Warning: Portals No Longer Paying for the Purchase of Sears Gift Cards

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One of the greatest double dip opportunities lately has been to purchase Sears e-Gift cards through a portal to earn rewards and then earn additional rewards when you use those gift cards. I have covered this strategy before.

This morning Julian of The Devil’s Advocate and Bet You Didn’t Know fame, emailed me to let me know that several portals have changed their language to exclude gift cards from earning portal rewards. I checked several portals and confirmed the changes.

Here is the new language on several portals:

Southwest, Delta, AAdvantage, United (All Cartera): Not eligible on online purchase made using Sears Shop Your Way points. Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.

BeFrugal: No cash back on apparel clearance, delivery charges, installation, layaway, master protection agreements, gift cards, and auto & home services.

Ebates and Discover don’t contain any language excluding gift cards and Top Cashback has the following interesting language:

Please note: Cash Back is eligible on the sale of Giftcards. There will be no cash back awarded for the redemption of gift cards.

Bottom Line

Sears generally handles all portals the same way, so the ones without the gift card exclusion are probably just slow to update. It seems this deal is probably done for now, but if you do decide to purchase through a portal without the exclusion, make sure to document everything.

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