Posted by William Charles on September 13, 2017
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Published on September 13th, 2017 | by William Charles

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[Expired] [Now Live] Safeway/Vons: $10 off $150 Visa Five Back [Randall’s, Albertson’s, Tom Thumb, ACME]

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The Offer

Direct Link (might not be available just yet. Should appear tomorrow morning)

Check your Just4U for the following coupon:

  • Get $10 off $150 Visa Five Back gift cards

The Safeway deals are usually at Albertson’s, Randall’s, and Tom Thumb too. This time also working for Acme & Shaw’s.

The Fine Print

  • Offer valid 9/10/17 – 9/23/2017
  • Redeem by 9/30/17
  • One-time use

Our Verdict

Nice discount, make sure to use a credit card that earns at a high rate on grocery store purchases.

Hat tip to readers AL & Edward

 



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The Value Traveler

Like before I bet you this works on all the Visa cards and not justified backs

Yev
Yev

Did not work for $500 Variable visa, but worked on 5 Back which are max $200.

The Value Traveler
The Value Traveler

When you say worked…are you referring to the $10 off or ability to use credit card?

Yev
Yev

Bought it with the credit card, but the coupon for $10 didn’t apply. It did for 5Back visa in a separate transaction.

Peter
Peter

Not seeing this in my Acme MyMixx yet. I did have an AMEX coupon appear today though:

Save $10 Instantly
Buy $100 get $10 off AMEX Gift cards. Limit 1

Expires 09/23/17

AL
AL

Likewise, I only see the amex promo for ACME in mymixx. Maybe tomorrow?

Ed
Ed

I have a friendly cashier/friend who doesn’t mind canceling the purchase if I request. As soon as the offer appears on my Safeway card I will try buying the regular variable load VISA for $150 plus fee -$10 and will report back. Will also let you know if it generates bonus fuel points..

fiveoh
fiveoh

Thank you Ed.

Tim
Tim

Thank you Ed!

captainsave
captainsave

Cant find this in my just for u coupons. In fact the whole gift cards category is gone. Anybody else?

Dan
Dan

check tomorrow

David
David

Passed 12 pm local time, still nothing

az
az

Me too. No gift card category.

ppd
ppd

I’ve never seen Five Back VGC carried in ACME Markets.

Peter
Peter

I’ve seen them at mine (Philly region).

ppd
ppd

Any specific store(s)? Most don’t even allow CC payment.

Peter
Peter

I’d rather not post specific store locations publicly but every Acme I’ve been to in Philadelphia suburbs has had 5backs (at GCM rack and/or at checkout register racks).

I’ve never had any Acme deny credit card as payment method. I had one cashier deny paying for visa gc with Amex gc but by the time they started complaining I couldn’t do it the POS was at a point it couldn’t be cancelled so they let the transaction through.

Aaron
Aaron

They have the variable load $20-$200 versions at mine (Vons).

Roger
Roger

I dont see the offer, added to my Safeway JustForYou offers this morning,. does anybody else see it?

Aaron
Aaron

Nothing for me. No gift card category at all. As of 7am PST.

Wyle
Wyle

Nothing showing for Safeways in Tucson; either in-store or J4U. Would have expected it on Sunday if sale started 9/10. Must be a regional thing.

JakeFromStateFarm
JakeFromStateFarm

Not seeing it in the MyMixx app for Shaw’s in the northeast either.

The Value Traveler

nothing for me either in my Safeway acct….all 10 hehe….Must be regional this time.

T
T

Nothing on the Safeway justforU for Colorado

Jeff
Jeff

Same here. Nothing in Colorado. Anyone actually see it?

dan
dan

must be regional / ymmv; not showing in TX

CM

Randalls is a Texas-only brand, and regional within Texas at that, too.

These VGC on J4U promotions have always been national. It looks like noone’s getting this.

churneraddict
churneraddict

Not seeing in my justforu yet…like others said cant see the gift card category..(Northern VA, 10:56 AM)

Jack
Jack

Not showing anything. I don’t even think this is a regional thing. Not a single person confirmed getting it.

P
P

Doesn’t seem to be available in Hawaii. Still not showing up in my account.

P
P

and other family members’ accounts

CM

Hey, one per household! 😉

P
P

Family members but not in the same household. It’s complicated.

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Nothing in Just4U Safeway accounts in bay area, california either.

Probably for the best, I can take a break from Safeway for a while.

Edward
Edward

I took one of the pics, I couldn’t find it either…
I think there’s something wrong with their system, let’s check it back tomorrow

Chuck N
Chuck N

Signage is up at my Safeway, SF bay area.

JakeFromStateFarm
JakeFromStateFarm

Signage up in some Shaw’s locations in the Boston area as well.

John
John

No gift card category at all. They took it away for me ? anyone seeing this?

Jack
Jack

Maybe this is one of the few times we need to pick up a phone and call Safeway promotion or marketing department to fix this glitch..

Anony Mouse

Isn’t showing in my Safeway app (SF, CA) and it’s Monday afternoon. Looks like it’s certain regions/stores only.

Tad
Tad

Has anyone tried re-using the promo at different stores Safeway/Albertsons/etc? I assume this doesn’t work but I figured I’d ask.

Anony Mouse

It works just fine if you have multiple Safeway accounts with multiple phone numbers, and all have the deal added to their account.

tad
tad

What I meant was reusing the same coupon on the same acct at a different “branded” store.

Ken
Ken

What Visa GC did you buy?

cm

They have a number of reward systems after all the mergers; I know of at least 3 separate ones. You can use J4U at any of the 6 different brands that are part of it (Safeway, Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Albertsons, Pavilions); however, certain grocery promotions are limited to a particular locale (e.g., Safeway in Colorado has different deals than other Safeway stores elsewhere), which is determined based on the store that you manually select for a given moment (you can change these as often as you want for a given account, it’s mostly just for grocery discounts, though, as the VGC deals are usually nationwide). Note that although you can add any discount for any region, it seems like it’ll only ring at the register if it’s actually available for the store you’re physically shopping at.

BTW, I’ve tried using my Safeway/Randalls account at United West Texas, and it’s a no go, as it’s a separate system. The funniest part, however, is that “Albertsons” is part of the J4U rewards, whereas “Albertsons Market” is, apparently, a United thing, so, you can’t necessarily distinguish these kinds of things too easily…

P.S. BTW, was very impressed by United West Texas stores in Lubbock and Amarillo — they even carry customers bags to the car, have free cups for iced water, very nice and roomy cafe areas, and even Android Pay as well. Nothing like the Safeway in Colorado.

HikerT
HikerT

I found the signage in store at an Albersons here in WA so it definitely should be showing up in J4U (but still isn’t). That said, it was taped to the back of the rack out of view so maybe they were told to pull it? I only saw it because a manager was pulling out the rack to check for stock. I called J4U (number on receipt) to inquire whether they were aware the offer advertised in store was not showing up in J4U. They were completely clueless. First they gave me the 5th degree for shopping at multiple Safeway / Albertsons, as if they don’t want people spending money at their stores. Then they claimed it wasn’t showing up because it was a targeted offer, despite the signage in store indicating otherwise. I swear they must not do drug testing for the J4U call center because these guys always sound half baked. That said it probably wouldn’t hurt if others called them to hopefully get a hold of one of the competent reps who might actually escalate the issue. Number is on the receipt.

J
J

Please do not call.

Deirdre
Deirdre

I call CS today as well. They couldn’t find the offer in their system, and then reached out to technical support, who weren’t able to find it either.

HikerT
HikerT

Good to hear Deidre. Hopefully it will get escalated to someone that can fix the issue.

J thanks for not calling. Best to leave it to those with above-average intelligence.

aby
aby

@Hiker: to his credit, he has learned the ‘do not call’ mantra and is following it. if he’s not bright enough to do basic analysis, best that his default remain set to ‘do not call’.

me, i consulted tarot cards and a shaman before calling- perhaps more than once. none of the reps seemed to be aware of the glitch. did my best to get it up the chain. safeway IT giveth, safeway IT taketh away. hopefully it gets squared away; as i’ve got upwards of 5 family accounts to exploit to big stacks. woo hoo

Mser
Mser

Those with above average intelligence know not to call.

Elmer
Elmer

Fortunately, it sounds like your definition of “average” intelligence is pretty low… and i’m glad for that… it means you will likely never figure out any of the good deals on your own! Your sense of entitlement while knowing breaking terms & conditions of the deal is really not flattering.

HikerT2
HikerT2

Sounds like you need to get to the root of you problems. They’re giving you a hard time for violating the terms of their reward program and having multiple account. Perhaps the guy isn’t baked, perhaps you’re just wrongly entitled?

Aaron
Aaron

Since the sign is up at a few stores, could it possible that the coupon doesn’t need to be loaded? Maybe the discount gets taken off automatically, without loading the coupon?

86
86

The ads above say: “Download offer on mymixx” and “Download offer on just4u.”

I haven’t seen the gift card category after logging in for at least a week or two now.

Claire
Claire

Not in MyMixx but the sign was up for the promo. I asked customer service about it and they gave me the $10 off manually.
Acme also has $10 off a $100 Amex gift card this week and that one is on MyMixx and the coupon can be clipped.

NinjaX
NinjaX

thanks for the fake news doc. will never ever ever ever trust this blog ever ever ever again…

NinjaX
NinjaX

also, i tried logging into multiple J4U brands and i dont see the offer here in CA. maybe its regional, but its probably some glitch. reminds me of the Staples GC offer issue a few weeks back.

CM

FYI: regional offers appear to differ based on the selected store for your account (“My Store”), not on “logging into multiple J4U brands”. But I think all clip-on VGC J4U promotions have always been nationwide, this year at least.

NinjaX
NinjaX

yea. i actually tried different stores in CA. but not in other states. thats why i logged into different brands to check things out. for example, there is no Safeway in SCAL altho the Safeway app will just show Albertsons in SCAL, but I wanted to make sure its not based on store app.

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Not in any of my J4u accounts. Went in store, rang up without any instant discounts.

Maybe the physical sign went up early. Might show up in J4U in a few days or something.

VL
VL

Nothing in Just4U Safeway accounts in bay area, california either.

iahphx
iahphx

So this mystery remains unsolved? I’ve got some more minimum spends to do, so I’d love to see another Safeway Visa deal.

BTW, I was under the impression that gift card purchases didn’t earn fuel points. That seems to be wrong, because all my recent GC purchases have qualified. It varies by region, but typically a $500 GC purchase earns you 50 cent/gallon off a gas purchase, with $1.00 off being the maximum discount (in South Florida, though, it’s only 20 cents!). If you’re a traveler, it’s nice that the discount can be used nationwide, anywhere there’s a Safeway/Alberstons affiliated store (you can use the location finder to see them). The points are good until the end of the next month. Another reason for me to like buying GCs at Safeway — whenever they have a sale.

Nick
Nick

There is no hard and fast rule on whether cash equivalent gift cards (like VGC) will generate fuel points. It is not intuitive. Sometimes you will earn them on variable load purchases (a nice surprise), sometimes you won’t. Sometimes you will not earn them on fixed denominations (though signage indicates only variable loads are excluded), often you will. You definitely earn fuel points on non-cash gift cards like restaurants or department stores, and usually at 2X or 4X the $ amount (ex: $100 Macy’s gift card generates 200 fuel pts).

iahphx
iahphx

Yeah, I assumed that non-cash gift cards earned gas points and MC/Visa/AMEX cards did not, but it seems like all my GC purchases have earned points. Honestly, I didn’t value those points highly because I live in Giant supermarket territory — where the gas program is even more lucrative. But I’ve discovered that, for travelling, the territory where I can use Giant points for gas is small, while the territory for Safeway points in nationwide. So, for me, it makes the Safeway program even better. Just don’t expect much in Florida (at least South Florida) where you only get 20 cents off per gallon. Talk about a sucky loyalty program!

Travel Tyler
Travel Tyler

Not seeing this in my safeway account for the North Texas Stores…

LnL
LnL

Finally showed up in my Safeway J4U account. Similar to others, gift cards category had been removed but looks like it’s back now.

R
R

I see it now in J4U

Edward
Edward

yes, finally showed up!

TheMonkeyTech
TheMonkeyTech

Showing up for California too. I wonder if this will work on non 5 back Visas?

Daniel
Daniel

I tried. It doesn’t

CM

Do you know if 5 back earn fuel rewards?

chris
chris

mine did this morning and 2X on the base 200

t
t

what did you try? I’ve had luck at Staples getting Style Everywhere, which has a lower fee, to code as part of the Visa deals. Wonder if it’ll be the same at Albertsons.

Daniel
Daniel

I tried to purchase a non-5-back Visa card and it did not work.

Daniel
Daniel

Mine showed up today (9/13) in DC. I thought it would today; it’s when the new ad week begins.

Curtis
Curtis

Nothing in TX still.

Curtis
Curtis

Whoops, now it’s there. Guess my session was old or something.

Daniel
Daniel

I tried with a variable load card and it didn’t take off the $10 coupon 🙁

Valerie
Valerie

Shaws MA – got the coupon under Floral

Dee
Dee

Was hoping that this worked on regular VGC’s, but looks like it won’t. I have 4 minimum spends that I need to complete, any ideas for MS’ing with these 5 Back Visa’s?

Dee
Dee

I have seen old DP’s that these can be used at WM for MO’s. Does anyone have recent experience doing this?

Chris
Chris

They should be, as they’re regular gift cards that can be used anywhere as Visa debit cards. You just won’t get cash back unless it’s a merchant that participates in the Five Back program.

captainsave
captainsave

Do 5 back visa earn gas rewards and can they be drain with serve?

Mimi
Mimi

yes, they can be drained at WM to serve, bb and other prepaids.

Captainsave
Captainsave

Yep u get gas reward for these

Cole
Cole

coupon for 10 dollars off the 5back VGC are now in my just4u account.

yesterday, i was in a safeway and they had a wrong promo sign.. it had 8/13/17 – 8/19 expires 8/25… and it was for all visa/mastercards…

CM

Only a few weeks old? I’ve been at a Safeway in Denver in August that still had the sign from like May!

T
T

showing on jfU for safeway in Colorado

Cole
Cole

so… these 5 back cards, i know previously there was a MS approach to use them at a participating retailer to buy otehr VGC, then to use those GC to buy money order, etc..

i think all the good retailers have dropped:
https://www.fivebackgift.com/

what i want to know is… can i just buy a standard walmart MO with them to dispose of them? (i have had luck at my local walmart with other VGC)

dan
dan

test it to see; only $200; if not, still make $, nothing to lose

dan
dan

worked for me at WM & Kroger in the past; it’s been a while

Mimi
Mimi

yes, you can do 4 for $799.30 with four swipes but as always, YMMV.

Cole
Cole

i didn’t realize you can split 4 ways at WM.. i know its always YMMV.. i just was curious if others had luck in the past.. being stuck with 800 vgc isn’t a big deal. i’ll just give them to the wife.. she will make them disapear!

Mimi
Mimi

yes, with “most” WMs you can do four swipes either by loading your prepaids or buying MOs. when Lowes was still participating in 5B program, I bought some there and proceeded to WM beside it to drain my 5Bs in groups of 4.

Cole
Cole

i’ve split 2 ways in the past to buy a 999.30 MO..

i asked to split, because i was clueless.. i assume you need to tell them you want to split 4 ways? or?

iahphx
iahphx

Nice to see these live. I’m assuming the FiveBack’s at Safeway stores are variable and capped at $200?
As noted above, you can definitely get rid of these at Walmart, four at a time, to buy money order’s, but it’s obviously a bit of hassle and looks “sketchier” than using $500s. You’ll also need more Safeway accounts. A few months ago, I used to “convert” these discounted FiveBacks to $300 Visas on staples.com (at a small additional profit), but now Staples has also pulled out of the FiveBack program. The remaining merchants who participate in the FiveBack discount look lean: has anyone looked at Cabella’s or Cracker Barrel?

Mimi
Mimi

@Cole, I’ve always been able to split 4 ways for $2K MO with varying amounts like two 999.30 or one 1K 998.60 for the other and other combinations I can think of. I just say 500 on each swipe or for those CS who already know me, they ask 500 on your debit? I just say yes.

If I have $300 Staples VGC, I make sure to specify I’m swiping “only” 300 three times for an $899.30 MO. Same thing if I have BBY $200 VGCs, 200 per swipe four times for $799.30. It’s the same thing if I’m just loading my prepaids, limit of 4 swipes per transaction.

Hope that clarifies.

Cole
Cole

ahh ok. 4 swipes per transaction. that helps. i don’t do this often, when i had used the 500 vgc for 999.30 MO, i had just done the couple of money orders i did at different days.

NBG
NBG

What is the fee for these $150 VGC?. Can someone tell how much is MM here with this deal?. Do we get 5Back with Walmart MO?. Any gas points?.
I am spoiled by Giant Gas deals.

Cole
Cole

no 5back at walmart MO. gas points are YMMV, i have gotten poitns on VGC sometimes, and sometimes no.. i would plan on No.

there isn’t much money to be maid on the deal. the real purpose is to hit minimum spend on credit cards with a purchase that is net positive.

NBG
NBG

Thanks. Will stay away then.

Mser
Mser

$200s aren’t worth bothering with. Pita.

smbayguy
smbayguy

I got it on my Just 4 U accounts today.

Yet Another Redditor

Got these at Safeway in Northern VA.
Will get 4 of them and get an MO at WM to liquidate.
Using this to meet MSR on MERRILL+

Jack
Jack

which Safeway in northern va did you go?

Yet Another Redditor

Reston

Jack
Jack

Yea, but the one in Reston are all gone. Been visiting everyday and they are sitll out of stock. However, today i found another Safeway that has a ton and was able to buy 20 of them separately on one cashier, now this is worth my time 🙂

The Value Traveler

I just tried to get these and they didnt work with my BofA 3-2-1 card…..the terminal says APPROVED…i got the signature panel to come up, but the activation slips say not activated. The cashier said they seem to only work as debit or cash only….anyone else come across this? Im trying them at Safeway

feelgood
feelgood

The $10 off $150 Visa Five Back also appeared on my Jewel-Osco MyMixx this morning.

Ryan Thompson
Ryan Thompson

These cards cost $6.95. So the profit is $3 instead of $4 like on the variables. Not only that but you’re only able to load $200 at a time, instead of $500. The main problem is that this significantly slows you down as you need 2.5x more accounts to hit the same volume, and 2.5x more swipes to liquidate. I will still probably do a few when convenient, but won’t go out of my way to hit it as hard as I usually do.

iahphx
iahphx

Right. Like AMEX has a promo now where if you add an additional account holder to your Hilton card and they spend either $500 or $1000, you get a bunch of extra Honors points (in addition to the normal 6x points). A no brainer to do it at Safeway when you only have to buy a card or two, and they’re basically paying you to buy the card. But now you need 5 cards (and a little extra spend) to hit $1000. It’s a lot of work, especially the hassle of liquidating $200 cards. I honestly wouldn’t bother if I didn’t need some spending to meet a sign-up-bonus, and even that’s a questionable use of time.

Jack
Jack

My problem with this is… if I hit this hard $100k, it would be so profitable for Safeway they realize they can do the $200 instead of the $500 normal visa and we’ll never see the $500 again. I’ll pass…

R
R

safeway and blackh. just trying to eliminate 5% vgc

mny
mny

jewel stores here in Chicago have this offer in mymixx now
kind of a pain to have to load it to an acct to save this amount.

few months back, jewel had $10 off $50’s which included mastercards.
even with the activation fee, using a 5% back amex card still saved me 14.5%.
and it seemed, no one else cared, I was the only one buying them all.

I just don’t get it sometimes, people complain about not having enough money and here was a way to save 9.0-14.5% depending on how you paid for the MC

Ed
Ed

Sorry to disappoint, but my friend was not working today as cashier so I was not able to try buying a regular VGC. The $206.95 purchase triggered the $10 bonus immediately as well as 400 fuel points. No problem with split payment (needed just $100 of it to complete a minimum spend on a Marriott VISA which does not include groceries as a bonus category).

Jack
Jack

made a trip to Safeway just for the heck of it. Bought 4 cards in 4 separate transactions. Drove to walmart to liquidate all 4. Whole process took an hour just for $800 gift card? and profit like $12? lol mininum wage in DC is $11 per hour… This is a waste of time. Would only make sense if $500 per.

Yet Another Redditor

These deals mostly are good for meeting MSR or if you have a 5% CB card and can scale this.

captainsave
captainsave

Actually its $20 profit, don’t forget the $2 in pts ur getting. Now if you have bought 8 of them thats $40/hr! Just kidding, yea these are good for MSR with a little profit only.

iahphx
iahphx

Tax free, baby. 🙂

But it’s slightly more lucrative than that. Four cards net a total of $16 in cash, minus $1 for the money order. But you should also have a credit card with grocery stores as a bonus category. Let’s say you have a Hilton Surpass. You would have just earned about 4800 Honors points. That’s worth about $24. So your hour of work is worth $39. Not fantastic, but not bad, either. Obviously, the promos that let you buy $500 GCs at a discount are better.

Travel Tyler
Travel Tyler

How are you guys scaling this? I thought it was a one time use?
Do you have to sign up for different accounts under different phone numbers?

Yet Another Redditor

Yes

T
T

I’m only going to hit this one because the 3% back at grocery promo and $100 bonus for spending another $2.5k on my Marvel card stacks really well to get ~6% back on top of the $3 per transaction.

JT
JT

I got mine. coupon loaded fine in the store. I stacked it with the AmEx offer for $15 in points after $100 grocery spend. Both deals worked.

JT
JT

And by the way, the offer first appeared TODAY for me. This article was a little too trigger-happy.

yana
yana

can’t decide which card to use, amex ED or SPG.

Ken
Ken

Anyone successfully loaded $500 to a different VGC and got the discount?

Max
Max

There were plenty of 5 backs at my Acme. Used a plat card that had the 1500 MR for grocery offer and got the offer confirmation email. I’ve never used these, think I’ll go for real spend on partner gift cards I’d like to purchase anyway.

fiveoh
fiveoh

Does anyone know if I pick safeway for the Drop app if it will work for Randalls? Also does it work with gift cards?

esdot
esdot

Vons, at least, does not work for Safeway on Drop.

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