(EXPIRED) Easy 5x returns: $10 off $300 in Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot [3/31-4/6/19]

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Starting today, 3/31/19, Office Max / Office Depot is offering an instant $10 off $300 or more in Mastercard Gift Cards through 4/6/19 (or while supplies last).

Photo from Wii on Twitter

The Deal

  • Purchase $300 or more in Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot and save $10 instantly from 3/31/19 through 4/6/19
  • Not in this week’s ad but showing up in stores

Key Terms

  • In-store only
  • One offer per transaction (YMMV on multiple transactions)

Quick Thoughts

This deal is best maximized by paying with a card that earns 5x/5% at office supply stores (See: Best Category Bonuses). To maximize rewards and minimize activation fees as a percentage of cost, you would want to buy two $200 Mastercard Gift cards. Alternatively, you could buy one $100 gift card and one $200 gift card (or any other combination to reach $300 in gift cards), but activation fees will cumulatively make up a higher percentage of your purchase price — so you might as well earn some more rewards at 5X/5%.

Mastercards with a $6.95 activation fee, here’s the rewards breakdown:

$413.90 (2x $200 Visa Gift Card + activation)
 -$10.00 instant discount
$403.90 + 2019.5 Ultimate Rewards (if paying with the Chase Ink Cash) OR $20.20 cash back

Most Mastercard gift cards at Office Max / Office Depot are PIN-enabled, with the PIN being the last four digits of the card. For more information on these cards, see our Beginner’s Guide to Buying & Liquidating Visa and Mastercard Gift CardsNote that these cards have been known to be more susceptible to fraud. If you’re buying them, I recommend using them shortly after purchase.

While this certainly isn’t as good of a deal as it used to be when $15 or even $20 off of $300 was common, it’s still an easily profitable deal and an easy way to pick up some points. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of these from Office Max / Office Depot, so it’s good to see the deal back.

Recent previous dates for $10 off of $300 in Visa / Mastercard Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot:

  • 11/18/18-11/24/18 (Visa)
  • 10/21/18-10/27/18 (Visa)
  • 3/10/19-3/16/19 (Visa)

We have added this to our Current Visa and Mastercard Gift Card Deals page.

H/T: Wii on Twitter

Last updated on April 6th, 2019

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Nick, you need to proofread that first sentence.

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Yup. Remove mention of visa. My hopes were high…until I saw the actual store ad. Mcgc’s suck!

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Glad MCGCs work for some people, but I experienced too many risks with those. What’s up with those?