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[Q]Get something extra when you shop at the mall this holiday season. Get a free $20 Discover Gift Card instantly by spending $200 on your Discover Card at select malls from November 1 through December 31, 2006. You can get up to five gift cards per Account for the duration of the program.


It's simple. Take your receipts totaling $200 to the customer service desk of any of the participating malls by December 31, 2006 to receive your Discover Gift Card. Use it as a gift for someone on your list or treat yourself to something special.


See below for a participating mall near you.

Link to deal

http://www.discovercard.com/discover/data/mallholiday.shtml?vcmpgn=200611_dc_vu_ty_napnap_rwd_cbb_mal_1

Participating Malls

Arizona
Arizona Mills, Phoenix

Arkansas
The Pines, Pine Bluff

California
Burbank Town Center, Burbank
Del Amo Fashion Center, Los Angeles
Great Mall, San Jose
Hilltop Mall, Richmond
Ontario Mills, Los Angeles
Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton

Colorado
Colorado Mills, Denver
Park Meadows, Littleton

Delaware
Christiana Mall, Newark
Dover Mall, Dover

Florida
Broward Mall, Ft. Lauderdale
Governor's Square, Tallahassee
Oviedo Marketplace, Oviedo
Sawgrass Mills, Ft. Lauderdale
Westland Mall, Miami

Georgia
Augusta Mall, Augusta
Discover Mills, Atlanta
Perimeter Mall, Atlanta

Illinois
Ford City Mall, Chicago
Gurnee Mills, Chicago
Water Tower Place, Chicago

Iowa
Coral Ridge Mall, Coralville

Kentucky
Florence Mall, Florence
Mall St. Matthews, Louisville

Louisiana
Alexandria Mall, Alexandria
The Esplanade, New Orleans

Massachusetts
Silver City Galleria, Taunton
Swansea Mall, Swansea

Maryland
Arundel Mills, Baltimore
Harborplace and The Gallery, Baltimore
Lakeforest Mall, Washington, D.C.
Laurel Mall, Laurel
Marley Station, Baltimore
Owings Mills Mall, Owings Mills
The Mall in Columbia, Columbia
Towson Town Center, Towson
White Marsh Mall, Baltimore

Michigan
Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor
Lakeside Mall, Sterling Heights
RiverTown Crossings, Grandville
Southland Center, Taylor

Minnesota
Southdale Center, Minneapolis
Ridgedale Center, Minnetonka

Mississippi
Metrocenter Mall, Jackson
Northpark Mall, Jackson

Missouri
St. Louis Mills, St. Louis

Nebraska
Westroads Mall, Omaha

Nevada
Fashion Show, Las Vegas
Meadowood Mall, Reno
The Grand Canal Shoppes at
The Venetian, Las Vegas

New Jersey
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
Paramus Park, Paramus
Willowbrook, Wayne
Woodbridge Center, Woodbridge

New York
Galleria at White Plains, White Plains
Staten Island Mall, Staten Island

North Carolina
Concord Mills, Charlotte
The Streets at Southpoint, Durham

Ohio
Beachwood Place, Cleveland
Cincinnati Mills, Cincinnati
The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Columbus

Oregon
Clackamas Town Center, Portland
Pioneer Place, Portland

Pennsylvania
Franklin Mills, Philadelphia
Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Pittsburgh

Tennessee
Opry Mills, Nashville

Texas
Baybrook Mall, Friendswood
Collin Creek, Plano
Grapevine Mills, Dallas
Highland Mall, Austin
Hulen Mall, Ft. Worth
Katy Mills, Houston
North Star, San Antonio
Willowbrook Mall, Houston

Utah
Fashion Place, Salt Lake City

Virginia
Potomac Mills, Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin
Southridge Mall, Milwaukee

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glockophile said: <blockquote><hr>I bought $2000+ worth of stuff with my and my wife's discover cards.<br><br>They swipe... (more)

wwwlongcom (Dec. 14, 2006 @ 9:15p) |

The most useful feature of the ability to pay the phone bill would be for rounding things up to the next $200. Without t... (more)

ProfessorEd (Dec. 14, 2006 @ 10:23p) |

Does it have to be a Discover issued card, or can it just be a card on the Discover Network (like the <a target="_new" h... (more)

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Get a $20 Discover Gift Card for every $200 in purchases made with your Discover Card at these malls between 11/1/2006-12/31/2006, while supplies last. Original receipts must be presented at the mall's Customer Service Center by 12/31/2006. Limit 5 Gift Cards per Account during the promotion period. See Gift Card terms and conditions for full details of Gift Card use.

does that mean after $1000 purchase, you get 5 x $20 gift cards? what is to stop someone from returning the $1000 purchase after getting the gift cards? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

Moreover, how would they enforce the limit of 5 cards ?

tim2357b said: [Q]does that mean after $1000 purchase, you get 5 x $20 gift cards? what is to stop someone from returning the $1000 purchase after getting the gift cards? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>
They might keep the receipts <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>

Can I buy GC and then show the receipt?

idealguru said: [Q]Moreover, how would they enforce the limit of 5 cards ?

They might keep part of your card number to identify your discover card?

if someone tries this .. pls post ur experience .. they cant keep ur receipts altho might stamp'em

I would think spending $200 at a mall, you would be wasting at least $20 on their marked up prices.

I did this last year at Towson Town Center (bought an iPod Nano at the Apple Store with my educational discount). They actually took down a bunch of information and made me show a driver's license.

MadAnthony said: [Q]I did this last year at Towson Town Center (bought an iPod Nano at the Apple Store with my educational discount). They actually took down a bunch of information and made me show a driver's license.
Did they stamp te receipt?

In the Hot Deals forum, there's an archived thread about the same deal Discover did last year. This may answer a lot of questions. It looks like malls ran out of gift cards last year.

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/arcmessageview.php?catid=18&threadid=535015

Thanks for the archive link.

Off topic: I see people posting archive topic from time to time, do they just bookmarked them before or there is a way for you to search in archive? I read around but didn't find the answer so far.

walletfart said: [Q]I would think spending $200 at a mall, you would be wasting at least $20 on their marked up prices.

Which is why doing something like this with the sole purpose of getting GCs requires planning and good use of discounts/coupons.

Last year at the malls I went to, you had to show your card and they stamped each receipt. As it turns out I had to return a gift later on, but that wasn't a problem.

Last year there was no limit though and malls ran out very fast. Some got replenished and some didn't. Don't wait until the end if this is something you were thinking about doing. Maybe you can find a way to tie it together with the 5% CB Discover is offering now for certain places.

An obvious question is whther if you buy a Mall gift card with your Discover, it counts. On the face of it, it would appear to, since you would be making a purchase within the Mall. Several of the listed Malls advertise gift cards good anywhere in the store (with a $2.00 activation fee on cards up to $500).

If this is possible (perhaps someone would post their experience), one might buy gift cards in advance for future purchases at the mall (including post Christmas Sales). The one I checked had a Sears and many other stores, which I could imagine using regularly if one was located close to the shopping center. Admittedly for Sears, Deal pass or MBNA Credit Protector, can give 20% saving, but not everyone has access to these and similar savings on the other stores may not be available.

In theory one might be able to buy gift cards in some of the stores and get the discount, thus stockpilinig the saving for the future and giving one flexibility to use a store closer to your house later. There may be fine print that forbids this, and what really happens may then depend on the clerk who processes the receipt and whether she checks to see what you bought (less likely if you made numerous purchases and included a few gift cards among many items).

I do not know these malls well enough to know if their prices are higher than elsewhere, but I suspect for National chains (Sears, Penneys, etc.) there would not be much difference with location.

I can see no reason why you could not also get the 5% Discover discount on restaurants, books, music, movies etc. that is currently running if you made such purchases (probably as part of a larger shopping trip, since most would not spend $200 on such items on a single shopping trip, with the possible exception of those giving many books as gifts).

Unless there is some very elaborate auditing arrangment with Discover, they do seem open to the risk of purchases getting the bonus gift cards and then having the items returned later for a refund to the Discover card.

From looking at last year's thread it appears some were able to buy Mall gift cards (and complained about the activation fee).

It appears others bought store gift cards as part of their purchases, (and a few big ticket items like appliances).

Thus, you could use this to make the offers last longer. Naturally yoy want gift crds to a particular Mall only if you regularly shop there and to particular stores only if you expect to shop there later. Gift cards may also be a useful way to bring your purchases up to the next $200. Normal shopping has led you to spend $180 and you add a gift card (for a store you plan to use again) to get over $200.

FWIW, my wife cashed in a bunch of receipts today, and they gave her debit cards and stamped her receipts. In doing so, she forfeited $60 of purchase credits which I'm sure we could use between not and the end of December. I wish I could have been there to observe what they actually did, but this sounds like a real loose promotion wide open for abuse.

When I cashed in my receipts they stamped my receipt on the back and asked to see my card. Then she wrote the gift card number down in a notebook and had me sign next to it. I don't remember if she took down my card information though. As the previous poster remarked you forfeit any amount out of the $200 increments. i.e. I spend $450 between getting an eye exam and buying glasses, I went to the customer service desk and received 2 $20 debit gift cards and forfeited the remaining $50 let on the receipt. Sorry if I am unclear on the last part.

I did it at lakeforest mall, and while buying a mall gift card counts, I don't recommend it for lakeforest mall at least.

I went a little crazy and spent the $200 in GCs to the following places:

American Cafe
Red Robin
Ruby Tuesday
Waldenbooks

Don't forget there's a food court there: (I'm only naming the ones that can actualyl get out of the mall and be used later)
McDonald's
Starbucks


If you run out of 5% places, then there's also..
CVS (where you can buy stamps)
RadioShack

but that's just some ideas...hope this helps someone...

i already did these twice in last week and sucessfuly returned the item at the mall once i got the gift card. They stamp the receipt. But it doesn't matter to the store you are returning the item...

Good luck.

It seems someone has looked at the fine print (see the link) and there's nothing about returning the purchases so I'm off to get my free $100.

MyMoneyBlog - Discover Holiday Promotion

For those who have T Mobile stores in their local malls, you can pay your bill in-store through the Kiosk.

At the following malls:
http://www.discovercard.com/holiday/

You can use your discover card and pay your bill. You can then head over to CS/Guest Services at your mall, and show them your Tmobile bill paid receipt, and they will give a $20 gift card if you spend over 200$ at the mall that day. You can repeat this up to 5 times, within the SAME billing cycle ( Tmobile will show credit on your account).

To make things easier, you can just say "enter another amount" at the kiosk and key in 200 dollars no matter what your bill is to get your $20 cash card.

I bought $2000+ worth of stuff with my and my wife's discover cards.

They swiped the cards in some kind of reader, stamped the receipts, and entered all 10 cards into a log book with my name and account number.

We then returned all of the stuff, except for an $800 purchase I needed to make. No questions asked, and cards already activated. This was at potomac mills in virginia.

Free $200. I love it.

Has anyone been to Woodbridge Mall in NJ recently? Do they still have the gc avail? A friend might head out there to work this, but not if its dead there. It is kind of a schlep via public transportation. Thanks.

glockophile said: [Q]I bought $2000+ worth of stuff with my and my wife's discover cards.

They swiped the cards in some kind of reader, stamped the receipts, and entered all 10 cards into a log book with my name and account number.

We then returned all of the stuff, except for an $800 purchase I needed to make. No questions asked, and cards already activated. This was at potomac mills in virginia.

Free $200. I love it.

Wow, unbelievable glock. I'll look into it this weekend.

The most useful feature of the ability to pay the phone bill would be for rounding things up to the next $200. Without that you might spend $180 and then be tempted to look for an item you don't need to get the total up to $200 (and you should since the extra $20 gets you a $20 gift card). By paying $20 to the phone bill you avoid this problem.

In practice, it is hard to buy in $200 increments and in trying to get over say $200 yu spend $212 or something. You could pick out $180 in receipts, and then keep the last $32 for a future vist thus avoiding throwing away some spending.

Gift cards could be useful for this also.

While the current promotion of 5% is on restaurants (which are usually not you big items in a mall visit), I could imagine visitng a McDonalds and stocking up on their gift cards, thus saving 25% on future purchases (and getting a free big drink if they are still doing that when you buy a gift card). Same for other brands.

Does it have to be a Discover issued card, or can it just be a card on the Discover Network (like the WalMart Discover)?



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