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
NewEggTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Nike eGift card and get cash backSuccess2017-01-10Reported by Dan
NewEggSplender, BuyGCBuy Nike eGift card and earn cash backSuccess2017-01-09Reported by Glenn
Mac CosmeticsSplender, BuyGCBuy egift card, get cash backFail 2017-01-09Reported by Diamond Vargas
Mac CosmeticsSplender, BuyGCBuy physical card, get cash backFail 2017-01-08Reported by Diamond Vargas
Mac CosmeticsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy egift card, get cash backFail2017-01-07Reported by Diamond Vargas
Mac CosmeticsMrRebates, BuyGCBuy egift card, get cash backFail2017-01-06Reported by Diamond Vargas
NikeChase, UseGCPurchase merchandise with a gift card (purchased on United MPX app) to earn Chase pointsSuccess2017-01-02Reported by dumbaidiot.
StapleseBates, BuyGCBuy Target eGiftcard and earn cash back Fail2016-12-31Reported by Dan
StaplesAlaska, BuyGCBuy Target eGiftcard and earn cash back Fail2016-12-31Reported by Dan
StaplesTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Target eGiftcard and earn cash back Fail2016-12-31Reported by Dan
StaplesiConsumer, BuyGCBuy Target eGiftcard and earn cash back Fail2016-12-31Reported by Dan
LowesTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backFail2016-12-30Reported by Sarhaan. Purchased gc that looked like a present.
Neiman MarcusAlaska, BuyGCBuy eGiftcard, earn milesSuccess2016-12-27Reported by JustSaying
StaplesUnited, BuyGCBuy Whole Foods eGiftcard, get milesSuccess2016-12-26Reported by Frequent Miler. Miles counted toward portal's NY bonus also
Macy'siConsumer, BuyGCBuy Macy's physical gift card, get cash backFail2016-12-23Reported by Diamond Vargas
Best BuyAA, BuyGCBuy iTunes eGiftcard and earn milesSuccess2016-12-22Reported by Glenn
StapleseBates, BuyGCBuy physical Hyatt gift card and earn cash backSuccess2016-12-21Reported by Glenn
Best BuyeBates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn cash backSuccess2016-12-21Reported by Glenn
NewEggSplender, BuyGCBuy Visa virtual gift card and earn cash backSuccess2016-12-18Reported by Frequent Miler. Cash back pending.
SearsUnitedReload Sears gift card and earn milesFail2016-12-18Reported by Frequent Miler. Miles were clawed back
Staples United, BuyGCBuy Target eGfit card, earn milesFail 2016-12-18Reported by Frequent Miler
StaplesUnited, BuyGCBuy Target physical gift card, earn miles Fail 2016-12-18Reported by Frequent Miler
Staples United, BuyGCBuy Whole Foods physical gift card, get milesFail 2016-12-18Reported by Frequent Miler
SearsTopCashBackBuy merchandise with SYW Rewards and earn cash backSuccess2016-12-16Reported by PowerT
StaplesBeFrugal, BuyGCBuy Hyatt gift card, earn cash backFail2016-12-15Reported by Glenn. Initially tracked, then reversed.
SearsTopCashBackReload Sears gift card, get cash backFail2016-12-15Reported by JCB
SearsUnited Buy merchandise with SYW Rewards and earn milesSuccess2016-12-15Reported by Frequent Miler. Miles pending.
SearsBeFrugalReload Sears gift card, get cash backFail2016-12-15Reported by JCB
GiftCardMallBeFrugalBuy AirBNB gift cards and earn cash backSuccess2016-12-14Reported by JCB.
SearsTopCashBackReload Sears gift card, earn cash backFailure*2016-12-13Reported by Duncan. Tracking at $0 the day after purchase. Will update if it tracks.
1-800-FlowersTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backSuccess2016-12-13Reported by Frequent Miler
Cole HaanBeFrugal, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn cash backFailure2016-12-12Reported by Glenn
NewEggSplender, BuyGCBuy Nike eGift card and earn cash backSuccess2016-12-12Reported by Glenn
SearsBeFrugalBuy merchandise with egfitcards and credit card and earn cash backSuccess2016-12-12Reported by JCB. Earned cash back on full amount of purchase.
StaplesMr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy Hyatt physical gift card and earn cash backFail2016-12-09Reported by Glenn
StaplesMr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy eGift cards, receive cash back. Purchase was 3 x $25 Gap, 1 x $25 AthletaPartial Success2016-12-09Reported by Anita. Purchased tracked at $25 instead of $100
StaplesSplender, BuyGCBuy Hyatt physical gift card and earn cash backFail2016-12-09Reported by Glenn
1-800-BasketsBeFrugalBuy physical gift card, get cash back plus Amex Harry & David offerSuccess2016-12-05Reported by Frequent Miler. Amex Offer was to spend $75, Get $20 from Harry & David. Terms show that offer is good at variety of 1-800-etc brands. Cash back pending from BeFrugal. Cash back received from Amex.
LowesTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backFailure2016-12-04Reported by Tom. Tracked but at 0%
LowesTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backSuccess2016-12-04Reported by Frequent Miler. Note: chose card that looked like a present; card was not personalized.
Under ArmourTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card, earn cash backFailure2016-12-02Reported by Rich
Under ArmoureBates, BuyGCBuy gift card, earn cash backSuccess2016-12-02Reported by Rich
Under ArmourBeFrugal, BuyGCBuy gift card, earn cash backFailure2016-12-02Reported by Rich
Cole HaaniConsumer, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backFailure2016-11-29Reported by Diamond Vargas
SearsUnited, BuyGCBuy eGiftcard, earn milesFailure2016-11-29Reported by Frequent Miler
SearsUnitedReload eGiftcard, earn milesSuccess2016-11-29Reported by Frequent Miler. Miles posted within 3 days.
SearsBeFrugalBuy merchandise with SYW Rewards only and get cash back for store pickup.Success2016-11-29Reported by Frequent Miler
SearsBeFrugal, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card to earn cash back and SYW RewardsSuccess2016-11-29Reported by Frequent Miler. SYW posted within an hour; CB within 5 hours
SearsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy eGift card and earn cash backFailure2016-11-28Reported by Frequent Miler. Note: tracked at $0 whether paying directly or through Amex Checkout
SearsTopCashBackReload Sears gift card and earn cash backSuccess2016-11-28Reported by Frequent Miler. Note: Worked whether paying directly with Amex or through Amex Checkout.
StaplesUnited, BuyGCBuy physical Hyatt gift card and earn milesSuccess2016-11-28Reported by Glenn
AnthropologieTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, earn cash backSuccess2016-11-27Reported by Nicole
AnthropologieTopCashBackBuy merchandise, pay partially with egiftcard and partially on credit cardSuccess2016-11-27Reported by Nicole
Cole HaanTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn cash backFailure2016-11-27Reported by Diamond Vargas
LL BeanEbatesBuy merchandise with gift card and credit card to earn cash backSuccess2016-11-27Reported by Liz. Cash back on full amount of purchase.
Sur la TableAlaska, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card and credit card, earn milesSuccess2016-11-25Reported by Leonardo. Earned miles on full amount of purchase
Sur la TableAlaska, BuyGCBuy eGiftcard, earn milesFailure2016-11-25Reported by Leonardo
Sears ShopAt HomeReload Sears gift card, get cash backFail2016-11-24Reported by Bret. Initially received credit, later reversed.
Staples
BeFrugal, BuyGCBuy Hyatt physical gift cardSuccess2016-11-23Reported by Glenn
Newegg


BeFrugal, BuyGCBuy Hyatt egift card and earn cash backFailure2016-11-23Reported by Glenn
Macy'sAABuy merchandise with a combination of Plenti points and credit card to earn AA miles and Plenti points

Success2016-11-21Reported by Jesson
StaplesUpromise, BuyGCBuy egift card and earn cash backFailure2016-11-17Reported by Anita. Transaction did not track.
NeweggSplender, BuyGCBuy Southwest egift card and earn cash backFailure2016-11-17Reported by Anita. Transaction did not track.
Boden

ExtraBux, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash backSuccess2016-11-17Reported by Frequent Miler. Cash back pending until 2/15/17
NeweggSplender, BuyGCBuy CVS egift cardSuccess2016-11-17Reported by Anita
Gap/Banana Republic
AABuy Banana Republic merchandise by adding it to cart then clicking Gap through AA portal and checking out on Gap site. Paid with combination of GC + CC. Used BR coupon codes.Success2016-11-17Reported by VRHunter. Note check out/pay on the Gap affiliated storefront that has the highest cash back payout
Sur La Table
AA, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn pointsSuccess2016-11-15Reported by Nate
JCPenney Alaska, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn pointsSuccess2016-11-15Reported by Nate
Cole Haan
Mr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash backFailure2016-11-14Reported by Diamond Vargas. Looks like a change from previous results?
Jet.com
EbatesBuy merchandise using Jet Cash and get cash back. Success2016-11-13Reported by Yosk
HPEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash backSuccess2016-11-12Reported by Diamond Vargas
Newegg
Alaska, BuyGCBuy eGift card, earn milesFailure2016-11-09Reported by Dan
JC Penney
United, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and receive milesFailure2016-11-09Reported by Dan
Sam’s Club online
DiscoverBuy Visa GC with non-Discover card to earn 5% cash backFailure2016-11-09Reported by Lela Shifton
Staples UR, BuyGCBuy Overstock eGift card to earn UR points.Success2016-11-03Reported by Angela
Ralph LaurenTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy eGiftcard, earn cash backFail2016-11-03Reported by Josh. Originally tracked, then declined
West ElmAA, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn American Airlines milesSuccess 2016-11-02Reported by Nate
Newegg AA, BuyGCBuy egiftcard to earn milesFailure2016-11-01Reported by Nate
Ralph LaurenTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy eGiftcard, earn cash backSuccess (pending)2016-10-27Reported by Stephen. Showed as pending, but note other RL data
SearsShopAtHomeReload Sears gift card, get cash backFail2016-10-25Reported by Bret. Initially received credit, later reversed.
Bloomingdale'sAA, BuyGCBuy eGiftcard, earn American Airlines milesFail 2016-10-14Reported by Michael. Purchase did not track.
SaksUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn United milesFail2016-10-10Reported by Michael. Purchase did not track.
SaksUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn United milesFail2016-10-10Reported by Diamond Vargas. Purchase 10/10; as of 10/24 not tracking.
SakesUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn United milesFail2016-10-10Reported by Dave. Purchase 10/10; as of 10/24 nothing tracked.
HP
BeFrugal, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash backSuccess2016-10-09Reported by Diamond Vargas
GNCSplenderBuy physical gift card, receive cash back
Fail 2016-09-20Reported by Diamond Vargas. Purchase date 05/09/2016
TargetVirgin ElevateBought merchandise at Target through Virgin Elevate to see how long it takes to post2016-09-20Reported by Anita. Purchase date: 6/27/2016
Post date: 8/12/2016.
GNCBeFrugal Buy physical gift card, receive cash back
Result: FAIL
Purchase Date: 05/09/2016


Fail 2016-09-20Reported by Diamond Vargas
NikeAA, BuyGCBought Nike e-Gift cards through AA portal and earn milesFail2016-09-20Reported by Taco
NikeUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, receive miles

Purchase Date: 9/4/2016
Fail 2016-09-20Reported by FM. Purchase Date: 9/4/2016
HPAA, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive miles

Fail2016-09-17Reported by RT. Purchase date: 8/5/2016, initially tracked but clawed back 9/17/2016
Best BuyBuyGCTried to use Best Buy gift card in store to buy Visa gift card
Fail2016-09-16
Reported by Ricardo. Registers were hard-coded to not allow it
Allen EdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and receive cashbackSuccess2016-09-16Reported by James. Appeared as pending in TopCashBack the next day. (9/13)
NikeUnited Airlines, BuyGCBuy physical Nike gift cards and earn milesFail2016-09-16Reported by Chris
Allen EdmondsBeFrugal, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and receive cashbackSuccess2016-09-16Reported by Me. CB showed up as pending within 2 hours.
PetcoMrRebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, get cash backSuccess2016-09-15Reported by Ben
BlissTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash backSuccess2016-09-15Reported by Diamond Vargas
Allen EdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backPartial Success2016-09-12Reported by Volker. Only $100 of $300 tracked.
Allen EdmondsBeFrugal, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backPartial Success2016-09-12Reported by Volker. Only $100 of $300 tracked.
NikeUnited Airlines, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, earn miles.

Success2016-09-11Reported by Marko. Purchase date 8/9; miles pending 8/19
Best BuyAlaska Airlines, BuyGCBuy physical GC, receive milesFail2016-09-11Reported by ENOTTY. Purchase 8/4 or 8/21/16

Best BuyUnited Airlines, BuyGCBuy physical GC, receive milesFail2016-09-11Reported by ENOTTY. Purchase 8/4 or 8/21/16
Sam’s Club online

Amtrak, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive pointsFail2016-09-11Reported by ENOTTY. Purchase date 8/6/2016
Sam's Club onlinePurchase merchandise with Chase Freedom to earn 5x category bonusSuccess2016-09-11Reported by ENOTTY
Best BuyAA, BuyGCBuy physical GC, receive miles
Fail2016-09-11Reported by ENOTTY. Purchase 8/4 or 8/21/16
NikeAlaska Airlines, BuyGCBuy physical gift card w/ Amex Platinum and receive Alaskan Miles and Amex Offer
Successs2016-09-11Reported by Rich
Eddie Bauer

Topcashback, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash backSuccess2016-09-11Reported by Stephen. Purchase date 8/16/2016
Allen EdmondseBates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn cash back.
SUCCESS, tracked correctly with EBates
(as expected, has always worked previously too)
Success2016-09-11Reported by Glenn
etsy.com

Alaska Airlines, BuyGCBuy e-gift certificate, receive milesSuccess2016-09-11Reported by LeonardoM. Purchase date 9/2/2016.
Staples.comAlaska AirlinesBuy merchandise with mix of CC and Staples Rewards to receive miles

Partial success; earned for CC portion only2016-09-11Reported by LeonardoM. Purchase date 9/1/2016
etsy.comAlaska Airlines, UseGCMerchant: etsy.com
Use e-gift certificate, receive miles
Success2016-09-11Reported by LeonardoM. Purchase date 9/2/2016.
ebags.comTopcashback, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, receive cash backFail2016-09-11Reported by LeonardoM. Note that he did receive the Amex Offer for the purchase. Purchase date 4/28/2016.
ebags.comAA Shopping Mall, BuyGC
Buy e-gift card, receive cash backFail2016-09-11Reported by LeonardoM. Purchase date 8/18/2016
OfficeDepot.comeBatesPurchase merchandise online for in-store pickup and earn cash backFail2016-09-11Reported by John Hopper
ebags.comVirgin Elevate, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, receive cash backSuccess2016-09-11Reported by LeonardoM. Purchase date 6/2/2016
ebags.comAlaska Airlines, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, receive cash backFail2016-09-11Reported by LeonardoM. Purchase date 8/18/2016
West ElmBritishAirwaysMall, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash backSuccess2016-09-04Reported by REI
West ElmBritishAirwaysMall, UseGC, BuyGCBuy physical gift card w/ electronic gift card, receive cash back
Success2016-09-04Reported by REI
West ElmBritishAirways Mall, BuyGCBuy electronic gift card, receive cash back
Success2016-08-30Reported by REI
Allen EdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backSuccess2016-08-27Reported by REI. Cash back pending and payable in 5 weeks.
Eddie BauerTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, earn cash backSuccess2016-08-27Reported by REI. Cashback pending and payable in 5 weeks.
SearsShopAtHome, UseGCBought merchandise with a combination of SYW points and gift cards.Fail2016-08-23Reported by CE. Purchase 8/23; shopathome responded "Sears does not offer as back on electronics purchases"
Kate Spade


Splender, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash backFail2016-08-10Reported by Diamond Vargas
Costco
Google ExpressPurchase merchandise at Costco via Google Express and earn 5% cash back with Chase Freedom. Success2016-08-10Reported by Masa. Purchase date 8/3/2016
Sur La Table


Splender, BuyGCBuy egift card, receive cash backFail2016-08-10Reported by Diamond Vargas
Nike


United, BuyGCBuy electronic gift card, receive milesSuccess2016-08-10Reported by Daisy C
HP.com

iConsumer, BuyGCBuy eGC with Amex Simply Cash and get cashback plus 5% from OPEN.Success2016-08-10Reported by Michael
HP

Ebates, BuyGCBuy electornic gift card, receive cash back
Success2016-08-10Reported by Rich
DeltaNoneBuy $1000 Delta gift cards with American Express to see if it qualifies for 20% Delta purchase Amex OfferSuccess2016-08-10Reported by Million Mile Secrets
Staples

Splender, BuyGCBuy physical eBay gift card, receive cash backSuccess2016-08-10Reported by Diamond Vargas. Note: cashback posted after about 9 weeks.
Kate Spade

Topcashback, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, receive cash back
Fail2016-08-10Reported by Diamond Vargas
KohlseBates, UseGCBuy merchandise with a gift card and get cash back. Fail2016-07-21Reported by Avi. (Note that others have reported success getting cash back when paying with a GC.)
NikeiConsumer, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, receive cash back
Success2016-07-21Reported by Mark B.
Sur La Table TopCashBack, BuyGCBuy Sur La Table GC with Sur La Table GC via TopCashBackFail2016-07-21Reported by Daniel Gordon
Lands' EndChaseUR, UseGCBuy Lands' End merchandise with GC and Chase Sapphire PreferredFail2016-07-21Reported by TCCQuest. Earned 1x only for the portion paid with CSP
Lands' EndChaseUR, BuyGCBuy a End GC and pay with Chase Sapphire PreferreedSuccess2016-07-21Reported by TCCQuest
ScoreBigBuy tickets and use a coupon, and also earn milesFail2016-07-09Reported by Anita. Airline linked versions of ScoreBig are hardcoded to not accept coupons.
ScoreBigBuy tickets with a credit card linked to both ShopYourWayRewards and Fuel Rewards and earn rewards from bothSuccess2016-07-09Reported by Anita
ScoreBigiConsumerBuy tickets and earn both cash back and Southwest milesSuccess2016-07-09Reported by Anita. Note that Southwest miles aren't earned through SW portal but through SW linked version of ScoreBig.
HonestMrRebates, BuyGCBuy gift card and received cash backSuccess2016-07-09Reported by Diamond Vargas. GC balance can be added to account and used for subscriptions.
Estee LauderiConsumer, BuyGCBuy egift card and earn cash backFail2016-07-09Reported by Diamond Vargas
ScoreBigFlyStore(VirginAmerica)Buy tickets at ScoreBig to see how long it would take for points to post.Points posted approximately 48 hours after purchase2016-06-26Reported by Anita. Purchase made Saturday afternoon; points posted Monday afternoon.
ScoreBigBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xFail2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 1 of 4 transactions earned 3x. (and not the big one!)
UnitedPay for fees on award flights with Citi Access More and earn 3xPartial Success2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 4 of 7 purchases earned 3x.
eSavingBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xPartial Success2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 2 of 4 purchases earned 3x.
GiftCardSpreadBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xSuccess2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 1 of 1 purchases earned 3x.
GiftCardRescueBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xSuccess2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 1 of 1 purchases earned 3x.
eBayBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xPartial Success2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 3 of 4 purchases earned 3x.
1-800-FlowersBuy flowers at 1-800-Flowers using the RR22 promo code to see how long before miles posted to Southwest Airlines account. Miles posted the 5th day after date of delivery2016-06-18Reported by Anita
AmazonMPX, BuyGCBuy Amazon gift card via MileagePlusX using Amex Platinum with United designated as airline for reimbursement; earn UA miles and Amex fee reimbursement.Success2016-06-18Reported by Anita
AmazonMPX, BuyGCBuy Amazon gift card via MileagePlusX using Amex Platinum with United designated as airline for reimbursement; earn UA miles and Amex fee reimbursement.Success2016-06-18Reported by Kathy Nokes. Earned 2x UA, .5x as UA cardholder, and airline credit from Amex.
DeltaPay for fees on award flights with Citi Access More and earn 3xPartial Success2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 4 of 5 purchases earned 3x.
PaneraMileagePlusXBuy Panera gift card via MileagePlusX using Amex Platinum to earn reimbursement credit for United.SUCCESS2016-06-18Reported by Anita
Home DepotChase UR, UseGCBuy merchandise at Home Depot using Home Depot gift card and earn URSUCCESS2016-06-18Reported by el.
Targetebates, UseGCPay with Target gift card and Target Redcard and earn cash backPartial Success2016-06-18Reported by John. Cash back earned only on portion paid with Target Redcard.
Costco.comBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xPartial Success2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 4 of 5 purchases earned 3x.
StaplesBritishAirways, BuyGCBuy Groupon GC and earn BA milesFail2016-06-18Reported by Coldagglutannin
SearsSplenderPay with SYWR and Discover and get cash backPartial Success2016-06-18Reported by John. Cash back earned on portion paid with Discover.
AmazonBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xSUCCESS2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 12 of 12 transactions earned 3x.
GrouponBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xPartial Success2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 5 of 6 purchases earned 3x.
Raise.comBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xSUCCESS2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 4 of 4 purchases earned 3x.
eBagsBuy merchandise with Citi ATT Access More card and earn 3xSUCCESS2016-06-18Reported by Anita. 2 of 2 purchases earned 3x.
Pottery BarnUA, BuyGCBuy Pottery Barn physical gift card to earn United miles & track how long it takes for miles to post1 day2016-06-15Reported by Anita. Miles posted one day after transaction. No confirmation email received.
Pottery BarnAA, BuyGCBuy Pottery Barn physical gift card to earn American miles & track how long it takes for miles to post7 days2016-06-15Reported by Anita. Received confirmation email saying I'd received miles one day after transaction, but miles didn't post until 7 days after.
Pottery BarnSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Pottery Barn physical gift card to earn Southwest miles & track how long it takes for miles to post7 days2016-06-15Reported by Anita. Received confirmation email saying I'd received miles one day after transaction, but miles didn't post until 7 days after.
KickfurtherPay for Kickfurther claim with Citi AT&T Access More and earn 3x for online purchasesSUCCESS2016-06-09Reported by Frequent Miler. Purchase was classified as "MerchandiseMENS / LADIES CLOTHING STORE)
eBagsMrRebates, UseGCUse gift cards and earn cash backSUCCESS2016-06-09Reported by Mike
PaneraMileagePlusX, BuyGCBuy Panera gift card through MPX app to see how quickly miles postIMMEDIATE2016-06-09Reported by Anita. Miles were posted to my United account within minutes.
StaplesAA, BuyGCBuy e-gift cards and earn milesPartial Success2016-06-09Famous Jack, Deal Killer. Miles for Safeway e-gift card posted; miles for Target and Whole Foods e-giftcards did not post.
eBagsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card and earn cash back. Fail2016-06-09Reported by Chuck. Note that cash back initially posted but was clawed back.
eBagsMrRebates, BuyGCBuy gift cards and earn cash back.Fail (edited: unknown at this point)2016-06-09Reported by Mike. Originally cash back posted, then was removed. It has now been added back.
PlastiqPay bill classified as "Business Services" with Ink Plus via Plastiq, earn 5x Ultimate RewardsFail2016-06-09Reported by Frequent Miler
PlastiqPay bill classified as "Cable, Phone and Internet" with Ink Plus via Plastiq, earn 5x Ultimate RewardsFail2016-06-09Reported by Frequent Miler
TargetMyPoints, BuyGCBuy e-giftcard and a small item and earn MyPointsFail2016-05-25Reported by Anita. This worked previously but may be dead.
7 For All MankindiConsumer, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and receive cash back

Fail2016-05-24Reported by Diamond Vargas
Warby Parker
Splender, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and receive cash backSUCCESS2016-05-24Reported by Diamond Vargas
7 For All MankindSplender, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and receive cash back

Fail2016-05-24Reported by Diamond Vargas
7 For All MankindMr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and receive cash back

Fail2016-05-24Reported by Diamond Vargas
GiftCertificates.com


uPromise, BuyGCBuy $100 supercertificate for $95 (using coupon code) and get cash backSUCCESS2016-05-24Reported by Frequent Miler. Note: uPromise tracked 5% cash back of the face value rather than the paid value.
GiftCertificates.comSplender, UseGCUse $100 supercertificate to buy merchant gift card and get cash back
Result: FAIL
FAIL2016-05-24Reported by Frequent Miler. Note: Purchase did not track which confirms older test results
7 For All MankindeBates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and receive cash back

Fail2016-05-24Reported by Diamond Vargas
7 For All MankindTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and receive cash back

Fail2016-05-24Reported by Diamond Vargas
Neiman MarcusMr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn cash backSUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Diamond Vargas
GNCMr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy gift card and earn cash back.FAIL2016-05-16Reported by Diamond Vargas
HPeBates, UseGCUse e-gift card and earn cash back.SUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Frequent Miler
eBagsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn cash back.FAIL2016-05-16Reported by Rose
PetcoAdvantage, BuyGCBuy gift card and earn miles.SUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Jamie
HPeBates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn cash back.SUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Frequent Miler
StaplesAdvantage, BuyGCBuy e-giftcard for Safeway and earn miles.SUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Jack
Red RobinUA MileagePlusX, BuyGCBuy gift card for Red Robin via United's MileagePlusX app using Amex HHonors card, earn Hilton points and United milesSUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Emile
7 for All MankindMr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn cash back.Partial success. Received 50% of correct amount.2016-05-16Reported by Diamond Vargas
Bed, Bath & BeyondiConsumer, UseGC
Buy merchandise with gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Diamond Vargas
SonosiConsumer, BuyGCBuy gift card and receive cash backSUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Diamond Vargas
1800FlowersiConsumer, BuyGC
Buy gift card and receive cash backSUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Diamond Vargas
1800BasketsDiscover, UseGCBuy gift card with Amex and get cash back and Amex OfferSUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Frequent Miler. Earned Discover cash back and Amex Offers cash back
1800BasketsDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise with combination of gift card and Amex and get cash back.SUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Frequent Miler. Earned Discover cash back and Amex cash back.
PlastiqPay bill classified as "Business Services" with Citi AT&T card via Plastiq bill pay service, earn 3x Citi Thank You pointsSuccess2016-05-16Reported by Frequent Miler. Citi classified it as Services REAL ESTATE AGENTS, BROKERS, MANAGERS

PlastiqPay bill classified as category "Other" with Citi AT&T card via Plastiq bill pay service, earn 3x Citi Thank You pointsFail2016-05-16Reported by Frequent Miler. Citi classified it as "utilities-electric, gas, sanitary, water".
1800BasketsDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift card and get cashbackSUCCESS2016-05-16Reported by Frequent Miler. Repeated 3x; received full cash back each time.
BouqsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, earn cash backSuccess2016-05-06Reported by Nicole
BouqsTopCashBackBuy merchandise, pay partially with egiftcard and partially on credit cardSuccess2016-05-06Reported by Nicole
1800FlowersiConsumer, UseGC
Buy merchandise with gift card and get cash back

SUCCESS2016-04-29Reported by Frequent Miler
Staples
Southwest, BuyGCBuy eBay eGC and earn Southwest miles.Fail2016-04-29Reported by Glenn
AirBnBUse PenFed Travel Rewards credit card to earn 5 points per dollar
SUCCESS2016-04-18Reported by Calvin
HPTopcashback, BuyGCBuy eGC and get cashback. Paid with AMEX Business Gold and get 5% from OPEN.SUCCESS2016-04-18Reported by Aureliano
HPEbates, BuyGC



Buy eGC and get cashback. Paid with AMEX Business Gold and get 5% from OPEN.SUCCESS2016-04-18Reported by Aureliano
Tory BurchGoCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash back. FAIL2016-04-05Reported by Will
1-800-FlowersUseGCBuy merchandise with gift cards and earn points using code for 1750 SW Rapid Rewards points per orderFAIL2016-04-05Reported by Superworm. Told by CSR that orders paid with gift cards and celebrations pass awards are not eligible.
Toys R UsUseGCBuy merchandise and gift card and pay with e-gift card. FAIL2016-04-05Reported by Stu. Register hard-coded that gift card needed to be run up separately from the merchandise.
Toys R UsUseGCBuy gift card and pay with with e-gift card. FAIL 2016-04-05Reported by Stu
JCPenneyTopCashback, UseGCUse gift cards (100%) to purchase merchandise and get cashbackSUCCESS2016-03-22Reported by Diamond Vargas
CardCashPay for gift cards with Paypal using Chase Ink card to earn 5x bonusSUCCESS2016-03-13Reported by Anita
CardCashPay for gift cards with Chase Ink to earn 5x bonusSUCCESS2016-03-13Reported by Anita
CardCashSunshineRewards, BuyGCBuy gift cards at CardCash and earn cash backSUCCESS2016-03-13Reported by Anita
SonosSavingStar, BuyGCBuy physical gift cards and get cash back. SUCCESS2016-03-11Reported by Diamond Vargas
SonosSavingStar, UseGCUse physical gift cards to buy merchandise and earn cash backSUCCESS2016-03-11Reported by Diamond Vargas; confirmed double dip works.
eBagsExtrabux, BuyGCBuy eBags GC to earn cash back and eBags RewardsSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Jenny. Also paid with Amex and used Amex Offers
eBagsExtrabux, UseGCUse eBags GC to buy merchandise and earn cashback and eBags RewardsSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Jenny
AmazonMileagePlusX, BuyGCBuy gift card through MPX app using Amex Platinum to earn bonus miles and Amex Platinum fee reimbursement. SUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Terri M. Note: United selected as preferred airline with Amex Platinum.
1800FlowersBuy celebrations pass and pay with gift cardFAIL2016-03-04Reported by FM.
Website wouldn’t allow gift card as payment for Celebrations Pass
eBagsMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy gift card and earn cash backSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Melanie
1800FlowersiConsumer, UseGCPartial pay with gift card to earn cash backSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Stephen. Cash back only on merchandise; not on service charge, delivery or tax.
eBagsMr Rebates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise and earn cash backSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Melanie
eBagsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift card and earn cash backSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Melanie
1800FlowersSouthwest, UseGCBuy flowers with GC and apply promo code to earn Southwest points, plus earn Southwest points from portalFAIL2016-03-04Reported by FM. Promo code points successful. Portal points were initially posted and then clawed back 3 weeks later.
FandangoSplender, UseGCUse gift card to buy movie tickets and earn cash backSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by FM
FandangoMarriott, BuyGCBuy gift card and earn pointsSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by FM. Portal initially showed an incorrect 100x but later changed to 1x.
1800FlowersSplenderBuy Celebrations Pass and get cash backSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by FM
Cole HaanMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to earn cash backSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Diamond Vargas
SephoraDiscover, UseGCUse gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Olanky. Confirmation email did not show transaction date or order ID.
SearsDiscover, BuyGCProve that online Sears e-gift card will count for Discover's 5% Department Stores categorySUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by FM. Purchase coded as DIRECT MRKTNG-COMBO CATALOG & RETAIL
KivaATTAccessMoreSee if Kiva loans count for 3X online purchases AT&T Access More cardFAIL2016-03-04Reported by FM
Backcountry.comChaseSee if points would be earned via CSP portal when paying with Chase Ink+FAIL2016-03-04Reported by jcb
HPMr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backPARTIAL SUCCESS2016-03-04Reported by Diamond Vargas. Should have received $10 cash back but got $6.
Giftcards.comATTAccessMoreSee if giftcards.com counts for 3X online purchases with AT&T Access More cardFAIL2016-03-04Reported by FM
TargetUseGCUse e-gift card and Target Redcard to get 5% discount. SUCCESS2016-02-14Reported by Anita. At least $.01 must be on credit card to get 5% off entire order.
TargetMyPoints, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and small item and get MyPointsSUCCESS2016-02-14Reported by Anita
TargetSimplyCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and a small item and get cash backFAIL2016-02-14Reported by Anita
TargetSwagBucks, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and small item to get SwagBucksFAIL2016-02-14Reported by Anita
TargeteBates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and a small item and get cash back.FAIL2016-02-14Reported by Anita
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS
2016-02-02Reported by FM; over 5 weeks from purchase (12/20/15) to email confirmation of cash back (2/1/2016)
1800FlowersiConsumer, UseGCUse physical gift card to buy flowers/food/etc and get cash backSUCCESS (cash back pending)2016-02-02Reported by FM; 3 of 5 orders pending next day; 2 of 5 pending after 3 days
1800FlowersiConsumer, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS (cash back pending)2016-02-02Reported by FM
SearsDiscover, UseGCUse both Sears GC and Discover It to buy merchandise and get cash back
SUCCESS2016-01-19Reported by Ford. Received cash back for total purchase
SearsSplender, SYWUse ShopYourWayRewards points to buy merchandise and earn cash back
SUCCESS2016-01-13Reported by Avi
SearsSplender, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and earn cash back
SUCCESS2016-01-13Reported by Avi
Warby ParkerAlaska, UseGCUse egift card to earn milesFAIL2016-01-13Reported by Steve
Warby ParkerAlaska, BuyGCBuy egift card to earn milesSUCCESS2016-01-13Reported by Steve
SaksUnitedBuy physical gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-12-23Reported by Andyandy (ThePointsNinja)
SaksBarclays RewardsBoost, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn pointsFAIL2015-12-23Reported by Glenn
SaksBeFrugal, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-12-23Reported by Glenn
SearsSplender, BuyGCBuy egift card and get cash backFAIL2015-12-19Reported by Diamond Vargas
SaksShopAtHome, UseGCUse Saks egift cards and credit card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2015-12-19Reported by JustSaying
J CrewSplender, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-12-15Reported by Glenn
J CrewUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2015-12-15Reported by Glenn
Toys R UsuPromise, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-12-14Reported by Josh
Home DepotBuyGCBuy Physical Gift Card with AMEX to get Amex Offer ($60 off $400)FAIL2015-12-14Reported by Matt S NYC. Posted as HomeDepot CSTAR GFTCRD, no Amex offers congrats email
JetJet, BuyGCBuy $450 Saks egift card and earn Jet pointsFAIL2015-12-13Reported by JustSaying. Did receive $100 Amex Offer credit
Neiman MarcusShopAtHome, BuyGCBuy $1500 e-gift cards and get cash backSUCCESS2015-12-10Reported by JustSaying
HPeBates, BuyGCPurchase both e-gift card and by mail gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-12-09Reported by Glenn
HPUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-11-21Reported by Glenn
Last CallShopAtHome, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn cash backSUCCESS2015-11-20Reported by Corey
Cole HaanMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-11-20Reported by ENOTTY
NewEggAAdvantage, BuyGC, UseGCBuy physical gift card, use gift card for part of the purchase and credit card for the rest, and get milesPARTIAL2015-11-18Reported by ENOTTY. Got miles for the credit card amount of the purchase
Best BuyAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, use savings code for part of the purchase and credit card for the rest, and get milesSUCCESS2015-11-18Reported by ENOTTY
KmartAAdvantage, UseGCUse gift card and SYW points to buy merchandise and earn milesSUCCESS2015-11-17Reported by Victor
Best BuySouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2015-11-17Reported by ENOTTY
SearsAAdvantage, BuyGCReload gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-11-16Reported by Victor
SearsAAdvantage, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and earn milesSUCCESS2015-11-16Reported by Victor
Last CallShopAtHome, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn cash backFAIL2015-11-16Reported by char
SearsAAdvantage, BuyGCReload gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-11-15Reported by Victor
Best BuyDiscover, UseGCUse gift card to pay for most of order (everything but sales tax) and get cash backSUCCESS2015-11-13Reported by Calvin. Notification email received 12/18
NewEggNewEgg, TopCashBackBuy eBay e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-11-11Reported by Calvin
eBayUnited, BuyGCBuy Staples e-gift card from PPDG and earn milesSUCCESS2015-11-09Reported by Glenn
SonosSavingStar, UseGCBuy merchandise with gift cards and get cash backSUCCESS2015-11-08Reported by Diamond Vargas
HPFatWallet, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-11-07Reported by ENOTTY
West ElmUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2015-11-06Reported by aresay
Williams-SonomaUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2015-11-06Reported by aresay
Pottery Barn KidsUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2015-11-06Reported by aresay
Pottery BarnUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2015-11-06Reported by aresay
StaplesAmtrak, BuyGCBuy ebay e-gift card and earn pointsFAIL2015-11-04Reported by ENOTTY
Best BuyUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2015-11-03Reported by ENOTTY
HPSimplyBestCoupons, BuyGCBuy physical gift card from shopping.hp.com and earn cash backSUCCESS2015-10-31Reported by ENOTTY
HPSouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card from shopping.hp.com and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-30Reported by ENOTTY
SearsUnited, UseGCMake large merchandise purchase and pay entirely with gift cards and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-27Reported by Kev
SearsShopAtHome, BuyGCReload gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-10-27Reported by Kevin
SearsShopAtHome, UseGCUse SYW points and credit card to buy items and get cash backSUCCESS2015-10-27Reported by Kevin. He received cash back for entire purchase amount
SearsUnited, UseGCPurchase item entirely with SYW points and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-26
SearsUnited, UseGCPurchase item with combination of gift card and credit card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-26
SearsUnited, UseGCPurchase item entirely with gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-26
Amazon.comGiving Assistant, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-10-24Reported by ENOTTY
SearsSouthwest, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay entirely with gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2015-10-23Reported by Kev
LastCallAAdvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-23Reported by Yao. Also worked with UA, Southwest, Alaska
ServeAttempted to add AMEX Fidelity Rewards to my Serve account and authorized user card (same card number) to another Serve account in that person's name.FAIL2015-10-23Reported by LiteSalt
LastCallTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-10-23Reported by Yao. Also worked with Mr Rebates and BeFrugal
SearsSouthwest, UseGCUse SYW points and credit card to buy merchandise and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-23Reported by Justin. He received miles for the entire purchase
SearsAAdvantage, UseGCUse SYW points and credit card to buy merchandise and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-21Reported by Justin. He received miles for the entire purchase
HayneedleBeFrugal, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-10-19Reported by Diamond Vargas. Initially tracked cash back but was later declined
eBayAAdvantage, BuyGCBuy physical eBay gift card and earn milesFAIL2015-10-17Reported by ENOTTY
SearsDiscover, UseGCPurchase merchandise entirely with Shop Your Way points and earn cash backSUCCESS2015-10-15Reported by yogi
SearsDiscover, BuyGCReload Sears gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-10-12Reported by Josh
TargetSimply Best Coupons, BuyGCBuy eBay e-gift card from a.com and get cash backFAIL2015-10-11Reported by J
SearsAAdvantage, UseGCUse SYW points and gift card to buy merchandise and earn milesSUCCESS2015-10-10Reported by Justin. He received miles for the entire purchase
Pottery BarnAAdvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn milesFAIL2015-10-10Reported by Robert
ColumbiaTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-10-09Reported by Diamond Vargas
Home DepotDiscover, UseGCUse physical Home Depot gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2015-10-07Reported by Matt S NYC
HotwireUse PenFed Travel Rewards credit card to earn 5 points per dollarSUCCESS2015-10-06Reported by Calvin
Barnes & NobleDiscover, UseGCUse gift card to partially pay for order and get cash backFAIL2015-09-23Reported by Calvin. Initially showed full amount of order for cashback, but later changed to just part paid by credit card (Note from FM: This is known to happen with B&N with all portals)
J CrewMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-22Reported by Diamond Vargas
KmartSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-09-17Reported by Daniel W
Bed Bath and BeyondUseGC, BuyGC, UpgradeGCUse Bed Bath & Beyond gift card to buy Visa gift card in-storeSUCCESS2015-09-14Reported by Duane
GNCMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-09-06Reported by Diamond Vargas. Purchase tracked but with a $0 cash back amount.
OrvisTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-09-04Reported by Diamond Vargas. Initially tracked at proper cashback %, but was later declined
PetcoAAdvantage, BuyGCBuy physical Petco gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-09-03Reported by gaurav
OrvisTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-03Reported by Diamond Vargas
KMartSouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01It took about 2 weeks for the portal to report this as pending
KMartSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01It took about 2 weeks for the portal to report this as pending
KMartSouthwest, BuyGCReload gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01It took about 2 weeks for the portal to report this as pending
SearsUnited, UseGCBuy merchandise with SYW points and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01It took about 2 weeks for the portal to report this as pending
KMartSouthwest, UseGCBuy merchandise with SYW points and get cash backFAIL2015-09-01I'll have to retest this one.
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01
SearsUnited, BuyGCReload gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01It took about 2 weeks for the portal to report this as pending
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01
SearsDiscover, BuyGCReload gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01
SearsDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise with SYW points and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01
SearsUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01It took about 2 weeks for the portal to report this as pending
SearsUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-09-01It took about 2 weeks for the portal to report this as pending
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
Michael LDiscover, BuyGCReload gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-28Reported by Michael L. It took a while to get confirmation (2 weeks?)
William SonomaChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn pointsSUCCESS2015-08-28Reported by Vinh
BodenUPromise, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-08-27Reported by Jamie
MacysDiscover, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and get cash back for full amountSUCCESS2015-08-27Reported by Ell
DellEBates, UseGCUse gift card for entire purchase amount to buy merchandise and get cash back SUCCESS2015-08-23Reported by Trevor who wrote that the transaction didn't track. He submitted a claim with the email confirmation but without the full detail showing that he paid with a gift card. The claim was approved and paid.
DellEBates, UseGCUse gift card for entire purchase amount to buy merchandise and get cash back FAIL2015-08-23Reported by Trevor who wrote: Transaction did not track. I submitted a claim and was denied when they saw that it was paid with a GC. When submitting the claim I submitted the full invoice.
DellEBates, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandise and get cash back for entire purchase amountSUCCESS2015-08-23Reported by Trevor
TargetUnited, BuyGCBuy eBay e-gift card and earn milesFAIL2015-08-20Reported by Mike
StaplesuPromise, BuyGCBuy eBay e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-08-20Reported by Mike
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
MacysDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gc and get cash backFAIL2015-08-18Reported by janol
Sharper ImageDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gc and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-18Reported by janol. Had to call to get gift card
NordstromDiscover, BuyGCBuy Nordstrom e-gc and get cash backFAIL2015-08-18Reported by Marigold
SephoraDiscover, BuyGCBuy e-gc and get cash backFAIL2015-08-18Reported by janol
BloomingdalesDiscover, BuyGCBuy Bloomingdales e-gc and get cash backFAIL2015-08-18Reported by Marigold
HayneedleMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-08-17Reported by Diamond Vargas who wrote: Transaction initially tracked properly, but cashback was reversed a few days later, opened a claim with Mr. Rebates who confirmed it would not be payable due to gift card purchase
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
HayneedleTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-08-12Reported by Diamond Vargas who wrote: Transaction did not initially track, opened a claim with TCB and the cash back showed as pending within a day, then payable a day after that
SaksTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-08-12Reported by FBG
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."
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.”
KmartAAdvantage, UseGCUse Kmart gift card to buy merchandise and earn milesSUCCESS2015-08-11Reported by akr1970akr
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.
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
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
SearsDiscover, BuyGCBuy $500 gift card from Sears (e-gift card?) and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-28Reported 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
BodenMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-15Reported by Diamond Vargas
Allen EdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-14Reported by Diamond Vargas
StaplesAAdvantage, UseGCUse Staples gift cards to buy tablets and earn milesSUCCESS2015-07-14Reported by Oren
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
SearsDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with combo of SYWR points, gift card, and amex gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-07-10Reported by janol
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
SaksAAdvantage, BuyGCBuy Saks e-gift card and earn milesFAIL2015-07-09Reported by fauxblogger who reported: Failed to track. Opened up a claim. Claim denied, citing: GCs not eligible per T&C
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
Henri BendelTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-06-30Reported by Diamond Vargas
Henri BendelTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-30Reported by Diamond Vargas
StaplesUnited, BuyGCBuy Nordstrom e-gift card and earn milesSUCCESS2015-06-30Reported by Ken
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy eBay e-giftcard and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-26Reported by RadR
1800FlowersMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-25Reported by Diamond Vargas
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
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.
BrookstoneDiscover, BuyGCBuy Brookstone physical, by-mail, gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-20
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
StaplesDiscover, BuyGCBuy Whole Foods e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-19Paid with Chase Ink 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
Brooks BrothersMr Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-15Reported by Diamond Vargas
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, 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
Sears.comDiscover, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-06-12Paid w/ Discover card. Transaction shows as Kmart
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
Staples.comAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy eBay e-gift card from Staples and get milesFAIL2015-06-11Reported by Kevin
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
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
Home DepotBuyGCBuy phyiscal gift card from HomeDepot.com, get cash back from Amex Offers promoSUCCESS2015-05-21Reported by Glenn
Bed Bath & BeyondBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse BBB gift card in-store to buy 3rd party gift cardSUCCESS2015-05-21Reported by Stephen
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
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
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
LegoEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-04-20Reported by Yao
LegoTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backFAIL2015-04-20Reported by Yao
JCrewDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2015-04-20Reported by Chuck Sithe
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
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
GrouponSouthwest, UseGCUse Groupon e-gift card and earn portal pointsSUCCESS2015-02-17Reported by Patrick L
StaplesSouthwest, BuyGCBuy Groupon egift card from staples.com and earn portal pointsSUCCESS2015-02-17Reported by Patrick L
AnySouthwest, N/AEarn points through portal to verify that they count towards Southwest Companion PassSUCCESS2015-02-17
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.
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
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 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
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 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)
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
PetCoUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by luchex
AllenEdmondsAlaska MileagePlan, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by Alek
AllenEdmondsUnited, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-11-16Reported by Alek
PetCoAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-11-11Reported by Frank
William SonomaAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get milesSUCCESS2014-10-26Reported by Colin
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
AllenEdmondsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy physical gift card get cash backSUCCESS2014-10-26
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, BuyGCBuy e-gift card to get pointsFAIL2014-10-13Reported by Jordo06
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.
ModclothUnited, UseGCUse e-gift card and get milesSUCCESS2014-10-10Reported by Jen.
Sports AuthorityAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
Sports AuthorityAadvantage, 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
HorchowSouthwest, UseGCUse e-gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2014-10-07
Sams ClubDelta SkyMiles, BuyGCBuy physical merchant gift card (Starbucks) and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
BackcountryUnited, BuyGCBuy e-gift card 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
JcrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesFAIL2014-10-07
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
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
KohlsSavingStar, BuyGCBuy Kohls physical gift cards to get cash backSUCCESS2014-07-28Reported by Vinh
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 e-gift card via portal to get pointsSUCCESS2014-06-12
SearsSouthwest, BuyGCReload existing gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2014-06-12
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
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
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
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 with other merchandise in cart to get cash backSUCCESS2014-04-08
MeijeruPromise, BuyGCBuy physical Meijer gift card without other merchandise in cart to get cash backFAIL2014-04-08Reported by multiple readers
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
ToysRUsAadvantage, 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
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
Lands EndEbates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusSouthwest, 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
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported by Miks S
Neiman MarcusChase, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get portal milesSUCCESS2014-02-25Reported 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
KrogerBuyGCBuy Amex gift card to get fuel pointsFAIL2014-01-28Reported by MichaelP
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 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
RadioShackBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse RadioShack gift card to buy Amazon Kindle gift card in-storeSUCCESS2014-01-22
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy Amazon gift card in-storeFAIL2014-01-22Reported by MLH
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
Lands EndDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card, pay with Amex, and get cash backSUCCESS2014-01-21Reported by Clint
JcrewDiscover, 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
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
JCPenneySouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsFAIL2014-01-14Reported by Julian
BestBuySouthwest, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2014-01-14Reported by Julian
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
JCrewAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get milesFAIL2014-01-07Reported by Arrek.
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy two identical physical $25 gift cards in one transaction to get pointsPARTIAL2014-01-07Reported by Penny W
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
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
Neiman MarcusChase, BuyGCBuy $200 e-gift card and get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Allison
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Home Improvement gift card to reload Sears gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Steve
TargetDiscover,Buy merchandise with non-Discover card (Target credit card) and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Colin
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy egift card to get milesFAIL2013-12-19Reported by Abe
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy $200 e-gift card and get portal pointsSUCCESS2013-12-19Reported by Naina
AmexGiftCardsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift cards using code not shown on portal and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19Works despite T&C
AmexGiftCardsTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy gift cards with >$500 value and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-19After logging into Amex account, larger denomination options show up
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
BestBuyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse BestBuy gift card to buy $200 Visa gift card in-storeSUCCESS2013-12-19
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
WalmartAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical Visa gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
West ElmChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-14Reported by Kyle
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy physical 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
Neiman MarcusuPromise, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-12
MacysAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-12Reported by Abe
Bed Bath & BeyondAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-12Reported by Abe
BackcountryAadvantage, BuyGCBuy gift cards and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-12Reported by Jonathan
GuitarCenterAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Guitar Center e-gift card and earn milesFAIL2013-12-09Reported by Bob
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy merchant gift cards (Amazon, iTunes, etc.)SUCCESS2013-12-09Reported by Robert
AAALoadGCLoad AAA TravelMoney prepaid card with AAA BOA Visa card to earn credit card rewardsFAIL2013-12-09Reported by Travis
GuitarCenterAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Guitar Center physical 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
Magazines.comAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-05
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 physical gift card and get milesFAIL2013-12-05
GamestopBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Gamestop gift card in-store to buy Amazon (Kindle) gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-05Reported by multiple readers
StaplesBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Staples gift card in-store to buy merchant gift cardSUCCESS2013-12-02Ability to do this depends upon cashier allowing it.
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
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.
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 gift card to get milesFAIL2013-12-02Reported by Mary Beth. Her points initially posted, but then disapeared. No one else reported that result.
SonyTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Jonathan.
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy e-gift card, physical gift card, and merchandise (all together) and get milesSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Ken
Neiman MarcusAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Neiman Marcus physical gift card to get milesSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by Adriano
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.
SearsMrRebates, UseGCUse Sears gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-12-02Reported by FlyingBoat
Office DepotUpgradeGCUse OfficeDepot gift card to buy fixed value Shell gift cardFAIL2013-12-02Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
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
RoadRunner SportsChase, UseGCUse physical gift card and non-Chase credit card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Jonathan
RoadRunner SportsChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Jonathan
SearsAadvantage, UseGCUse Sears gift cards to buy merchandise and get milesSUCCESS2013-10-21
SearsAadvantage, BuyGCBuy Sears physical gift card via portal to get milesSUCCESS2013-10-21
StarbucksstoreTopCashBack, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift card and credit cardPARTIAL2013-10-21Reported by nrdk. Only credit card portion received cash back
PetsmartDiscover, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Nate
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.
FandangoHilton, BuyGCBuy gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Ryan
OfficeMaxTopCashBack, UseGCBuy merchandise, pay with gift cardSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by nrdk. Received cash back for full order less sales tax.
AmexGiftCardsBigCrumbs, BuyGCBuy gift cards to get cash back. Use BDAY100 code to waive per card feesSUCCESS2013-10-21
BestBuyuPromise, BuyGCBuy gift cards, get cash backFAIL2013-10-21Reported by foxxeehi and Nick
FandangoHilton, UseGCUse gift card and credit card to buy merchandisePARTIAL2013-10-21Reported by Ryan. Only credit card portion received points
LowesChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Lowes gift card and pay with Home Improvement gift cardFAIL2013-10-21Reported by Steve. Transaction failed.
LLBeanChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2013-10-21Reported by Liz
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
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.
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
WalmartUseGCUse Walmart or Sears gc to load BluebirdFAIL2013-08-18Reported by Jonathan
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
WalgreensUpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to upgrade to Shell gift cardFAIL2013-08-02Reported by Nick. Register would not allow gift card as payment
StewartsBuyGCTry to buy GreenDot Prepaid MC and MoneyPaks and pay with Amex credit cardFAIL2013-08-02Reported by JohnBL
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
NordstromTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy e-gift card and get cash backFAIL2013-06-18Reported by alexi
NordstromTopCashBack, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get cash backSUCCESS2013-06-18Reported by alexi
SpeedwayBuyGCBuy Home Improvement gift card and earn Speedway rewardsSUCCESS2013-06-07Reported by Chris
LLBeanChase, UseGCUse e-gift card + some credit card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2013-05-22Reported by Harvson3
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
TargetDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card to earn cash backFAIL2013-05-06Reported by Tim2
TargetDiscover, UseGCBuy merchandise and pay with gift card to earn cash backSUCCESS2013-05-06Reported by Tim2
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
GiftCardMall.comTopCashBack, BuyGCBuy GiftCardMall Choice e-card and get cash backSUCCESS2013-05-06
SearsUseGC, PINUse $100 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22
SearsBuyGCBuy $100 Visa gift card and earn ShopYourWayRewardsFAIL2013-04-22
Pottery BarnuPromise, BuyGCBuy PotteryBarn Kids gift card to get cash backSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Lori
SpeedwayBuyGCBuy $500 Visa gift card and earn Speedway rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
SpeedwayUseGC, PINUse $500 OneVanilla Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22PIN set automatically upon first use
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
StaplesUseGC, PINUse $200 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22Used last 4 digits of card # as PIN
StaplesBuyGCBuy $200 Visa gift card and earn Staples rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
SearsBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse ShopYourWayRewards points to buy Visa gift card in-storeFAIL2013-04-22Set PIN by calling
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
LowesAadvantage, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Piecerate. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
OfficeMaxUseGC, PINUse $100 Visa gift card with PIN 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
KrogerUseGC, PINUse $500 Visa gift card with PIN from US Bank to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22Set PIN by calling
Office DepotUseGC, PINUse $200 Visa gift card with PIN to load Bluebird at Walmart.SUCCESS2013-04-22PIN set automatically upon first use
LowesUnited, BuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy physical Lowes gift card with Home Improvement card to earn portal pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Jen. NOTE: NO LONGER WORKS
OfficeMaxBuyGCBuy $100 Visa gift card and earn OfficeMax rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
Office DepotBuyGCBuy $200 Visa gift card and earn OfficeDepot rewardsFAIL2013-04-22
MacysChase, UseGCUse Macys gift card to buy items and receive pointsSUCCESS2013-04-22Reported by Robert M
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
LowesChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card from Lowes to get extra pointsSUCCESS2013-02-28I paid with a Home Imrprovement gift card
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.
BestBuyuPromise, BuyGCBuy physical BestBuy gc with Cash+ credit card & get cash backSUCCESS2013-02-28Reported by Vinh
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
KohlsChase, BuyGCBuy Kohls e-gift cards to get UR pointsFAIL2013-02-15Didn't work for me
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
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
BestBuyUse Cash+ card at BestBuy with electronics 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
Buy.comUse Cash+ card at Buy.com with electronics selected as 5% categoryFAIL2013-01-31Did not receive 5% back from Cash+ card
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
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
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
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
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
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.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
GrouponDiscover, BuyGCBuy physical gift card for cash backFAIL2013-01-09
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
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
NikeChase, BuyGCBuy physical and/or e-gift cards online to get extra pointsFAIL2013-01-04Reported by Mike and AJH
NikeChase, UseGCUse Nike gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by AJH
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walmart e-gift card in-store to buy Visa gift cardSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by Ed
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
eBagsChase, UseGCUse gift card to get extra pointsSUCCESS2013-01-04Reported by Dina
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.
Cole HaanMr. Rebates, BuyGCBuy physical gift card and earn cash backFailure2012-12-12Reported by Glenn
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
BestBuyUnited, BuyGCBuy iTunes gift card from Best Buy and get pointsSUCCESS2012-12-10Reported by Colin
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load Amex Campus Edition card with credit card at regular B&N store (not campus store)FAIL2012-12-10
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)
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
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.
J&RDiscover,Use PayPal to pay (instead of Discover card) and get cash backFAIL2012-12-04Reported by Colin.
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
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!
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, 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, UseGCUse Groupon gift card through portal to get cash backFAIL2012-10-10Reported by Frequent Grouponer
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 credit cardSUCCESS2012-10-03Successfully used $500 Vanilla Visa to load Amex at register
Barnes & NobleLoadGCTry to load American Express Campus Edition Prepaid card with B&N gift cardFAIL2012-10-03
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
Buy.comChase, UseGCUse Buy.com gift card to buy merchandise and get portal pointsSUCCESS2012-09-21
Buy.comChase, BuyGCBuy Buy.com gift card to get pointsSUCCESS2012-09-21
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
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
WalgreensBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCUse Walgreens gift card to buy $500 Visa gift cardSUCCESS2012-09-13
RiteAidBuyGCBuy $500 Vanilla Visa gift card with credit cardSUCCESS2012-09-13
RiteAidBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Shell gift card using Rite Aid gift cardSUCCESS2012-09-13Reported by Rich
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, 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, 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
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
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, 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.
Office DepotBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy a different gift card using an Office Depot gift card in-storeSUCCESS2012-07-03Reported by benji
JCPenneyBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy a different gift card using a JC Penney gift card in-storeFAIL2012-07-03Reported by bexho2000
DrugStore.comChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Drugstore.com e-gift card online through the UR Mall to get extra pointsSUCCESS2012-07-03Reported by smurf
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
NikeAadvantage, UseGCUse Nike gift card to buy merchandise and earn pointsSUCCESS2012-06-08Reported by Jeff
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
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
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
JcrewChase, BuyGCBuy physical gift card at JCrew to get pointsSUCCESS2012-05-30Reported by matuag. Evidence suggests that eGift cards may not result in points
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.
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.
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.
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
CVSUseGCUse CVS gift card in person to buy Visa gift cardsFAIL2012-05-17Reported by Greek2Me
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
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
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.
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
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.comBigCrumbs, UseGCUse Magazines.com gift card to buy magazines and cash backFAIL2012-01-01
Magazines.comChase, BuyGCBuy Magazines.com gift card and get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01
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
StaplesChase, CouponBuy merchandise to get points and use Staples couponFAIL2012-01-01Reported by Sam
WalmartChase, BuyGCBuy Visa or merchant gift card online at Walmart.com and get extra points from portalFAIL2012-01-01
WalmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCBuy Visa gift card online using Walmart gift cardSUCCESS2012-01-01
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
SearsChase, UseGCUse gift card to buy merchandise and get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01100% success
SearsChase, BuyGC, UseGCBuy Sears gift card using Sears gift card to get points foreverFAIL2012-01-01Sears website doesn't allow this
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
Home DepotChase, BuyGCBuy Home Depot gift cards to get UR pointsFAIL2012-01-01Reported by Jeff
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 & NobleEbates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
Barnes & NobleMrRebates, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
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
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 & NobleChase, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn pointsFAIL2012-01-01Only the part of the order paid by credit card received points
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 & NobleBigCrumbs, UseGCUse gift cards to buy merchandise & earn cash backFAIL2012-01-01No cash back earned
Barnes & NobleChase, BuyGCBuy gift cards to earn pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01
CouponTradeTopCashBack, SellGCSell gift cards, get extra cash backSUCCESS2012-01-01Earned fixed $2.50 per sale. Good for small face value cards ($20, $25)
DrugStore.comAadvantage, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com & get AA milesFAIL2012-01-01
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
KmartChase, BuyGCBuy Kmart gift cards to get pointsSUCCESS2012-01-01Bought physical gift cards, didn't try e-cards
KmartBuyGC, UseGC, UpgradeGCIn person at Kmart, buy BP, Ebay, and other gift cards using Sears or Kmart gift cardsSUCCESS2012-01-01Some mean cashiers won't allow this, but most do
GiftCards.comMyDeals&Coupons, SellGCSell Walmart gift card & get additional cash backSUCCESS2012-01-01Pleasantly surprised to find cash back was % of face value
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 🙂
DrugStore.comBeFrugal, UseGCUse Beauty.com gift card at DrugStore.com & get cash backFAIL2012-01-01
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

Comments

    • Did you buy the Under Armour physical gift card for the Amex Offer, and if yes did you get the credit? The T&C says “Excludes physical gift cards purchased online. Just checking if this is actually being enforced. Thanks.

    • Is your TopCashBack purchase still tracking at the correct percentage? I tried buying a physical lowe’s gift card online the same day you first posted this, and it immediately tracked on TopCashBack that same day but with 0%, so I think I’m out of luck… any tips on getting this to work?

        • Wow, very strange… so the other day when it failed to track at 6%, I had selected the standard, basic-looking Lowe’s gift card design and I did personalize it, and used guest checkout.

          I decided to try again a couple days ago with your particular instructions… selected the gift card that looks like a present, did NOT personalize the card, and still checked out using guest checkout. This time it did track properly at 6% with TopCashBack.

          Very weird, but I’m not complaining! Thanks for the tips!

    • Tom,

      I’ve added your experience to the table. Please let us know if there are any specifics you’d like to add.

      Anita

  1. Merchant: Cole Haan
    Portal: iConsumer
    Experiment: Buy physical gift card, receive cash back
    Result: Fail
    Purchase Date: 11/29/16

  2. Thanks for all the info over the years. I almost never comment, but I appreciate all the work you guys do. The last time I commented was to complain about Discover clawing back a couple grand from me in 2015. Anyways, the info on your site has put at least 100k more cash in my pocket than I would have made on my own. I don’t even work outside the home anymore, and I take lengthy vacations whenever I want (all the time). I just wanted to add some data and observations. This year I only did 1,200 purchases at sears and kmart using the Upromise portal, Sears GC and Upromise CC. The Upromise portal almost always works for any combination of GC, SYWR, and CC that you use. Additionally, last year you could make a purchase at sears/kmart and pay 99% with a sears GC and pay a trivial amount on the Upromise CC and trigger the bonus 5%* back. It seemed to work roughly 90% of the time even though I’ve heard Barclay’s Upromise card is very unreliable and/or junk. This year however, the bonus 5%* has only triggered for me about 40% of the time, and it can take up to 3 months to show up. I haven’t yet figured out if there’s any similarities in the orders that failed to get the bonus. But the bonus seems to be getting less and less frequent as time passes.

    I don’t have an issue being one of the buzzards who is circling Sears Holdings and picking off what’s left on the bone. You and I may as well help ourselves out as the company crashes and burns. It seems that they are already past the point of no return. To add to my savings, I acquired the employee discount (10%) by working a few hours a week at the local kmart. The discount works on everything and stacks with most coupons. If you were to attempt serious reselling, I would suggest getting the discount too because it is a huge edge when you compete with other sellers online. However, the clock will start ticking before someone comes along to ask questions. I lasted roughly 3 years before some people from corporate made a special trip to the store for me. They found it odd that a cashier making minimum wage was spending $500k per year at the store, and had 35 separate VIP SYWR accounts. They were mostly unhappy about the multiple accounts, but they didn’t like how I occasionally refilled e-giftcards online, and they didn’t like that I used a free giftcard trick during a promotion that lasted about 2 months (i could explain if ya wanted, but it’s expired). They didn’t care about the employee discount. I didn’t get fired, but decided to quit since I didn’t want to get suspiciously eyeballed the entire one day that I worked per week. My accounts all had fun names like “Dixie Normiss” and “Drew Peacock” and “Sponge Bob” and such, but I suspect that they tracked them all down by the matching employee discount code. They canceled all my SYWR accounts, but I found that I could still spend the points as long as I had previously used my cell phone to screen capture the barcode on the SYWR app. There is no other way to access the points after getting an account canceled that I’m aware of. So if you are going really big with the SYWR points, make sure to screen capture your scannable barcode now while you still can just in case! I lost about 600$ in points or so from accounts that I hadn’t screen captured. I can still see some unexpired points on shopyourway.com but there’s no other way to access them that I’m aware of. Looking back, I’m somewhat sad that I lost 20 or so “VIP Choice” coupons that I had for 100% back in points on a 55″ RCA tv. I had only purchased 5 at that point and had mostly just handed them out to friends. I could have done my entire living room wall.. Like a sports bar.

    * – the “bonus 5% if you use your Upromise CC” is actually a bonus 4% on the total purchase, plus 1% of the trivial amount that you spent. Plus an additional 1% of the trivial amount since the purchase is coded as a department store. So for me, that makes it a bonus 4.1% at best.

    Merchant: Sears
    Portal: Upromise
    Experiment: 1,200x buy merch with GC, SYWR, and Uprom CC
    Result: Mixed success – portal always works, CC related bonus occasionally works
    Purchase Date: 1/5/16 – 9/19/16

    Upromise is not the greatest portal. I like shopathome better, since you can actually track the cashback instead of just crossing your fingers and waiting. But ya gotta follow the bigger money. Surely I would be using the Discover portal except that they clawed back so much money from me when I was making purchases with Sears GCs and using the Discover portal. They (like kmart) probably still remember my name.

    Sorry for the novel.

  3. Merchant: 1800Baskets
    Portal: BeFrugal
    Experiment: Buy physical gift card, receive cash back + Harry & David Amex Offer cash back
    Result: Success
    Purchase Date: 12/5/16
    Amex Offer was to spend $75, Get $20 from Harry & David. Terms show that offer is good at variety of 1-800-etc brands. Cash back pending from BeFrugal. Cash back received from Amex.

  4. Anita, instead of replying to each comment when you add it, how about commenting once with the whole slew that’s been added. This cuts down on the email spam that subscribers get.

  5. Merchant: Staples
    Portal: Splender
    Buy Physical Hyatt Gift Card using Amex.
    FAIL

    Merchant: Staples
    Portal: Mr. Rebates
    Buy Physical Hyatt Gift Card using Amex
    FAIL

    used to be Mr. Rebates was pretty reliable on gift cards when others weren’t. not anymore. back to BeFrugal.

  6. Portal: BeFrugal
    Vendor: Cole Haan
    Buy physical gift card with credit card.
    FAILURE, reversal of last year as suggested by others.

  7. Weird…

    Portal: Splender
    Vendor: newegg
    Buy Nike eGC with credit card
    SUCCESS

    The odd part is other eGCs I’ve bought didn’t track previously, but hey whatever

  8. Merchant: Bliss
    Portal: Topcashback
    Experiment: Buy physical gift card, receive cash back
    Result: Success
    Purchase Date: 9/15/16

  9. Merchant: Sears
    Portal: TopCashBack
    Purchase: Reload Physical Gift Card
    Result: Tracking as $0 Cashback at the moment, a day after reload (12/12/2016)… Will keep this updated.

  10. Merchant: Staples
    Portal: Mr. Rebates
    Experiment: Buy eGift cards (3x$25 Gap, 1x$25 Athleta), receive cash back
    Purchase Date: 12/9/2016
    Result: Partial Success
    Notes: Tracked at $25 instead of $100

  11. could not get Sears e-giftcard reload cashback to work. Tried with BeFrugal and TopCashback on 12/12 (5 transactions). Transactions have all showed up, but as $0 cashback.

  12. Portal: BeFrugal
    Vendor: Staples
    Buy physical Hyatt gift card with credit. Credit with BeFrugal DID initially post, but each time they’ve reversed it the next day.

  13. Portal: ShopAtHome
    Vendor: Sears
    Dates: 10/25/2016-10/26/2016, 11/24/2016-11/26/16
    Experiment: Reloaded Sears gift cards. Initially credit cashback. Reversed later.

  14. 2 DPs:

    Portal: BeFrugal
    Vendor: Sears
    Dates: 12/12/16
    Experiment: Used egiftcards to pay for 90% of item, received cashback for entire amount.

    Portal: BeFrugal
    Vendor: Giftcardmall
    Dates: 12/14/16
    Experiment: Bought discounted Airbnb giftcards, received cashback on retail amount! (e.g. paid $600 for $750 of credit, received cashback on $750)

  15. Merchant: Sears
    Portal: Topcashback
    Experiment: Buy item entirely with SYW Rewards points
    Purchase Date: 12/16/16
    Result: Success at this point. Shows as pending like normal purchases.

  16. Merchant: Newegg
    Portal: United, Alaska
    Experiment: Buy visa egift card with Amex cc, receive miles
    Result: Success
    Date: 12/13/16, 12/18/16, 12/20/16

  17. Merchant: Lowes
    Portal: TopCashBack
    Experiment: Buy physical gift card, one that looks like a present
    Result: Failure
    Date: 12/29/16

  18. Merchant: Neiman Marcus
    Portal: Alaska Shopping
    Experiment: Buy Virtual GiftCard
    Result: 10X Success plus 1k shopping bonus success
    Date: Dec 27, 2016

  19. I saw data points for this but several years old

    Merchant: Nike
    Portal: Chase
    Experiment: Use giftcard purchased on MPX app
    Result: Success. 5pts/$ on MPX, 6pts/$ on portal
    Date: Jan 2, 2016

  20. Merchant: Staples
    Portal: TCB
    Experiment: Buy eGC with CC
    Result: Failure
    Date: Dec 31, 2016

    Merchant: Staples
    Portal: Ebates
    Experiment: Buy eGC with CC
    Result: Failure
    Date: Dec 31, 2016

    Merchant: Staples
    Portal: iConsumer
    Experiment: Buy eGC with CC
    Result: Failure
    Date: Dec 31, 2016

    Merchant: Staples
    Portal: Alaska
    Experiment: Buy eGC with CC
    Result: Failure
    Date: Dec 31, 2016

  21. Merchant: Macy’s
    Portal: iConsumer
    Experiment: Buy physical gift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: Dec 23, 2016

  22. Can you use a BB eGC online to buy an Ebay GC? I have several $5 BB eGCs that I’d like to either consolidate to another BB GC or ebay GCs. Also AZ would work too. I can’t find anything current for this. No portal involved, I’m mainly concerned with consolidating my many $5 BB GCs.

    Option to subscribe isn’t available anymore?

    • Ken,

      You should just need to enter a comment and then check the box that says “notify me of updates”. Is the box not showing up for you?

      Anita

  23. Merchant: Staples
    Portal: United
    Experiment: Buy Whole Foods e-gift card, get miles
    Result: SUCCESS
    Purchase Date: Dec 26, 2016
    Purchases counted towards portal’s New Year bonus as well

    Merchant: Staples
    Portal: United
    Experiment: Buy Whole Foods physical gift card, get miles
    Result: FAIL
    Purchase Date: Dec 18, 2016

    Merchant: Staples
    Portal: United
    Experiment: Buy Target e-gift card, get miles
    Result: FAIL
    Purchase Date: Dec 18, 2016

    Merchant: Staples
    Portal: United
    Experiment: Buy Target physical gift card, get miles
    Result: FAIL
    Purchase Date: Dec 18, 2016

  24. Merchant: MAC Cosmetics
    Portal: Mr. Rebates
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/6/17

    Merchant: MAC Cosmetics
    Portal: Topcashback
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/7/17

    Merchant: MAC Cosmetics
    Portal: Splender
    Experiment: Buy physical gift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/8/17

    Merchant: MAC Cosmetics
    Portal: Splender
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/9/17

  25. Portal: United Mileage Plus (Cartera)
    Vendor: Staples
    Buy Hyatt Physical GC to earn miles.
    FAIL

    Some of these in November showed tracked but were then clawed back. Later purchases in December didn’t track at all.

  26. Merchant: Aveda
    Portal: Topcashback
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/11/17

    Merchant: Aveda
    Portal: iConsumer
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/12/17

    Merchant: Aveda
    Portal: Splender
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/13/17

    Merchant: Aveda
    Portal: Mr. Rebates
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/14/17

    Merchant: Aveda
    Portal: BeFrugal
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/15/17

    Merchant: Aveda
    Portal: British Airways
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/16/17

    Merchant: Aveda
    Portal: Ultimate Rewards
    Experiment: Buy egift card, get cash back
    Result: Failure
    Date: 1/17/17

  27. Merchant: Neiman Marcus
    Portal: Topcashback (x2) and Shopathome (x3)
    Experiment: Buy $200 egift card (Amex offer)
    Result: Showing on both portals
    Date: 1/17/17

  28. Bought eGC from Neiman Marcus, successfully tracking with both TopCashBack and BeFrugal (3 orders total, waiting on AAdvantage Shopping to track still)…

  29. Merchant: NIKE
    Portal: UR
    Experiment: Use e-gift card, earn portal points (not buying GCs)
    Result: Fail
    Date: 11/22/16

    Merchant: BestBuy
    Portal: UR
    Experiment: Use Citi credit card, earn UR points (not buying GCs)
    Result: Fail
    Date: 11/27/16

    Merchant: Sakes Fifth Ave
    Portal: UR
    Experiment: Use Amex credit card, earn UR points (not buying GCs)
    Result: Success
    Date: 12/03/16

    Merchant: Staples
    Portal: UR
    Experiment: Use Amex credit card, buy e-GCs
    Result: Fail
    Date: 12/31/16

  30. Merchant: Apple.com
    Portal: UA
    Experiment: Buy customized macbook pro, earn UA points
    Result: Fail (credit card was not charged until the laptop was ready)
    Date: 11/18/16

  31. Merchant: Fedex Office Print
    Portal: UR
    Experiment: Buy Print Service with a Visa Card (not Chase) receive points
    Result: Success
    Purchase Date: 1/12/17
    Points pending

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