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
PetcoAAdvantage, BuyGCBuy physical Petco gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-09-03Reported by gaurav
SearsDiscover, BuyGCReload gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-31Reported by Trevor. Bought reload on 8/31 and received email on 9/2
heatherDiscover, BuyGCReload gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-29Reported by heather
William SonomaChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn pointsSUCCESS2015-08-28Reported by Vinh
Michael LDiscover, BuyGCReload gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-08-28Reported by Michael L
MacysDiscover, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and get cash back for full amountSUCCESS2015-08-27Reported by Ell
Home DepotDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with both gift cards and credit card and receive cash back for entire purchaseSUCCESS2015-08-20Reported by CopperHog
eBayTopCashBack, BuyGC, UseGCBuy eBay gift card and pay with other eBay gift cards and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-19Reported by Jeremy
Sharper ImageDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gc and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-18Reported by janol. Had to call to get gift card
MacysDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gc and get cash backFAIL2015-08-18Reported by janol
SephoraDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gc and get cash backFAIL2015-08-18Reported by janol
NordstromDiscover, BuyGCBuy Nordstrom e-gc and get cash backFAIL2015-08-18Reported by Marigold
BloomingdalesDiscover, BuyGCBuy Bloomingdales e-gc and get cash backFAIL2015-08-18Reported by Marigold
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy physical Nordstrom gift cards from Staples.com and get cash backFAIL2015-08-16Reported by Trevor. Some gcs were sent to store, some home. None earned cash back
Living SocialDiscover, BuyGCUse Discover credit card to buy discount gift certificate on Living Social and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-12Reported by Chuck Sithe. "Gift certificate is technically excluded in terms." "Interestingly, I received cb on the entire $50, despite the fact that I used a promo code and only actually paid $42.50."
SaksTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-08-12Reported by FBG
OfficeMaxBuyGC, UseGCUse OfficeMax eGC to purchase Office Max physical Gift CardFAIL2015-08-11Reported by Glenn. “Attention:
Certificates can not be applied to orders containing a gift card.”
Lands EndAAdvantage, UseGCUse Lands End gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and earn milesPARTIAL2015-08-11Reported by akr1970akr. Only the credit card portion tracked.
KmartAAdvantage, UseGCUse Kmart gift card to buy merchandise and earn milesSUCCESS2015-08-11Reported by akr1970akr
NordstromDiscover, UseGCUse Nordstrom physical gift card and Discover card to buy merchandise and earn cash backSUCCESS2015-08-11Reported by swizzera
HPUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card from shopping.hp.com and get milesSUCCESS2015-08-05Reported by Glenn
JCrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-05Reported by Marigold. Also got Amex offer cash back
BlissSavingStar, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-03Reported by Diamond Vargas
SearsDiscover, BuyGCLoad $25 on a physical gift card from Sears using Discover card and get Discover Deals cash back and Quarterly bonusSUCCESS2015-07-31Reported by Manny. Transaction coded as Sears.com
BackcountryUnited, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandiseFAIL2015-07-29Reported by LUCHEX. Points posted, then 2 weeks later were taken away
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy $500 gift card from Sears (e-gift card?) and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-28Reported by Jack
JCPenneyDiscover, UseGCUse JCP gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backFAIL2015-07-28Reported by Jack
SearsDiscover, UseGCUse Sears gift card to buy and schedule a tire installationSUCCESS2015-07-28Reported by Jack
AmazonGiving Assistant, UseGCUse Amazon e-gift card to buy merchandise from a 3rd party seller and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-27Reported by patternseverywhere
AmazonGiving Assistant, BuyGCBuy Amazon e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-27Reported by patternseverywhere
PetSmartDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with both gift card and credit card, and get cash backPARTIAL2015-07-24Reported by Christine. Payout was for 5% of total rather than advertised 15%
Sports AuthorityDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift card, get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-24Reported by Stantheman
WalmartDiscoverPurchase merchandise and pay with non-Discover card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-23Reported by Nidhi: Purchased furniture from Walmart which was sold by wayfair from non discover card and received 5% discover portal cashback
GamestopBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Gamestop E-gift card to buy Shell Gift cardsSUCCESS2015-07-22Reported by Deanna
ToysRUsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Toys R Us Gift card to purchase Visa Variable Load gift cardsSUCCESS2015-07-20Reported by Deanna. Note that many others have recently reported problems trying to do this. YMMV
StaplesBuyGCBuy e-gift card for any merchant from StaplesFAIL2015-07-19Many readers have reported that this was not working as of late July
VerizonVerizon, DiscoverBuy gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-07-17Reported by janol
StaplesAAdvantage, UseGCUse Staples gift cards to buy tablets and earn milesSUCCESS2015-07-14Reported by Oren
Allen EdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-14Reported by Diamond Vargas
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy iTunes physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-07-13Reported by Chuck Sithe
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy Target egift card from Staples.com and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-11Reported by Oren
Lands EndDiscover, UseGCUse Shop Your Way Rewards SYWR to buy merchandise and earn cash backFAIL2015-07-10Not surprised. Lands End is also known to not pay out for use of gift cards (but they do pay out for purchasing gift cards)
Sur La TableDiscover, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Sur La Table e-gift card and pay with Sur La Table e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-07-10
SearsDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with combo of SYWR points, gift card, and amex gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-10Reported by janol
Brooks BrothersUnited, BuyGCBuy physical Brooks Brothers gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-07-04Reported by Miles Whip and Max
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy eBay e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-04Reported by Miles Whip
StaplesUnited, BuyGCBuy Nordstrom e-gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-06-30Reported by Ken
Henri BendelTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-30Reported by Diamond Vargas
Henri BendelTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-06-30Reported by Diamond Vargas
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.
StaplesUnited, BuyGCBuy Target e-gift card from Staples.com and earn milesSUCCESS2015-06-19Reported by Pam
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy Whole Foods e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-19Paid with Chase Ink card
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
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
HorchowSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Horchow e-gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-06-14Reported by Jigar
Sears.comDiscover, BuyGCReload Sears gift card online and get cash back. SUCCESS2015-06-12Paid with Discover card. Transaction shows as Sears
Sears.comDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-12Paid w/ Discover card. Transaction shows as Sears
Sears.comDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-12Paid w/ Discover card. Transaction shows as Kmart
Staples.comAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy eBay e-gift card from Staples and get milesFAIL2015-06-11Reported by Kevin
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy $300 physical gift card from Sears using non-Discover card and get Discover Deals cash backFAIL2015-06-11Reported by Manny. Transaction coded as Sears.com
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy $200 e-gift card from Sears using non-Discover card and get Discover Deals cash backSUCCESS2015-06-10Reported by Manny. Transaction codes as Kmart.com
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.
Bed Bath & BeyondBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse BBB gift card in-store to buy 3rd party gift cardSUCCESS2015-05-21Reported by Stephen
StaplesBuyGCBuy Gap e-gift card at Staples.com and get cash backFAIL2015-05-21Reported by Chuck Sithe
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
LegoTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-04-20Reported 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
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
JCrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-04-20Reported by Chuck Sithe
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
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.
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)
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
StaplesSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Groupon egift card from staples.com 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
GrouponSouthwest, UseGCUse Groupon e-gift card and earn portal pointsSUCCESS2015-02-17Reported by Patrick L
SephoraTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-02-07Reported by Amy C
ShutterflyuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-02-07Reported by Amy C
StaplesSavingStar, BuyGCBuy e-gift card (Lowes) and get cash backFAIL2015-02-04Reported by Joe
StaplesuPromise, 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 e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-12-29Reported by Josh
SaksDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-12-29Reported by Josh
SephoraTopCashBack, UseGCUse GC for partial cost of merchandise, earn cash back for entire orderSUCCESS2014-12-23Reported by Amy C
SearsBuyGCBuy Sears 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 Sears e-GC with Chase Freedom for dept store bonusSUCCESS2014-12-22Reported 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
AllenEdmondsUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by Alek
PetCoUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by luchex
AllenEdmondsAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by Alek
PetCoAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-11-11Reported by Frank
AllenEdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get cash backSUCCESS2014-10-26
William SonomaAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26Reported by Colin
PBTeenAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26
West ElmAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26
Pottery BarnAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsFAIL2014-10-13Reported by Jordo06
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
ModclothUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get milesSUCCESS2014-10-10Reported by Jen.
HorchowSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-10-07
BackcountryUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
JcrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
Sports AuthorityAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
HorchowSouthwest, UseGCUse e-gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-10-07
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
JcrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical 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
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!
MarriottBuyGCBuy Marriott gift card at Marriott Courtyard in order to get Amex Sync 20% rebateSUCCESS2014-08-06
GiftCertificates.comuPromise, BuyGCBuy SuperCertificate and get cash backSUCCESS2014-08-06
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
Cumberland FarmsBuyGCBuy gift card or Vanilla Reload card with credit cardFAIL2014-08-02Reported by Cumby
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
KohlsSavingStar, BuyGCBuy Kohls physical gift cards to get cash backSUCCESS2014-07-28Reported by Vinh
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
Crate & BarreluPromise, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2014-06-18Reported by John
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 & 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
SearsSouthwest, BuyGCReload existing gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2014-06-12
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse physical gc to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-06-12Reported by Debbie
KohlsDiscover, BuyGCBuy a physical gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-06-07
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card online and get cash backFAIL2014-05-15
StaplesDiscover, 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
NationalCar, UseGCOnline, use 3 National Car Rental gift cards from Discover Cash Back rewards to book single car rentalSUCCESS2014-04-21
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
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
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
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
TargetDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-03-19Reported by JohnBL
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
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
ToysRUsEbates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal cash backFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
BlueNileChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
Lands EndEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal cash backFAIL2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
ToysRUsChase, 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
BloomingdalesAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-02-20Reported by Milesmath
BloomingdalesDelta SkyMiles, 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, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2014-02-16Reported by Dina
NikeChase, UseGCUse e-gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-02-16Reported by Dina
West ElmChase, UseGCBuy merchandise with a combo of gift card and credit card to earn pointsSUCCESS2014-02-09Reported by Toni
KmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Kmart gift card to buy Visa gift cardFAIL2014-02-09Reported by Kyle S. Registers are hard coded not to allow this
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)
KrogerBuyGCBuy Amex gift card to get fuel pointsFAIL2014-01-28Reported by MichaelP
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
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 GameStop gift card online at meijer.comSUCCESS2014-01-23
MeijerBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Meijer gift card to buy Staples gift card in-storeSUCCESS2014-01-23Was able to swipe Meijer gc to pay
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsFAIL2014-01-22Reported by Steve
JcrewEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get cash backFAIL2014-01-22Reported by Steve
BrooksBrothersChase, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-01-22Reported 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
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
BestBuySouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2014-01-14Reported by Julian
JcrewUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-01-14Reported by Julian
JcrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-01-14Reported by Ben
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
GiftCards.comBeFrugal, UseGCSell e-gift card to giftcards.com and get cash back from portalFAIL2014-01-13Reported by FrequentMiler
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
MacysSouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsFAIL2013-12-22Reported by Gad
BestBuyChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-12-22Reported by Jason
MacysAadvantage, BuyGCBuy egift card to get milesFAIL2013-12-19Reported by Abe
TargetDiscover,Buy merchandise with non-Discover card (Target credit card) and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Colin
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
AmexGiftCardsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift cards with >$500 value and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19After logging into Amex account, larger denomination options show up
Neiman MarcusChase, BuyGCBuy $200 e-gift card and get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Allison
AmexGiftCardsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift cards using code not shown on portal and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19Works despite T&C
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Home Improvement gift card to reload Sears gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Steve
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
HyattEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2013-12-15Reported by Ted
SephoraChase, UseGCUse physical gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2013-12-15Reported by Toni
CoachAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
West ElmChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
CoachUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
WalmartAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical Visa gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
MacysAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-12Reported by Abe
Neiman MarcusuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-12
BackcountryAadvantage, BuyGCBuy gift cards and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-12Reported by Jonathan
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-12Reported by Abe
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy merchant gift cards (Amazon, iTunes, etc.)SUCCESS2013-12-09Reported by Robert
GuitarCenterAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Guitar Center e-gift card and earn milesFAIL2013-12-09Reported by Bob
GuitarCenterAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Guitar Center physical gift card and earn milesFAIL2013-12-09Reported by Bob
AAALoadGCLoad AAA TravelMoney prepaid card with AAA BOA Visa card to earn credit card rewardsFAIL2013-12-09Reported by Travis
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
GamestopBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Gamestop gift card in-store to buy Amazon (Kindle) gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-05Reported by multiple readers
Magazines.comAadvantage, UseGCUse combination gift card and credit card to buy magazine and get milesFAIL2013-12-05Only portion paid by credit card received miles
Magazines.comAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-05
Magazines.comAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-05
WalmartLoadGCUse Sears gift card, Amex gift card, or Walmart gift card to load BluebirdFAIL2013-12-02Reported by several readers.
SearsMrRebates, UseGCUse Sears gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by FlyingBoat
SonyTopCashBack, UseGCUse e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Jonathan.
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus physical gift card to get milesSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Adriano
StaplesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Staples gift card in-store to buy merchant gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-02Ability to do this depends upon cashier allowing it.
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, physical gift card, and merchandise (all together) and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Ken
SonyTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Jonathan.
WalmartTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Visa gift card online to get cash backFAIL2013-12-02Reported by Chris F
Office DepotUpgradeGCUse OfficeDepot gift card to buy fixed value Shell gift cardFAIL2013-12-02Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
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.
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
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.
WalgreensAadvantage, BuyGCBuy mix of physical gift cards and merchandise to get milesSUCCESS2013-11-25Reported 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
SearsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get pointsFAIL2013-11-06
PetsmartChase, BuyGCBuy gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2013-11-06Reported by Steve
LLBeanChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Liz
LowesChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Lowes gift card and pay with Home Improvement gift cardFAIL2013-10-21Reported by Steve. Transaction failed.
PetsmartDiscover, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Nate
FandangoHilton, BuyGCBuy gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Ryan
RoadRunner SportsChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Jonathan
FandangoHilton, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandisePARTIAL2013-10-21Reported by Ryan. Only credit card portion received points
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse physical gift card and non-Chase credit card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Jonathan
SearsAadvantage, UseGCUse Sears gift cards to buy merchandise and get milesSUCCESS2013-10-21
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.
AmexGiftCardsBigCrumbs, BuyGCBuy personalized Amex gift cards and get cash backFAIL2013-10-21Reported by several readers. Transaction cancelled.
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
OfficeMaxTopCashBack, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift cardSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by nrdk. Received cash back for full order less sales tax.
StarbucksstoreTopCashBack, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift card and credit cardPARTIAL2013-10-21Reported by nrdk. Only credit card portion received cash back
BestBuyuPromise, BuyGCBuy gift cards, get cash backFAIL2013-10-21Reported by foxxeehi and Nick
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
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with non-Discover card)SUCCESS2013-08-19
SearsUnited, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card via portal to get milesSUCCESS2013-08-19
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.
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.
WalmartBuyGCBuy Visa gift card online and get Amex sync bonus (occassional promotion)SUCCESS2013-08-18Reported by Chris F
WalmartUseGCUse Walmart or Sears gc to load BluebirdFAIL2013-08-18Reported by Jonathan
StewartsBuyGCTry to buy GreenDot Prepaid MC and MoneyPaks and pay with Amex credit cardFAIL2013-08-02Reported by JohnBL
WalgreensUpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to upgrade to Shell gift cardFAIL2013-08-02Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
GapChase, UseGCBuy merchandise, use 40% off promo codes, get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-08-02Reported by tp
Banana RepublicChase, UseGCBuy merchandise, use 40% off promo codes, get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-08-02Reported by tp
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
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
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, 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
TargetDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with gift card to earn cash backSUCCESS2013-05-06Reported by Tim2
KohlsChase, UseGCUse Kohls gift cards along with 30% off code to buy merchandise & get UR pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Frequent Miler and others
KrogerUseGC, PINUse $500 Visa gift card with PIN from US Bank to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22Set PIN by calling
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $200 Visa gift card and earn OfficeDepot rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
LowesUnited, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Jen. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
StaplesBuyGCBuy $200 Visa gift card and earn Staples rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
StaplesUseGC, PINUse $200 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22Used last 4 digits of card # as PIN
Office DepotUseGC, PINUse $200 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22PIN set automatically upon first use
SpeedwayUseGC, PINUse $500 OneVanilla Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22PIN set automatically upon first use
SpeedwayBuyGCBuy $500 Visa gift card and earn Speedway rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
SearsBuyGCBuy $100 Visa gift card and earn ShopYourWayRewardsFAIL2013-04-22
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
MacysChase, UseGCUse Macys gift card to buy items and receive pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Robert M
LowesAadvantage, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Piecerate. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
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
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens rebate card to buy BestBuy gift cardFAIL2013-04-22Reported by thewingtipper
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
Pottery BarnuPromise, BuyGCBuy PotteryBarn Kids gift card to get cash backSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Lori
OfficeMaxUseGC, PINUse $100 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22Set PIN by calling
OfficeMaxBuyGCBuy $100 Visa gift card and earn OfficeMax rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
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
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.
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy Kohls e-gift cards to get UR pointsFAIL2013-02-15Didn't work for me
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
Lands EndChase, BuyGCBuy Lands End e-gift card & get pointsSUCCESS2013-02-15
BestBuyUse Cash+ card at BestBuy with electronics selected as 5% categorySUCCESS2013-01-31Did receive 5% back from Cash+ card, as expected
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
BestBuyTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backFAIL2013-01-31TCB lists $0 pending
Buy.comUse Cash+ card at Buy.com with electronics selected as 5% categoryFAIL2013-01-31Did not receive 5% back from Cash+ card
Lands EndTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical Lands End gift card & get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-31
Lands EndTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Lands End e-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
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
JCPenneyEbates, UseGCUse gift card (100%) to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-21Reported by Skippy
J&RDiscover,Used non-Discover card (Visa) to pay for merchandise to get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-21Reported by Kadim
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
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
BestBuyDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-14Received email from Discover: 5% cash back awarded
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
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
Eddie BauerDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card to get cash backFAIL2013-01-09Reported by Vinh
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
Performance BikeChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get extra pointsSUCCESS2013-01-09Reported by Chris L
SearsDiscover, UseGCUse Sears gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-01-09Reported by Vinh and Greg Z
Performance BikeChase, UseGCUse e-gift card + credit card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-01-09Reported by Chris L. Full points awarded
GrouponDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card for cash backFAIL2013-01-09
JCPenneyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse JCPenney gift card in-store to buy another merchant gift card (such as Starbucks, iTunes, etc.)FAIL2013-01-09Reported by WishyAnand
GrouponBuy item from Groupon with Ink Bold to see if it gets 5X as an office supply purchaseFAIL2013-01-09
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, 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.
NikeChase, UseGCUse Nike gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by AJH
Home DepotDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card online to get cash backFAIL2013-01-04Reported by VISA MCC Code Rob
eBagsChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get extra pointsFAIL2013-01-04Reported by Dina
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walmart e-gift card in-store to buy Visa gift cardSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by Ed
eBagsChase, UseGCUse gift card to get extra pointsSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by Dina
SearsChase, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-12As of 11/1/2012, physical gift cards work, but not e-gift cards
SearsChase, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift cards to get pointsFAIL2012-12-12As of 11/1/2012, physical gift cards work, but not e-gift cards
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
CVSBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Vanilla Visa card in person at CVS to buy Vanilla Reload card or PayPal cardSUCCESS2012-12-10
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.
Victorias SecretChase, UseGCUse store gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-04Reported by Kyle
NorthFaceChase, BuyGCBuy store gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-04Reported by Chris D
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears e-gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with Discover card)FAIL2012-11-28
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card through portal to earn cash back (pay with Discover card)SUCCESS2012-11-28
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!
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, 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
KivaMake Kiva loan with US Bank Cash+ card to see if it counts as Charity for 5% backSUCCESS2012-11-15
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!
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
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 SportsMrRebates, UseGCUse gift card to get extra cash backSUCCESS2012-11-05Reported by Troy
Eastern Mountain SportsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card for 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
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
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
Pottery BarnChase, UseGCUse e-gift card through portal and get pointsSUCCESS2012-10-11Reported by Mommy Points
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
GrouponDiscover, BuyGCBuy Groupon gift card through portal to get cash backSUCCESS2012-10-10Reported by Frequent Grouponer
Office DepotLoadGCTry to add value to reloadable prepaid card at Office Depot register without buying Vanilla Reload cardFAIL2012-10-03
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
Crate & BarrelChase, UseGCUse Crate & Barrel gift card to buy merchandise and get portal pointsSUCCESS2012-10-02Reported by Jeanne at Heels First
Crate & BarrelChase, BuyGCBuy Crate & Barrel gift card in order to get portal pointsSUCCESS2012-10-02Reported by Jeanne at Heels First
PetcoChase, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2012-09-22Reported by IrishTiger
BloomingdalesChase, UseGCUse Bloomingdale's gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2012-09-21
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
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy $500 Visa gift cardSUCCESS2012-09-13
WalgreensBuyGCBuy $500 Vanilla Visa gift card with credit cardSUCCESS2012-09-13
WalgreensBuyGCBuy Vanilla Reload card with credit cardFAIL2012-09-13I tried two Ann Arbor locations. No luck
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
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, BuyGCBuy gift card to get cash backSUCCESS2012-08-15Reported by Gabriel
GrouponTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to get additional cash backSUCCESS2012-08-15Reported by Gabriel
PacSunChase, BuyGCBuy Pacific Sunwear gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2012-08-13Reported by Chris L
PacSunChase, UseGCUse Pacific Sunwear gift card (& small amount with credit card) to buy merchandise and get more pointsSUCCESS2012-08-13Reported by Chris L
OnlyNaturalPetTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card to get cash backSUCCESS2012-08-09Reported by FrequentFlyerCollector
OnlyNaturalPetTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and 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
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%!
OfficeMaxChase, BugGCGo through Ultimate Rewards Mall to buy OfficeMax gc, see if points postFAIL2012-07-09
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
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.
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)
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
BestBuyTopCashBack, UseGCUse BestBuy gift card for entire purchase and get cash backSUCCESS2012-06-08Reported by Steve
LowesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Lowes gift card in-store to buy Shell gift cardFAIL2012-06-08Reported by bf
NikeAadvantage, UseGCUse Nike gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2012-06-08Reported by Jeff
OverStockChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card at OverStock to get pointsFAIL2012-06-01Reported by Frequent Flyer Collector
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
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
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, 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.
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 merchant gift cardsFAIL2012-05-17Reported by Greek2Me
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
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!)
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
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa gift card online using Walmart gift cardSUCCESS2012-01-01
WalmartChase, BuyGCBuy Visa or merchant gift card online at Walmart.com and get extra points from portalFAIL2012-01-01
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
KmartChase, BuyGCBuy Kmart gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01Bought physical gift cards, didn't try e-cards
SephoraChase, BuyGCBuy Sephora gift card and get pointsPARTIAL2012-01-01One reader reported success, another reported failure
StaplesChase, CouponBuy merchandise to get points and use Staples couponFAIL2012-01-01Reported by Sam
SearsChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Sears gift card using Sears gift card to get points foreverFAIL2012-01-01Sears website doesn't allow this
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
SephoraChase, UseGCUse Sephora gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01Reported by multiple readers
GiftCards.comMyDeals&Coupons, SellGCSell Walmart gift card & get additional cash backSUCCESS2012-01-01Pleasantly surprised to find cash back was % of face value
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
SearsChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01100% success
Magazines.comChase, BuyGCBuy Magazines.com gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01
Magazines.comBigCrumbs, UseGCUse Magazines.com gift card to buy magazines and cash backFAIL2012-01-01
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
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
CouponTradeTopCashBack, SellGCSell gift cards, get extra cash backSUCCESS2012-01-01Earned fixed $2.50 per sale. Good for small face value cards ($20, $25)
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
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
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
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
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
Barnes & NobleChase, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn pointsFAIL2012-01-01Only the part of the order paid by credit card received points
Barnes & NobleChase, BuyGCBuy gift cards to earn pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01
Barnes & NobleBigCrumbs, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
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)
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
Barnes & NobleEbates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
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.
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 :)
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
Barnes & NobleMrRebates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
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

Comments

  1. Use OfficeMax eGC to purchase Office Max physical Gift Card: Nope.

    “Attention:
    Certificates can not be applied to orders containing a gift card.”

    As you’d expect I guess, but I was looking for a way to get an Amex Sync offer and the UA portal bonus. This ain’t it I guess.

  2. Ordered GIFT CARDS from 1-800-Baskets (due to higher portal payout than Flowers via Discover Deals) on 7/21 & 7/28/15. Received DD portal confirmation email for first order, but not the second one. Paid for both with non-Discover card, to go after Shop Your Way (linked Visa/MC) double-dip (which worked). Since I paid with Visa, probably going to have tough time getting DD portal payment for second order retroactively. But statement hasn’t posted yet, so can’t confirm and Discover says they won’t look at it until 60 days after transaction. So I’d say it’s a PARTIAL success. Worth a try if you’re going to do it anyway, but know that it might not work. If I end up getting the DD payment for the second card (even though I didn’t get confirmation email), I’ll post an update.

      • Unfortunately not yet. DD told me that I had to wait 30 days to put in a request to have the second (7/28) purchase looked at. So I just did that now. I’m not holding my breath, given that I didn’t pay with Discover. I got the 20% I was expecting from SYW on both purchases, but that 20% was supposed to double (based on a July promo for SYW) and it has not yet. I have traded emails with SYW, but they told me I had to wait 40 days. So I just prompted them to look at my first (7/21) purchase.

        • So DD got back to me right away with the answer I was expecting. Since the purchase was made without a Discover card, they will not honor the portal bonus. I knew it was a risk. Just stinks that it worked with my small trial on 7/21, but not on my larger purchase on 7/28. Could be that the larger size of the second order ($500) triggered a review and denial. Fortunately, I have spent $100 twice using the 800Baskets GC back through the DD portal, and got the 20% both times. (Noticed that it is now down to 15% this month.)

  3. 8/12/15 Purchase gift certificate on Living Social ($100 certificate for $50). Go through Discover portal for cashback. Gift certificate is technically excluded in terms.

    SUCCESS. Received email from Discover about the cashback.

    Interestingly, I received cb on the entire $50, despite the fact that I used a promo code and only actually paid $42.50.

    (Paid with Discover card.)

  4. correcting the Lands End purchase on 8/5/15 that was Use GC via AA portal, along with CC for balance: end result – partial. No portal credit for tax nor GC value. did recv portal credit for CC usage, which took 10 days to post. Had sent one email to portal CSR about this.

    Not totally surprised.

  5. Purchase Nordstrom physical gift cards from Staples.com through Upromise. Some delivered to store and some to home address. Purchased July 18th and none of the 10+ orders have tracked through Upromise yet.

  6. Two experiments with Discover portal and merchant gift cards. Both were paid with Discover It card:

    Nordstrom e-gc, $25, FAIL
    Bloomingdales e-gc, $25, FAIL

  7. A few experiments with Discover portal and merchant gift cards. All were paid with Discover It card:

    Sephora e-gc, $10, FAIL
    Macys e-gc, $10, FAIL
    Sharper Image e-gc, $10 Success, but took forever to get and I had to call them

  8. Success — Purchased $31.75 of mdse from homdepot.com via Discover shopping portal. Paid using three $10 e-gift cards, and my Discover It card for the $1.75 balance. Received email three days later stating that 5% portal cashback posted on the entire purchase amount.

    Still unknown whether the Q3 5% category cashback will post for the entire purchase amount, or just the $1.75.

  9. 1.
    Merchant-Sears
    Portal,Tags – Discover,BuyGC
    Experiment – Buy $200 e-gift card from Sears using non-Discover card and get Discover Deals cash back
    Result – SUCCESS
    Last Update – 2015-06-10
    Notes – Transaction coded as Kmart.com

    2.
    Merchant-Sears
    Portal,Tags – Discover,BuyGC
    Experiment – Buy $300 physical gift card from Sears using non-Discover card and get Discover Deals cash back
    Result – FAILURE
    Last Update – 2015-06-11
    Notes – Transaction coded as Sears.com

    3.
    Merchant-Sears
    Portal,Tags – Discover,BuyGC
    Experiment – Load $25 on a physical gift card from Sears using Discover card and get Discover Deals cash back and Quarterly bonus
    Result – SUCCESS
    Last Update – 2015-07-31
    Notes – Transaction coded as Sears.com

    • Thanks for the detailed results! I’m surprised by 1 & 2. Usually e-gift cards are coded as Sears and physical gift cards are coded as Kmart. Are you sure about those results? Also, which type of gift cards did you buy in each case? e.g. Sears blue card? Kmart card?

  10. 8/12/15
    Merchant – Saks
    Portal – Topcashback
    Buy GC – bought physical GC
    FAIL
    (It’s specifically excluded in the terms)

  11. Merchant – Henri Bendel
    Portal – Topcashback
    Experiment – Buy physical cards from Bendel
    Result – SUCCESS
    Last Update – 2015-08-29, cash back had been pending in TCB for ~2 months, finally posted

    Merchant – Henri Bendel
    Portal – Topcashback
    Experiment – Buy e-gift cards from Bendel
    Result – FAIL
    Last Update – 2015-06-30

  12. The last two entries by Michael and Heather appear to be the same transaction with two different outcomes with only 1 day between both transactions…?

    • A couple possibilities: Sometimes portal click-thrus don’t track correctly even if the process otherwise works. Or, maybe Michael L will get his cash back after all. He didn’t wait long before posting his results.

  13. 7/19/15- FAIL
    AAdvantage portal
    buy Saks e-gcs
    Failed to track.
    Opened up a claim
    Claim denied, citing “GCs not eligible per T&C”

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