(Hat Tip to Shawn @ Frequent Miler)
Good evening everyone, I know I am super late to the party, but better late than never. This morning, AMEX released a few new AMEX Offers and there was 1 in particular that got a massive amount of attention. There is a Smart & Final offer where you can get a $25 statement credit after spending $50+. You can get the offer 3 times per enrolled AMEX card!
After work, I went home, grabbed my 6 enrolled AMEX cards and drove to my local Smart & Final. It was my first time in the store and the only Smart & Final within 20+ miles.
Here are some pics of the gift card rack at my local Smart & Final store. There are Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX Gift Cards in $100 denominations. They also have a few other retailers, similar to the gift card rack at most grocery stores.
I need to book a Southwest Airlines flight soon, so I grabbed a few Southwest Airlines Gift Cards and made my way to the cashier. My dreams crashed to the ground when he told me I couldn’t pay for any gift cards with credit cards – cash or debit cards only. I found that really hard to believe, so I asked why. He told me that his manager would not let him accept credit cards for gift card purchases. I think this is a store-specific issue since many people on Twitter have told me that they were able to buy gift cards with credit cards and even do split tender on the $100 Visa/MasterCard/AMEX Gift Cards. I walked out of the store empty handed, but I will try again at a different store. I am 90% sure the next store will be more credit card friendly, but if not, I still have until June 30 to find a helpful Smart & Final.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great evening everyone!