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Just got this email about my Costco AMEX:

Gift Cards can make perfect holiday gifts. Pay no purchase fees with code EM12 through February 28, 2013.*

Link: https://www.americanexpress.com/gift-cards/
Code: EM12

I don't know if you have to make the purchase with a Costco AMEX for the code to be valid, but I doubt it. I added the code as a test without logging in or paying. As soon as I submitted the code, the cart said "Promotion Code: EM12 - Accepted".

Another test of the code with an e-Gift card showed the same thing, so it should be possible to buy e-gift cards without any shipping fee (obviously) or activation fee!

Don't forget 1% FW CB!

Terms and Conditions (the part pertinent to gift cards):

Gift Cards: Discount is only valid on the Gift Card purchase fee. Shipping and handling fees will apply. Offer valid through 2/28/13, and only for web orders on AmericanExpress.com. Terms and conditions apply to Gift Cards. Promotion code intended for user presented with the offer and is not valid on Gift Card purchases made through partner sites. Purchase must be made via the link provided with offer. Offers are subject to change without notice. May be used at merchants in the U.S. that accept American Express Cards. Cannot be used at cruise lines, for recurring billing charges, at casinos, or ATMs. American Express does not ship Gift Cards to the states of HI and VT. Find additional information about the Gift Card, including terms and conditions and the Gift Cardholder Agreement, at AmericanExpress.com/gift.

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Thanks.

Kind of a bummer that shipping costs $5.95, but that's much better than the $3.95 purchase fees for each card.
If you order at least several cards, the shipping is a little easier to deal with ... but jumps up to $8.95 if you order $200 in cards.

Does this work with E-giftcards?

MeJimbo said:   Thanks.

Kind of a bummer that shipping costs $5.95, but that's much better than the $3.95 purchase fees for each card.
If you order at least several cards, the shipping is a little easier to deal with ... but jumps up to $8.95 if you order $200 in cards.

A few months ago, I had posted a deal where you just paid the activation fee for the AMEX gift card and got shipping free, but it got was minimal/no response. I was surprised because the shipping charge > activation fee.

tedteddy said:   Does this work with E-giftcards?
It looks like it does and without any shipping fee: "Promotion Code: em12 - Accepted"

Remember to use FW 1% CB: http://www.fatwallet.com/American-Express-Gift-Cards-coupons/

Can anyone verify if they have experience purchasing gift cards through this source (AMEX) with either AMEX or Chase CCs and if this is recorded as a purchase or a cash advance?

Would be an easy way to meet some CC minimum spends if was sure it wouldn't show up as an advance.

thanks.

BenH said:   Can anyone verify if they have experience purchasing gift cards through this source (AMEX) with either AMEX or Chase CCs and if this is recorded as a purchase or a cash advance?

Would be an easy way to meet some CC minimum spends if was sure it wouldn't show up as an advance.

thanks.


AFAIK, Citi would most likely consider it a cash advance and the other major banks will process as a purchase.



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