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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 Feb 12, 14, 12:06 pm
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I've been using the telephone number to set up a PIN.
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Old Feb 12, 14, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by IntegraR0064 View Post
FYI the trigger for manager override is $500 so if you're gonna just buy one then putting $490 on it or something can be worth it if you don't want to hold up the line.

I'm talking about the Giant stores with their own gas stations, not the ones that go to Shell's program
This varies from store to store. I have one near me with this policy and two others that the cashier can process no problem. Try a few stores in your area and see if you can find one with more lax restrictions.
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Ok, so two people just reported not getting points for MC GC.

Anyone else?

Stop and Shop or Giant?
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In Mid PA area, went to Giant on 2/10. Buy my $500 MC giftcard, some other stuff (and of course the free 6-pack of coke )

Need manager override as it is over $500 but no one ask anything. My gas rewards points were posted within half an hour. Haven't yet try to bump gas yet.

In my Giant, the promo last for two weeks so I'll say the promo varies from stores?

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Originally Posted by maksimfa View Post
Ok, so two people just reported not getting points for MC GC.

Anyone else?

Stop and Shop or Giant?
Worked great for me at a central PA Giant. Purchased MC GC at self check-out two different times today. Both times received 2500 points. Filled up both of our vehicles. Sweet deal.
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Originally Posted by IntegraR0064 View Post
Does anyone know if these MC gift cards have a default pin, or do I have to go on the website to set one?

Vanilla visas the PIN is just the last 4 digits of the card number, which saves time not having to set a pin...just wanted to make sure these aren't similar.
I just called the 1-866 number and set a pin on the MC GC.
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How do you purchase and activate a variable load MasterCard gift card at self-checkout? I have not heard of anyone ever doing this? They don't call a manager for such a large purchase?
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Originally Posted by taildragger View Post
How do you purchase and activate a variable load MasterCard gift card at self-checkout? I have not heard of anyone ever doing this? They don't call a manager for such a large purchase?
Not at our local Giant. They have one cashier monitoring all of the self-checkout stations. I asked if I could checkout with a gift card. Both times (two different cashiers) had me open the back to expose the barcode, scan it at the self-checkout, and then the cashier input the $500 at their station. Pay via CC at the self-checkout station. The cashier handed me the gift card activation slip and that was it. Done.
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Old Feb 12, 14, 8:16 pm
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Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets gas rewards points on gift card purchases

That is pretty amazing. In NE PA I have never had any difficulty buying 1k at a time but I learned to go to customer service since they always called a manager and they check ID. It was just quicker that way. However, today someone told me that they will only do cash or debit for gift cards over $100, new policy since my last trip there 2 days ago. I was kind of hoping that by going to self-checkout I could circumvent this. I'll give it a try, thanks for the idea.
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Originally Posted by Travel22 View Post
Not at our local Giant. They have one cashier monitoring all of the self-checkout stations. I asked if I could checkout with a gift card. Both times (two different cashiers) had me open the back to expose the barcode, scan it at the self-checkout, and then the cashier input the $500 at their station. Pay via CC at the self-checkout station. The cashier handed me the gift card activation slip and that was it. Done.
This might be a very good workaround.

Thanks for the idea.

Otherwise, wifey got into MS. Stopped by S&S and picked up two cards. Now to dump them.
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Originally Posted by maksimfa View Post
This might be a very good workaround.

Thanks for the idea.

Otherwise, wifey got into MS. Stopped by S&S and picked up two cards. Now to dump them.
You were able to use a CC to purchAse a variable load MC? The S&S I went to would not do anything over $100. With a CC.
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Old Feb 12, 14, 9:34 pm
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You were able to use a CC to purchAse a variable load MC? The S&S I went to would not do anything over $100. With a CC.
Yes, I have bought variable load , the 25-500 mc gc from.... 3 different S&S, and wifey at the 4th. All good.

The only issues I had with S&S is buying the variable load "reloadit" cards with CC, which say Cash Only on them.
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I just checked the circular for next week (starting tomorrow) and gift cards are still earning 5x!
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Originally Posted by augustus21 View Post
I just checked the circular for next week (starting tomorrow) and gift cards are still earning 5x!
Is that for Giant or S&S? Or does it apply to both?
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Travel22 View Post
Not at our local Giant. They have one cashier monitoring all of the self-checkout stations. I asked if I could checkout with a gift card. Both times (two different cashiers) had me open the back to expose the barcode, scan it at the self-checkout, and then the cashier input the $500 at their station. Pay via CC at the self-checkout station. The cashier handed me the gift card activation slip and that was it. Done.
FWIW -- Shouldn't have to open package to expose anything, everything needed for purchase is already exposed.

Also: Very easy purchase w/ CC at my Giant in Northern Virginia, although cashier needs to ring for manager key to complete transaction. No snide remarks from managers I have encountered, just joking "wish you were buying this for me." Props to Giant for walking the talk.
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