Posted by William Charles on May 1, 2018
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Published on May 1st, 2018 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Safeway: $15 off Two $100 Mastercards & $10 Off Two $50 Mastercards [Von’s, Randall’s, Albertson’s, Tom Thumb, Acme]

This deal has expired, click here for more Safeway deals.

Please note it won’t show up on all accounts until some time tomorrow.

The Offer

Direct Link to offer (login required)

  • Check your Just4U for two Mastercard coupons:
    • $15 off when you purchase two $100 cards
    • $10 off when you purchase two $50 cards

The Fine Print

  • Expires 5/12/2018
  • Limit one per household
  • Terms exclude variable load cards

Our Verdict

Obviously the fees from having to purchase multiples eat into your profit, but still worth doing if you use a card that earns at a high rate on grocery store purchases and you have a good way of liquidating low value gift cards. Remember the Chase Freedom & Discover it are both earning 5% back on grocery store purchases this quarter. They offered a similar deal last month but it was for Visa instead of Mastercard. They are also offering an instant discount of $10 off $50+ on select gift cards.

Hat tip to reader Yiping F



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Fred
Fred

Can Bluebird be loaded using MGC at Walmart?

iahphx
iahphx

So other than spending them normally or liquidating them through money orders, is there a logical way to get rid of these low value gift cards? I personally hate dealing with $200s — but often do so due to the lucrative nature of some office supply/Chase Ink promos. I’m not thinking I want to deal with buying MOs with $100 GCs, even if it would help meet some minimum spends I have. BTW, I wonder if Safeway or Blackhawk is now intentionally pushing the $100s on these promos because they know the gamers don’t like them.

Celia
Celia

I bought a couple today and turned around and bought gift cards from Sam’s. It was a way to get 5% off at Sam’s/Walmart with minimal effort.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

The deal works on $200’s as well as $100’s…I mean you could use it roll deals if you’re into that.

Example: You have a $200 MGC you notice Staples is running a deal for their “Dining Out” GC’s $40 for a $50 GC. You get two of those. Then notice Safeway (next week) is running a $10 off $50 Select GC’s promo you get 3 of those.

You’ve now liquidated your $200 VGC and saved $50 😉

Other than that there are the aforementioned ways.

John
John

Did you try it with $200 VGC last time safeway had this deal?

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Yes and Amex too

CM

When was the AmEx promotion?

Are you talking about the 2018-04 Visa promotion, or some earlier ones last year? It used to work pretty flexibly last year, but the one last month was pretty surely hard coded — tried some other cards, and they didn’t ring any discount.

Blue
Blue

2×200 or 1×200?

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

2x 200

iahphx
iahphx

If anyone tries to buy the $200s this week, please let us know if it works. I have some minimum spend to do on a credit card that pays a supermarket bonus, so it would be worth it to me for the $200s. If it’s only $100s, it’s probably not worth the hassle.

calwatch
calwatch

I end up Kivaing most of them. Although DOC’s Kiva page warns against running multiple cards through Paypal I have never had an issue when I don’t log in, running a dozen or more $200’s and $100’s a month from OSS deals. I generally make one withdrawal a month, around the end of the month, and aim to spread out my lending although some may wish to concentrate.

Yu
Yu

don’t see this offer in my account. Am I the only one?

Jeff G
Jeff G

Nothing in my account, either.

Superchurn
Superchurn

nor mine

ted
ted

Me too

Yet Another Redditor

Not seeing this yet in my Safeway J4U accounts.

Thelement
Thelement

Would this offer also be honored/available in store? I live reeeaal close to a Vons.

Yet Another Redditor

It is available in-store but before you buy the MCGC, you have to add the offer to your J4U account online or in-app.

Bo knows
Bo knows

Terms exclude variable load cards

not too good

MSer
MSer

Complete waste of time.

Bo knows
Bo knows

exactly

Jatan
Jatan

Offer shows up in Jewel Osco around Chicago

Anyone know if you can use these cards up in Plastiq?

Treesha
Treesha

Yes, you can. There’s a 2.5% fee since it’s treated like a credit card.

Andrew
Andrew

Noooope!

captainsave
captainsave

This used to be such a good deal with the gas points and all, but now….

CM

For j4u, I think it only shows up on Wednesday at 00:00 PT (e.g., 02:00 CT for Randalls in Texas).

It’s live now, May 02 to 15, two weeks as always (but note that you have to add them in the first week or some such):

https://twitter.com/ChurnTx/status/991573995936997377

If 2x 200s work, it might be worth doing; otherwise, if it’s just 15 off for 2x 100 and with no fuel points, like the Visa one last month, I’ll pass!

Clara

Or even better, if it works on $500 mgc…

Alisa
Alisa

Don’t forget you can use these with your Freedom or Discover for the 5x points this quarter. Not a great deal otherwise, but good for getting those bonus points.

Dan
Dan

Nvm bad math

Tankus
Tankus

Do these have issues or is it just staples MCGC.

CM

Staples MCGC don’t have any issues. These are exact same ones, usually.

Dax
Dax

Any datapoint on if it will work on 2×200?

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