Posted by Chuck on December 14, 2015
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Published on December 14th, 2015 | by Chuck

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Sears $20 Promo Coming Through – Much Better Than Expected!

Sears is running a generous promotion to give a free $20 Sears award card for each $100 in Sears gift card purchases. The offer is ongoing until December 22; while it wasn’t showing for a few days, it’s now showing again on the sears.com home page.

Sears: $20 Credit with $100 Gift Card Purchase + 16% Off with Portal/Discover!

The eAwards are now coming through and they are much better than expected.

  1. No expiration
  2. Coming through for multiple orders
  3. Coming through as one card

No Expiration

The biggest news is that the eAward cards state explicitly that they do not expire. I used the ordinary Sears gift card balance checker and it pulled up the correct balance of the eAward card. It appears that these are ordinary gift cards in every way.

That’s huge for two reasons: 1) they can be used whenever, 2) they should even be able to be sold, 3) we’ll be able to use multiple cards in one transaction (you can use up to 15 gift cards per purchase).

Update: Many are reporting that newer eAwards are coming with a January-31 expiration date.

Multiple Orders – One Card

In the original post, we noted that there is no stated limit as to how many of these eAward cards you can get. This has now been proven true and multiple separate $100 orders are triggering $20 for each one.

Not only that, all the e-cards come as one card. I did two $100 orders and I received a single $40 e-card. A reader did ten and received as single $200 e-card.

What Works?

Do e-gift cards work?

Yes

Do physical gift cards work?

I don’t have personal experience, but I assume so. Note that physical gift cards won’t trigger the 5% Discover category bonus.

Do gift card reloads work?

Unknown. Update: Reloads are working as well

I purchased two $100 Sears e-gift cards on December 8th and also did one $50 reload on December 9th. Thus far, I received a $40 eAward card for the two e-gift cards and I’ll give reloads a tentative ‘no’. It’s still possible that I’ll get another $10 eAward for the $50 reload tomorrow and I’ll definitely update this with that info or with anyone else’s experience on this.

Which Card to Use

  • Use Discover, as noted above.
  • Use a BofA card if you have a targeted Bank Amerideals offer for 10% off at Sears.
  • Use Citi Dividend. Readers report that last year it earned 5% on Sears purchases.
  • Use ATT for 3x.

Final Thoughts

Let’s hope Sears is too lazy to create a special eAward card and they’ll continue to issue ordinary gift cards as the eAward cards. Essentially, we’ll be able to buy Sears gift cards at a 16.6% discount, before even starting with the credit card and portal. Really an amazing deal!

Now the question is if we should hold out for a better portal bonus (and hope it doesn’t get pulled before the end-date) or just do this now with Ebates or Shopathome, as noted in the previous post. I’m optimistic that it will remain until the end-date.

Thanks to readers Darren, Spgbus, and  Danny for contributing to this post



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jay wogi
jay wogi

each $100 GC has to be purchased in a separate transaction. Correct?

jay wogi
jay wogi

sorry couldnt thank you earlier…..busy creating 20 orders……need a script for this……:)

arch
arch

What about using Discover It (5%, doubled to 10%) or Dividend (5%) quarterly category for these?

Ryan
Ryan

Discover is currently at 10%… doubled to 20%?

Ryan
Ryan

Discover now lists both gift card purchases and redemptions as excluded…anyone know the current state of this being enforced?

fauxblogger
fauxblogger

Sears Discover, BuyGC Reload Sears gift card and get cash back SUCCESS 2015-10-12 Reported by Josh

Bret
Bret

They’ve extended it to Christmas on the website.

Bret
Bret

Check your BofA Rewards or Citi Dividend cards for any 10% cashback offers instead of Discover if you’ve already maxed it out or prefer to get the credit sooner.

Simon
Simon

Great post! But here is what I am worrying about. Even if this eAward card is good to use or check as of today. Sears can easily set the gift card as 0 after Jan 31 since this is already printed in the terms. For reselling purposes, that will cause an invalid card (and other troubles).

jay
jay

Got an email about they need to research my order. anyone else got that? I sent the gift to myself and i have done that in past.

rubixx
rubixx

Same I received another email this morning with a toll free number to call. They just verified public information and then my order was processed. 5 min total.

rubixx
rubixx

The Order verification number is 1-888-396-5299

JD
JD

Im clicking thru Shopathome at 6%. There is also a code that can be used SEARS5OFF50…which will bring the clickthru value to 11%. I’m worried that using this code this might cause me not to get the $20 eaward card from sears. Thoughts?

JD
JD

lol…I tried it and it wouldn’t let me do it anyway. However, now I’m getting this “Something’s gone wrong on our end and we can’t complete this request right now. You can wait a few minutes and try again. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

Ken
Ken

Is it possible to consolidate many small Sears/Kmart GCs online? I have tons of <$10 GCs that I'd like to be on a single card.

Phong @ FinancialBasis.com

Aww man! This is awesome! I was looking for a way to get the last $900 for this quarter. It was so hard considering the Freedom has 10% on amazon for this quarter (and Discover has Amazon too). Now I just got that one done :). I might just buy $1,000 in Amazon gift cards since I often buy a lot of things on Amazon to resell on eBay anyways haha.

Charlie
Charlie

Any luck with the Sears GC reloads working to get the $20 promo ??

Josh
Josh

Sears reloads worked for Citi Dividend 5% last year. Also worked with the Discover portal last year but my guess is that non-Discover purchases will be excluded now.

FM reported in his laboratory comments that Discover Deals is still paying out for Sears reloads and gift cards.

gary
gary

How long after ordering the $100 gc did it take to get the $20 bonus card. got my 100 3 days ago and have not received the 20

Paul
Paul

My discover it statement just closed and the $800 in online Sears gift card purchases were categorized as merchandise and did not receive the 5% cash back. My in store purchases did get the 5%.

Eric
Eric

Did you buy Sears eGC or physical gc?

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