Posted by William Charles on July 21, 2019
Manufactured Spending

Published on July 21st, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Safeway: Save on $15 When You Buy 2 $100 Visa Giftcards [Vons, Randall’s, Albertsons, Tom Thumb, Acme, Jewel, Shaw’s]

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The Offer

Direct Link to offer (login required.)

Check your Safeway Just4U for a digital coupon to get:

  • $15 off when you buy two $100 Visa gift cards.
  • $10 off when you buy two $50 Visa gift cards

The Safeway deals are usually at Von’s, Albertson’s, Randall’s, Tom Thumb, Acme, Shaw’s, and Jewel too.

The Fine Print

  • Valid until 8/3/19

Our Verdict

Remember to save the offer first to your card before use. You won’t get fuel points on Visa/MC gift cards. Make sure to use a card that earns at a high rate on grocery store purchases. In the past this has not worked on variable load cards.

Hat tip to Roman M



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Debit
Debit

Please let us know if works on variable.

If not I will pass. Pain in the ass to liquidate the low denomination cards

Celia
Celia

I’m assuming it won’t since it specifically says two $100 cards and they have the $10 off 2 $50 promo too.

Dan
Dan

I’ve seen a small number of people have similar complaints about these kind of deals and it baffles me why. After a (minimum) of 3% cashback, even if you just buy the two $100 GCs, it”s still a 5% discount (a 2-3% bonus with opportunity cost factored in). You can pay your bills with these if you don’t feel like liquidating them (a visit to Walmart isn’t worth it anyway). No brainer deal for me

Bo knows
Bo knows

better than nothing if no bigger fish to catch

Celia
Celia

While I agree it’s simple to use them for organic spend, it’s only worth it if you have a 4-6% cash back credit card. If you buy 2 $100 cards and get $15 off, it’s $3.10, so a 1.55% gain.

qmc
qmc

You net $3.10 on $200 after activation fees. An extra 1.5% over whatever on your organic spending. If you have a high grocery multiplier (and otherwise don’t max it out), this allows you to effectively have that multiplier elsewhere.

The complainers are likely those that MS tons.

qmc
qmc

Because I’m an idiot, I commented here and yet forgot to add it to my account. Doh!

Aloha808
Aloha808

Also useful for meeting MSR on certain cards, especially if added to multiple J4U accounts.

Parts Unknown

Variables did not work.

DB
DB

It doesn’t. Also, It’s not a pita if you still have an alive srv and an FD nearby.

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

American Express’ terms and conditions say that points are not awarded for cash equivalents. Can someone confirm if American Express Gold awards 0x or 4x on Visa gift cards at US supermarkets?
Thank you in advance.

dan
dan

Brandon Lee 4x…so far

Dick Bupkiss
Dick Bupkiss

This is not true.

SOME supermarkets, yes. Some no. It all depends 100% on the store.
Go out and test yours, because it’s 100% YMMV and there’s no other way to know.

dan
dan

true for me; all my local groceries /smkt; anyone’s purch @ safeway didn’t earn amex pts?

Dick Bupkiss
Dick Bupkiss

Yes, I have found stores in my area that do get points, and others that do not.

Just because something works for you, where you live, in a specific store, does not mean it will work for everyone in all stores of that class in other locations.

There’s the additional questions about Amex clawbacks and Level 3 data. If a store is reporting L3 data, you can bet they will deny any bonus points, maybe plain old 1x points. This is absolutely YMMV.

86
86

Someone posted on DOC recently that claimed Safeway can send L3 Data to Amex, Kroger no. I don’t know how they would know for sure, but that’s the claim anyway.

I’ve never had a problem with Amex, but my Amex card doesn’t exclude gift cards from rewards, last time I checked.

Anthony
Anthony

0x

Srini Cherukuri
Srini Cherukuri

Last month I purchased variable ($500) gift card using my Amex gold at ACME and I received 4X points. Hope this helps.

Waqas
Waqas

Recently opened Amex Gold. I would like to know this as well.

TIA

86
86

Their terms specifically state that gift card purchases, in addition to cash equivalents and reloading of prepaid cards, etc., are excluded from earning MR. So claw backs are justifiable by them later if you get the points at first.

Mikey
Mikey

Usually the variables will work when the offer has specific language similar to “spend $100 or more” which does not seem to be the case today.

aubergine
aubergine

Sadly didn’t show up on my J4U feed. Just some BS Happy Girl promo.

The Value Traveler
The Value Traveler

Sadly, didnt work on variables, like last time.

AP
AP

Is the “Limit 1 per household” enforced/hard coded or is it truly a one-time use offer?

MisterBill
MisterBill

J4U e-coupons are usually limit one use per account (and this one is). You can create another id with a different phone number and do the deal a second time.

AP
AP

Thanks, confirmed 1 per account. It was showing that it was still clipped after my transaction, but about an hour later, the offer went away on J4U.

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