ACME Markets (Safeway/Albertson?): Purchase $50 In Giftcards, Save $10 Instantly (Including Mastercard) 5/12-5/18

The Offer

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  • ACME Markets and I assume (Albertson’s, Safeway, Tom Thumb and affiliated) stores are offering a special deal to get $10 off $50 on select gift card brands. The following gift cards are eligible:
    • Mastercard
    • Bath & Body Works
    • The Children’s Place
    • Fandango
    • IHOP
    • JCPenney

The Fine Print

  • Valid 5/12/17 – 5/18/17
  • Gift card purchases must be made in a single transaction
  • One offer per transaction
  • Excludes Mastercard variable-load products

Our Verdict

We’ve already posted about the Safeway/Albertson deal, that is due to expire on the 16th so I’m not sure if this deal is slightly different or if that deal will also be extended. Chase Freedom offering 5% cash back on grocery store purchases, other good options can be found here.

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Dong Pan
Dong Pan (@guest_407682)
May 18, 2017 00:04

No extension of promotion for vons and albertson in southern CA. So the extension of 2 days is only for the actually ACME stores? The intersting thing is: one vons has an add says they have a promotion of 10 off $100 MC for may 17 &18. But still actually not working as advertised.

Luis (@guest_407644)
May 17, 2017 21:34

DP: I got the $10 discount at ACME for a variable $500 MCGC today.

Will go back tomorrow and try to get 2 more, although, I’m a little bit concerned of not being able to liquidate these soon enough and get them drained by a hacker.

captainsave (@guest_407546)
May 17, 2017 15:25

Is safeway still working? Other post say it ends yesterday.

Glenn (@guest_407555)
May 17, 2017 15:46


Jon (@guest_406972)
May 16, 2017 14:17

I have been having big issues with these cards.

I bought a bunch and have been checking the balances. After checking more than about 5, I get a message that they cannot complete my request and to call in. This happens with new and used cards. So basically I have a stack of cards that I have to call in and register with a CSR. Big PITA.

I know they are doing something with the IP because I cannot use my phone, work, or personal computer to check balances for a particular card, but when I use a computer that I haven’t checked balances on before, I can log in without a problem. Luckily, I have access to a large number of open access computers.

I heard that the fraud problems with these came from bots randomly trying numbers, so I imagine they block me after repeated logins because I could be a bot.

Anyone else having these issues?

Brian (@guest_407299)
May 17, 2017 00:39

I’m running in to the exact same problem.

captainsave (@guest_407538)
May 17, 2017 15:21

Nice to know they’re at least trying to fix the hacking issue.

Eddie (@guest_420774)
June 14, 2017 18:32

Thanks so much for the get around! I got a bunch of the card and finally I can get register the card online without calling!

dan (@guest_406813)
May 16, 2017 03:41

meant if all design of the $50 or fixed mcgc will get fuel pts?

Brian (@guest_406939)
May 16, 2017 12:57

In my experience over the past three days, the older design does not accumulate any fuel points. The new design, on the other hand, does accumulate double fuel points.

Luis (@guest_407500)
May 17, 2017 14:05

I got a variable $500 this morning, got the $10 off, but forgot to add my phone number to get the fuel points, and the asshole didn’t even care to ask for it.

Will go back this afternoon for another $500 GC, and see if it gets fuel points.

dan (@guest_406812)
May 16, 2017 03:40

anyone know if a specific design of the $50 mggc get 2x fuel pts? or all $40 fixed will get the fuel pts?

ray (@guest_406024)
May 13, 2017 20:20

Went to the same store today and both the cashier and the supposed supervisor refused to sell the gift cards if payment is by credit card. Should I call corporate on monday to inquiry?

Also noticed that a couple of the GCs on the rack already have the paper tab covering the activation code torn off.

MSer (@guest_406032)
May 13, 2017 20:50

Never call corporate. Go to a different store, or try same store when different employees are working.

ray (@guest_406037)
May 13, 2017 21:15

Ironically, the MC GCs they sell have the Debit sign on the front. Since they told me debit card payment is ok, doesn’t it mean I could buy new MC GCs with the ones I already bought, rinse and repeat?

MSer (@guest_406085)
May 14, 2017 00:24

They won’t let you use a “gift card to buy another gift card”, even though they are prepaid cards. A distinction without a difference to all my cashiers/managers. Occasionally, you might find a new employee and be successful a few times, but it won’t last.

MaLaCoiD (@guest_406561)
May 15, 2017 13:55

I’ve been buying MCGC with MCGC, no issue… until I tried it alone without any other item. Works if using Monopoly piece for free item, though.

ray (@guest_406970)
May 16, 2017 14:11

Great tip. Wish I hadn’t redeemed my Monopoly free items.

ray (@guest_408025)
May 18, 2017 22:05

Got eight more today from the same store, from a CSR with a clue. Apparently it’s ok to pay for MC/VISA GCs with a CC, as long as the CC payment is by chip or swipe AND the name on the CC matches the customer’s ID. It’s only disallowed when someone tries to pay by CC by typing in the CC numbers (and CVV, I assume).

ray (@guest_410072)
May 24, 2017 14:33

Turned some of the old style mygiftcardsite dot com USB MCGC into a USPS MO. I deduce from various DP on Flyertalk that this old style with the gift box pictured on the front still works at USPS, but the newer ones registering (and mostly failing) through prepaidgiftbalance dot com do NOT.

Also tried a Metabank-issued VGC from Staples, but that failed as expected. Apparently, it can only be run as “credit” but not “debit”. Since USPS shuts down “credit” for MO, it’s a no-go. I wish all all those FAQ/Wiki pages would make this clear, instead of just saying Metabank VGC stopped working at USPS since late 2016.

mike (@guest_405733)
May 13, 2017 00:52

any fraud problems with these cards. I bought two kinds one is 50 dollar master gift card . the other one is variable which i loaded with 50 dollars.

also does registering the gift cards help againt fraud?


Dan (@guest_406589)
May 15, 2017 15:03

Yes these cards have fraud issues. Registering the card doesn’t really help, either. If you buy them, liquidate asap.

wade (@guest_405719)
May 12, 2017 23:26

what is J4U? whats a J4U number?

MSer (@guest_405723)
May 12, 2017 23:45

Just4U is Safeway’s loyalty program

ray (@guest_405648)
May 12, 2017 17:47

MC GC by US Bank is a joke. Most of those registering through are fine. One cannot be activated. And the CSR wants me to fax in a ton of documentation.

Another style of the MC GC, registering through, mostly cannot be registered through that website. I had to register them one by one by phone with a human CSR (separate from the one). One of the GCs turns out be drained already after March 30. CSR told me to get refunded through the store I bought it from.