Thursday, September 5, 2013

Chase to end fee free gift card offer as of September 22

Chase has been offering fee free Visa gift cards for a while now, but I've received a tip saying that the deal will come to an end on September 22nd.  So, now is the time to buy! 

Go to www.chase.com/gift-cards.



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42 comments:

  1. Can you set a PIN for these GCs and load to BB at a kiosk?

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  2. is there an alternative option for those who live in e.g. NJ, where the offer is not available online ?

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  3. Any reason you would use these as opposed to gift card mall? With GCM, you get at least 1 point per dollar, plus any portal savings...

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    1. I was going to say that GiftCardMall portal savings for Visa gift cards are only .5%, but I see that TopCashBack is offering 1% cash back today only. Even at 1%, though, I'm not sure that would be enough to cover fees and shipping.

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  4. Ken: Yes you can!
    bolderrider: These were convenient because there is no fee for the card and no fee for shipping.

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  5. @Bolderrider, you get free shipping and activation for Chase gift cards.

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  6. Just in time for the new churn this past week.

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  7. How much do people run through this method per card? Chase doesn't have a problem with this and it accumulates rewards points? Can we use it to meet min spend for the United Explorer card?

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    1. Chase does limit you to $2600/month per card. Chase may have a problem if you buy tens of thousands of dollars in gift cards and don't buy anything else with your chase cards. But certainly it is fine in moderation, and Chase does give reward points. And yes, it does help meet the minimum spend.

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  8. Do you have to use the Walmart kiosks to load them onto BB? Any other options for loading them to BB?

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    1. Kiosks work the best, but some Walmarts let you load them via a cashier. YMMV though. Kiosk is very easy and doesn't take too much time, unless you're loading $100 gift cards.

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  9. Any other options to get fee free gift cards like this once the deal expires? I noticed you can buy these for $3.50 in a branch. Would that be the best offer out there after this ends?

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    1. I like getting 2X (or more) at gas stations where I'd buy VanillaOne Visas. See this post: http://boardingarea.com/frequentmiler/2013/09/05/best-options-for-buying-merchant-gift-cards/

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  10. Loadable onto anything other than Bluebird? Foreign tranaction fees?

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    1. Can also load Visa and MC cards to GoBank cards (until they shut you down). Bluebird doesn't have foreign transaction fees.

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    2. You can also use them as a debit to buy money orders. Same with almost any Visa GC

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  11. How reliable is your source FM? We already had one B/S scare for Aug 1st

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    1. MilesAbound: Great question. He was convincing. I guess we'll find out for sure on or before Sept 22

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  12. there are reports of chasing shutting down cards for buy these regularly. so becareful doing abnormal activities

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  13. This is 100% accurate. I just received a bank statement from Chase, and it stated on the first page that Chase will stop selling all gift cards after Sept 22.

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  14. I received bank statement too. Anybody has tried to buy these gc using non-chase CC?

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  15. Will Chase sell them at a branch post Sept 22nd?

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  16. Tengo UA, SAPH, SW, FREEDOM chase cc. do you think I can put 2k on each before sept 22nd without weird them out? I do have regular spending on most. SW Have it a little abandoned.

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  17. I also received a bank statement showing that they'll no longer sell gift cards after Sept 22nd.

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  18. so after Sept 22nd, we should start using vanilla cards again and load them to bluebird?

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  19. I have this bank of Hawaii visa. Can you use it to buy this gc?

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    1. no you cannot. You must use a Chase card.

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  20. Wow thanks for the heads up! Stupid question, I thought the monthly limit was $1500? Am I wrong and its $2600 but $1500 max per order?

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    1. The limit is $2500/order, $2600 per month (on each Chase credit card)

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  21. No, had orders of $1.800 and 2k. Never had problem.

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  22. Is it possible to load more than one GC on a single money order? I know $.70 is no big deal...I'm thinking hassle factor more than WalMart moneygram fee

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    1. I think it is possible, but its probably more trouble than its worth

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    2. Thanks! This is consistently one of my favorite points/travel blogs...I just wish I had the energy and panache to take advantage of the wheeling and dealing strategy you lay out for all of us!

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  23. Have you received anything in writing from Chase indicating that they were going to stop selling these GC on 9/22 or is it hearsay. I'm skeptical since I've never seen anything on the Chase website.
    Thanks!

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    1. Yes, it was in writing on my Chase bank statement (which I received a few days after publishing this).

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  24. These babies no longer load on to BB at Walmart.

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  25. Absolutely not true. I loaded two to Blue Bird and 4 to GoBank just yesterday at a cashier at Walmart.

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