[OFFER EXPIRED] The game is getting so much easier these days. With all the prepaid cards, debit cards and cash-back sites offering rebates for purchasing gift cards, the era of minimum spend problems has disappeared. Here is a different play that will actually put cash in your pocket.
The game changing date is November 5th so I used the 4th in the headline. If you apply for the Blue Cash Preferred℠ Card from American Express Before the new deadline you will receive 6% cash back on unlimited purchases at stand-alone grocery stores for the next year. The annual fee is $75 for the card so you’ll need to commit to at least $1200 of purchases to make the play worthwhile. After the November deadline, the limit is $360 cash back. This is an act now post.
Why should I care about 6% cash back at grocery stores? Gift cards my friends, gift cards. Mix in some gift card purchases everytime you are at the grocery store in the next year and then move those gift card balances onto one of the new prepaid cards the Amex prepaid card at Target.
Buy the bank gift cards at a 6% discount using your Blue Cash Preferred℠ Card from American Express at the grocery store. It will cost you about $12 in fees to do so, as the bank cards typically have a $5.95 fee for each $500 card purchase. But you’ll get $60 cash back for the $1000 in gift card purchases. Then load them onto your new Amex card by Target. Load $1000 per time onto the card at a cost of $3. The $60 cash back you earned minus the $12 to purchase the bank gift cards and the $3 load fee to Amex at the Target store still leaves you a net profit of $45.
We all like miles and points but this is cash or $45 worth of free groceries every time you use this trick.
Remember the deadline for the unlimited 6% cash back is November 5th. Katy and I each applied yesterday.
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases