Posted by Chuck on February 12, 2020
Gift Card Deals

Published on February 12th, 2020 | by Chuck

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Simon Mall: Get $10 Mastercard When Buying $100 Happy Giftcard

Update 2/12/20: Deal is back and valid through February 16th. Hat tip to reader Roman M

Update 10/27/19: Deal is available and valid until November 3rd, 2019. Hat tip to reader Matt M

The Offer

  • Simon Mall is offering a $10 Mastercard gift card when you buy $100 in Happy gift cards.

Anything in the Happy line works for this promo, with the exception of Happy Guy.

The Fine Print

  • Offer valid August 5-18 and September 2-22

Our Verdict

Don’t use Amex for payment, other cards should be fine.

Hat tip to readers Matt



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alex
alex

Why happy guy..

Xinqing Wang
Xinqing Wang

I will still not be happy after purchasing the Happy Gift Card. So, I have decided to not buy those cards.

DS
DS

Happy Guy is always left out of these promotions. Wonder why?

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

HD likely complained to BlackHawk and threatened to remove themselves as a partner. I have noticed every HD I have been to has removed $200 VGC’s since the Happy Promos started coming around last November.

Bed Bath and Beyond still sells $25, $50, $100 and $200 VGC’s which can be purchased with Happy Lady Cards.

Eric
Eric

BBBs I visited (in Houston, TX) sell only BBB gc.

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

It took me checking 5 locations in person to find the one within a 30 mile radius that sells them, the other 4 only had BBB, Spa Finder and ITunes.

JakeFromStateFarm
JakeFromStateFarm

Similar findings in my area. Two out of six stores actually stock them. One is continually sold out and the other usually asks to see what card you are paying with and shoots down Happy GCs when attempting to buy any other GC.

alex Liang
alex Liang

BBB are now very pick on “happy card‘ .If you buy ANY gift card, they are going to see the card you are using and blame you “using gift card buying gift card”

Klemhuzzah
Klemhuzzah

That was my experience last time I tried BBB. My goto store that had always worked before wouldn’t let me do it. Fortunately, the BBB across town let me. Right after that, Happy started saying that happy cards can’t be used to buy gift cards. Haven’t bought any since.

Geng
Geng

yeah they were telling me the same thing last night!

Hari
Hari

Men were never meant to stay happy.

Doug
Doug

cause the home depot…deh…

Pikachu
Pikachu

Why not use the Amex card? Sorry if I missed something from past!

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Amex and Simon don’t mix well

Pikachu
Pikachu

Oh, ok. But Amex can still be used to buy Visa gift cards (from Staples) for MS- right?

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

Can, but if done in excess the Amex RAT (Rewards Abuse Team) Squad will shut you down.

Staples works because they sell items other than gift cards. A transaction reading Simon Mall means Gift card purchases.

CtownBin
CtownBin

No, for Staples this won’t work even though they sell other items. As I mentioned above, Staples provides Level 3 data to AMEX so they know what you bought. You can see this info yourself too- click on the purchase in your AMEX login, and in the description it will say “200 Visa card” or something like that. It may work for regular spend but NOT for minimum spend requirement.

CtownBin
CtownBin

Since Staples provides Level 3 data to AMEX, they will know you are buying a gift card. So far, I don’t think there are any DPs of Staples not earning regular ongoing spend points on AMEX cards. But DO NOT try to meet an AMEX minimum spend requirement by buying gift cards at Staples, it will end badly. They will claw back your bonus and it will then be too late to meet the spend in other ways since your time window will have passed. Don’t do it. Even with regular spend- there is always a chance that will change and even that won’t earn points, since they do have the ability to see it’s a gift card.

As for Simon- even regular spend points aren’t being awarded.

Newbie
Newbie

YMMV? Is it nationwide promotion or only eligible on specific stores?

slowbrake
slowbrake

Do 3rd party AMEX earn points – BBVA or WF?

Crys
Crys

Only one per visit.

RM
RM

Crys I assume pointing out that their own ad says five transactions per day got you nowhere?

Crys
Crys

I did not, but today I did and they folded!

RM
RM

For me, the biggest issue has been that my location keeps running out of the MCGC blanks, so I can’t buy any more Happies until they restock.

Crys
Crys

That’s awful! Where are you located? Mine constantly has to be going from guest services to office to restock. Total pain!

RM
RM

I am in Southern California. Very few Simon malls in this area.

Superman
Superman

RM You have a few too many with 10 locations, not counting those in central and northern California. Other areas, such as the entire states of Arizona, Colorado, and Missouri, only get 3.

CtownBin
CtownBin

How are you liquidating the Happy Cards?

MickeyMouse
MickeyMouse

BBB Buy Happy card for $105,95 and use it to buy Visa for $100 + $5.95 Purchase Fee. Either that or I use it to buy Gas Station Gift cards from BBB.

Whodidntante
Whodidntante

Guys don’t deserve happiness?

Electroman

Sure, but only at full price. 😉

qmc
qmc

Alternatively for those in the area, this week safeway (presumably all j4u) has 10% off $100+ of Happy Cards.

And also $10 off $100+ of VGC started today.

Kien
Kien

If you have a Safeway or affiliate nearby, I would do that instead. No problems with using Amex and you will also earn gas/grocery rewards on the purchase and it can be up to $500, so it would be easier to make your purchase with 1 swipe rather than multiple swipes with smaller denomination. You have a week to do it at Safeway up to Nov 2. If you have a grocery reward category credit card, then even better.

debit
debit

My Simon is out of $1000 gift cards. Has this happened to others?

RM
RM

debit Yes. Simon’s guest services are a mess. I visited three Simon malls today to try to take advantage of the Happy card promo. At one, the POS system was down and they could not sell any cards; the second was out of Happy cards and the bonus Visa cards; at the third, guest services was closed all day even though they were supposed to be open.

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