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Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets gas rewards points on gift card purchases

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If you buy GCs when they are not on promotion, you get no gas points. Zero, Zero, Zero. NOT 1X.

Current GC Promotion: None (so you will get zero gas points for buying Amex, Visa, or MC gift cards)

Stop & Shop (S&S) and Giant Food Stores (Giant) offer points for purchases which can be redeemed for discounts off gas purchases at select gas stations. The rules are different depending on whether you shop at S&S or Giant and within the Giant chain, the rules vary by your location.

Feel free to update this Wiki or suggest improvements. The goal is to help all of us spend less on gas!

S&S Gas Rewards website

Giant Gas Rewards website

IMPORTANT: Giant Food Stores, LLC and Giant of Maryland, LLC are different chains and the rules are different for redemption! For a great explanation of why they are different read Post #839.

Current S&S promo: none

Current Giant (PA) promo: 2X points on AMEX ends 12/10

Current Giant (NoVA, DC, MD) promo: none

Past S&S promos (will help track the cycle of when these bonuses start and end):
6/20/14 - 7/10/14 4x for VGC purchase

Past Giant (PA) promos (will help track the cycle of when these bonuses start and end):
6/22/14 - 7/12/14 4x for VGC purchase
6/07/15 - 6/13/15 3x for VGC purchase
7/5/15 - 7/11/15 2x for VGC purchase
8/2/15 - 8/8/15 2x for VGC purchase
10/16/15 - 10/22/15 2x for VGC purchase
12/4/15 - 12/10/15 2x for AMEX GC purchase

Past Giant (NoVA, DC, MD) promos (will help track the cycle of when these bonuses start and end):
6/20/14 - 7/10/14 4x for VGC purchase
12/4/15 - 12/10/15 2x for AMEX GC purchase

FAQs

You need to obtain a Rewards card at the Customer Service desk before you can start getting gas rewards.

Cards that work are listed in the current circular. They do change occasionally. VISA and MC from Metabank or US Bank for $20-$500 (plus $5.95 fee) work. For GCs, if it meets the previous requirements, the packaging (blue, silver, birthday cake, etc.) doesn't matter! Check the issuing bank.

S&S and Giant (NoVA, DC, MD) allows you to redeem gas points only up to $2.20/gallon and points expire after 30 days. Giant PA can redeem full amount.

Points earned in one program cannot be used in another program, BUT there are reports that you can call Customer Service and x-fer points to the other programs. See post #512

S&S allows you to fill up more than once per day.

Giant may ask for your name and driver's license to write in a book if you make a certain level of purchases. Some stores it is for >$2k and some for $5k. YMMV.

You can access your Giant Gas Rewards online using the link at the top of the thread.

Most people report they can buy a single $500 MC or VISA at any register without an issue. Generally, if you spend more than $1,000 a manager will be required to come over to the register with a key. It's not been reported that this is an issue, just to be aware if the register is busy. You can go checkout at Customer Service to avoid this hassle.

Giant Eagle (Pittsburgh area) is not the same as Giant Food Stores and this deal doesn't work.

If you have more points than are required for your redemption they will remain in your account until they expire. i.e. If you have 10,000 points and you redeem 2,200 for a fillup, you will have 7,800 points left in your account.

If your bonus card is not scanned with your gift card purchase because of a system or cashier mistake, you can get the points manually added at the cust. svc desk at your local store. Show your receipt, and the employee may need reference to the gift card promo in the Giant sales flyer. It generally takes manually added points 24 hrs to post to your account.
[*]How do gas rewards work when gas is less than $2.20 (based on NoVA Shell stations)?

Giant deducts 2200 points from your account (usually) wishing 24 hours of your gas purchase. In the next 24-48 hours, Giant credits your account for the different between the actual gas price reduction and the 2209 points. Example: 1.999 gas has recently required (late Dec 2015/Jan 2016) paying $0.019 per gallon. Giant deducts 2200 points and then credits 220 ( 2.20 - 1.98; gas price adjusts down to account for the price you paid). The credited points get a new 30 days from starting in the credit date. This has been the case at three different Shell stations in NoVA using inside and pay at the pump. YMMV.
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Old Mar 31, 15, 7:30 am
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Originally Posted by njdealguy View Post
Has anyone been having issues with number of points deducted at every gas fillup using points? I've noticed that it seems that the last two times I went to Shell, my S&S balance reduced by 4400 points rather than 2200. Has anyone been having double the points deducted?

I'm thinking otherwise that it could be a case of someone else stealing some of it!
i had that happen before and in nj too (i assume you're from nj based on your handle? ) - i had 2200 x 2 points deducted after getting gas once. try calling the 800 number and asking them to look at the activity on your account. they can credit your account missing points if there is suspicious activity on the account (in my case the station had deducted the 2nd set of points 40 minutes after the original deduction). good luck
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Old Mar 31, 15, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by brownie20 View Post
i had that happen before and in nj too (i assume you're from nj based on your handle? ) - i had 2200 x 2 points deducted after getting gas once. try calling the 800 number and asking them to look at the activity on your account. they can credit your account missing points if there is suspicious activity on the account (in my case the station had deducted the 2nd set of points 40 minutes after the original deduction). good luck
Just tried calling the 800 number and was told that they cant see any proof that I didnt in fact pump gas twice on each of the occasions, and that I would have to call Shell to investigate. Also am concerned that calling too much for this can bring about attention that can cause me to lose my remaining points also.
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Old Mar 31, 15, 12:44 pm
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Just tried calling the 800 number and was told that they cant see any proof that I didnt in fact pump gas twice on each of the occasions, and that I would have to call Shell to investigate. Also am concerned that calling too much for this can bring about attention that can cause me to lose my remaining points also.
oy i'm sorry! I had one not so friendly rep at the 800 number before but otherwise other reps had been happy to credit missing points (my card was re registered to a joe schmoe in another state once and points used ). they definitely do notate accounts but i might try one more time to get the points back (unless you have like a gazillion points in your account).
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Old Mar 31, 15, 2:44 pm
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Originally Posted by njdealguy View Post
Has anyone been having issues with number of points deducted at every gas fillup using points? I've noticed that it seems that the last two times I went to Shell, my S&S balance reduced by 4400 points rather than 2200. Has anyone been having double the points deducted?

I'm thinking otherwise that it could be a case of someone else stealing some of it!
It happened to me too. Gas attendant came out while I was pumping and asked to see my S&S card because he had to check something. I gave it to him (I know stupid me) and he swiped it again for whatever reason. I did't know about it until I came home and checked my account online and noticed I was double charged. I called S&S customer service and they credited me my points after looking at the account.

From now on I'm treating my S&S card like it's gift card. The S&S card is not going to be handed over no matter what. I also only try to go to the stop & shop stations where I can scan my own card.

Just keep calling S&S customer service until you get a CSR that will help you. My plan b was to file a police report if S&S was not going to help me out in the matter, luckily the CSR was very nice on my 1st call. 2,200 points is worth up to $77 if maxed out so it's not something I would let go.
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Old Apr 1, 15, 10:01 am
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As a test I got 2 Reloadits at Giant in MD, one for $500 and one for $490. It looks like an override was required - customer service lady definitely put the key in. But I know for a fact that a $505.95 VGC purchase does not require this. I guess the threshold is somewhere in the middle?
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Old Apr 1, 15, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by ttlmmky View Post
As a test I got 2 Reloadits at Giant in MD, one for $500 and one for $490. It looks like an override was required - customer service lady definitely put the key in. But I know for a fact that a $505.95 VGC purchase does not require this. I guess the threshold is somewhere in the middle?
The threshold for an override, at least for Giant of Carlisle, is gift card value over $500. The fees don't count. So if you buy a $500 gift card and a $1 gift card, that will need an override.
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Old Apr 1, 15, 5:28 pm
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Any guesstimates on the dangerzone? Sitting on 9k at the moment.
I have had 28k+ before, no adverse action.
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Old Apr 1, 15, 7:19 pm
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I have had 28k+ before, no adverse action.
Last spring/summer when they were running these promotions all the time I had over 60000 at one point. I couldn't use anywhere near all of those, even when sharing my account number with my family to use, but I was buying the VGC anyway so I had them scan my card for the hell of it.
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Old Apr 1, 15, 8:17 pm
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-edit- err, wow, yeah that's a lot of points.
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Old Apr 14, 15, 8:39 pm
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at end of March I had about 10,000 gas rewards points, and added gas at a local shell and then went out for vocation. Yesterday I came back and want to add gas at a shell, and found out there is 0 points.
Logged in and check points, and it shows 0 points too.

so could it be the card's problem, or the person who helped add gas at shell station stole my rewards card info? In our state, you cannot add gas by yourself and someone working at the gas station will add gas for you, and they take your rewards card and credit card and then hand back to you after use.

I was very disappointment yesterday because I planned to add at least twice and share the rest with my colleague, now totally changed.
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Old Apr 14, 15, 10:09 pm
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Just an FYI, Staples is 5x starting Friday.
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Old Apr 14, 15, 11:20 pm
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Originally Posted by nkp46 View Post
at end of March I had about 10,000 gas rewards points, and added gas at a local shell and then went out for vocation. Yesterday I came back and want to add gas at a shell, and found out there is 0 points.
Logged in and check points, and it shows 0 points too.

so could it be the card's problem, or the person who helped add gas at shell station stole my rewards card info? In our state, you cannot add gas by yourself and someone working at the gas station will add gas for you, and they take your rewards card and credit card and then hand back to you after use.

I was very disappointment yesterday because I planned to add at least twice and share the rest with my colleague, now totally changed.
Did your points expire? They expire 30 days after earning.
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Old Apr 14, 15, 11:51 pm
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Did your points expire? They expire 30 days after earning.
I'm going to assume he meant he earned them the end of March. This promo ran 3/20-3/26 so they would have another week or so before they expire.

This is also not the first post I've seen from posters obviously from NJ, where you can't pump your own gas by law, that discovered their points were stolen by gas station attendants.
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Old Apr 15, 15, 2:37 am
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Just an FYI, Staples is 5x starting Friday.
Is buying VGCs w/ Staples GC allowed at Staples?
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Old Apr 15, 15, 5:15 am
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Originally Posted by mandj View Post
Is buying VGCs w/ Staples GC allowed at Staples?
No
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