Google Fi gift cards better than expected

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Google Fi has begun sending out emails with travel gift cards from the incredible November promotion (see: [DEAD] WOW! Get a Google Fi phone & travel gift card worth the phone’s price). I received my gift card email earlier this evening, and it turned out to be even better than expected: not only can you mix and match amounts with all of the included partners, but you do not need to redeem all of the gift card money at once. That’s awesome since it means you can redeem little by little as needed for your travels.

The email that came from Google Fi this afternoon, with the subject line, “Redeem Your Travel Gift Card(s) from Google Fi” was clear in explaining that you can redeem a partial amount now and store the balance for later or even share with a friend, emailing the gift card directly to them. Here is the key text:

Again, the good news here is that you can redeem at your own pace. While we previously knew you would be able to mix and match between AirBnB, Delta, Hotels.com, and Southwest Airlines, I had assumed that we would have to redeem the entire amount in one shot. It turns out you’ll just need to save either the email or URL in order to be able to redeem again in the future. As an example, you could choose to redeem for $300 in Delta gift cards now, a $400 AirBnB gift card next week, and then a $300 Hotels.com gift card in a few months if that’s what fits your needs. If you’re going to hold on to the balance for a while, I’d recommend keeping that URL in a very safe place.

Overall, a promotion that seemed too-good-to-be-true apparently wasn’t. Those who pulled the trigger quickly on this one got one of the best deals of 2018. That said, my experiences with Fi haven’t been overwhelmingly positive (though I should probably consider myself lucky compared to some). I love my Pixel 3 XL and the photos it takes, but I’ve found a number of instances where my T-Mobile phone has had full service and the Fi phone has had no service (and only one or two instances the other way around). That’s too bad as I wanted to love Fi. I’ll give it a shot abroad so as to compare directly with my T-Mobile phone, but I don’t intend to keep Fi long-term despite this terrific promotion (note: the jury is still out as to whether I keep the phone or the gift cards!).

Do remember this key point from the original promotion terms (thanks to reader Alex in the comments for the reminder):

“If Fi service is paused for more than 7 days or cancelled within 120 days of activation, the value of the gift card will be charged to your Google Payments account to match the purchased price of the device.”

So you’ll want to continue Fi service beyond receipt of the gift cards,

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