[Expired] [CA] AmEx Offer: Gelson’s, Spend $50 & Receive $10 Statement Credit (Can Be Done Twice)

Deal has ended, view more Gelson’s deals by clicking here.

Update 8/31/21: Deal is back and valid until 10/24/21.

Update 2/26/21: Deal is back and valid until April 24, 2021.

The Offer

No direct link, targeted offer

  • Get a $10 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to make a single purchase of $50+ in-store at Gelson’s by April 24, 2021. Offer can be done twice.

The Fine Print

  • Available in store at Gelson’s
  • Excludes all orders placed online for delivery, online pharmacy orders, and Viktor Benes Bakery and Renaud’s Bakery locations.

Our Verdict

You can buy third party gift cards at Gelson’s or store gift cards for Gelson’s.

Hat tip to GC Galore

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RM
RM

Gelson’s now has a new rewards program. $100 in spend earns you a $5 credit to use on your next purchase, although I am not sure whether gift card purchases count toward the spend total. Worth registering if you are going to use this offer anyway.

tsoib

How to meet the $25 spend at Gelson’s: buy a banana and a small pack of gum

Nathan Mock
Nathan Mock

I had the offer on 3 cards. So what I did was buy a $500 VISA GC, split it up as $50, $50.01 so that their register would accept the same card twice for the two offers and then put the remaining balance on a 5% rewards earning card at grocery stores to maximize the spend.

Charges looked like this:
Card 1: $50, $50.01
Card 2: $50, $50.01
Card 3: $50, $50.01
Card 4: Remaining balance [5% earning card]

Cashed it out through a money order shortly after. Netted $70.00 after fees!

Catapult
Catapult

Good that I was waiting on the $5 off $75 Groceries AMEX offer. Bought 2*$50 GC and got $5+$10+$10 = $25 credit

Michelle
Michelle

Please post Amex $10 reminder restaurant credit at the beginning of every month

Amex is sock drawer due to spend bonus on Chase bank credit card

Catapult
Catapult

This is great. GC rack is usually right behind the cashier by the door. You don’t have to wander around aisles

YT
YT

Have you ever bought GC with CC there? I tried at my local one when Amex had this offer last year. Cashier behaved like she’s never sold a GC before, then she and manager both told me I can’t use CC or even debit… cash only.

Please update if you have better luck.

RM
RM

YT Try another location. I have had no issues buying with a credit card at either Century City or La Canada stores.

86
86

If a store has had problems with GC/CC fraud before, you’ll get that kind of reaction. Like others have said, try another store.

Ben
Ben

No problem buying GC in Valley Village. However it did NOT trigger the Amex offer – could they be looking at L3 data and blocking it?

beachfan
beachfan

I have bought many Gelson’s gift cards at Gelsons over the years, always with a credit card and often significant sums.

JJ
JJ

Irvine location didn’t mind credit cards

Rose
Rose

The Gelson’s in Silver Lake has no problems with CCs.

Yev
Yev

No problem in Thousand Oaks. I usually use Apple Pay.

Newbie
Newbie

Never heard of Gelson in CA.
Total six location in SoCal

GoPack
GoPack

There are way more than six in SoCal… there’s like a dozen here in LA alone. It’s a high quality grocery store, a bit overpriced but their coffee selection is the best (for coffee snobs like me), and they have good sales on it. I usually get these amex offers but don’t see them this time, which is a shame because I like stacking them with the monthly $5 off $25 mailer coupons Gelsons sends me. Pro-tip, if you ever get 2 $5 off mailers and can use both before one expires you can get $10 off $50 by using both in one transaction.

Jason
Jason

If you have a basic idea of what something *should* cost you can do okay in there by going for things that don’t have markup compared to other supermarkets. I have a few things in mind to get there that I’d buy regardless of this offer which should be in-line with prices at less fancy supermarkets, and you can always round out your purchase with alcohol you’d be interested in anyhow you’re coming up short of $50. I haven’t spent a ton of time in Gelson’s looking for alcohol but it’s at least an easy one to know whether you’re getting a decent price or not.

BTW, hitting $50 after-tax is fine for this sort of offer, right, it just matters what ultimate number is charged against your card? If so you only have to hit about $45 worth of stuff, making it slightly easier to reach the threshold.

JJ
JJ

Jason, most things in the grocery store aren’t taxes

Darren
Darren

You can always use as many $5 off $25 coupons as you want in multiples of $25 purchases (they only work on groceries, not GCs). The expiration dates don’t mean anything, they always take expired coupons. Sign your P2 and P3 up for mailers and have discounts when you need them. Once or twice a year they have catalina coupons, buy 100 in gelsons GC and get free $20 towards groceries (gelsons GC’s are good on anything in the store including any third party GCs, $20 catalina coupons are only good on groceries).

beachfan
beachfan

My local Gelson’s only allow 2 $5 off $25 at a time, and they said it’s because they take them past the expiration date. Not an issue if you shop there often. It’s a pricey place but quality is high, so I buy fresh things there and dry goods often elsewhere.

Darren
Darren

Yep, their prices are at least 20% higher for a lot of items, so it’s only worthwhile if you use the $5 off coupons. But it’s high quality. Not sure if some stores have limits on # of coupons, I have never had a problem in south OC.

Dan M
Dan M

Happy Mug is the ultimate coffee snob hack. I’m in San Diego and can’t find better coffee especially for quality Ethiopian. Just an FYI.

Jeremy
Jeremy

This is a complete lie. Store locator lists at least 27 stores between Palm Springs and San Diego.

https://www.gelsons.com/stores/store-search-results.html?displayCount=30&state=CA

Rose
Rose

Have it on three cards. Too bad about COVID.

artgriego
artgriego

Amex won’t even let you add offers to a second card now.

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

Yeah, saw it on one card. Too bad I have no Gelson’s nearby.