Visa Instant Rebate! $15 off $300+ at Office Depot/Max Returns: Info & How to Maximize

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Office Depot Visa Gift Card Rebate

Office Depot Visa Gift Card Rebate

Around Thanksgiving Office Depot and Officemax ran an instant Visa gift card rebate promotion and now according to a source, they are running another one just in time for Christmas! Let’s take a look.

The Offer

  • Save $15 instantly when you buy $300 or more in Visa gift cards.

Key Terms

  • Offer valid in store only 12/18/16 – 12/24/16.
  • Discount applied at register.

During the recent Thanksgiving promotion the limit was 1 per customer, however that wasn’t always enforced. As of now I don’t have confirmation of the exact limit, but I would suspect it will be the same.

The Math

Office Depot carries a wide variety of Visa gift cards. Some are variable load up to $200 with a lower fee and others carry a $6.95 fee. Since not everyone has access to the lower fee cards or wishes to deal with their restrictions (some only work at specific merchants), I’ll base the math on the $6.95 fee.

Generally the best option is to purchase 2 of the $200 Visa gift cards. When doing so, the math works out like this:

  • Cost of cards: $413.90
  • Minus instant rebate: -$15
  • Final cost: $398.90
  • Profit: $1.10

Previous offers had a limit of 2 which allowed you to get 2 discounts on the same transaction when purchasing $600 in cards. This meant you could profit close to $10 when purchasing $600, so I’ll be watching closely to see if the higher limit returns.


It is best to pay with a card that earns 5X at office supply stores such as a Chase Ink Cash/Plus. For example, a Chase Ink card would also earn 1,995 Ultimate Rewards points. Alternatively, an Amex SimplyCash Plus which earns 5% cashback at office supply stores would put an additional $19.95 in your pocket.


Visa gift cards sold by Officemax/Office Depot are issued by Metabank and are pin-enabled. These cards should work fine to load Bluebird/Serve at Walmart. They also generally work for money orders if that is your thing. For more detailed information on liquidating these cards, see: How To Liquidate Prepaid Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards


While I know many of you have been giving your Ink cards a workout with all of the recent gift card deals, things will slow down soon so it might be time to have one last hoorah before Christmas. Either way this is a very nice way to generate big rewards and a small profit as well.

If you happen to see this offer in-store let us know the exact terms and I would love if you could send over a copy of the sign to! Thanks.

Shawn Coomer
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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  1. Cashier stated that I could not use credit card to pay for the variable load cards, only the fixed value(of which they had no more $200 cards left. However, she allowed me to use my CC on the variable load Five Back card, which also earned the $15 instant rebate.

  2. Should add to the post they do not work at the post office for money orders.

    Good deal but just loaded up from Giftcardmall so not sure if I want to take on more gift cards at the moment…..decisions decisions!

      • Yep, I’ve been able to unload the lower-fee Dine Anywhere cards there. Can’t remember if I tried the Groceries Anywhere or not.

        I can also confirm that this offer is 1 per transaction like the one over Thanksgiving 🙁


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