OfficeMax Hotel Savings


Until July 28 (Saturday), OfficeMax is offering a $50 hotel cash card when you make a purchase of $175 or more.


The cash card has some restrictions:

  • Your hotel must be booked via (which probably means you won’t get elite stay credit or earn hotel points)
  • Your stay must be two nights or more
  • The card must be redeemed by January 1, 2014 (but it looks like your stay can be later than that as long as it is booked by that date – I’m not 100% sure).


Leveraging the Deal

Option 1: Buy gift cards through

  • As I’ve reported before (see “10% off everything and 7% off everything else”), you can use an American Express business card to get 10% back from all OfficeMax orders greater than $250.  It appears that you can use this promo code “TRAVEL” when ordering gift cards.
  • Assuming you buy $300 worth of gift cards, you will get $30 back from Amex OPEN Savings, and $50 back in the form of this hotel cash card.  Not bad.
  • Use the gift cards for future OfficeMax purchases, or use them in-store to buy other gift cards (this has worked multiple times for me, but others have reported difficulty so try at your own risk).

Option 2: Buy OfficeMax stuff

  • Go through TopCashBack to PlasticJungle to buy OfficeMax electronic gift cards for 11% off (and you should get additional cash back from TopCashBack).  Don’t buy physical gift cards because you won’t get them in time before this promotion ends.
  • Go through ShopAtHome or TopCashBack to for up to 6% cash back.  Alternatively, go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall for 3 points per dollar.
  • Add $175 worth of stuff to your cart, and then add promo code “TRAVEL
  • Use your electronic gift cards to make your purchase.  Try to make a small part of the purchase with a credit card – otherwise the cash back portals might not kick in.
  • If you didn’t buy gift cards first, pay with an Ink Bold card (5X), or an American Express Simply Cash card (5% back + 5% or 10% back via OPEN Savings), or any Amex business card (5% back for purchases of $250 or less; 10% back for purchases greater than $250).
  • Total potential savings: ~15% (TopCashBack + PlasticJungle) + 6% (ShopAtHome) + $50 (Hotel Card).  With a $175 purchase, that comes to about $86 in savings or almost 50%.

Is it worth it?

Certainly, if you plan to make OfficeMax purchases anyway.  I’ve never used one of these hotel cards, but it looks pretty useful.  I browsed to the redemption website and found that hotel prices were competitive and in some cases better than I’ve been able to find elsewhere. 

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