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Staples Visa Gift Card Rebate Deal

Staples Visa Gift Card Rebate Deal

I really love when Staples has negative cost gift card deals. They aren’t as lucrative as promotions from other chains, but they seem to come with more regularity. While last year we saw a deal about every month, this year things have been slower. I’m glad to see this new deal pop up for next week.

The Deal

  • Receive a $20 prepaid Visa card via Easy Rebate with the purchase of $250 or more in Visa gift cards.

Key Terms

  • Offer valid 3/13/16 – 3/19/16. (See ad on page 9)
  • In store only most likely. (All past deals have been in-store only.)
  • Limit of one rebate per household.

Maximizing the Deal

Staples Visa Gift Card Rebate Deal

This deal is best maximized by using a card that earns 5X at office supply stores like the Chase Ink cards. You can also use an Amex SimplyCash which earns 5% cashback at office supply stores.

Using the Chase Ink, the optimal strategy is to purchase 2 of the $200 cards which cost $206.95 each. Here is the math:

  • Cost: $413.90
  • Minus Rebate: $20
  • Final Cost: -$6.10
  • UR Points Earned: 2,070

You could also purchase a $200 card and a $50 card, but the savings of $2 on fees doesn’t justify the loss of 750 Ultimate Rewards points on the extra $150 in spend.

Visa gift cards sold by Staples are issued by Metabank and are pin-enabled. For more info, see: How To Liquidate Prepaid Visa & Mastercard Gift Cards

Liquidate the Visa Rebate Card

The rebate will come in the form of a Visa gift card that IS pin-enabled. As I covered last month, I have successfully loaded a Staples rebate card to a Bluebird/Serve type card at Walmart. The PIN number is the last four digits of the card number.


These deals are nice if you have a Staples nearby, but stock tends to run out quickly, so I wouldn’t go far out of my way to get the cards. With that said, now that the rebate cards can easily be converted to cash, I am even more excited about these deals. Now, if I only could find a way to manufacture more households.

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. I picked up my $400 worth of cards today! I appreciate the heads up on the Staples offer, it saves me from having to comb the ad every week. As for the “Bluebird/Serve TYPE card at Walmart”, some people just want to have everything spoon fed to them as if you owe them something from a free blog! Geesh!!

  2. Please elaborate on what you mean by Type? “Bluebird/Serve TYPE card at Walmart”

    And don’t tell us you can’t because if that’s the case, don’t write the blog.

    • I write the blog to help people and share deals. As part of that I get to choose what to share and what not to. I think this blog helps a lot of people save money and earn points, but I can’t spell out everything. As for your question, I did share the type of card. Click through to the post about liquidating the Visa rebate card and look really carefully at one of the pictures.

      • Understand your reticence about being too direct in mentioning the bb alternative’s name. I appreciate too that you’ve used that alternative sparingly, in hopes to preserve it for your use — and in the fortunate circumstance that you apparently still pay no monthly $9 fee. Good for you. For the rest of us, unless we’re willing to risk a direct deposit arrangement from an employer to a card that likely could get capriciously shut down, the bb alternative’s current nasty monthly fee structure makes it a likely non-starter for those of us not as fortunate to be grandfathered into the card. To make the fee worth it, we’d be engaging in levels of bill paying and loading (even if not, strictly speaking ms) that likely would get it shut down….. (again, too much risk, cost, for having a card we’d be afraid to use….)

        Unless I’m missing something about how to avoid the fees on that “bb alternative,” I’m about to test an accountnow card for my arsenal. (yes, with the 1% merchant fees to load — that plus more mo’s and testing billpay options.)

        • There are various cards that work other than the one I mentioned. My point in this is not to say to use on particular card. People could buy money orders with the rebate card if they wanted. Some people still have Bluebird/Serve cards. The truth is I am simply trying to say it works as a debit at Walmart. I agree that the new version of that product isn’t nearly as attractive as the grandfathered version I have.

  3. I love these cards for everyday spend that would normally get just 1 pt/$. I can shop the small businesses in my neighborhood and still get 5 pts/$.

    More households: My adult kids are AUs. They live in their own homes, thank you very much.

  4. What is this ‘Serve’ and ‘Bluebird’ you speak of? RIP.
    Off to Staples. I can still spend the gift card……
    Thx Shawn!

  5. “I have successfully loaded a Staples rebate card to a Bluebird/Serve TYPE card at Walmart”

    Caps were mine for emphasis. Eddy Cue needs to get better at reading if he’s going to keep negotiating these lucrative content deals like Beats.


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