Yes, provided you activate the Visa/MC before you try to use them on the next transaction.
You could buy one card, activate it, then use it to buy another one, etc., until you reach the max limit per rewards account. This would permit you to stack-up the Staples GCs.
Each card will cost you $105.99 , so using the previously purchased card will require you to still pay $5.99 more.
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I need to get my account to Premier status again before the year's up...so I have to get to that $1000 benchmark.
Will buying this gift card count towards that $1000 requirement?
No, Gift Card purchases in any flavor do not constitute Qualified Purchases:
(Per Staples Rewards T&Cs):
2. Qualifying Purchases
A Member is eligible to receive credit ("Rewards") on the Member's account for qualifying purchases made by the Member ("Qualifying Purchases"), as defined below, that are made at Staples stores in the U.S., by phone at 1-800-333-3330 or online at staples.com® and for which a Membership account is identified. All Qualifying Purchases are subject to verification by Staples before being credited to a Member's account.
The following Qualifying Purchases are eligible toward earning Rewards:
Ink and toner used in copiers, fax machines and printers excluding printer, fax and copy machine drums, label maker ribbons, and refill kits;
Case and ream cut sheet paper excluding photo paper, dot matrix/"computer" paper, fax thermal paper, résumé, stationery, invitations and specialty paper, paper rolls, labels, carbon and carbonless forms, notebooks, pads and filler paper;
Copy & Print services excluding postage stamps, shipping and shipping supplies, merchandise used in assembling Copy & Print jobs, custom printing orders placed online, and third party services;
Other products or services as may be included from time to time by Staples, in its sole discretion.
Qualifying Purchases made by the Member but for which the Member's account number was not used at the time of the transaction can be added to the Member account if Staples is contacted with the original 17-digit receipt barcode number from the store receipt or order number, and the Member’s account number at staplesrewards.com or by calling 1-800-793-3320 as promptly as possible after the date of the transaction, but within the current quarter or the two previous calendar quarters only. Only purchases made by the Member may be added to the Member’s account. Purchases are credited upon verification within five days after they are requested. Qualifying Purchases that have been verified are applied to the Member’s account with a transaction date of the date approved. A maximum of 10 purchases may be requested to be credited per day. Qualifying Purchases cannot be transferred, sold or bartered.
The Members' accounts will receive credit for Qualifying Purchases equal to 10% of their total Qualifying Purchase Amount for purchases made during the applicable calendar quarter if the Reward minimum, as defined below, is met. Qualifying Purchase Amount is the amount paid at checkout after application of all promotions, coupons and Rewards redemption. Amounts spent on taxes, postage stamps, delivery charges, pre-paid phone cards, Staples® gift cards and third party gift cards do not count toward earning Rewards. Purchases on ink and toner manufactured by Hewlett Packard are excluded. Staples, in its sole discretion, may include additional products or services as exclusions from Qualifying Purchases from time to time without prior notice.
Last edited by parce33063; 11-09-2012 at 07:30 AM..
Yes sounds like a good strategy to buy one of these VISA cards and then use it to buy the next one and so on. You still have to pay the extra $5.99 but at least you don't end up with $1000 of VISA gift cards at the end. You only end up with one and out $59.99 in extra cash and have $150 in Staples Gift Cards (after submitting all those SERs and hopefully getting the cards).
Yes I think its 2.5% and its considered a cash advance and I dont know if a prepaid card allows it.
Serve has waived CC loading fees until March. However, I got an email threatening to close my account after loading with a CC and withdrawing to a bank account. It goes against their T&C point regarding that it is not allowed to be used for cash advances (can't send it to someone else either). So either load up a bunch until March and just withdraw a lot at once, or plan to unload the serve card via amazon payments or just buy stuff with it.
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