(Final Day) Staples Returns with Awesome Visa Gift Card Promo!

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Staples Visa Gift Card Promotion Fee Free

Today the very very very popular (at least in my house) Staples fee-free Visa gift card promotion is live. Let’s take a look at the details.

The Offer

  • No purchase fee when you buy a $200 Visa® Gift Card

Key Terms

  • Valid 11/11/18–11/17/18.
  • In-store only
  • Limit 1 per customer. (This may be enforced differently depending on the store.)

You can find the full terms on page 7 of the Staples weekly ad.

Maximizing This Deal

While the terms list a limit of 1 discounted purchase fee per transaction, you may (no guarantee) be able to purchase multiple cards in the same or separate transactions based on my previous experience. Staples does tend to limit customers to $2K in gift card purchases per day overall either way.

Cards like the Chase Ink Plus, Chase Ink Cash and American Express SimplyCash Pluswill all earn 5X/5% back on these purchases. You may also be able to visit multiple stores and/or ask to do multiple transactions despite the terms, but that is obviously YMMV.

Liquidating Visa Gift Card

The Visa gift card is pin-enabled. The PIN number is usually the last four digits of the card number. For more information on cashing out these types of cards, see: How To Liquidate Prepaid Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards.


I am so happy that Staples has moved away from their much more rigid mail in-rebate promotions on Visa gift cards. These no-fee promotions are much more attractive since you don’t have to deal with paperwork, plus you can often buy more cards over the course of the promo.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. What if you decline to provide a Staples Rewards number (which I think does not get any credit for a gift card purchase anyway)?

  2. How do you know before the cashier rings up the sale if a second purchase will not include the $6.95 purchase fee

    • You don’t – you can always have them cancel the transaction if it comes up. Reports have been that multiples have been getting the credit on this one. Although stores seem to be cracking down on the 1 per person limit.

  3. Do you have any sense for how much is too much for Chase, using my Ink card? Any reports of Chase shutdowns or clawbacks? Thx.

    • A lot depends on the cards history and how long you have had it. Some people do 20K no problem and others have been shut down for ramping up too quickly.


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