Amazon had several stackable codes out that were off toys, certain brands, $/certain amount, etc…I bought over $1000.00 worth of toys (including a new mountain bike, outside bounce house, etc..) for Christmas for my boys. Total cost was like $92.00. For a young, financially strapped mother it was answered prayers. 🙂

    There also was a lot of codes out that were $10/10, $20/20, etc… with free shipping. Oh my goodness!!! It was a good time. Internet shopping was like the Wild West back then, not a lot of rules and everyone was grabbing what they could.

    I am excited to find this part of your blog. I will definitely be checking back often.

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