A few days ago the Barclays RewardsBoost suddenly removed American Express gift cards from their online shopping portal. Nobody seems to really have any information as to what is going on. The RewardsBoost portal had been a great option for manufactured spenders offering 4 extra points per dollar for Amex gift cards. Hopefully this is just a glitch or a temporary thing.
But in the meantime the show must go on. There are still two portals offering 4% cash back on Amex gift cards currently:
I am only familiar with Befrugal.com and have no experience with Lucky Rewards. If any of you have used them please leave a comment on your experience for the rest of us.
Also you can take advantage of a couple of promotion codes currently offering either free shipping which will save you $8.95 per order or you can use a no purchase fee code to waive the $3.95 per card purchase fee that Amex charges
Free Shipping Code: FSGRAD – Good until June 30th
No Purchase Fees: FPDAD – Good through June 15th
Things you should know about buying Amex gift cards:
- American Express is infamous for declining gift card purchases if the info you enter does not match your credit card 100%. Literally I have had orders denied because I listed a different email address in my order than what I had on my credit card so make sure every piece of information matches.
- Purchase limit is $5,000 per person within a 14 day rolling period for personal gift cards.
- Business gift cards have a larger maximum of $75,000.
- If your order is denied they will still count it towards your $5,000 total limit! This is absolutely asinine but unfortunately it is true.
- Citibank is known to consider gift card purchases as a cash advance. DO NOT USE A CITI CARD!
- Take advantage of the 3 month free trial Amex offers for unlimited next day shipping to save money!
- You cannot set a PIN for Amex gift cards so you will have to liquidate them by making purchases. An easy liquidation option is to go to giftcardmall.com and purchase Visa gift cards which can be liquidated via Bluebird.