Laboratory

Frequent Miler LaboratoryWelcome to the Frequent Miler Laboratory!  This is the place to read about, propose, and discuss experiments in mile and point gathering.  On this page you will find a table showing results from all past experiments.  At the bottom you’ll also find a comments section in which you can propose your own experiments or discuss your own findings.  If you plan to try any experiments, please let us know and, of course, let us know the results!

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Frequent Miler Laboratory Experiment Results

MerchantPortal, TagsExperimentResultLast UpdateNotes
1800FlowersAadvantage, UseGCBuy flowers with gift card and use 30X Alaskan Airlines miles codePARTIAL4/3/201430X miles posted and AA portal miles initially posted but were later reversed out
1800FlowersAadvantage, BuyGCBuy 1800Flowers physical gift card to get portal milesSUCCESS2/24/2014Reported by Mike U
1800FlowersN/AUse promo code to earn Southwest points and verify that they count towards Southwest Companion PassFAIL2/17/2015While you'll still earn points, as of early February, Southwest stopped counting points from 1800Flowers towards the companion pass.
1800FlowersShopAtHome,Buy flowers with credit card linked to Plink and to SYWR and enter SWA code for extra milesPARTIAL4/3/2014Plink and SWA points posted. No points from SYWR and no cash back from ShopAtHome
1800FlowersDiscover,Buy flowers with credit card linked to Plink and to SYWR and enter SWA code for extra milesPARTIAL4/3/2014Plink and SWA points posted. No points from SYWR and no cash back from Discover
AAALoadGCLoad AAA TravelMoney prepaid card with AAA BOA Visa card to earn credit card rewardsFAIL12/9/2013Reported by Travis
AAABuyGCBuy Visa gift cards from AAA using AAA BOA Visa card to earn bonus pointsSUCCESS12/9/2013Reported by Travis. He earned 3X points on the purchase
Alamo, UseGCVia phone, use 2 Alamo Car Rental gift cards from Discover Cash Back rewards to book single car rental4/21/2014Reported by Ben. This could not be done online
AllenEdmondsAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS11/16/2014Reported by Alek
AllenEdmondsUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS11/16/2014Reported by Alek
AllenEdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get cash backSUCCESS10/26/2014
Amazon.comBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Amazon gift card to buy another gift cardFAIL1/20/2014Reported by MichaelP
AmexBuyGCBuy Amex traveler's cheque (not gift card) with Amex credit card and earn pointsFAIL7/28/2014Was not charged cash advance, but also didn't earn credit card points
AmexUseGCUse Amex B&N Campus Edition card to reload Serve online as a credit cardFAIL8/6/2014When I tried to link the card I kept getting We're sorry, something went wrong!
AmexGiftCardsBigCrumbs, BuyGCBuy gift cards to get cash back. Use BDAY100 code to waive per card feesSUCCESS10/21/2013
AmexGiftCardsBigCrumbs, BuyGCBuy personalized Amex gift cards and get cash backFAIL10/21/2013Reported by several readers. Transaction cancelled.
AmexGiftCardsDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy gift cards using code not shown on portal and earn milesSUCCESS1/27/2014Works despite T&C. Points earned on full value of purchase, not just on purchase fee.
AmexGiftCardsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift cards with >$500 value and get cash backSUCCESS12/19/2013After logging into Amex account, larger denomination options show up
AmexGiftCardsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift cards using code not shown on portal and get cash backSUCCESS12/19/2013Works despite T&C
AmoozleBuyGCBuy 2 gift cards for the price of 1 (Walmart or Target)FAIL1/1/2012I had to dispute charges with Chase to get my money back
AnySouthwest, N/AEarn points through portal to verify that they count towards Southwest Companion PassSUCCESS2/17/2015
AppleDiscover, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise & earn cash backSUCCESS12/4/2012Reported by Colin. Small part of total paid for with Discover card, but cash back was earned on entire transaction.
BackcountryAadvantage, BuyGCBuy gift cards and get milesSUCCESS12/12/2013Reported by Jonathan
BackcountryAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL9/12/2014Reported by Vinh
BackcountryUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL10/7/2014
Banana RepublicChase, UseGCBuy merchandise, use 40% off promo codes, get portal pointsSUCCESS8/2/2013Reported by tp
Barnes & NobleBigCrumbs, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL1/1/2012No cash back earned
Barnes & NobleChase, BuyGCBuy gift cards to earn pointsSUCCESS1/1/2012
Barnes & NobleChase, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn pointsFAIL1/1/2012Only the part of the order paid by credit card received points
Barnes & NobleChase, BuyGC, OPENBuy gift cards online to earn points AND Amex OPEN SavingsSUCCESS1/1/2012Yes, you can use Amex cards for Ultimate Rewards Mall purchases
Barnes & NobleEbates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL1/1/2012No cash back earned
Barnes & NobleMrRebates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL1/1/2012No cash back earned
Barnes & NobleBuyGC, OPENBuy gift cards in-store using Amex business card to earn OPEN SavingsFAIL1/1/2012I didn't actually try this because the OPEN Savings terms and conditions say discount is not applicable to purchases made in Barnes and Noble stores
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load American Express Campus Edition Prepaid card with B&N gift cardFAIL10/3/2012
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load American Express Campus Edition Prepaid card with credit cardSUCCESS10/3/2012Successfully used $500 Vanilla Visa to load Amex at register
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load Amexs Campus Edition Prepaid card with Citi Forward card for 5XSUCCESS11/15/2012Citi Forward card earns 5X at bookstores. This worked for 5X and did not count as a cash advance!
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load Amex Campus Edition card with credit card at regular B&N store (not campus store)FAIL12/10/2012
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL12/12/2013Reported by Abe
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy egift card to get milesFAIL12/19/2013Reported by Abe
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get milesFAIL12/19/2013Reported by Abe
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCUse Bed, Bath & Beyond gift card in-store to buy a different merchant gift cardSUCCESS7/5/2012I used a $25 BBB gift card to buy a $25 Visa gift card (paid the extra fee with a Visa gift card)
BestBuyChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS12/22/2013Reported by Jason
BestBuyUnited, BuyGCBuy iTunes gift card from Best Buy and get pointsSUCCESS12/10/2012Reported by Colin
BestBuyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse BestBuy gift card to buy Amazon kindle gift card in-storeSUCCESS7/9/2012Reported by a reader and confirmed by Frequent Miler
BestBuyUse Cash+ card at BestBuy with electronics selected as 5% categorySUCCESS1/31/2013Did receive 5% back from Cash+ card, as expected
BestBuyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse BestBuy gift card to buy $200 Visa gift card in-storeSUCCESS12/19/2013
BestBuyDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backSUCCESS1/14/2013Received email from Discover: 5% cash back awarded
BestBuyDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL6/17/2014Reported by ANdy
BestBuySouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsSUCCESS1/14/2014Reported by Julian
BestBuyTopCashBack, UseGCUse BestBuy gift card for entire purchase and get cash backSUCCESS6/8/2012Reported by Steve
BestBuyTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backFAIL1/31/2013TCB lists $0 pending
BestBuyuPromise, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backSUCCESS2/28/2013Reported by Vinh
BestBuyuPromise, BuyGCBuy gift cards, get cash backFAIL10/21/2013Reported by foxxeehi and Nick
BloomingdalesAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2/20/2014Reported by Milesmath
BloomingdalesChase, BuyGCBuy Bloomingdale's e-gift card to get pointsFAIL9/21/2012
BloomingdalesChase, UseGCUse Bloomingdale's gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS9/21/2012
BloomingdalesDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2/20/2014Reported by Milesmath
BloomingdalesExtraBux, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS4/23/2014Reported by Travis
BloomingdalesExtraBux, BuyGCBuy Bloomingdale's gift card to get cash backFAIL2/19/2015Reported by Larry Ordway
BlueNileChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
BrooksBrothersChase, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS1/22/2014Reported by Steve
Buy.comChase, BuyGCBuy Marriott gift card (or other merchant gift card) at Buy.com and get extra points from portalSUCCESS9/10/2012Buy.com charges a fixed shipping/handling fee so larger denomination cards make more sense
Buy.comChase, BuyGCBuy Buy.com gift card to get pointsSUCCESS9/21/2012
Buy.comChase, UseGCUse Buy.com gift card to buy merchandise and get portal pointsSUCCESS9/21/2012
Buy.comChase, UseGCUse Buy.com gift card to buy merchant gift card and get portal pointsFAIL10/11/2012Buy.com doesn't allow you to use a Buy.com gift card to buy other gift cards
Buy.comUse Cash+ card at Buy.com with electronics selected as 5% categoryFAIL1/31/2013Did not receive 5% back from Cash+ card
Buy.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Buy.com e-gift card to get cash backPARTIAL1/14/2013TCB has tiered cash back levels for Buy.com. Received only 1% cash back
Chase BankUseGCAttempt to get cash advance at bank with American Express for Target Prepaid cardFAIL1/11/2013Teller attempted to do the cash advance, but it didn't work
Chase BankUseGCAttempt to get cash advance at bank with Mio Prepaid cardSUCCESS1/11/2013After 3 or 4 days a $4 fee showed up on my Mio account
ClubCarlsonAdd business ID to promo reservation after the fact via phone or in-person at hotelFAIL6/1/2012Reported by Greek2Me
CoachAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS12/14/2013Reported by Kyle
CoachUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS12/14/2013Reported by Kyle
CoachDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backSUCCESS12/24/2013Reported by Colin
Columbia SportsDiscover, BuyGCBuy gift card and get cash backSUCCESS6/15/2014Reported by oipunk77
Cooking.comAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS9/29/2014Reported by Barry
Cooking.comAlaska MileagePlan, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get milesSUCCESS9/29/2014Reported by Barry
CouponTradeTopCashBack, SellGCSell gift cards, get extra cash backSUCCESS1/1/2012Earned fixed $2.50 per sale. Good for small face value cards ($20, $25)
Crate & BarrelChase, BuyGCBuy Crate & Barrel gift card in order to get portal pointsSUCCESS10/2/2012Reported by Jeanne at Heels First
Crate & BarrelChase, UseGCUse Crate & Barrel gift card to buy merchandise and get portal pointsSUCCESS10/2/2012Reported by Jeanne at Heels First
Crate & BarrelDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL4/22/2014Reported by oipunk77
Crate & BarrelDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL6/18/2014Reported by John
Crate & BarreluPromise, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL6/18/2014Reported by John
Cumberland FarmsBuyGCBuy gift card or Vanilla Reload card with credit cardFAIL8/2/2014Reported by Cumby
CVSUseGCUse CVS gift card in person to buy merchant gift cardsFAIL5/17/2012Reported by Greek2Me
CVSUseGCUse CVS gift card in person to buy Visa gift cardsFAIL5/17/2012Reported by Greek2Me
CVSBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Vanilla Visa card in person at CVS to buy Vanilla Reload card or PayPal cardSUCCESS12/10/2012
Diapers.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card from Diapers.com for extra cash backFAIL11/15/2012Reported by Steve
Diapers.comTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card at Diapers.com for extra cash backSUCCESS11/15/2012Reported by Steve
DrugStore.comAadvantage, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com & get AA milesFAIL1/1/2012
DrugStore.comBeFrugal, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com & get cash backFAIL1/1/2012
DrugStore.comBigCrumbs, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com & get cash backFAIL1/1/2012
DrugStore.comBigCrumbs, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com to buy a different gift cardFAIL1/1/2012Drugstore.com doesn't allow buying gift cards with gift cards
DrugStore.comChase, BuyGCBuy DrugStore.com gift card by going to Beaty.com to get pointsSUCCESS1/21/2013DrugStore.com claims that they don't give points for gc purchases, but their partner Beauty.com does. Replicated recently by AdamH
DrugStore.comChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy gift card at Beauty.com and use at DrugStore.com in order to get twice as many DrugStore.com dollarsSUCCESS1/1/2012This was really an accidental finding :)
DrugStore.comChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Drugstore.com e-gift card online through the UR Mall to get extra pointsSUCCESS7/3/2012Reported by smurf
DrugStore.comChase, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com to get extra points (pay partially with credit card)PARTIAL1/6/2013Success reported by Greg Z, Fail reported by AdamH. AdamH says he received points only for the portion of the order not paid by gift card
DrugStore.comUse Hilton Amex at Drugstore.com to see if awarded 6X for drugstore categorySUCCESS1/31/2013Earned 6X points as expected. Unfortunately drugstore category is supposedly going away May 2013
DrugStore.comDiscover, BuyGCBuy gift card with MasterCard to see if cash back is awardedFAIL1/9/2013Unclear if failure is due to buying gift card or to not using Discover card
DrugStore.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card at Beauty.com to get extra cash backSUCCESS1/6/2013Reported by Greg Z. Beauty.com gift cards work at Drugstore.com
DrugStore.comTopCashBack,Use combo drugstore.com dollars and credit card to buy merchandise and get cash backPARTIAL1/14/2013Received cash back for portion paid by credit card. No cash back for portion paid with drugstore.com dollars
Eastern Mountain SportsMrRebates, UseGCUse gift card to get extra cash backSUCCESS11/5/2012Reported by Troy
Eastern Mountain SportsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card for extra cash backSUCCESS11/5/2012Reported by Troy
eBagsChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get extra pointsFAIL1/4/2013Reported by Dina
eBagsChase, UseGCUse gift card to get extra pointsSUCCESS1/4/2013Reported by Dina
Eddie BauerDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card to get cash backFAIL1/9/2013Reported by Vinh
FandangoHilton, BuyGCBuy gift card to get pointsSUCCESS10/21/2013Reported by Ryan
FandangoHilton, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandisePARTIAL10/21/2013Reported by Ryan. Only credit card portion received points
GamestopBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Gamestop gift card in-store to buy Amazon (Kindle) gift cardSUCCESS12/5/2013Reported by multiple readers
GapChase, UseGCBuy merchandise, use 40% off promo codes, get portal pointsSUCCESS8/2/2013Reported by tp
GiftCardMall.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy GiftCardMall Choice e-card and get cash backSUCCESS5/6/2013
GiftCardMall.comTopCashBack, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Choice e-card to buy part of Visa gift card and get cash backSUCCESS5/6/2013Limited to 1 $250 Choice card per transaction. Received cash back for full amount of Visa gift card
GiftCards.comBeFrugal, UseGCSell e-gift card to giftcards.com and get cash back from portalFAIL1/13/2014Reported by FrequentMiler
GiftCards.comMyDeals&Coupons, SellGCSell Walmart gift card & get additional cash backSUCCESS1/1/2012Pleasantly surprised to find cash back was % of face value
GiftCertificates.comuPromise, BuyGCBuy SuperCertificate and get cash backSUCCESS8/6/2014
GiftCertificates.comuPromise, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse SuperCertificate to buy regular gift card (e.g. AA gift card) and get cash backFAIL8/6/2014Purchase did not track within uPromise
GrouponBuy item from Groupon with Ink Bold to see if it gets 5X as an office supply purchaseFAIL1/9/2013
GrouponDiscover, BuyGCBuy Groupon gift card through portal to get cash backSUCCESS10/10/2012Reported by Frequent Grouponer
GrouponDiscover, UseGCUse Groupon gift card through portal to get cash backFAIL10/10/2012Reported by Frequent Grouponer
GrouponDiscover, UseGCUse Groupon gift card & Discover card through portal to get cash backFAIL10/10/2012Reported by Frequent Grouponer. Only part paid with Discover card was given cash back
GrouponDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card for cash backFAIL1/9/2013
GrouponSouthwest, UseGCUse Groupon e-gift card and earn portal pointsSUCCESS2/17/2015Reported by Patrick L
GrouponTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card to get cash backSUCCESS8/15/2012Reported by Gabriel
GrouponTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to get additional cash backSUCCESS8/15/2012Reported by Gabriel
GuitarCenterAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Guitar Center physical gift card and earn milesFAIL12/9/2013Reported by Bob
GuitarCenterAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Guitar Center e-gift card and earn milesFAIL12/9/2013Reported by Bob
HalfOffDepotShopAtHome, UseGCUse ShopAtHome credit to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS1/4/2013Reported by Steve. He used $10 credit to buy an $11 item. He received cash back for the full $11 purchase.
Home DepotChase, BuyGCBuy Home Depot gift cards to get UR pointsFAIL1/1/2012Reported by Jeff
Home DepotChase, UseGCUse Home Depot gift cards and get UR pointsPARTIAL1/1/2012Full points are awarded only when part of purchase is made with credit card
Home DepotChase, UseGCUse gift card to fully pay for merchandise and get portal pointsSUCCESS3/6/2014Reported by Jon
Home DepotDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card online to get cash backFAIL1/4/2013Reported by VISA MCC Code Rob
HorchowSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS10/7/2014
HorchowSouthwest, UseGCUse e-gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS10/7/2014
HyattEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL12/15/2013Reported by Ted
J&RDiscover,Use PayPal to pay (instead of Discover card) and get cash backFAIL12/4/2012Reported by Colin.
J&RDiscover,Used non-Discover card (Visa) to pay for merchandise to get cash backSUCCESS1/21/2013Reported by Kadim
JCPenneyChase, UseGCGo through UR Mall, use JCP gift cards to buy merchandise, get pointsSUCCESS11/6/2012Reported by HikerT and Kushal. Kushal found that it works regardless of whether a portion is paid with credit card
JCPenneyEbates, UseGCUse gift card (100%) to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS1/21/2013Reported by Skippy
JCPenneyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy a different gift card using a JC Penney gift card in-storeFAIL7/3/2012Reported by bexho2000
JCPenneyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse JCPenney gift card in-store to buy another merchant gift card (such as Starbucks, iTunes, etc.)FAIL1/9/2013Reported by WishyAnand
JCPenneyShopAtHome, UseGCGo through ShopAtHome, use JCP gift cards (+ some credit card) to buy merchandise, get cash backSUCCESS7/17/2012Reported by Steve
JCPenneySouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsFAIL1/14/2014Reported by Julian
JCrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get milesFAIL1/7/2014Reported by Arrek.
JcrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL10/7/2014
JcrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL10/7/2014
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card at JCrew to get pointsSUCCESS5/30/2012Reported by matuag. Evidence suggests that eGift cards may not result in points
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card at JCrew to get pointsFAIL5/30/2012Reported by matuag. Evidence is a bit sketchy here. May need to redo experiment
JcrewChase, UseGCUse Jcrew gift card to buy merchandise to get extra pointsSUCCESS5/30/2012Reported by Mommy Points
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsFAIL1/22/2014Reported by Steve
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsFAIL1/28/2014
JcrewEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL1/22/2014Reported by Steve
JcrewUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL1/14/2014Reported by Julian
JcrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS1/14/2014Reported by Ben
JcrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, pay with Amex, and get cash backSUCCESS1/21/2014Reported by Clint
KivaMake Kiva loan with US Bank Cash+ card to see if it counts as Charity for 5% backSUCCESS11/15/2012
KmartChase, BuyGCBuy Kmart gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS1/1/2012Bought physical gift cards, didn't try e-cards
KmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCIn person at Kmart, buy BP, Ebay, and other gift cards using Sears or Kmart gift cardsSUCCESS1/1/2012Some mean cashiers won't allow this, but most do
KmartUse Cash+ card at Kmart (to buy physical gift card) to get 5X for department store categoryFAIL11/28/2012I guess Kmart isn't treated as a department store!
KmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Kmart gift card to buy Visa gift cardFAIL2/9/2014Reported by Kyle S. Registers are hard coded not to allow this
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy Kohls physical gift cards to get UR pointsPARTIAL12/2/2013Works for physical gift cards when order is $100 or less. Larger orders often get credit only for $100.
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy Kohls e-gift cards to get UR pointsFAIL2/15/2013Didn't work for me
KohlsChase, UseGCUse Kohls gift cards to buy merchandise & get UR pointsSUCCESS1/1/2012Almost always worked. Did have to call Chase a few times to get credit for one purchase. Yes, even purchases made 100% with gift cards worked for me (one reader reported otherwise)
KohlsChase, UseGCUse Kohls gift cards along with 30% off code to buy merchandise & get UR pointsSUCCESS4/22/2013Reported by Frequent Miler and others
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy two identical physical $25 gift cards in one transaction to get pointsPARTIAL1/7/2014Reported by Penny W
KohlsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Kohls gift card in person to buy a different merchant gift card (such as Best Buy)FAIL1/1/2012Cashier tried, but register wouldn't allow it
KohlsSavingStar, BuyGCBuy Kohls physical gift cards to get cash backSUCCESS7/28/2014Reported by Vinh
KohlsDiscover, BuyGCBuy a physical gift card to get cash backFAIL6/7/2014
KohlsDiscover, UseGCUse a gift card and promo codes and get cash backSUCCESS6/27/2014
KrogerBuyGCBuy $500 Visa gift card (or any variable load visa/mc gift card) and earn fuel pointsFAIL11/25/2013Reported by many readers as of 9/1/2013
KrogerUseGC, PINUse $500 Visa gift card with PIN from US Bank to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS4/22/2013Set PIN by calling
KrogerBuyGCBuy Amex gift card to get fuel pointsFAIL1/28/2014Reported by MichaelP
Lands EndChase, BuyGCBuy Lands End e-gift card & get pointsSUCCESS2/15/2013
Lands EndChase, BuyGCBuy Lands End e-gift card and pay with Home Improvement card & get pointsFAIL2/15/2013Land's End could not process payment from the Home Improvement card
Lands EndEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
Lands EndDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, pay with Amex, and get cash backSUCCESS1/21/2014Reported by Clint
Lands EndTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical Lands End gift card & get cash backSUCCESS1/31/2013
Lands EndTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Lands End e-gift card & get cash backSUCCESS1/31/2013
LidsWellsFargo, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsSUCCESS11/18/2014Reported by Bob
LidsWellsFargo, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS11/18/2014Reported by Bob
LLBeanChase, UseGCUse e-gift card + some credit card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS5/22/2013Reported by Harvson3
LLBeanChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS10/21/2013Reported by Liz
LowesAadvantage, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS4/22/2013Reported by Piecerate. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
LowesChase, UseGCUse Lowes gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsPARTIAL1/1/2012Like Home Depot, this seems to only work when part of order is paid with credit card. Reported by multiple readers.
LowesChase, UseGCUse Lowes gift card to buy merchandise and earn points (100% of purchase made with gift card)SUCCESS10/19/2012Reported by donna pfau. Maybe older reports were wrong?
LowesChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card from Lowes to get extra pointsSUCCESS2/28/2013I paid with a Home Imrprovement gift card
LowesChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card from Lowes to get extra pointsFAIL2/28/2013I didn't actually try this because the link to the e-gift cards took me to a different URL. No chance of points that way.
LowesChase, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS4/22/2013Reported by Travel Bear. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
LowesChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Lowes gift card and pay with Home Improvement gift cardFAIL10/21/2013Reported by Steve. Transaction failed.
LowesChase, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsFAIL3/14/2014Reported by Big Habitat
LowesChase, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with Lowes gift card to get portal pointsSUCCESS3/4/2014Reported by 405#Club
LowesUnited, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS4/22/2013Reported by Jen. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
LowesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Lowes gift card in-store to buy Shell gift cardFAIL6/8/2012Reported by bf
MacysAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL12/12/2013Reported by Abe
MacysAadvantage, BuyGCBuy egift card to get milesFAIL12/19/2013Reported by Abe
MacysChase, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay mostly with gift cards & partly with credit card and get full pointsSUCCESS10/18/2012Reported by Will
MacysChase, UseGCUse Macys gift card to buy items and receive pointsSUCCESS4/22/2013Reported by Robert M
MacysSouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsFAIL12/22/2013Reported by Gad
Magazines.comAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL12/5/2013
Magazines.comAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL12/5/2013
Magazines.comAadvantage, UseGCUse combination gift card and credit card to buy magazine and get milesFAIL12/5/2013Only portion paid by credit card received miles
Magazines.comBigCrumbs, UseGCUse Magazines.com gift card to buy magazines and cash backFAIL1/1/2012
Magazines.comChase, BuyGCBuy Magazines.com gift card and get pointsSUCCESS1/1/2012
Magazines.comChase, UseGCUse Magazines.com gift card to buy magazines and get pointsFAIL1/1/2012Initial tests were partially successful, but they later fixed this loophole
MarriottChase, BuyGCBuy Marriott gift card at Marriott.com via UR Mall for extra pointsSUCCESS6/30/2012Reported by a reader
MarriottBuyGCBuy Marriott gift card at Marriott Courtyard in order to get Amex Sync 20% rebateSUCCESS8/6/2014
MarshallsBuyGCUse Marshall's gift card in-store to buy a different merchant gift cardFAIL7/5/2012I wasn't able to find any merchant gift cards to even attempt this.
MeijerBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Meijer gift card to buy Staples gift card in-storeSUCCESS1/23/2014Was able to swipe Meijer gc to pay
MeijerBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Meijer gift card to buy GameStop gift card online at meijer.comSUCCESS1/23/2014
MeijeruPromise, BuyGCBuy physical Meijer gift card with other merchandise in cart to get cash backSUCCESS4/8/2014
MeijeruPromise, BuyGCBuy physical Meijer gift card without other merchandise in cart to get cash backFAIL4/8/2014Reported by multiple readers
Michael'sBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy merchant gift card in-store with Micheal's gift cardFAIL7/10/2012The clerk tried to use the gift card, but the register didn't allow it
ModclothUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get milesSUCCESS10/10/2014Reported by Jen.
ModclothUnited, UseGCUse e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS10/10/2014Reported by Jen.
NationalCar, UseGCOnline, use 3 National Car Rental gift cards from Discover Cash Back rewards to book single car rentalSUCCESS4/21/2014
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, physical gift card, and merchandise (all together) and get milesSUCCESS12/2/2013Reported by Ken
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus physical gift card to get milesSUCCESS12/2/2013Reported by Adriano
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus gift card to get milesFAIL12/2/2013Reported by Mary Beth. Her points initially posted, but then disapeared. No one else reported that result.
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy $200 e-gift card and get portal pointsSUCCESS12/19/2013Reported by Naina
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS12/14/2013Reported by Kyle
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusChase, BuyGCBuy $200 e-gift card and get portal pointsSUCCESS12/19/2013Reported by Allison
Neiman MarcusChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS9/2/2014Reported by fauxblogger
Neiman MarcusUS Airways, BuyGCBuy physical gift cards and get milesSUCCESS12/19/2013Reported by Adriano
Neiman MarcusUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS9/24/2014Reported by fauxblogger
Neiman MarcusDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise, use discount promo code, and pay with combo of gift cards & credit card and get cash backSUCCESS1/13/2014Reported by John
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsFAIL10/13/2014Reported by Jordo06
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsFAIL10/10/2014Reported by Jan
Neiman MarcusuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS12/12/2013
NewEggChase, BuyGCBuy Hyatt e-gift card and get pointsSUCCESS3/1/2015
NikeAadvantage, UseGCUse Nike gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS6/8/2012Reported by Jeff
NikeChase, UseGCUse Nike gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS1/4/2013Reported by AJH
NikeChase, BuyGCBuy physical and/or e-gift cards online to get extra pointsFAIL1/4/2013Reported by Mike and AJH
NikeChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2/16/2014Reported by Dina
NikeChase, UseGCUse e-gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2/16/2014Reported by Dina
NordstromChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS10/11/2012Reported by frequent churner
NordstromMrRebates, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2/4/2014Reported by Toni
NordstromTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL6/18/2013Reported by alexi
NordstromTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS6/18/2013Reported by alexi
NordstromTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy two $75 physical gift cards and get cash back from portalFAIL12/19/2013Reported by Colin
NorthFaceAadvantage, BuyGCBuy store e-gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS8/29/2013Reported by Anita
NorthFaceAadvantage, UseGCUse store gift cards and get pointsSUCCESS8/29/2013Reported by Anita
NorthFaceAadvantage, BuyGCBuy single $750 gift card to get milesSUCCESS12/23/2013Reported by Luchex
NorthFaceAadvantage, BuyGCBuy two $300 gift cards in one transaction to get milesPARTIAL12/23/2013Reported by Luchex. Received miles for one gift card, but not for both.
NorthFaceChase, BuyGCBuy store gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS12/4/2012Reported by Chris D
NorthFaceChase, UseGCUse store gift cards (and pay partially with credit card) and get pointsSUCCESS12/4/2012Reported by Chris D. The amount paid for taxes did not receive points (as expected)
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $500 prepaid Visa using Ink Bold to get 5X points category bonusSUCCESS1/1/2012A few stores have turned people down, but most allow it
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $500 prepaid Amex using Ink Bold to get 5X points category bonusSUCCESS1/1/2012A few stores have turned people down, but most allow it
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $500 prepaid Vanilla reload card using Ink Bold to get 5X points category bonusSUCCESS1/1/2012A few stores have turned people down, but most allow it
Office DepotBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy a different gift card using an OD gift cardFAIL7/2/2012Reported by reader bf
Office DepotBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy a different gift card using an Office Depot gift card in-storeSUCCESS7/3/2012Reported by benji
Office DepotLoadGCTry to add value to reloadable prepaid card at Office Depot register without buying Vanilla Reload cardFAIL10/3/2012
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $200 Visa gift card and earn OfficeDepot rewardsFAIL4/22/2013
Office DepotUseGC, PINUse $200 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS4/22/2013PIN set automatically upon first use
Office DepotUpgradeGCUse OfficeDepot gift card to buy $200 fixed value Visa gift cardFAIL8/2/2013Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
Office DepotUpgradeGCUse OfficeDepot gift card to buy fixed value Shell gift cardFAIL12/2/2013Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
Office DepotuPromise, UseGCUse combination of credit card and store rewards to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS3/4/2015Reported by Nate. Entire amount received cash back.
OfficeMaxChase, BugGCGo through Ultimate Rewards Mall to buy OfficeMax gc, see if points postFAIL7/9/2012
OfficeMaxBuyGC, OPENBuy $100 Amazon gift card in person using Amex business card to get 5% back from OPEN SavingsSUCCESS1/1/2012This option won't be available after 6/15/2012
OfficeMaxBuyGC, OPENBuy $200 Visa gift card in person using Amex business card to get 5% back from OPEN SavingsSUCCESS1/1/2012This option won't be available after 6/15/2012
OfficeMaxBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse OfficeMax gift card in-store to buy a different merchant gift cardSUCCESS7/8/2012
OfficeMaxBuyGC, OPENBuy $25 OfficeMax gift card online to get 5% back via Amex OPEN savingsSUCCESS7/9/2012Sweet. With the new OPEN rules, you get 10% back for purchases of more than $250, so a $300 gc should return 10%!
OfficeMaxBuyGCBuy $100 Visa gift card and earn OfficeMax rewardsFAIL4/22/2013
OfficeMaxUseGC, PINUse $100 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS4/22/2013Set PIN by calling
OfficeMaxBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa or MasterCard gift card with OfficeMax gift cardFAIL2/18/2014Reported by Mario. Cashier was willing to try, but register prohibited it.
OfficeMaxBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa or MasterCard gift card with OfficeMax gift cardSUCCESS3/5/2014Reported by Mario. 3rd store was the charm
OfficeMaxDiscover, BuyGCUse Amex OPEN credit card to buy physical gift card at OfficeMax.com to get both Discover cash back and Amex OPEN cash backPARTIAL2/28/2013RomsDeals received Amex OPEN cash back but not anything from the portal
OfficeMaxTopCashBack, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift cardSUCCESS10/21/2013Reported by nrdk. Received cash back for full order less sales tax.
OldNavyChase, UseGCUse gift card at Old Navy to get extra pointsSUCCESS5/19/2012Reported by reader Mike. Mike made part of purchase with Chase card. Still need to dermine if 100% gift card use works.
OnlyNaturalPetTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card to get cash backSUCCESS8/9/2012Reported by FrequentFlyerCollector
OnlyNaturalPetTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS8/9/2012Reported by FrequentFlyerCollector
OpenSkyBuy merchandise with Cash+ card and see if it earns 5% back as Home Improvement categorySUCCESS1/11/2013OpenSky often offers 50X through MyPoints so this is a great double dip
OpenSkyUse Cash+ card at OpenSky with Home Improvement selected as 5% categorySUCCESS1/31/2013Did receive 5% back from Cash+ card, as expected
OverStockChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card at OverStock to get pointsFAIL6/1/2012Reported by Frequent Flyer Collector
OverStockChase, UseGCUse gift card at OverStock to get pointsSUCCESS6/1/2012Reported by Frequent Flyer Collector
PacSunChase, BuyGCBuy Pacific Sunwear gift card to get pointsSUCCESS8/13/2012Reported by Chris L
PacSunChase, UseGCUse Pacific Sunwear gift card (& small amount with credit card) to buy merchandise and get more pointsSUCCESS8/13/2012Reported by Chris L
PBTeenAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS10/26/2014
Performance BikeChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get extra pointsSUCCESS1/9/2013Reported by Chris L
Performance BikeChase, UseGCUse e-gift card + credit card to get pointsSUCCESS1/9/2013Reported by Chris L. Full points awarded
PetCoAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS11/11/2014Reported by Frank
PetcoChase, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card to get pointsSUCCESS9/22/2012Reported by IrishTiger
PetCoUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS11/16/2014Reported by luchex
PetsmartChase, BuyGCBuy gift card and get pointsSUCCESS11/6/2013Reported by Steve
PetsmartDiscover, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS10/21/2013Reported by Nate
PipertimeAadvantage, UseGCBuy merchandise with combination of gift card and credit card and get milesSUCCESS1/12/2014Reported by Toni Perkins
Pottery BarnAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS10/26/2014
Pottery BarnChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get pointsFAIL10/11/2012Reported by Mommy Points and Jessica
Pottery BarnChase, UseGCUse e-gift card through portal and get pointsSUCCESS10/11/2012Reported by Mommy Points
Pottery BarnChase, UseGCUsed PBCC rewards certificate, a coupon, and the remaining amount on the giftcard to make a Pottery Barn purchase. Received points for full amountSUCCESS4/22/2013Reported by Lori
Pottery BarnuPromise, BuyGCBuy PotteryBarn Kids gift card to get cash backSUCCESS4/22/2013Reported by Lori
QVCChase, BuyGCBuy eGift card at QVC to get pointsFAIL5/28/2012Reported by carwag25. eGift cards actually sold by CashStar not QVC. Physical gift cards might work.
QVCChase, UseGCUse QVC gift cards at QVC to get extra pointsSUCCESS5/28/2012Reported by carwag25.
RadioShackBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse RadioShack gift card to buy Amazon Kindle gift card in-storeSUCCESS1/22/2014
RiteAidBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Shell gift card using Rite Aid gift cardSUCCESS9/13/2012Reported by Rich
RiteAidBuyGCBuy $500 Vanilla Visa gift card with credit cardSUCCESS9/13/2012
RoadRunner SportsChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS10/21/2013Reported by Jonathan
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse physical gift card and non-Chase credit card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS10/21/2013Reported by Jonathan
RoadRunner SportsChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsSUCCESS4/15/2014Reported by Nick
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandiseSUCCESS4/15/2014Reported by Nick
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse physical gc to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS6/12/2014Reported by Debbie
RoadRunner SportsEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backPARTIAL5/12/2014Reported by Debbie. Portal only paid for first $100 worth of gift cards
SaksDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS12/7/2014Reported by josh
SaksDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS12/29/2014Reported by Josh
SaksDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL12/29/2014Reported by Josh
Sams ClubDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy physical merchant gift card (Starbucks) and get milesFAIL10/7/2014
SearsAadvantage, UseGCUse Sears gift cards to buy merchandise and get milesSUCCESS10/21/2013
SearsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card via portal to get milesSUCCESS10/21/2013
SearsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get pointsFAIL11/6/2013
SearsChase, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS12/12/2012As of 11/1/2012, physical gift cards work, but not e-gift cards
SearsChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS1/1/2012100% success
SearsChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Sears gift card using Sears gift card to get points foreverFAIL1/1/2012Sears website doesn't allow this
SearsChase, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift cards to get pointsFAIL12/12/2012As of 11/1/2012, physical gift cards work, but not e-gift cards
SearsChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and pay with Home Improvement card and get pointsFAIL5/22/2013This originally worked, but recently there have been several reports that it no longer works
SearsUnited, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card via portal to get milesSUCCESS8/19/2013
SearsUnited, BuyGC, UseGCUse Home Improvement gift card to buy Sears' e-gift card and get pointsSUCCESS10/21/2013Reported by Luke. Note that the ability to earn points on buying e-gift cards is most likely dead since the T&C changed shortly after this. Was able to use full $500 of HI card without $1 hold issue.
SearsMrRebates, UseGCUse Sears gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS12/2/2013Reported by FlyingBoat
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCIn person at Sears, buy Ebay gift cards using Sears or Kmart gift cardsSUCCESS1/1/2012100% success (but gift card rack can be hard to find!)
SearsBuyGCUse Cash+ card at Sears.com (to buy physical gift card) to get 5X for department store categoryFAIL11/28/2012Gift cards are reported as sold by Kmart, so that might have been part of the problem
SearsBuyGCBuy $100 Visa gift card and earn ShopYourWayRewardsFAIL4/22/2013
SearsUseGC, PINUse $100 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS4/22/2013
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse ShopYourWayRewards points to buy Visa gift card in-storeFAIL4/22/2013Set PIN by calling
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Home Improvement gift card to reload Sears gift cardSUCCESS12/19/2013Reported by Steve
SearsBuyGCBuy physical Visa GC in store with Chase Freedom for dept store bonusSUCCESS12/22/2014Reported by JayR
SearsBuyGCBuy Sears e-GC with Chase Freedom for dept store bonusSUCCESS12/22/2014Reported by JayR
SearsBuyGCBuy Sears physical GC with Chase Freedom for dept store bonusFAIL12/22/2014Reported by JayR (note this happens because credit card bill shows Kmart, not Sears)
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa gift card in-store with Sears e-gift cardSUCCESS12/22/2014Reported by JayR
SearsShopAtHome, BuyGCReload existing gift card to get cash backFAIL6/18/2014Reported by Tianyi. FM note: this is a surprising finding since gift card reloads seem to result in points from other portals
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with Discover card)FAIL11/28/2012
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with Discover card)SUCCESS11/28/2012
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with non-Discover card)SUCCESS8/19/2013
SearsDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise with combination of Sears gift card and Discover card, get cash backSUCCESS11/28/2012Reported by Colin. Cash back given for full purchase, not just amount on Discover card
SearsDiscover, UseGCUse Sears gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS1/9/2013Reported by Vinh and Greg Z
SearsDiscover, BuyGCReload existing Sears gift card and pay with non-Discover card and still get Discover cash backSUCCESS8/15/2014
SearsSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Sears physical (by mail) gift card via portal to get pointsSUCCESS6/12/2014Credit card shows purchase from Kmart, but points are awarded anyway
SearsSouthwest, BuyGCReload existing gift card to get pointsSUCCESS6/12/2014
SearsSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift card via portal to get pointsSUCCESS6/12/2014
SephoraChase, BuyGCBuy Sephora gift card and get pointsPARTIAL1/1/2012One reader reported success, another reported failure
SephoraChase, UseGCUse Sephora gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS1/1/2012Reported by multiple readers
SephoraChase, UseGCUse physical gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS12/15/2013Reported by Toni
SephoraTopCashBack, UseGCUse GC for partial cost of merchandise, earn cash back for entire orderSUCCESS12/23/2014Reported by Amy C
SephoraTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2/7/2015Reported by Amy C
ShoeBuyChase, BuyGCBuy gift card at ShoeBuy to get extra pointsSUCCESS5/28/2012Reported by readers
ShoeBuyChase, UseGCUse gift card at ShoeBuy to get extra pointsSUCCESS5/28/2012Reported by readers. Note isse: one reader was unable to use gift card and discount coupon at the same time
ShutterflyuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2/7/2015Reported by Amy C
SonyChase, UseGCUse gift card at Sony to get extra pointsSUCCESS5/30/2012As long as you buy items that meet the T&C, this double dip seems to work!
SonyShopAtHome, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS11/24/2014Reported by FMF
SonyTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS12/2/2013Reported by Jonathan.
SonyTopCashBack, UseGCUse e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS12/2/2013Reported by Jonathan.
SpeedwayBuyGCBuy $500 Visa gift card and earn Speedway rewardsFAIL4/22/2013
SpeedwayBuyGCBuy Home Improvement gift card and earn Speedway rewardsSUCCESS6/7/2013Reported by Chris
SpeedwayUseGC, PINUse $500 OneVanilla Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS4/22/2013PIN set automatically upon first use
Sports AuthorityAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL10/7/2014
Sports AuthorityAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL10/7/2014
Sports AuthorityDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with gift card to earn cash backSUCCESS4/29/2014Reported by Free-quent Flyer
StaplesChase, CouponBuy merchandise to get points and use Staples couponFAIL1/1/2012Reported by Sam
StaplesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Staples gift card in-store to buy merchant gift cardFAIL5/17/2012Greek2Me was told they do not allow Staples gift cards to be used to purchase any gift cards at all. Reported by GreekToMe
StaplesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Staples gift card in-store to buy merchant gift cardSUCCESS12/2/2013Ability to do this depends upon cashier allowing it.
StaplesBuyGCBuy $200 Visa gift card and earn Staples rewardsFAIL4/22/2013
StaplesUseGC, PINUse $200 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS4/22/2013Used last 4 digits of card # as PIN
StaplesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Staples gift card online to buy other gift cardFAIL7/28/2014At some point in July 2014 Staples.com stopped allowing their gift cards to be used online to buy other gift cards
StaplesSavingStar, BuyGCBuy e-gift card (Lowes) and get cash backFAIL2/4/2015Reported by Joe
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card online and get cash backFAIL5/15/2014
StaplesSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card (Whole Foods) and get pointsSUCCESS11/18/2014
StaplesSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Groupon egift card from staples.com and earn portal pointsSUCCESS2/17/2015Reported by Patrick L
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card online and get cash backFAIL5/15/2014
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy Southwest e-gift card and get cash backFAIL6/16/2014Reported by Bob. Purchased $10 item along with $700 worth of e-gift cards. Cashback for $10 item posted, e-gift cards did not.
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card (Lowes) and get cash backFAIL2/4/2015Reported by Joe
StaplesuPromise, UseGCUse combination of credit card and store rewards to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS3/4/2015Reported by Nate. Entire amount received cash back.
StarbucksstoreTopCashBack, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift card and credit cardPARTIAL10/21/2013Reported by nrdk. Only credit card portion received cash back
StateFarmUseGCUse VanillaVisa prepaid card (temporary card) to pay insurance onlineSUCCESS11/7/2012Reported by Tanu
StewartsBuyGCTry to buy GreenDot Prepaid MC and MoneyPaks and pay with Amex credit cardFAIL8/2/2013Reported by JohnBL
SurLaTableDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS10/7/2014
SurLaTableDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS10/7/2014
TargetBigCrumbs, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL3/19/2014Reported by JohnBL
TargetShopAtHome, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL3/19/2014Reported by JohnBL
TargetDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to earn cash backFAIL5/6/2013Reported by Tim2
TargetDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with gift card to earn cash backSUCCESS5/6/2013Reported by Tim2
TargetDiscover,Buy merchandise with non-Discover card (Target credit card) and get cash backSUCCESS12/19/2013Reported by Colin
TargetDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL3/19/2014Reported by JohnBL
TigerDirectDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL1/27/2015Reported by Kurt
ToysRUsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsEbates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal cash backFAIL2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse ToysRUs gift card to buy Amazon kindle gift card in-storeSUCCESS7/5/2012Reported by a reader. Confirmed by Frequent Miler
ToysRUsSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal cash backFAIL2/25/2014Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsuPromise, BuyGCBuy ToysRUs gift card via uPromise/ToysRUs.com to get 5% cash backSUCCESS7/6/2012I was surprised about this since the T&C states not for gift cards
VenmoLoadGCLoad Venmo account with UFB Direct debit card to earn milesFAIL12/2/2013Reported by Ed. Venmo charged 3% for load which wipes out benefit of earning miles this way.
Victorias SecretChase, UseGCUse store gift card and get pointsSUCCESS12/4/2012Reported by Kyle
WalgreensAadvantage, BuyGCBuy mix of physical gift cards and merchandise to get milesSUCCESS11/25/2013Reported by Ken
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy $500 Visa gift cardSUCCESS9/13/2012
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy merchant gift cards (Amazon, iTunes, etc.)SUCCESS12/9/2013Reported by Robert
WalgreensBuyGCBuy $500 Vanilla Visa gift card with credit cardSUCCESS9/13/2012
WalgreensBuyGCBuy Vanilla Reload card with credit cardFAIL9/13/2012I tried two Ann Arbor locations. No luck
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens rebate card to buy BestBuy gift cardFAIL4/22/2013Reported by thewingtipper
WalgreensUpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to upgrade to Shell gift cardFAIL8/2/2013Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card in-store to buy another gift cardSUCCESS12/2/2013Reported by Bob. He used the Walgreens gift card to buy a Whole Foods gift card
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy Amazon gift card in-storeFAIL1/22/2014Reported by MLH
Walmart17 different portals, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get points or cash backFAIL1/29/2014Reported by Jonathan (purchases were made a couple of months ago)
WalmartAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical Visa gift card and get milesSUCCESS12/14/2013Reported by Kyle
WalmartChase, BuyGCBuy Visa or merchant gift card online at Walmart.com and get extra points from portalFAIL1/1/2012
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa gift card online using Walmart gift cardSUCCESS1/1/2012
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walmart e-gift card in-store to buy Visa gift cardSUCCESS1/4/2013Reported by Ed
WalmartBuyGCBuy Visa gift card online and get Amex sync bonus (occassional promotion)SUCCESS8/18/2013Reported by Chris F
WalmartUseGCUse Walmart or Sears gc to load BluebirdFAIL8/18/2013Reported by Jonathan
WalmartBuy 5 cent plastic bag with debit card and request $100 cash back (as a way to avoid ATM fee)SUCCESS8/18/2013Reported by Jonathan
WalmartLoadGCUse Sears gift card, Amex gift card, or Walmart gift card to load BluebirdFAIL12/2/2013Reported by several readers.
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walmart gift card online to buy Visa gift cardFAIL1/28/2014Reported by several readers
WalmartUseGCBuy money order or do bill pay with Amex for TargetFAIL2/5/2014Reported by gasponi
WalmartDiscover, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card and get cash backFAIL8/18/2013Reported by Chris F. Received cashback for the fee and/or another small item purchased with the GC, but no cashback for the GC itself.
WalmartTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card and get cash backFAIL8/18/2013Reported by Chris F. Received cashback for the fee and/or another small item purchased with the GC, but no cashback for the GC itself.
WalmartTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card online to get cash backFAIL12/2/2013Reported by Chris F
WalmartuPromise, BuyGCBuy 3rd party physical gift card and get cash backFAIL9/19/2014Reported by Vinh
West ElmAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS10/26/2014
West ElmChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS12/26/2013Reported by Jason
West ElmChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS12/14/2013Reported by Kyle
West ElmChase, UseGCBuy merchandise with a combo of gift card and credit card to earn pointsSUCCESS2/9/2014Reported by Toni
West ElmUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS1/1/2014Reported by Julian
William SonomaAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS10/26/2014Reported by Colin

Comments

  1. I couldn’t find target.com from portal aadavantage.
    Even cashback monitor and cashbackholic still showing 2 mileage per dollar.

    Does anyone have the same problem too?

  2. Anyone have luck purchasing stamps online at OD website and receiving cash back? Of course all portals put language in saying they don’t, however it’d be great to know actual experience.

  3. Update regarding Southwest Companion Pass:
    Recently Southwest stopped counting points earned from 1800Flowers towards the Companion Pass. I was afraid that they may have also stopped counting points earned from the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal so I ran a test. Fortunately, portal points still count!

  4. And, another thing:
    I have no idea if this is reproducible, but…
    I recently ordered stuff from 1800Flowers without a promo code. I went through Discover Deals instead for 20% cash back. Here’s the crazy part: the emails from Discover Deals saying “You’ve Earned Extra Cashback Bonus!” show a cashback amount equal to the amount I paid rather than 20% of what I paid. My next step is to try to figure out if I really got credited with that much. If so, this would be an unbelievably profitable way to liquidate 1800Flowers gift cards :)

    • I wish that was my case. I ordered $100 worth of 1800Flower gift cards using the 20% discover portal. Got a confirmation as soon as they shipped saying that I have $20 from shopping through the portal.

  5. Data point for Southwest Portal. Bought Groupon eGift cards and earned points then used the Groupon eGift cards and earned points.

  6. Ordered Bloomingdale Gift Card on 2/15 via Amex Offer. Just checked on ExtraBux site and on Bloomingdale is says”*Cash back is not available for Gift Cards, or for orders placed using a Gift Card.”. I don’t remember seeing that when I ordered. Not tracked and doesn’t look good.

  7. My Jan 30 purchase of Sears physical GC’s from Staples through the Southwest portal so far has not resulted in points, usually Southwest posts points fairly quick…still hoping though

  8. Tried to purchase merchandise and merchant gift cards at Staples.com via the United MileagePlus portal. Only awarded miles for my merchandise purchase – FAIL

  9. Have you noticed that Chas UR mall has curtailed the stores and categories that earn points . I wanted to use hotels.com and not only was not there but the whole travel category is gone .

  10. Bought hyatt egift cards from newegg on 23rd Feb through UR portal (CSP). On the 28th got confirmation from Chase that I had earned points for shopping through their portal. used amex.

  11. Made Office Depot/OfficeMax purchase through uPromise with a mix of cash and rewards (OD rewards are treated as an expiring OD GC). Cashback tracking for entire purchase.

  12. Updated Lab Table:
    1) Added recent reader results
    2) Changed “Ultimate Rewards” to “Chase”
    3) Changed “ShopDiscover” to “Discover”
    4) Changed “MileagePlusShopping” to United
    5) Minor other similar changes

  13. Any idea if buying a $200 visa gc through rapid rewards portal will work?

    need to up my rr balance for a couple upcoming trips

  14. bought 75 GC for ebags through the Chase UR shopping portal. Notification that I earned points on purchase 5 days later.

  15. Can anyone answer the following:
    Can ebay gc purchased at office store be used to buy gc on ebay?
    Can home improvement card be used through sears portal to reload sears gc
    and get points?

    • 1. Yes ebay gift cards can be used to buy other (non-ebay) gift cards on ebay
      2. Yes the Home Improvement gift card can be used through a portal to Sears.com to reload a Sears gift card and get points BUT you may have some issues with their fraud prevention department. YMMV

  16. I have been buying discounted Gamestop cards/ecerts from the various portals for a few months and using them to buy Shell & BP cards. I then sold those cards to SaveYa and MonsterGiftCards. This week, all 4 of my closest Gamestop locations prevented me from doing it. 1 location limited me to $150 worth, the other 3 wouldn’t let me use giftcards at all, only cash, for any 3rd party gift card. I’m going to try some other locations further away from my home to try to cashout the $500 that I still have. I hope this is just a local thing and not a new rule from Corporate.

  17. I’m trying to accelerate my girlfriend’s miles earnings so we can both take international biz class flights later this year, so I am trying to see if I can purchase items normally through the airline shopping portal, but logged into her mileage account, instead of mine. Do you think this would work, or does anyone have experience with trying this? Would it cause an issue since the name on the purchase would not line up with the name on the mileage account?

  18. 1-800flowers.com: Used RR22 for 1,000 SW points, and they show as counting for the companion pass. Used the code for 1,7500 RR points, and I received the points, but they don’t count towards the companion pass.

  19. Sears is 8x on the United Portal today, so I decided to get another gift card with them for $500. I notice that on my shopping cart, it says “fulfilled by Kmart”. On the message from the portal when I click on “Sears”, they say that items sold by Kmart are not eligible for the bonus. In this situation, do you find they still award the bonus, or do they not award the bonus?

    • There have been mixed reports. Conventional wisdom says you won’t get portal points, but I read a recent report saying that it did. To be on the safe side, reload a Sears GC instead to get the portal points.

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