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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 Jul 7, 14, 7:47 am
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Originally Posted by Majuki View Post
Gift card purchases at Giant-Carlisle definitely don't earn points outside of the specifically indicated promotions in the circular. The local customer service desk figures there must be a promotion going on when I start visiting them frequently. I occasionally purchase gift cards as gifts or to get better than 1x/1% if they sell a particular style gift card that I might use, but I have never received points on them unless there has been a promotion. (It's billed as a convenience item.)
Do you think there may be a difference in treatment between buying in regular checkout versus at CS? My local Giant DOES give points for GC purchases outside of the gas point specials-- but my purchases have all been made at checkout (mostly because I am there early before CS opens).
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Old Jul 7, 14, 7:49 am
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Guy at CS told me today that in their "money laundering" training (which includes a test), they learn that GC/Moneygram purchases of $2500 need to go in the "book", which would be consistent with the "memo" that someone referenced earlier in this thread. But I know the "book" itself still references "over $2000" as the triggering amount.
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Old Jul 7, 14, 8:03 am
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Originally Posted by jonnydoe1234 View Post
Guy at CS told me today that in their "money laundering" training (which includes a test), they learn that GC/Moneygram purchases of $2500 need to go in the "book", which would be consistent with the "memo" that someone referenced earlier in this thread. But I know the "book" itself still references "over $2000" as the triggering amount.
Yeah, I think $2k and above puts you in the book. Some managers include fees, but others don't. It's highly YMMV, but I think the official policy is technically $2k or higher requires a log entry up to $5k maximum per calendar day. I agree with the previous poster of just going to customer service.
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Old Jul 7, 14, 8:28 am
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Originally Posted by Majuki View Post
Yeah, I think $2k and above puts you in the book. Some managers include fees, but others don't. It's highly YMMV, but I think the official policy is technically $2k or higher requires a log entry up to $5k maximum per calendar day. I agree with the previous poster of just going to customer service.
This hit me too with a 2k purchase. If you read the fine print Giant's limit is 2k in purchases. If anyone does that they must have their information taken. Now the key is the information is only your drivers license, not your SSN as other supermarkets require. Your information is kept on record for 5 years in the back room.

I would recommend to know what each chain's limit per day before your information needs to be taken down is. Then keep below the line unless you don't mind giving it out. The issue would be, and my experience has shown, if you keep doing the max of 5k a day they will shut you down pretty quickly because they will think you are laundering money.
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Old Jul 7, 14, 8:54 am
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The issue would be, and my experience has shown, if you keep doing the max of 5k a day they will shut you down pretty quickly because they will think you are laundering money.
I take this to mean that you have actually been shut down?

Pretty stupid to be "money laundering" using a credit card.
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Old Jul 7, 14, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by Majuki View Post
Yeah, I think $2k and above puts you in the book. Some managers include fees, but others don't. It's highly YMMV, but I think the official policy is technically $2k or higher requires a log entry up to $5k maximum per calendar day. I agree with the previous poster of just going to customer service.
Are you guys talking about $2k in 1 transaction using 1 CC? I usually get $1k and then hand them another 2 cards for another $1k, and a different CC. And simply say I want a 2 week spread between having to pay the CCs off. Never got written up yet, then again never purchased more then $2k at any 1 store at the same time
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Old Jul 7, 14, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by craz View Post
Are you guys talking about $2k in 1 transaction using 1 CC? I usually get $1k and then hand them another 2 cards for another $1k, and a different CC. And simply say I want a 2 week spread between having to pay the CCs off. Never got written up yet, then again never purchased more then $2k at any 1 store at the same time
It's $2k in one visit that requires the log. Giant seems to include fees in the amount. The limit is definitely YMMV just like CVS was. I've never tried a split transaction. I don't mind being in the log book, and the manager at my local store hasn't raised an eyebrow leading me to believe many are doing the same thing. They all know it's for the gas promotion, so there's no need to be evasive. Just go to customer service and ask what that store's limit is and go with it. If the cashier only feels comfortable ringing up x amount per transaction/visit/day, buy x and come back another day.
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Log is definitely 2,000$ or more.

A couple of points (From S+S):

1. I usually like to do 1,500$ x2 with two different cards. This still requires the log, and they just mark down 6 cards @ $500/each.

2. YMMV on them actually writing you down in the log. I've done 3x $1,500 at a store in MA and no log.

3. 1x @ $505.95 will work at any register, although some stores will direct you to the 'solution center' regardless. One of my stores allows 2x @$500 at a regular register.

4. These are often out of stock, especially during this promotion. The advertising is right there, and for some reason Americans care way too much about gas prices being $3.70 and not $3.50 (but will still spend $7 on some fancy IPA ). I'd imagine that beyond MS, there are some who will go in and buy these for amounts between 100-500 as real gifts. The 100, 50, 25 are always fully in stock.

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Old Jul 7, 14, 2:23 pm
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Not easy being green ...

I was already feeling bad enough about all the cardboard, plastic, etc. waste I'm generating from MS, now this:

Purchased this today at Giant store in No. Va. It's a Metabank VGC packaged with a "free" gift box (same $5.95 fee). The gift box has a foam liner & real ribbon. It qualified for bonus gas points under current promo.



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Old Jul 7, 14, 6:39 pm
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For those that are newcomers in the last dozen posts or so, all the answers are in the Wiki! It only takes a few minutes to read but will certainly save you time, money and heartache.

For example:

Current S&S promo: 6/20/14 - 7/10/14 4x for VGC purchase

Current Giant (PA) promo: 6/22/14 - 7/12/14 4x for VGC purchase

Current Giant (NoVA, DC, MD) promo: 6/20/14 - 7/10/14 4x for VGC purchase

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.

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.

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.

Reports are that if you buy GCs when they are not on promotion, you get no gas points. See posts #392 and 393

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Old Jul 7, 14, 6:57 pm
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In the wiki, I did add that the cards' packaging doesn't matter. Blue, silver, birthday cake, whatever. Look for US Bank or Metabank and you are good to go.
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Old Jul 8, 14, 6:56 am
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Originally Posted by medichill View Post
In the wiki, I did add that the cards' packaging doesn't matter. Blue, silver, birthday cake, whatever. Look for US Bank or Metabank and you are good to go.
Thanks for updating the Wiki!
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I take this to mean that you have actually been shut down?

Pretty stupid to be "money laundering" using a credit card.
Yes, and very annoyingly too. I documented it all here:

http://thetravelbuddyguy.com/2014/06...ng-gift-cards/

I have since received multiple reasons as to why I was shut down but I am no longer able to purchase high value GC's. In fact where I go no longer has anything above 50 dollars. The large purchases scares the managers and they are trained to suspect something illegal is being done. What is funny to me is now a bunch of these places are going cash only, yet if you want to launder bad money you would want to purchase things in cash.

I no longer have any supermarket, CVS, OfficeMax store in nearly a 10 mile radius of my home (I have tried a lot of them) that I can get high value GC's on the regular since they are all either denying the purchase with a CC or just not even having them out on the floor to buy. For me this deal is dead.
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Old Jul 8, 14, 11:48 am
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How many GCs are most of you getting at a time? $5,000 seems to raise the most flags, while amounts around $3,000 seem to go by.
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I stay at 1k-1.5k

I'd rather not raise attention or have anyone get suspicious. Depending on the location, 2k might trigger 'the logbook' also.
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