Make Money & 5X This Weekend at Staples with Visa Gift Cards


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Staples Mastercard Gift Card Deal

After a quiet streak without deals, Staples ran their Mastercard rebate a couple of weeks ago and will be holding their Visa rebate this coming week. Starting 10/25/15 through 10/31/15 Staples will be offering a $20 Visa gift card via rebate with the purchase of $300 or more in Visa gift cards.

See: How To Liquidate Prepaid Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards

Key Terms

  • Most likely in-store only. (Update: This deal is in-store only. More info here.)
  • Limit of one rebate per household.

How to Maximize

staples visa gift card rebate

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

Using the Chase Ink, the optimal strategy is to purchase 2 of the $200 cards. Here is the math:

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

Apple Pay & Discover?

staples visa gift card rebate

This also might be a good way to utilize the Discover Apple Pay 10% bonus, but then again it might not be. Gift cards are specifically excluded in the terms and it remains to be seen if gift cards will count towards the promotion.

Liquidate the Rebate Gift Card

The rebate comes in the form of a Visa gift card that is NOT pin-enabled. This card can be used for normal spending, but cannot be loaded to Bluebird or Serve. I have had success using it to purchase other gift cards at my local Kroger in order to earn fuel points. You can find more info on that here.

Other New Opportunities

There are now a ton of easy and relatively cheap opportunities to earn 5X points at office supply stores. In the past few weeks along we have seen Staples begin to carry $300 Visa cards online and we have also seen Officemax begin to stock $500 variable load Visa and Mastercard gift cards.


No matter what you decide to do with this deal, you can’t argue with free points at a negative cost. Whether or not you use Apple Pay and Discover or a Chase Ink is up to you, but it is a good deal either way!

HT: Doctor of Credit

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  1. I understand that the Rebate Gift Card can’t be loaded to Serve, but the actual Visa gift cards ($200×2) should be Serve loadable, correct?

    • They don’t like us that’s why. They probably hide them in the back. That’s what they do here anyways, so there’s nothing to stop them from telling me they’re OOS and lying about it. I’ve literally had a manager deny using Serve as payments (was an Amex Promo) and told me “we don’t want people taking advantage of promotions” while grabbing the card out of my hand to look at it and telling me they only accept credit cards not prepaid cards.

      Not that it makes you feel any better about wasting your time but they’re probably mostly unhappy people. There is this one lady that works at the one near me and she’s the sweetest person. She deserves better than the unfriendly sloth managers there.

  2. Are loading these gc’s to bluebird at the WM registers officially dead? I was successful back in August but tried today for the first time since then and got a “different form of payment required” receipt. I can go to FD but that’s a pain with the $500 limit. Thanks!

    • I haven’t heard of anyone else having issues. Sometimes it is just a fluke in the system, but they should still load correctly. My last successful loads were about a week ago.

  3. I stumbled upon a Staples today that stocked the $200 Visa cards in order for customers to take advantage of the promo. I almost hugged the manager…and he was about 1/2 my age. That would’ve been awkward.

  4. Hey Shawn – thanks for this. My One VIP Serve card just arrived. I have yet to use it. What is the play by play step to load these visa gift cards once they are purchased?

  5. Hi Shawn,

    Do you know if these Visa cards could be used to pay Citi credit cards by phone like other debit cards in your name?

    • I tried this few months ago and failed. I even registered the card so that my address and zip will match when they checked but it still got rejected. Years ago, I was successful with Vanillas but since last year, seems like the loophole has been patched.

  6. anyone know exactly what you need to do to get multiple rebates? i used separate email address, phone number and physical/mailing address yet it still did not work 🙁


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