New Gift Card Deal at Staples: $20 Staples GC Rebate on Amex Gift Cards Next Week!

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Staples Amex Gift Card Rebate Deal

Staples has a negative cost Amex gift card deal coming next week. This is not one of their beast rebate promotions on gift cards, but it is still a good deal. Let’s take a look!

The Deal

  • Get a $20 Staples Gift Card via easy rebate when you buy $300 in American Express Gift Cards.

Key Terms

  • Deal valid from 6/11/17 through 6/17/17
  • In-store only.
  • Limit 1 rebate per name/address/household.

The deal can be found on the upcoming week’s ad on the Staples website.

Maximizing the Deal

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This deal is usually best maximized by using a card that earns 5X at office supply stores like the Chase Ink Plus or Chase Ink Cash. You can also use an Amex SimplyCash Plus which earns 5% cashback at office supply stores.

Using the Chase Ink, the optimal strategy is to purchase 2 of the $200 cards which cost $206.95 each. Here is the math assuming a $20 Staples gift card is worth $20:

  • Cost: $413.90
  • Minus Rebate: $20
  • Final Cost: -$6.10
  • UR Points Earned: 2,070

You could also purchase a $200 card and a $100 card, but the savings of $1 on fees doesn’t justify the loss of 500 Ultimate Rewards points on the extra $100 in spend.

Amex Offer

Currently, there’s still a Staples Amex Offer going on that gives you 2,000 MR points or $20 on a purchase of $100 or more at Staples. So if you purchase $300 worth in Visa gift cards, the math would look like this:

  • Cost: $312.90
  • Minus Rebate: $20
  • Final Cost: -$7.10
  • MR Points Earned: 2,313

If you have the Amex Offer on more than one card then you can try doing a split payment and you’ll receive 4,313 MR points instead. That offer is available till 6/15/17.


These deals are nice if you have a Staples nearby. Usually stock tends to run out quickly when these types of deals come around, but not as much on these Amex gift card deals. I mentioned above the this is not the best gift card deal from Staples and that’s because Amex Gift Cards are not easy to unload and the rebate is in the form of a Staples Gift Card. That rebate can either be used at Staples, or sold for about $17.

While this deal won’t make your Ultimate Rewards balance swell too much, it is a way to pickup a chunk of points and a few dollars too. This time around some people will also have the Amex Offer as an option, which could be much better.

HT: Dotor of Credit


  1. It’s a shame that I know of no easy way to get rid of AMEX GCs. You can get rid of a couple of them fee-free on Venmo, but you’re probably going to get shut down if you make a habit of it. Any easy way to pay, say 2%, online to get rid of them without lots of hoops?

  2. Fathiss,

    Does to me – easy points at negative cost. I have a Staples 2 minutes from my office and I buy my coffee there anyways – so the $20 Staples card is worth $20 (of course I will lose 100 points from using the Staples gift card but – that is a very small price to pay).

  3. Typo in the post. Under “Amex Offer”, you reference Visa.

    Also, sadly as of 05/31 the Chase Amazon Prime Visa no longer has office supply stores as a 2% category.


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