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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 Jun 7, 15, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by dartagnan View Post
Giant here in town had dozens and dozens of cards available. Perk of small, middle of nowhere town.

Just wish my car had a bigger gas tank, honestly.
When my wife and I lived in Bucks County, PA last year, we'd like to go do leisurely drives on the weekends. Part of the ritual was stopping inside if we passed by a Giant in a smaller town. Most of the time, we realized that these towns were devoid of MS activity since stocks of Visas were plentiful compared to closer to the Philadelphia suburbs where the racks would often be bare.
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Old Jun 7, 15, 10:30 am
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I bought several 5-gallon gas cans and so I'm able to fill up between 30-35 gallons every time, maximizing my $2.20/gallon discount. I top off our two cars from those gas cans over the next week or so (we drive a lot), then rinse and repeat. A bit of a pain, for sure, but it's nice to save $70+ on each fillup, sure makes the $5.95/card fee and lots of MR points worthwhile
Slightly OT .
Watch out the safety factor of storing gas. A major hazard and just may have implications re insurance !
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Old Jun 7, 15, 12:00 pm
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I bought several 5-gallon gas cans
Walmart had the 5-gallon plastic can on sale for $9.
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Old Jun 7, 15, 1:15 pm
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I'll echo the gas can storage safety sentiment. Be very careful now that we are moving into the hot summer months.
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Old Jun 7, 15, 2:54 pm
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Originally Posted by dartagnan View Post
Giant here in town had dozens and dozens of cards available. Perk of small, middle of nowhere town.

Just wish my car had a bigger gas tank, honestly.
Ditto. My wife and I share a car, don't drive a ton, and it only has a 9 gallon tank. And we live in an apartment building with no where to store 5 gallon gas cans.
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Old Jun 7, 15, 9:34 pm
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Geographical restrictions on using points

Has anyone posted a thorough explanation of whether you can use your points "out of town"? Like I have my points with Giant of MD. Can I use my points in New England, which is "Stop & Shop" territory? And what about a "border" state like NJ, which is close to both?
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Old Jun 8, 15, 6:48 am
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Has anyone posted a thorough explanation of whether you can use your points "out of town"? Like I have my points with Giant of MD. Can I use my points in New England, which is "Stop & Shop" territory? And what about a "border" state like NJ, which is close to both?
My impression is that they're separate networks. The Giant Landover site has a "where you can use" search tool.
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Old Jun 8, 15, 6:51 am
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Ditto. My wife and I share a car, don't drive a ton, and it only has a 9 gallon tank. And we live in an apartment building with no where to store 5 gallon gas cans.
Consider sharing w/ family and friends, at least ones that will respect your "allocation" of usage. I have a few relatives to whom I send an email to "use X times prior to Y date," and they are very appreciative.
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Old Jun 8, 15, 7:00 am
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I'll echo the gas can storage safety sentiment. Be very careful now that we are moving into the hot summer months.
The only real issues from "hot summer months" are losses from evaporation and pressure elevation inside the sealed can. Storage in a shady area should be sufficient. You could pour gas on the hottest sidewalk imaginable and it's not going to spontaneously combust without a spark.
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Old Jun 8, 15, 7:34 am
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Got $600 in gc's (only 100's available) and filled up my Jeep and 3 6 gallon cans. Put that gas into my wife's car, my toy car, my son's car and was done. Found another S&S with variables right next to a Target. Got a couple $500's and unloaded into redbird. Time to get the rest of the family to get their own S&S cards so I can load them up.
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Old Jun 8, 15, 7:50 am
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Originally Posted by iahphx View Post
Has anyone posted a thorough explanation of whether you can use your points "out of town"? Like I have my points with Giant of MD. Can I use my points in New England, which is "Stop & Shop" territory? And what about a "border" state like NJ, which is close to both?
Doubt it, after all you cant use a SnS card in a Giant when a card is needed to get the special prices(so I asked a person if they could swipe their card and they did, cant do that for the gas).
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Old Jun 8, 15, 9:33 am
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Read the wiki but not clear to me 100%


In the wiki it says - Any other Giant of Carlisle, including Maple Glen which is within the 5-mile radius, is on the regular Gas Rewards program, in which points expire soon after they're earned.


Does that mean I can use the same card in MD and PA and also redeem the points in MD?
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Old Jun 8, 15, 12:19 pm
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Consider sharing w/ family and friends, at least ones that will respect your "allocation" of usage. I have a few relatives to whom I send an email to "use X times prior to Y date," and they are very appreciative.
I've been sharing primarily with a close friend. And once with a coworker. He drives a Durango so he was very appreciative. Saved him over $40.
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Old Jun 8, 15, 12:41 pm
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The only real issues from "hot summer months" are losses from evaporation and pressure elevation inside the sealed can. Storage in a shady area should be sufficient. You could pour gas on the hottest sidewalk imaginable and it's not going to spontaneously combust without a spark.
Good point! I do; however, worry about the cans cracking under the pressure. I would hope they are designed to withstand the pressure, but tend to err on the conservative side. I keep a couple of gas cans in the garage just in case power goes out and I need to fire up the generator. I check the cans every once in a while, and notice that they tend to swell during the warm weather months.
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Old Jun 8, 15, 1:00 pm
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My whole family has garages for auto and/or motorcycle repair, etc, heavy equipment, generators, construction machines and tools, and every kind of gas powered thing there is to ride for fun... I've grown up with gas cans full or partial all over in storage sheds, garages, etc... NEVER had one split or blow up... and never heard any warning other than they should be in a cool shaded area.

The only problem I've ever heard is that letting it sit too long partially full is not a good idea... gas is like wine, it doesn't do well with too much head space and will break down. Partial cans were always dumped into the truck's tank and taken to be refilled to avoid having it go bad...
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