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Banana Republic visa credit card 200 bonus points for non BR brand purchase

CafeAngel 382 October 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
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Got in snail mail saying

"Earn 200 bonus points with every purchase outside our brands" November 1 to December 31, 2012.

Seems like there was one exact same deal last year.

Some questions for experienced veterans:
1. What's the maximum point earned for last promotion? In the previous thread I saw 400,000 points!
2. Will there be any risk that my BR account being closed because I am too greedy?
3. What's the minimum transaction amount in order to get the reward? Does Amazon $0.15 gift card count?

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Last Edited by RimeshP November 15, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Notes regarding the deal:

* The offer is targeted. If you did not get a notice, you cannot participate.

* The card itself locks after > 20 transactions a day. You then have to call in to unlock. I have been successful this year with exactly 20 transactions a day. A "day" is a rolling 24 hour period so if you do one transaction at say 9am in one given timezone you can do another 19 transaction until 8:59am the next day same time zone and then your counter resets to 20

* There is no minimum transaction size. Transactions of $0.01 qualify as a purchase.

* Transaction must *post* to your account by 12/31/2012, suggesting a period of probably at best 60 days to run. 60 days x 20 transactions x 200 bonus points = 240,000 points or $2,400 in Banana Republic certificates

* Certificates can be used at all BR brands (BR, Gap, Old Navy, Athleta etc)

* Certificates are sent with a maximum of $250 per month (five $50 certificates). Excess over this amount was eventually sent out over the following months.


Suggestions on sites to take advantage of the deal:

* Amazon.com - Your Amazon account locks out after 10 transactions the 1st time. The 2nd time, it will lock after 5 transactions. The only way to reactivate your account it to call an Amazon CSR and speak to an Account Specialist. Reactivation can take over 24 hours.

* Dish Network - Unlimited bill payments allowed (minimum payment $0.01)

* Verizon - Unlimited bill payments allowed (minimum payment $1.00)

* Sprint - Unlimited bill payments allowed (minimum payment $1.00)

* Metro PCS - Maximum of 3 bill payments allowed through their payment company (Bill Matrix)

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#3
I can answer #3 quickly: even $0.01 works as a qualifying purchase Smilie

The last promo I did (Sept-Oct), was "500 points per purchase outside our brands" but they capped it at 2000 points (in the fine print.)

Here's what I got today: "5x points per $ spent outside our brands" (instead of the usual 1x). Are these promos targeted?
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Quote from rsveteran View Post :
I can answer #3 quickly: even $0.01 works as a qualifying purchase Smilie

The last promo I did (Sept-Oct), was "500 points per purchase outside our brands" but they capped it at 2000 points (in the fine print.)

Here's what I got today: "5x points per $ spent outside our brands" (instead of the usual 1x). Are these promos targeted?
I think these are targeted.

Wife got the mentioned offer, and I got the same offer as you.

Don't see any cap in the fine print this time though.
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I got the same offer and had the same thoughts. There is no upper limit listed. I have a $250 bill to pay with local county and they take online payments as low as $1 so that is 250 transactions off the bat Wink
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I got a card in the mail last month for 1k points with 4 purchases. Made 4x very small purchases and received points as of statement close. Pretty nice.
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Does anyone who did this last year know whether it was eventually capped? Reading last year's thread it seems the most they could send per month was $250 worth of certificates. So did people who went big keep getting $250 certificates every month? Did anyone get their account shut down for over doing it? I am thinking this one will be easy enough to scale into a whole new wardrobe Smilie
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I was able to get multiple months of $250 certificates, so no limit that I know of... They did, however, cap how many daily purchases you could make with your BR card, across all transactions. I think it was 20 or 25
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I was able to get multiple months of $250 certificates, so no limit that I know of... They did, however, cap how many daily purchases you could make with your BR card, across all transactions. I think it was 20 or 25
very helpful thank you and repped

yes reading the last thread sounds like 20 per day. so 20 x 60 days x $2 value per transaction = $2,400 in BR certificates

i am ranking this as deal of the year for me
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sorry one further question. there is some suggestion on fatwallet though i don't see it myself that transactions need to be at least $1. can you confirm that sub $1 transactions worked?

i am thinking of using $0.15 amazon gift certs to fill up the 20 per day outside of any i can't easily manufacture (will throw them some bones with the odd coffee here and there)
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<$1 amazon GC's worked for me Smilie
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Sounds good. I didn't bother reading the postcards they sent me last year.

Going to buy 20x$.15 or $1 (?) Amazon gift cards and set it from Nov 1- Dec 31. Hopefully setting the quantity at Amazon to 20 will charge 20 times and not once. Anyone know?

last years thread
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So, do you have to receive the offer to be able to take advantage, or can anyone start earning the bonus?
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So, do you have to receive the offer to be able to take advantage, or can anyone start earning the bonus?
unfortunately i believe it is targeted

i will update the wiki with what i have learned from pm's and last years thread

just ran my 20 transactions this morning to pay my water bill. $1, $1.01, $1.02... $1.19. took about 10 minutes for $40. nice Smilie
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Just confirmed that 20 transactions locks it up. Guess I'll be calling and getting it unlocked.

On another note, I also confirmed that Time Warner Cable accepts payments $1 at a time woot
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