News You Can Use – Save $20 on Gift Cards, Discount United Awards to Japan, & More!

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1.   OfficeMax $20 off $300 in Visa or MasterCard Gift Cards

Via Frequent Miler, when you buy $300 in Visa or MasterCard gift cards you’ll save $20.  This is a terrific deal!  That’s because most gift cards charge a ~$7 activation fee, but with the $20 off you cancel out most of these fees.

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Save $20 When You Buy $300 or More in Visa and MasterCard Gift Cards at OfficeMax

Buying gift cards with a credit card and then loading your AMEX Bluebird, AMEX Serve, or Evolve account is a great way to meet minimum spending requirements!  And it’s even better when you don’t have to pay high gift card activation fees!

You can get this deal 2X per household or business.

2.   US Airways Card – $25 Statement Credit for Paperless Statements

Barclaycard US Airways cardholders can get a $25 statement credit by signing-up to receive paperless statements.

To get the credit, just log into your account and you should see a pop-up message with the offer.

If you already have paperless statements, you should be able to go to your account settings and select “Turn off paperless statements.”  Then log out and back into your account and the pop-up offer should appear.

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$25 for a Minute of Work!? Don’t Mind If I Do!

3.   750 Southwest Bonus Points (~$11) When You Spend $175 

Via Mommy Points, you’ll get 750 Southwest points when you spend a $175 or more through the Southwest shopping portal.  This deal is good for purchases from December 13, 2014, to December 23, 2014.

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Earning Points for Buying Gifts Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

And points your earn through the shopping portal DO count towards the Southwest Companion Pass!

4.   10 Gogo Internet Passes per Year, AMEX Business Platinum Only

Are you an American Express Business Platinum cardholder?  Via Point Me to the Plane, you’ll soon get 10 Gogo internet passes for free each calendar year!

Gogo internet can cost $5 an hour to $16 per day for inflight Wi-Fi access.  So this is a nice little added bonus.

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10 Passes for Free In-Flight Wi-Fi, Another Benefit You Get With the AMEX Business Platinum Card!

You can also get free Boingo internet access at certain airports, hotels, and retail stores with The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN, Platinum, and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cards.

5.   Update – United Airlines Now Discounting Japan Awards, Too!

I wrote last week about how you can save 20% on United Airlines award tickets to certain US cities and on Business Class award tickets to Europe, India, and Central Asia.

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Fly to Tokyo and Enjoy Fresh Sashimi for 14,000 Fewer United Airlines Miles!

And now you can save 20% on flights to Japan from January 31, 2015, to March 11, 2015.  To get this discount, your fight can NOT include a stopover.

A saver coach award from the US to Japan typically costs 70,000 United Airlines miles.  But with this discount, you’ll only pay 56,000 miles.

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15 responses to “News You Can Use – Save $20 on Gift Cards, Discount United Awards to Japan, & More!

  1. I went to my local Walmart and they said some policy changed so that they can no longer load prepaid gift cards (e.g., VGC bought from Staples), even PIN-enabled ones. Are you aware of this recent change? Trying to figure out how to liquidate my VGCs now. Any ideas?

  2. @Susan, just try another cashier or another Walmart. Don’t believe it. I was told the same thing when the cashier noticed that I was using prepaid gift card even the transaction went through. He still kept saying they are not suppose to do that. I just said “Thank you anyway” since it was successfully loaded to my BB. 🙂

  3. Went to my Barclay USAir account and no pop-up and no offer. Checked settings and I had not signed up for it previously. I always wait until they offer some real incentive to change to paperless. They spend a lot to mail out each month so they should offer a kick-back.

    I think they may be mad at me because right now all I am doing with that card is MS. But could change and pop up in the future. Anyone else not getting this offer?

  4. Got approval for the Barclay US Airways last Friday, signed up for paperless. Went into account and changed the setting to get statements by mail/logged out of my account, went back in and the $25 statement credit pop up appeared, so changed setting back to paperless. Thanks for the heads up!!!

  5. Does anyone know if the $25 statement credit for going paperless will work for Barclays US Airways business card accounts? Or is this for personal accounts only? I currently do not see any statement credit promotion when I log into my US Air business account. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the trick about logging in/out to get the $25 credit for going paperless. I did it for both mine and my wife’s account. I did see, however, that you also had to make a purchase by December 31 to get the credit. Just a heads up.

  7. @Susan – like Xiaoguang Li said, try another cashier or another Walmart. Also, stay away from customer service, as they are the ones who seem to deny the debit reloads. Regular cashiers never have a problem with it.

  8. Happy to see the United 20% off for flights to Japan. I’m registered for the Tokyo marathon on Feb. 22nd, so the dates work out perfectly, and I also just did the United Explorer card when it was at the 50K bonus so I’m equipped with the MP miles I’d need. Still, I’ll have to look into whether this HAS to be a R-T ticket, and whether Business-class is available or only Coach. I have a flight booked in 1st on Singapore’s A380 which I could switch around to make it my return flight instead of my outbound, but I do want to fly with SQ at least once so if United’s deal is only for R-T I may have to pass, and if it’s only for coach I don’t know if I could stand to sit in that cabin for 12 hours.

  9. @Ron – I didn’t notice that disclosure about the purchase. Did it say an amount minimum?

    Data point – I was already enrolled, unenrolled, logged out and back in, offer was not there, logged out and back in a second time, and offer was available. Making an assumption that this only works for the US Air card and not other Barclays personal cards unless anyone else learns differently

  10. Do M/C gift cards work just as easily as VGCs when loading Serve? Reason I ask is that most of the OfficeMax stores in PHX are plum sold out of $100 and $200 VGC but have ample supply of MCGC.

  11. @Susan I just loaded my BB last week at Walmart with a VGC bought at Staples. Had to do it with a cashier, but no problem. If you have a Walmart with the moneypass ATM that’s even easier.

  12. Will OfficeMax allow you to use a credit card to buy gift cards? I’ve been able to use a credit card at Staples, but thought both Office Depot and OfficeMax eliminated that.

  13. If you sign up for the US Airways $25 credit for going paperless, and purchase something before December 31, can that $25 credit go towards the $89 annual fee that will show up in your 1st statement?

  14. Tried everything here to get pop up for statement credit and still nothing. Not a business card and I have the Choice Privilege as well. I will try to make a purchase next.

  15. Asked about offer of statement credit in SM and got this reply:

    Thank you for contacting us regarding your US Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard. We can certainly address your inquiry regarding the paperless promotions on your account.

    We offer bonuses or promotions to accounts we service; however, please note that not all customers will be eligible for this. Our records show that this promotional reward offer is not available on your account. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If an offer should be available, we will notify you accordingly.

    If you have any other questions and concerns, please reply to this message.


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