Published on June 21st, 2019 | by Chuck101
[Update] Reports: Simon Mall to Make $1,000 Visa Available to Churners via U.S. Mail with $3.95 Fee
[Update 6/21/19: Frequentmiler reports hearing from Simon corporate that this information is inaccurate, and it’s NOT possible for churners to buy $1,000 Visa gift cards. I’m a bit skeptical given the multiple sources of these reports; it’s possible that it’s being considered or that it’s in the process of being formulated. It’s also possible it’s not meant to be a change in corporate policy, rather a change on an individual level; as reader Ric noted, once you have five orders they’ll review your account and approve it for higher limits and the $1,000 cards. Of course it’s also possible that it’s completely inaccurate, I guess we’ll see.]
Pointchaser reports that Simon Mall locations are said to be in the process of enabling miles-and-points enthusiasts the ability to buy $1,000 Visa gift cards with a $3.95 purchase fee, shipped via U.S. mail.
It’s been known for long that Simon Mall carries $1,000 Visa gift cards which are available to corporate customers. From what I’ve heard, it’s not easy for just anyone to get into that corporate program. Now, it appears Simon Mall will allow those interested in racking up credit card points the ability to join the corporate program.
The corporate program is available both in-mall and online, I believe, but the report indicates that we’ll only be able to signup for the online option which has the cards sent via mail. Some may prefer the store option for security while many others prefer the mail option as they aren’t near a mall location. I don’t know if there are shipping fees on top of the $3.95 purchase fee.
This policy is said to be coming to Simon Malls nationwide. Regular gift card buyers will need to join a special mailing list. This could be done in-store or online.
In addition to the ability to buy $1,000 Visa gift cards, the program will also run “special promotions” for regular gift card buyers. I imagine this will be things like lower fees for limited times, e.g. $2.95 fee during holiday season.
This new program has not been publicly advertised yet, the information is coming from various Simon reps. I’m inclined to believe it only because we’ve seen Simon reach out to the churner community over the past number of months (Frequentmiler has been reporting on that); this is another move on that front.
Reader Ric adds: “I have confirmed with Simon Mall, and They need you to have a purchase history of at least five orders prior to approving higher limits and $1,000 cards. They will happily review your account order limits.”
Reader Philip adds: Shipping fee is between $.47 and $3.75, depending how many cards you order (1-10).
Hat tip again to Pointchaser