Earn Travel Points and Save Money with Office Depot’s Gift Card Sale!

Written by on April 5, 2017 in Miles and Points

Office Depot has a great sale on several different gift cards - including MasterCard gift cards! (MCGCs!)You can earn a bunch of points and save money (up to 20%!) with Office Depot‘s gift card sale. 

laptoptravel writes that the office supply chain (and its co-brand, OfficeMax) is offering an instant $10 rebate on select gift cards purchases of $50 or more in stores. (Online orders don’t qualify.) Participating gift card brands include MasterCard, FandangoToys “R” UsCatherines, Groupon, and American Eagle Outfitters.

Bottom line: a $50 gift card will cost you $40, exclusive of any applicable fees (such as the activation charges for MasterCard gift cards). You can meet the $50 minimum with a single gift card (i.e. a $50 MasterCard gift card) or mixing and matching any number of the eligible merchants (i.e. a $25 Groupon gift card and $25 American Eagle Outfitters gift card).

The offer is valid through Saturday, April 15 or while supplies last.

Office Depot gift card sale details.

Maximize the Deal: Save $20 off $100!

Here’s the very important fine print: there’s a limit of two rebates per household/business. This translates into “you can apply the discount twice per transaction.” Buying $100 of eligible cards in a single purchase triggers two rebates and bring your cost down to $80!

I heard (ahem) some customers wanted to buy $200 in gift cards and asked cashiers to process separate $100 transactions, thus bypassing the two rebate limit. A few cashiers happily obliged at some stores; a particularly prickly rep (think Dwight Shrute from The Office) at yet another location wasn’t as accommodating.

Can you visit multiple Office Depot/OfficeMax stores and during different times of the day to take advantage of the deal over and over again? Unless you have a Shrute cramping your style or the Office Depot/OfficeMax rewards system blocks you (use your rewards number once or twice), you can certainly try it and see what happens.

Which Gift Cards You Should You Buy?

Whichever brands you want and can use. Know some movie lovers? Buy some Fandango cards and knock out some Christmas shopping now. Love Groupon? Pick up some Groupon gift cards and save even more money.

Personally, I buy MasterCard debit gift cards because they can be used wherever credit cards are accepted and can be added to a PayPal account. If you need to turn the plastic into cash, laptoptravel has a few different posts that may inspire you. There’s also a service called Prepaid2Cash, which charges a small fee to liquidate debit gift cards — but still would help you come out a few bucks ahead with the current Office Depot gift card sale.

MasterCard gift card packaging: $100 gift card and $20-$200 variable gift card.

Which Credit Card Should You Use?

If you need to meet a credit card’s minimum spend or achieve a retention bonus, this sale could certainly help.

To really rake in the points, use a credit card that rewards you for shopping at an office supply store. Chase Ink and its 5x bonus are a perfect example. The US Bank FlexPerks Business card offers double points at office supply stores, if that’s where you spend the most money that period.

Aside from those, something like the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) card (which offers transfer bonuses), the American Express Business Platinum (50% Membership Rewards rebate on flights purchased through AmexTravel.com) or American Express Everyday Preferred card (50% bonus when you make 30 or more transactions each period) are good alternatives.

Really, though — and I know I’ll earn dissenters for writing this —  use whatever card makes you happy (just not a debit card!). Any points/miles-earning card or cash back card should be dandy — just as long as it suits your needs and goals.

The point here is to earn something additional (points, cash back) while you’re saving money buying gift cards you need.

Hurry!

Just because the sale runs until April 15 doesn’t mean you’ll be able to find all (or any) of the participating cards. “While supplies last” very much comes into play during these deals. Plus, many frugal shoppers are of the “buy early and often” philosophy when it comes specials like this — so keep that in mind before Office Depot/OfficeMax runs out of a special gift card you want.

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About the Author: Chris Carley is a writer, media consultant, voice over artist, dog owner, husband, and recently became a dad! He loves talking all things points and miles. You'll likely find him in an airport lounge while on a trip that involves the most circuitous route possible leading to his ultimate destination. .

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