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
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy eBay e-giftcard and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-26Reported by RadR
1800BasketsDiscover, BuyGCBuy 1800Flowers from 1800Baskets website and earn portal cash backSUCCESS2015-06-241800Baskets was offering higher portal returns than 1800Flowers, so it was worth clicking through to their site instead
1800BasketsBuyGCBuy 1800Flowers gift cards from 1800Baskets and pay with Visa card linked to Sears' Shop Your Way Rewards program to earn 20% back in pointsSUCCESS2015-06-24
BrookstoneDiscover, BuyGCBuy Brookstone physical, by-mail, gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-20
BestBuyDiscover, UseGCUse both gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and earn cash back (and Best Buy rewards)FAIL2015-06-20Reported by Oren. Received Discover and Best Buy rewards only for portion paid by credit card.
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy Whole Foods e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-19Paid with Chase Ink card
StaplesUnited, BuyGCBuy Target e-gift card from Staples.com and earn milesSUCCESS2015-06-19Reported by Pam
Apple StoreDiscover, BuyGCBuy Apple by-mail gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-19Paid with Discover It card
BrookstoneDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-06-17I didn't actually make the purchase since the link to buy e-gift cards sent me to coinstar.com. That never works for portal rewards.
Sears.comDiscover, UseGCUse Shop Your Way Rewards (SYWR) points to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-15
HorchowSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Horchow e-gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-06-14Reported by Jigar
HorchowChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2015-06-14Reported by Jigar. Earned miles even though there was a sale going on and a code was applied at checkout for it
Sears.comDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-12Paid w/ Discover card. Transaction shows as Kmart
Sears.comDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-12Paid w/ Discover card. Transaction shows as Sears
Sears.comDiscover, BuyGCReload Sears gift card online and get cash back. SUCCESS2015-06-12Paid with Discover card. Transaction shows as Sears
Staples.comAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy eBay e-gift card from Staples and get milesFAIL2015-06-11Reported by Kevin
Wag.comBuyGCBuy gift card to get Amex Offers credit.FAIL2015-06-05Reported by Jessica
StaplesEBates, UseGCUse eGift card to buy merchandise and get cash back SUCCESS2015-05-27Reported by Glenn
Neiman MarcusBuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus e-gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2015-05-23Reported by Hank
Home DepotBuyGCBuy phyiscal gift card from HomeDepot.com, get cash back from Amex Offers promoSUCCESS2015-05-21Reported by Glenn
Whole FoodsBuyGCBuy phyiscal gift card from WholeFoods.com, get cash back from Amex Offers promoFAIL2015-05-21Reported by Glenn. Transaction shows: VESTA GIFTANGO WHOLE
Rite AidBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Rite Aid gift card to buy 3rd party gift cards in-storeFAIL2015-05-21Reported by Stephen. System block
Neiman MarcusBuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-05-21Reported by Chuck Sithe. Took over a week for cash back to be reported.
StaplesBuyGCBuy Gap e-gift card at Staples.com and get cash backFAIL2015-05-21Reported by Chuck Sithe
Bed Bath & BeyondBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse BBB gift card in-store to buy 3rd party gift cardSUCCESS2015-05-21Reported by Stephen
StaplesEbates, BuyGCBuy Staples egift card and earn cash backFAIL2015-05-13Reported by Glenn
ToysRUsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa gift card in-store with ToysRus gift cardFAIL2015-05-10Reported by a number of readers
Neiman MarcusEbates, BuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus e-gift card and earn cash backSUCCESS2015-05-09Reported by Chuck Sithe
Jos A BankSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, get milesSUCCESS2015-05-08
StaplesAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy Nordstrom e-gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-04-27Reported by Yao
Golden1 Credit UnionN/AFund account with credit card (Citi Prestige) and earn milesSUCCESS2015-04-23Reported by EY
BestBuySouthwest, BuyGCBuy egift card and earn milesFAIL2015-04-22Reproted by Patrick L
JCrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-04-20Reported by Chuck Sithe
LegoTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-04-20Reported by Yao
LegoEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-04-20Reported by Yao
LegouPromise, UseGCUse gift card plus credit card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2015-04-20Reported by Yao
LegouPromise, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-04-20Reported by Yao
LegoMrRebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-04-20Reported by Yao
QuilluPromise, UseGCUse Quill cash + credit card to buy merchandise and earn cash backPARTIAL2015-04-06Reported by Nate. Received cash back only for credit card portion
StaplesuPromise, UseGCUse combination of credit card and store rewards to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2015-03-04Reported by Nate. Received cash back based on amount paid (not including rewards amount)
Office DepotuPromise, UseGCUse combination of credit card and store rewards to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2015-03-04Reported by Nate. Entire amount received cash back.
NewEggChase, BuyGCBuy Hyatt e-gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2015-03-01
BloomingdalesExtraBux, BuyGCBuy Bloomingdale's gift card to get cash backFAIL2015-02-19Reported by Larry Ordway
GrouponSouthwest, UseGCUse Groupon e-gift card and earn portal pointsSUCCESS2015-02-17Reported by Patrick L
1800FlowersN/AUse promo code to earn Southwest points and verify that they count towards Southwest Companion PassFAIL2015-02-17While you'll still earn points, as of early February, Southwest stopped counting points from 1800Flowers towards the companion pass.
AnySouthwest, N/AEarn points through portal to verify that they count towards Southwest Companion PassSUCCESS2015-02-17
StaplesSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Groupon egift card from staples.com and earn portal pointsSUCCESS2015-02-17Reported by Patrick L
ShutterflyuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-02-07Reported by Amy C
SephoraTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-02-07Reported by Amy C
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card (Lowes) and get cash backFAIL2015-02-04Reported by Joe
StaplesSavingStar, BuyGCBuy e-gift card (Lowes) and get cash backFAIL2015-02-04Reported by Joe
TigerDirectDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-01-27Reported by Kurt
SaksDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-12-29Reported by Josh
SaksDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-12-29Reported by Josh
SephoraTopCashBack, UseGCUse GC for partial cost of merchandise, earn cash back for entire orderSUCCESS2014-12-23Reported by Amy C
SearsBuyGCBuy Sears e-GC with Chase Freedom for dept store bonusSUCCESS2014-12-22Reported by JayR
SearsBuyGCBuy Sears physical GC with Chase Freedom for dept store bonusFAIL2014-12-22Reported 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 cardSUCCESS2014-12-22Reported by JayR
SearsBuyGCBuy physical Visa GC in store with Chase Freedom for dept store bonusSUCCESS2014-12-22Reported by JayR
BrookstoneDiscover, UseGCUse gift card and promo code to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2014-12-13
SaksDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-12-07Reported by josh
SonyShopAtHome, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-11-24Reported by FMF
StaplesSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card (Whole Foods) and get pointsSUCCESS2014-11-18
LidsWellsFargo, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-11-18Reported by Bob
LidsWellsFargo, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2014-11-18Reported by Bob
AllenEdmondsAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by Alek
PetCoUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by luchex
AllenEdmondsUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by Alek
PetCoAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-11-11Reported by Frank
West ElmAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26
Pottery BarnAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26
PBTeenAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26
William SonomaAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26Reported by Colin
AllenEdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get cash backSUCCESS2014-10-26
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsFAIL2014-10-13Reported by Jordo06
ModclothUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get milesSUCCESS2014-10-10Reported by Jen.
ModclothUnited, UseGCUse e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-10-10Reported by Jen.
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsFAIL2014-10-10Reported by Jan
Sports AuthorityAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
Sports AuthorityAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
Sams ClubDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy physical merchant gift card (Starbucks) and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
HorchowSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-10-07
JcrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
HorchowSouthwest, UseGCUse e-gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-10-07
JcrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
BackcountryUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
SurLaTableDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-10-07
SurLaTableDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-10-07
Cooking.comAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-09-29Reported by Barry
Cooking.comAlaska MileagePlan, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get milesSUCCESS2014-09-29Reported by Barry
Neiman MarcusUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-09-24Reported by fauxblogger
WalmartuPromise, BuyGCBuy 3rd party physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-09-19Reported by Vinh
BackcountryAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2014-09-12Reported by Vinh
Neiman MarcusDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-09-02Reported by fauxblogger
SearsDiscover, BuyGCReload existing Sears gift card and pay with non-Discover card and still get Discover cash backSUCCESS2014-08-15
MarriottBuyGCBuy Marriott gift card at Marriott Courtyard in order to get Amex Sync 20% rebateSUCCESS2014-08-06
GiftCertificates.comuPromise, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse SuperCertificate to buy regular gift card (e.g. AA gift card) and get cash backFAIL2014-08-06Purchase did not track within uPromise
GiftCertificates.comuPromise, BuyGCBuy SuperCertificate and get cash backSUCCESS2014-08-06
AmexUseGCUse Amex B&N Campus Edition card to reload Serve online as a credit cardFAIL2014-08-06When I tried to link the card I kept getting We're sorry, something went wrong!
Cumberland FarmsBuyGCBuy gift card or Vanilla Reload card with credit cardFAIL2014-08-02Reported by Cumby
KohlsSavingStar, BuyGCBuy Kohls physical gift cards to get cash backSUCCESS2014-07-28Reported by Vinh
AmexBuyGCBuy Amex traveler's cheque (not gift card) with Amex credit card and earn pointsFAIL2014-07-28Was not charged cash advance, but also didn't earn credit card points
StaplesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Staples gift card online to buy other gift cardFAIL2014-07-28At some point in July 2014 Staples.com stopped allowing their gift cards to be used online to buy other gift cards
KohlsDiscover, UseGCUse a gift card and promo codes and get cash backSUCCESS2014-06-27
SearsShopAtHome, BuyGCReload existing gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-06-18Reported by Tianyi. FM note: this is a surprising finding since gift card reloads seem to result in points from other portals
Crate & BarreluPromise, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-06-18Reported by John
Crate & BarrelDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-06-18Reported by John
BestBuyDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-06-17Reported by ANdy
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy Southwest e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-06-16Reported by Bob. Purchased $10 item along with $700 worth of e-gift cards. Cashback for $10 item posted, e-gift cards did not.
Columbia SportsDiscover, BuyGCBuy gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-06-15Reported by oipunk77
SearsSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Sears physical (by mail) gift card via portal to get pointsSUCCESS2014-06-12Credit card shows purchase from Kmart, but points are awarded anyway
SearsSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift card via portal to get pointsSUCCESS2014-06-12
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse physical gc to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-06-12Reported by Debbie
SearsSouthwest, BuyGCReload existing gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2014-06-12
KohlsDiscover, BuyGCBuy a physical gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-06-07
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card online and get cash backFAIL2014-05-15
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card online and get cash backFAIL2014-05-15
RoadRunner SportsEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backPARTIAL2014-05-12Reported by Debbie. Portal only paid for first $100 worth of gift cards
Sports AuthorityDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with gift card to earn cash backSUCCESS2014-04-29Reported by Free-quent Flyer
BloomingdalesExtraBux, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-04-23Reported by Travis
Crate & BarrelDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-04-22Reported by oipunk77
Alamo, UseGCVia phone, use 2 Alamo Car Rental gift cards from Discover Cash Back rewards to book single car rental2014-04-21Reported by Ben. This could not be done online
NationalCar, UseGCOnline, use 3 National Car Rental gift cards from Discover Cash Back rewards to book single car rentalSUCCESS2014-04-21
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandiseSUCCESS2014-04-15Reported by Nick
RoadRunner SportsChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2014-04-15Reported by Nick
MeijeruPromise, BuyGCBuy physical Meijer gift card without other merchandise in cart to get cash backFAIL2014-04-08Reported by multiple readers
MeijeruPromise, BuyGCBuy physical Meijer gift card with other merchandise in cart to get cash backSUCCESS2014-04-08
1800FlowersShopAtHome,Buy flowers with credit card linked to Plink and to SYWR and enter SWA code for extra milesPARTIAL2014-04-03Plink 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 milesPARTIAL2014-04-03Plink and SWA points posted. No points from SYWR and no cash back from Discover
1800FlowersAadvantage, UseGCBuy flowers with gift card and use 30X Alaskan Airlines miles codePARTIAL2014-04-0330X miles posted and AA portal miles initially posted but were later reversed out
TargetShopAtHome, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-03-19Reported by JohnBL
TargetBigCrumbs, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-03-19Reported by JohnBL
TargetDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-03-19Reported by JohnBL
LowesChase, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsFAIL2014-03-14Reported by Big Habitat
Home DepotChase, UseGCUse gift card to fully pay for merchandise and get portal pointsSUCCESS2014-03-06Reported by Jon
OfficeMaxBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa or MasterCard gift card with OfficeMax gift cardSUCCESS2014-03-05Reported by Mario. 3rd store was the charm
LowesChase, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with Lowes gift card to get portal pointsSUCCESS2014-03-04Reported by 405#Club
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
Lands EndEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
BlueNileChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsEbates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal cash backFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal cash backFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
1800FlowersAadvantage, BuyGCBuy 1800Flowers physical gift card to get portal milesSUCCESS2014-02-24Reported by Mike U
BloomingdalesDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-02-20Reported by Milesmath
BloomingdalesAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-02-20Reported by Milesmath
OfficeMaxBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa or MasterCard gift card with OfficeMax gift cardFAIL2014-02-18Reported by Mario. Cashier was willing to try, but register prohibited it.
NikeChase, UseGCUse e-gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-02-16Reported by Dina
NikeChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2014-02-16Reported by Dina
KmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Kmart gift card to buy Visa gift cardFAIL2014-02-09Reported by Kyle S. Registers are hard coded not to allow this
West ElmChase, UseGCBuy merchandise with a combo of gift card and credit card to earn pointsSUCCESS2014-02-09Reported by Toni
WalmartUseGCBuy money order or do bill pay with Amex for TargetFAIL2014-02-05Reported by gasponi
NordstromMrRebates, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2014-02-04Reported by Toni
Walmart17 different portals, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get points or cash backFAIL2014-01-29Reported by Jonathan (purchases were made a couple of months ago)
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walmart gift card online to buy Visa gift cardFAIL2014-01-28Reported by several readers
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsFAIL2014-01-28
KrogerBuyGCBuy Amex gift card to get fuel pointsFAIL2014-01-28Reported by MichaelP
AmexGiftCardsDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy gift cards using code not shown on portal and earn milesSUCCESS2014-01-27Works despite T&C. Points earned on full value of purchase, not just on purchase fee.
MeijerBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Meijer gift card to buy Staples gift card in-storeSUCCESS2014-01-23Was able to swipe Meijer gc to pay
MeijerBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Meijer gift card to buy GameStop gift card online at meijer.comSUCCESS2014-01-23
BrooksBrothersChase, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-01-22Reported by Steve
JcrewEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-01-22Reported by Steve
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy Amazon gift card in-storeFAIL2014-01-22Reported by MLH
RadioShackBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse RadioShack gift card to buy Amazon Kindle gift card in-storeSUCCESS2014-01-22
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsFAIL2014-01-22Reported by Steve
JcrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, pay with Amex, and get cash backSUCCESS2014-01-21Reported by Clint
Lands EndDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, pay with Amex, and get cash backSUCCESS2014-01-21Reported by Clint
Amazon.comBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Amazon gift card to buy another gift cardFAIL2014-01-20Reported by MichaelP
JCPenneySouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsFAIL2014-01-14Reported by Julian
JcrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-01-14Reported by Ben
JcrewUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-01-14Reported by Julian
BestBuySouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2014-01-14Reported by Julian
GiftCards.comBeFrugal, UseGCSell e-gift card to giftcards.com and get cash back from portalFAIL2014-01-13Reported by FrequentMiler
Neiman MarcusDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise, use discount promo code, and pay with combo of gift cards & credit card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-01-13Reported by John
PipertimeAadvantage, UseGCBuy merchandise with combination of gift card and credit card and get milesSUCCESS2014-01-12Reported by Toni Perkins
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy two identical physical $25 gift cards in one transaction to get pointsPARTIAL2014-01-07Reported by Penny W
JCrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get milesFAIL2014-01-07Reported by Arrek.
West ElmUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-01-01Reported by Julian
West ElmChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-12-26Reported by Jason
CoachDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-24Reported by Colin
NorthFaceAadvantage, BuyGCBuy two $300 gift cards in one transaction to get milesPARTIAL2013-12-23Reported by Luchex. Received miles for one gift card, but not for both.
NorthFaceAadvantage, BuyGCBuy single $750 gift card to get milesSUCCESS2013-12-23Reported by Luchex
BestBuyChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-12-22Reported by Jason
MacysSouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsFAIL2013-12-22Reported by Gad
AmexGiftCardsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift cards using code not shown on portal and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19Works despite T&C
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy $200 e-gift card and get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Naina
BestBuyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse BestBuy gift card to buy $200 Visa gift card in-storeSUCCESS2013-12-19
Neiman MarcusUS Airways, BuyGCBuy physical gift cards and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Adriano
NordstromTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy two $75 physical gift cards and get cash back from portalFAIL2013-12-19Reported by Colin
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy egift card to get milesFAIL2013-12-19Reported by Abe
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get milesFAIL2013-12-19Reported by Abe
MacysAadvantage, BuyGCBuy egift card to get milesFAIL2013-12-19Reported by Abe
AmexGiftCardsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift cards with >$500 value and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19After logging into Amex account, larger denomination options show up
TargetDiscover,Buy merchandise with non-Discover card (Target credit card) and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Colin
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Home Improvement gift card to reload Sears gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Steve
Neiman MarcusChase, BuyGCBuy $200 e-gift card and get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Allison
SephoraChase, UseGCUse physical gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2013-12-15Reported by Toni
HyattEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2013-12-15Reported by Ted
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
West ElmChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
WalmartAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical Visa gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
CoachUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
CoachAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-12Reported by Abe
MacysAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-12Reported by Abe
BackcountryAadvantage, BuyGCBuy gift cards and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-12Reported by Jonathan
Neiman MarcusuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-12
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy merchant gift cards (Amazon, iTunes, etc.)SUCCESS2013-12-09Reported by Robert
GuitarCenterAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Guitar Center physical gift card and earn milesFAIL2013-12-09Reported by Bob
GuitarCenterAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Guitar Center e-gift card and earn milesFAIL2013-12-09Reported by Bob
AAABuyGCBuy Visa gift cards from AAA using AAA BOA Visa card to earn bonus pointsSUCCESS2013-12-09Reported by Travis. He earned 3X points on the purchase
AAALoadGCLoad AAA TravelMoney prepaid card with AAA BOA Visa card to earn credit card rewardsFAIL2013-12-09Reported by Travis
Magazines.comAadvantage, UseGCUse combination gift card and credit card to buy magazine and get milesFAIL2013-12-05Only portion paid by credit card received miles
GamestopBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Gamestop gift card in-store to buy Amazon (Kindle) gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-05Reported by multiple readers
Magazines.comAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-05
Magazines.comAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-05
SonyTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Jonathan.
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus gift card to get milesFAIL2013-12-02Reported by Mary Beth. Her points initially posted, but then disapeared. No one else reported that result.
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card in-store to buy another gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Bob. He used the Walgreens gift card to buy a Whole Foods gift card
SearsMrRebates, UseGCUse Sears gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by FlyingBoat
StaplesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Staples gift card in-store to buy merchant gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-02Ability to do this depends upon cashier allowing it.
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy Kohls physical gift cards to get UR pointsPARTIAL2013-12-02Works for physical gift cards when order is $100 or less. Larger orders often get credit only for $100.
SonyTopCashBack, UseGCUse e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Jonathan.
VenmoLoadGCLoad Venmo account with UFB Direct debit card to earn milesFAIL2013-12-02Reported by Ed. Venmo charged 3% for load which wipes out benefit of earning miles this way.
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus physical gift card to get milesSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Adriano
WalmartTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card online to get cash backFAIL2013-12-02Reported by Chris F
WalmartLoadGCUse Sears gift card, Amex gift card, or Walmart gift card to load BluebirdFAIL2013-12-02Reported by several readers.
Office DepotUpgradeGCUse OfficeDepot gift card to buy fixed value Shell gift cardFAIL2013-12-02Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, physical gift card, and merchandise (all together) and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Ken
KrogerBuyGCBuy $500 Visa gift card (or any variable load visa/mc gift card) and earn fuel pointsFAIL2013-11-25Reported by many readers as of 9/1/2013
WalgreensAadvantage, BuyGCBuy mix of physical gift cards and merchandise to get milesSUCCESS2013-11-25Reported by Ken
SearsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get pointsFAIL2013-11-06
PetsmartChase, BuyGCBuy gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2013-11-06Reported by Steve
PetsmartDiscover, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Nate
BestBuyuPromise, BuyGCBuy gift cards, get cash backFAIL2013-10-21Reported by foxxeehi and Nick
RoadRunner SportsChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Jonathan
SearsUnited, BuyGC, UseGCUse Home Improvement gift card to buy Sears' e-gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported 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.
SearsAadvantage, UseGCUse Sears gift cards to buy merchandise and get milesSUCCESS2013-10-21
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse physical gift card and non-Chase credit card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Jonathan
LLBeanChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Liz
AmexGiftCardsBigCrumbs, BuyGCBuy personalized Amex gift cards and get cash backFAIL2013-10-21Reported by several readers. Transaction cancelled.
StarbucksstoreTopCashBack, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift card and credit cardPARTIAL2013-10-21Reported by nrdk. Only credit card portion received cash back
SearsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card via portal to get milesSUCCESS2013-10-21
AmexGiftCardsBigCrumbs, BuyGCBuy gift cards to get cash back. Use BDAY100 code to waive per card feesSUCCESS2013-10-21
LowesChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Lowes gift card and pay with Home Improvement gift cardFAIL2013-10-21Reported by Steve. Transaction failed.
OfficeMaxTopCashBack, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift cardSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by nrdk. Received cash back for full order less sales tax.
FandangoHilton, BuyGCBuy gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Ryan
FandangoHilton, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandisePARTIAL2013-10-21Reported by Ryan. Only credit card portion received points
NorthFaceAadvantage, BuyGCBuy store e-gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS2013-08-29Reported by Anita
NorthFaceAadvantage, UseGCUse store gift cards and get pointsSUCCESS2013-08-29Reported by Anita
SearsUnited, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card via portal to get milesSUCCESS2013-08-19
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with non-Discover card)SUCCESS2013-08-19
WalmartDiscover, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card and get cash backFAIL2013-08-18Reported by Chris F. Received cashback for the fee and/or another small item purchased with the GC, but no cashback for the GC itself.
WalmartUseGCUse Walmart or Sears gc to load BluebirdFAIL2013-08-18Reported by Jonathan
WalmartBuyGCBuy Visa gift card online and get Amex sync bonus (occassional promotion)SUCCESS2013-08-18Reported by Chris F
WalmartBuy 5 cent plastic bag with debit card and request $100 cash back (as a way to avoid ATM fee)SUCCESS2013-08-18Reported by Jonathan
WalmartTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card and get cash backFAIL2013-08-18Reported by Chris F. Received cashback for the fee and/or another small item purchased with the GC, but no cashback for the GC itself.
WalgreensUpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to upgrade to Shell gift cardFAIL2013-08-02Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
Office DepotUpgradeGCUse OfficeDepot gift card to buy $200 fixed value Visa gift cardFAIL2013-08-02Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
Banana RepublicChase, UseGCBuy merchandise, use 40% off promo codes, get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-08-02Reported by tp
GapChase, UseGCBuy merchandise, use 40% off promo codes, get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-08-02Reported by tp
StewartsBuyGCTry to buy GreenDot Prepaid MC and MoneyPaks and pay with Amex credit cardFAIL2013-08-02Reported by JohnBL
NordstromTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-06-18Reported by alexi
NordstromTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2013-06-18Reported by alexi
SpeedwayBuyGCBuy Home Improvement gift card and earn Speedway rewardsSUCCESS2013-06-07Reported by Chris
SearsChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and pay with Home Improvement card and get pointsFAIL2013-05-22This originally worked, but recently there have been several reports that it no longer works
LLBeanChase, UseGCUse e-gift card + some credit card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2013-05-22Reported by Harvson3
TargetDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to earn cash backFAIL2013-05-06Reported by Tim2
GiftCardMall.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy GiftCardMall Choice e-card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-05-06
GiftCardMall.comTopCashBack, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Choice e-card to buy part of Visa gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-05-06Limited to 1 $250 Choice card per transaction. Received cash back for full amount of Visa gift card
TargetDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with gift card to earn cash backSUCCESS2013-05-06Reported by Tim2
KrogerUseGC, PINUse $500 Visa gift card with PIN from US Bank to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22Set PIN by calling
KohlsChase, UseGCUse Kohls gift cards along with 30% off code to buy merchandise & get UR pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Frequent Miler and others
SearsUseGC, PINUse $100 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse ShopYourWayRewards points to buy Visa gift card in-storeFAIL2013-04-22Set PIN by calling
SearsBuyGCBuy $100 Visa gift card and earn ShopYourWayRewardsFAIL2013-04-22
Office DepotUseGC, PINUse $200 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22PIN set automatically upon first use
StaplesUseGC, PINUse $200 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22Used last 4 digits of card # as PIN
OfficeMaxBuyGCBuy $100 Visa gift card and earn OfficeMax rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
OfficeMaxUseGC, PINUse $100 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22Set PIN by calling
Pottery BarnuPromise, BuyGCBuy PotteryBarn Kids gift card to get cash backSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Lori
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 amountSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Lori
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens rebate card to buy BestBuy gift cardFAIL2013-04-22Reported by thewingtipper
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $200 Visa gift card and earn OfficeDepot rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
LowesAadvantage, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Piecerate. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
SpeedwayBuyGCBuy $500 Visa gift card and earn Speedway rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
StaplesBuyGCBuy $200 Visa gift card and earn Staples rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
LowesChase, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Travel Bear. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
LowesUnited, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Jen. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
MacysChase, UseGCUse Macys gift card to buy items and receive pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Robert M
SpeedwayUseGC, PINUse $500 OneVanilla Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22PIN set automatically upon first use
BestBuyuPromise, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backSUCCESS2013-02-28Reported by Vinh
LowesChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card from Lowes to get extra pointsFAIL2013-02-28I 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, BuyGCBuy physical gift card from Lowes to get extra pointsSUCCESS2013-02-28I paid with a Home Imrprovement gift card
OfficeMaxDiscover, BuyGCUse Amex OPEN credit card to buy physical gift card at OfficeMax.com to get both Discover cash back and Amex OPEN cash backPARTIAL2013-02-28RomsDeals received Amex OPEN cash back but not anything from the portal
Lands EndChase, BuyGCBuy Lands End e-gift card & get pointsSUCCESS2013-02-15
Lands EndChase, BuyGCBuy Lands End e-gift card and pay with Home Improvement card & get pointsFAIL2013-02-15Land's End could not process payment from the Home Improvement card
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy Kohls e-gift cards to get UR pointsFAIL2013-02-15Didn't work for me
BestBuyUse Cash+ card at BestBuy with electronics selected as 5% categorySUCCESS2013-01-31Did receive 5% back from Cash+ card, as expected
Buy.comUse Cash+ card at Buy.com with electronics selected as 5% categoryFAIL2013-01-31Did not receive 5% back from Cash+ card
DrugStore.comUse Hilton Amex at Drugstore.com to see if awarded 6X for drugstore categorySUCCESS2013-01-31Earned 6X points as expected. Unfortunately drugstore category is supposedly going away May 2013
Lands EndTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Lands End e-gift card & get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-31
Lands EndTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical Lands End gift card & get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-31
OpenSkyUse Cash+ card at OpenSky with Home Improvement selected as 5% categorySUCCESS2013-01-31Did receive 5% back from Cash+ card, as expected
BestBuyTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backFAIL2013-01-31TCB lists $0 pending
JCPenneyEbates, UseGCUse gift card (100%) to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-21Reported by Skippy
DrugStore.comChase, BuyGCBuy DrugStore.com gift card by going to Beaty.com to get pointsSUCCESS2013-01-21DrugStore.com claims that they don't give points for gc purchases, but their partner Beauty.com does. Replicated recently by AdamH
J&RDiscover,Used non-Discover card (Visa) to pay for merchandise to get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-21Reported by Kadim
DrugStore.comTopCashBack,Use combo drugstore.com dollars and credit card to buy merchandise and get cash backPARTIAL2013-01-14Received cash back for portion paid by credit card. No cash back for portion paid with drugstore.com dollars
Buy.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Buy.com e-gift card to get cash backPARTIAL2013-01-14TCB has tiered cash back levels for Buy.com. Received only 1% cash back
BestBuyDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-14Received email from Discover: 5% cash back awarded
Chase BankUseGCAttempt to get cash advance at bank with Mio Prepaid cardSUCCESS2013-01-11After 3 or 4 days a $4 fee showed up on my Mio account
Chase BankUseGCAttempt to get cash advance at bank with American Express for Target Prepaid cardFAIL2013-01-11Teller attempted to do the cash advance, but it didn't work
OpenSkyBuy merchandise with Cash+ card and see if it earns 5% back as Home Improvement categorySUCCESS2013-01-11OpenSky often offers 50X through MyPoints so this is a great double dip
GrouponDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card for cash backFAIL2013-01-09
SearsDiscover, UseGCUse Sears gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-09Reported by Vinh and Greg Z
DrugStore.comDiscover, BuyGCBuy gift card with MasterCard to see if cash back is awardedFAIL2013-01-09Unclear if failure is due to buying gift card or to not using Discover card
Eddie BauerDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card to get cash backFAIL2013-01-09Reported by Vinh
Performance BikeChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get extra pointsSUCCESS2013-01-09Reported by Chris L
Performance BikeChase, UseGCUse e-gift card + credit card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-01-09Reported by Chris L. Full points awarded
GrouponBuy item from Groupon with Ink Bold to see if it gets 5X as an office supply purchaseFAIL2013-01-09
JCPenneyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse JCPenney gift card in-store to buy another merchant gift card (such as Starbucks, iTunes, etc.)FAIL2013-01-09Reported by WishyAnand
DrugStore.comChase, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com to get extra points (pay partially with credit card)PARTIAL2013-01-06Success 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.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card at Beauty.com to get extra cash backSUCCESS2013-01-06Reported by Greg Z. Beauty.com gift cards work at Drugstore.com
NikeChase, UseGCUse Nike gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by AJH
NikeChase, BuyGCBuy physical and/or e-gift cards online to get extra pointsFAIL2013-01-04Reported by Mike and AJH
HalfOffDepotShopAtHome, UseGCUse ShopAtHome credit to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by Steve. He used $10 credit to buy an $11 item. He received cash back for the full $11 purchase.
eBagsChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get extra pointsFAIL2013-01-04Reported by Dina
eBagsChase, UseGCUse gift card to get extra pointsSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by Dina
Home DepotDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card online to get cash backFAIL2013-01-04Reported by VISA MCC Code Rob
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walmart e-gift card in-store to buy Visa gift cardSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by Ed
SearsChase, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift cards to get pointsFAIL2012-12-12As of 11/1/2012, physical gift cards work, but not e-gift cards
SearsChase, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-12As of 11/1/2012, physical gift cards work, but not e-gift cards
CVSBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Vanilla Visa card in person at CVS to buy Vanilla Reload card or PayPal cardSUCCESS2012-12-10
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load Amex Campus Edition card with credit card at regular B&N store (not campus store)FAIL2012-12-10
BestBuyUnited, BuyGCBuy iTunes gift card from Best Buy and get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-10Reported by Colin
AppleDiscover, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise & earn cash backSUCCESS2012-12-04Reported by Colin. Small part of total paid for with Discover card, but cash back was earned on entire transaction.
NorthFaceChase, UseGCUse store gift cards (and pay partially with credit card) and get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-04Reported by Chris D. The amount paid for taxes did not receive points (as expected)
J&RDiscover,Use PayPal to pay (instead of Discover card) and get cash backFAIL2012-12-04Reported by Colin.
NorthFaceChase, BuyGCBuy store gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-04Reported by Chris D
Victorias SecretChase, UseGCUse store gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-04Reported by Kyle
SearsDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise with combination of Sears gift card and Discover card, get cash backSUCCESS2012-11-28Reported by Colin. Cash back given for full purchase, not just amount on Discover card
KmartUse Cash+ card at Kmart (to buy physical gift card) to get 5X for department store categoryFAIL2012-11-28I guess Kmart isn't treated as a department store!
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with Discover card)SUCCESS2012-11-28
SearsBuyGCUse Cash+ card at Sears.com (to buy physical gift card) to get 5X for department store categoryFAIL2012-11-28Gift cards are reported as sold by Kmart, so that might have been part of the problem
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with Discover card)FAIL2012-11-28
KivaMake Kiva loan with US Bank Cash+ card to see if it counts as Charity for 5% backSUCCESS2012-11-15
Diapers.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card from Diapers.com for extra cash backFAIL2012-11-15Reported by Steve
Diapers.comTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card at Diapers.com for extra cash backSUCCESS2012-11-15Reported by Steve
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load Amexs Campus Edition Prepaid card with Citi Forward card for 5XSUCCESS2012-11-15Citi Forward card earns 5X at bookstores. This worked for 5X and did not count as a cash advance!
StateFarmUseGCUse VanillaVisa prepaid card (temporary card) to pay insurance onlineSUCCESS2012-11-07Reported by Tanu
JCPenneyChase, UseGCGo through UR Mall, use JCP gift cards to buy merchandise, get pointsSUCCESS2012-11-06Reported by HikerT and Kushal. Kushal found that it works regardless of whether a portion is paid with credit card
Eastern Mountain SportsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card for extra cash backSUCCESS2012-11-05Reported by Troy
Eastern Mountain SportsMrRebates, UseGCUse gift card to get extra cash backSUCCESS2012-11-05Reported by Troy
LowesChase, UseGCUse Lowes gift card to buy merchandise and earn points (100% of purchase made with gift card)SUCCESS2012-10-19Reported by donna pfau. Maybe older reports were wrong?
MacysChase, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay mostly with gift cards & partly with credit card and get full pointsSUCCESS2012-10-18Reported by Will
Pottery BarnChase, UseGCUse e-gift card through portal and get pointsSUCCESS2012-10-11Reported by Mommy Points
Pottery BarnChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get pointsFAIL2012-10-11Reported by Mommy Points and Jessica
NordstromChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2012-10-11Reported by frequent churner
Buy.comChase, UseGCUse Buy.com gift card to buy merchant gift card and get portal pointsFAIL2012-10-11Buy.com doesn't allow you to use a Buy.com gift card to buy other gift cards
GrouponDiscover, BuyGCBuy Groupon gift card through portal to get cash backSUCCESS2012-10-10Reported by Frequent Grouponer
GrouponDiscover, UseGCUse Groupon gift card through portal to get cash backFAIL2012-10-10Reported by Frequent Grouponer
GrouponDiscover, UseGCUse Groupon gift card & Discover card through portal to get cash backFAIL2012-10-10Reported by Frequent Grouponer. Only part paid with Discover card was given cash back
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load American Express Campus Edition Prepaid card with B&N gift cardFAIL2012-10-03
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load American Express Campus Edition Prepaid card with credit cardSUCCESS2012-10-03Successfully used $500 Vanilla Visa to load Amex at register
Office DepotLoadGCTry to add value to reloadable prepaid card at Office Depot register without buying Vanilla Reload cardFAIL2012-10-03
Crate & BarrelChase, BuyGCBuy Crate & Barrel gift card in order to get portal pointsSUCCESS2012-10-02Reported by Jeanne at Heels First
Crate & BarrelChase, UseGCUse Crate & Barrel gift card to buy merchandise and get portal pointsSUCCESS2012-10-02Reported by Jeanne at Heels First
PetcoChase, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2012-09-22Reported by IrishTiger
BloomingdalesChase, BuyGCBuy Bloomingdale's e-gift card to get pointsFAIL2012-09-21
Buy.comChase, BuyGCBuy Buy.com gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2012-09-21
Buy.comChase, UseGCUse Buy.com gift card to buy merchandise and get portal pointsSUCCESS2012-09-21
BloomingdalesChase, UseGCUse Bloomingdale's gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2012-09-21
RiteAidBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Shell gift card using Rite Aid gift cardSUCCESS2012-09-13Reported by Rich
RiteAidBuyGCBuy $500 Vanilla Visa gift card with credit cardSUCCESS2012-09-13
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy $500 Visa gift cardSUCCESS2012-09-13
WalgreensBuyGCBuy Vanilla Reload card with credit cardFAIL2012-09-13I tried two Ann Arbor locations. No luck
WalgreensBuyGCBuy $500 Vanilla Visa gift card with credit cardSUCCESS2012-09-13
Buy.comChase, BuyGCBuy Marriott gift card (or other merchant gift card) at Buy.com and get extra points from portalSUCCESS2012-09-10Buy.com charges a fixed shipping/handling fee so larger denomination cards make more sense
GrouponTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to get additional cash backSUCCESS2012-08-15Reported by Gabriel
GrouponTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card to get cash backSUCCESS2012-08-15Reported by Gabriel
PacSunChase, UseGCUse Pacific Sunwear gift card (& small amount with credit card) to buy merchandise and get more pointsSUCCESS2012-08-13Reported by Chris L
PacSunChase, BuyGCBuy Pacific Sunwear gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2012-08-13Reported by Chris L
OnlyNaturalPetTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2012-08-09Reported by FrequentFlyerCollector
OnlyNaturalPetTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card to get cash backSUCCESS2012-08-09Reported by FrequentFlyerCollector
JCPenneyShopAtHome, UseGCGo through ShopAtHome, use JCP gift cards (+ some credit card) to buy merchandise, get cash backSUCCESS2012-07-17Reported by Steve
Michael'sBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy merchant gift card in-store with Micheal's gift cardFAIL2012-07-10The clerk tried to use the gift card, but the register didn't allow it
OfficeMaxChase, BugGCGo through Ultimate Rewards Mall to buy OfficeMax gc, see if points postFAIL2012-07-09
BestBuyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse BestBuy gift card to buy Amazon kindle gift card in-storeSUCCESS2012-07-09Reported by a reader and confirmed by Frequent Miler
OfficeMaxBuyGC, OPENBuy $25 OfficeMax gift card online to get 5% back via Amex OPEN savingsSUCCESS2012-07-09Sweet. With the new OPEN rules, you get 10% back for purchases of more than $250, so a $300 gc should return 10%!
OfficeMaxBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse OfficeMax gift card in-store to buy a different merchant gift cardSUCCESS2012-07-08
ToysRUsuPromise, BuyGCBuy ToysRUs gift card via uPromise/ToysRUs.com to get 5% cash backSUCCESS2012-07-06I was surprised about this since the T&C states not for gift cards
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCUse Bed, Bath & Beyond gift card in-store to buy a different merchant gift cardSUCCESS2012-07-05I used a $25 BBB gift card to buy a $25 Visa gift card (paid the extra fee with a Visa gift card)
ToysRUsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse ToysRUs gift card to buy Amazon kindle gift card in-storeSUCCESS2012-07-05Reported by a reader. Confirmed by Frequent Miler
MarshallsBuyGCUse Marshall's gift card in-store to buy a different merchant gift cardFAIL2012-07-05I wasn't able to find any merchant gift cards to even attempt this.
DrugStore.comChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Drugstore.com e-gift card online through the UR Mall to get extra pointsSUCCESS2012-07-03Reported by smurf
JCPenneyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy a different gift card using a JC Penney gift card in-storeFAIL2012-07-03Reported by bexho2000
Office DepotBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy a different gift card using an Office Depot gift card in-storeSUCCESS2012-07-03Reported by benji
Office DepotBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy a different gift card using an OD gift cardFAIL2012-07-02Reported by reader bf
MarriottChase, BuyGCBuy Marriott gift card at Marriott.com via UR Mall for extra pointsSUCCESS2012-06-30Reported by a reader
LowesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Lowes gift card in-store to buy Shell gift cardFAIL2012-06-08Reported by bf
BestBuyTopCashBack, UseGCUse BestBuy gift card for entire purchase and get cash backSUCCESS2012-06-08Reported by Steve
NikeAadvantage, UseGCUse Nike gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2012-06-08Reported by Jeff
OverStockChase, UseGCUse gift card at OverStock to get pointsSUCCESS2012-06-01Reported by Frequent Flyer Collector
ClubCarlsonAdd business ID to promo reservation after the fact via phone or in-person at hotelFAIL2012-06-01Reported by Greek2Me
OverStockChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card at OverStock to get pointsFAIL2012-06-01Reported by Frequent Flyer Collector
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card at JCrew to get pointsSUCCESS2012-05-30Reported by matuag. Evidence suggests that eGift cards may not result in points
SonyChase, UseGCUse gift card at Sony to get extra pointsSUCCESS2012-05-30As long as you buy items that meet the T&C, this double dip seems to work!
JcrewChase, UseGCUse Jcrew gift card to buy merchandise to get extra pointsSUCCESS2012-05-30Reported by Mommy Points
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card at JCrew to get pointsFAIL2012-05-30Reported by matuag. Evidence is a bit sketchy here. May need to redo experiment
QVCChase, BuyGCBuy eGift card at QVC to get pointsFAIL2012-05-28Reported by carwag25. eGift cards actually sold by CashStar not QVC. Physical gift cards might work.
ShoeBuyChase, BuyGCBuy gift card at ShoeBuy to get extra pointsSUCCESS2012-05-28Reported by readers
ShoeBuyChase, UseGCUse gift card at ShoeBuy to get extra pointsSUCCESS2012-05-28Reported by readers. Note isse: one reader was unable to use gift card and discount coupon at the same time
QVCChase, UseGCUse QVC gift cards at QVC to get extra pointsSUCCESS2012-05-28Reported by carwag25.
OldNavyChase, UseGCUse gift card at Old Navy to get extra pointsSUCCESS2012-05-19Reported by reader Mike. Mike made part of purchase with Chase card. Still need to dermine if 100% gift card use works.
CVSUseGCUse CVS gift card in person to buy Visa gift cardsFAIL2012-05-17Reported by Greek2Me
StaplesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Staples gift card in-store to buy merchant gift cardFAIL2012-05-17Greek2Me was told they do not allow Staples gift cards to be used to purchase any gift cards at all. Reported by GreekToMe
CVSUseGCUse CVS gift card in person to buy merchant gift cardsFAIL2012-05-17Reported by Greek2Me
Barnes & NobleChase, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn pointsFAIL2012-01-01Only the part of the order paid by credit card received points
Barnes & NobleEbates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
Barnes & NobleBigCrumbs, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
AmoozleBuyGCBuy 2 gift cards for the price of 1 (Walmart or Target)FAIL2012-01-01I had to dispute charges with Chase to get my money back
Barnes & NobleChase, BuyGCBuy gift cards to earn pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01
Barnes & NobleChase, BuyGC, OPENBuy gift cards online to earn points AND Amex OPEN SavingsSUCCESS2012-01-01Yes, you can use Amex cards for Ultimate Rewards Mall purchases
KmartChase, BuyGCBuy Kmart gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01Bought physical gift cards, didn't try e-cards
Barnes & NobleMrRebates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
SephoraChase, UseGCUse Sephora gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01Reported by multiple readers
SephoraChase, BuyGCBuy Sephora gift card and get pointsPARTIAL2012-01-01One reader reported success, another reported failure
Magazines.comChase, UseGCUse Magazines.com gift card to buy magazines and get pointsFAIL2012-01-01Initial tests were partially successful, but they later fixed this loophole
Magazines.comChase, BuyGCBuy Magazines.com gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01
StaplesChase, CouponBuy merchandise to get points and use Staples couponFAIL2012-01-01Reported by Sam
Magazines.comBigCrumbs, UseGCUse Magazines.com gift card to buy magazines and cash backFAIL2012-01-01
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $500 prepaid Visa using Ink Bold to get 5X points category bonusSUCCESS2012-01-01A few stores have turned people down, but most allow it
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $500 prepaid Amex using Ink Bold to get 5X points category bonusSUCCESS2012-01-01A few stores have turned people down, but most allow it
SearsChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Sears gift card using Sears gift card to get points foreverFAIL2012-01-01Sears website doesn't allow this
SearsChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01100% success
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCIn person at Sears, buy Ebay gift cards using Sears or Kmart gift cardsSUCCESS2012-01-01100% success (but gift card rack can be hard to find!)
OfficeMaxBuyGC, OPENBuy $200 Visa gift card in person using Amex business card to get 5% back from OPEN SavingsSUCCESS2012-01-01This option won't be available after 6/15/2012
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $500 prepaid Vanilla reload card using Ink Bold to get 5X points category bonusSUCCESS2012-01-01A few stores have turned people down, but most allow it
OfficeMaxBuyGC, OPENBuy $100 Amazon gift card in person using Amex business card to get 5% back from OPEN SavingsSUCCESS2012-01-01This option won't be available after 6/15/2012
LowesChase, UseGCUse Lowes gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsPARTIAL2012-01-01Like Home Depot, this seems to only work when part of order is paid with credit card. Reported by multiple readers.
KohlsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Kohls gift card in person to buy a different merchant gift card (such as Best Buy)FAIL2012-01-01Cashier tried, but register wouldn't allow it
DrugStore.comAadvantage, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com & get AA milesFAIL2012-01-01
DrugStore.comBeFrugal, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com & get cash backFAIL2012-01-01
CouponTradeTopCashBack, SellGCSell gift cards, get extra cash backSUCCESS2012-01-01Earned fixed $2.50 per sale. Good for small face value cards ($20, $25)
WalmartChase, BuyGCBuy Visa or merchant gift card online at Walmart.com and get extra points from portalFAIL2012-01-01
Barnes & NobleBuyGC, OPENBuy gift cards in-store using Amex business card to earn OPEN SavingsFAIL2012-01-01I 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
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa gift card online using Walmart gift cardSUCCESS2012-01-01
DrugStore.comBigCrumbs, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com & get cash backFAIL2012-01-01
DrugStore.comBigCrumbs, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com to buy a different gift cardFAIL2012-01-01Drugstore.com doesn't allow buying gift cards with gift cards
KmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCIn person at Kmart, buy BP, Ebay, and other gift cards using Sears or Kmart gift cardsSUCCESS2012-01-01Some mean cashiers won't allow this, but most do
KohlsChase, UseGCUse Kohls gift cards to buy merchandise & get UR pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01Almost 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)
Home DepotChase, UseGCUse Home Depot gift cards and get UR pointsPARTIAL2012-01-01Full points are awarded only when part of purchase is made with credit card
Home DepotChase, BuyGCBuy Home Depot gift cards to get UR pointsFAIL2012-01-01Reported by Jeff
DrugStore.comChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy gift card at Beauty.com and use at DrugStore.com in order to get twice as many DrugStore.com dollarsSUCCESS2012-01-01This was really an accidental finding :)
GiftCards.comMyDeals&Coupons, SellGCSell Walmart gift card & get additional cash backSUCCESS2012-01-01Pleasantly surprised to find cash back was % of face value

Comments

  1. Buy Neiman Marcus gc from neimanmarcus.com using Extrabux portal – fail, May 2015. Ebates worked flawlessly for this through multiple transactions in May 2015.

    Buy Gap e-gc at staples.com using SavingStar portal – fail, May 2015. Previously, I reported success with SavingStar. Unless this was just a fluke, it would appear something changed. Or else it depends on which e-gc you buy, which would be odd.

    Would love if others can verify which portals/gc are working with Staples.

    • Gosh, just after posting that comment, I see that I got an email today from Extrabux about the Neiman Marcus purchase. So they do pull through, but only after over a week.

    • I think from May, staples isn’t giving back any cashback or points even through Cartera. Until April, I had no problem getting points from Mileageplan but two transactions on May didn’t get any.

  2. Staples Visa/MC gift card rebates are now rebated as Staples gift cards, not Staples credit cards which could be used anywhere. I assume the Staples gift cards can only be used at Staples. Anyone know otherwise?

  3. Went through EBates (during the 16% back offer) to buy something from Staples.com. Used Staples eGift Card purchased earlier. Earned cashback from EBates.

    • On what date did you make the purchase from Staples? How long before you got the email that you got the cash back. I made 2 transactions on 5/13 and haven’t received any email indicating that I have cash back. I have several transactions with other vendors and already received the cash back email.

  4. Just was told at Target in Clearwater, FL that visa gift cards not accepted for loading anymore. She did not seem to know what to do, said maybe credit cards, but that did not work. That is not hardcoded because she put mine through anyway. Will try different rep at Target. Anyone else?

    • I loaded 2 Metabank Visa Cards at 2 different Targets here in MA (Methuen & Woburn) with no issues. The reps there didn’t really at the card. I just swiped at the terminal and entered the PIN.

      • Actually this was last week, so not sure if they changed something. I meant to say above that the reps did not look at the card I was using. Maybe it just depends on the rep you get?

  5. I went through a shopping portal (alaska) to buy ebay e-gift card from staples. Its been over two weeks and it hasn’t tracked.

  6. Reloaded Sears gift card with $500 after going through Discover Deals portal to Sears. Paid with Discover It card. SUCCESS. Received email confirmation of $50 cash back (Discover Deals is currently offering 10% cash back for Sears).
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    I don’t think that paying with a Discover card was really necessary. I’ll test that next. Also currently testing via Discover Deals and Sears: buying physical gift card, buying e-gift card

  7. Sears.com via Discover Deals. Bought physical gift card. SUCCESS. As expected from earlier experience, transaction shows as Kmart.
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    Sears.com via Discover Deals. Bought e-gift card. SUCCESS. As expected from earlier experience, transaction shows as Sears. Also, previous reload gift card test shows transaction as Sears. This is important for when Discover’s quarterly 5% category includes Department stores (July – Sept 2015). Sears counts as a department store. Kmart does not.
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  8. Bought Horchow electronic gift card through Southwest portal and earned miles. Bought item at Horchow using electronic gift card via Chase UR portal and earned miles even though there was a sale going on and a code was applied at checkout for it. If there is a different way to post my result, please let me know.

      • Hm. This is interesting.
        I thought United uses the same cartera portal as others, and it looks like Alaska Mileageplan doesn’t give cashback for both egfitcard and giftcard.

  9. A couple of new lab results from experiments I’ve been doing:
    1) Staples.com via Discover Deals, buy Whole Foods e-gift card, pay with Ink card (for 5X), also get cash back from portal: SUCCESS
    2) Apple Store via Discover Deals, buy Apple Store by mail gift card, pay with Discover It card, get cash back from portal: SUCCESS

  10. I purchased merchandise on 6/16 at Macys.com going through Discover Deals, paying partially with a Macy’s gift card and the remainder went on my Discover card. I chatted with them today and they do not show any cash back tracking. Could it be that it takes longer than this to track? I need to buy a new notebook. Dell seems like a good option considering the potential 23% back but I’m concerned about the cashback actually working.

    • Yes, it definitely could take longer. Has Macy’s shipped the item yet? I think that some merchants don’t report the sale until they ship it (then you should still wait several days for confirmation).

  11. New experiment results for 1800Flowers / 1800Baskets:
    1. Linked Citi Forward Visa card to ShopYourWayRewards which offers 20% in points at 1800Flowers, 1800Baskets, etc.
    2. Clicked through Discover Deals to 1800Baskets for 20% (at the time). 1800Flowers was only 15%, so I chose 1800Baskets.
    3. Bought 1800Flowers gift cards. Paid with Visa card mentioned in step 1.
    Results: SUCCESS
    1. Earned 20% in SYWR points (points appeared the next day!)
    2. Earned 20% Discover Cash Back (which will later be doubled). Received email 5 days after purchase.

    • You used Citi Forward because of high retention bonus rate you got?

      I also tried to get retention bonus rate on that card, but they wouldn’t budge and I really don’t want to cancel it.

  12. Just bought ebay e gift card through staples, paid with ink card. went through discover portal. nothing shows yet. Does it take few hours or days??

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