Good morning everyone, yesterday I wrote New AMEX Offers: Home Depot, Whole Foods, Fairway Market, and Hilton Garden Inn. In that post, I recommended buying gift cards at various merchants to complete the AMEX Offers. I knew Home Depot sold third party gift cards, but I wasn’t sure about the others. Last night after work, I went hunting for gift cards at Home Depot. I needed to buy $75 worth of gift cards to trigger the $15 statement credit ($15 back represents a 20% discount on the face value of the gift card).
Here are all four sides of the Home Depot gift card rack at my local Home Depot. There are a few restaurant, online merchants, and other retailer gift cards available. It looks like Home Depot does sell $50 and $100 Visa and MasterCard Gift Cards. I didn’t see the stacks of $100 MasterCard Gift Cards on the rack until I got home and looked at the pics. Silly me. My local Home Depot opens at 6am, so I will be back there soon.
I decided to purchase 3 $25 Starbucks Gift Cards in one transaction and $75 in Panera Gift Cards in another transaction. I used my AMEX Platinum first and then my AMEX Old Blue Cash second. Shortly after both purchases, I received the AMEX Offer email.
After leaving Home Depot, I drove to my local Whole Foods and checked out the gift card rack. All I could see were Whole Foods Gift Cards and no third party gift cards. Oh well. If you actually shop at Whole Foods, you may be able to buy a $75 Whole Foods Gift Card and save $10 on your next shopping trip with the Whole Foods AMEX Offer.
My friend Kathy @ Will Run For Miles wrote that Fairway Market only sells their own gift card and I haven’t heard any success stories regarding Hilton Garden Inn gift cards. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone.
P.S. I just got my first $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card. I can’t believe all the packaging and tracking that is used to ship a $20 gift card. Oh well, only 3 more packages to go…