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Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets gas rewards points on gift card purchases(2018-21)

Old Jan 12, 18, 12:25 am
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THIS IS A NEW THREAD FOR 2018. The previous thread is here.
***If you buy gift cards outside promotions, you will earn ZERO points.***



Accepted tender: Cash, credit, and debit. Also available are mobile/contactless payment (Apple Pay, etc.) and mobile loyalty (card barcode via app).

Summary
Stop & Shop (S&S), Giant Food Stores (Giant PA), and Giant Food (Giant MD) offer points for purchases which can be redeemed for a discount on the price paid per gallon on fuel sales at Shell and S&S/Giant fuel stations. $100* spend = 100 pts = 10c/gal discount. The particular rules vary between the three brands, and within Giant PA, the rules vary by location. Refer to the bottom of this wiki post for more information or links to official info from each brand.

You can earn gas points from both regular grocery shopping and gift card purchases (promotion only).

The grocery reward points (Go Rewards or Flexible Reward) can be transferred to either gas points (Fuel Rewards) or grocery points. The conversion rate is 100 points = $0.10/gallon or 100 points = $1 saving in grocery.

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Additional Information

A loyalty card is required to take advantage of gas rewards. They look like the above image and can be obtained either online (links at end of wiki) or in-person (at the customer service counter).

The cards currently on promotion are listed in the current weekly circular and usually change every week. 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 on the back.

S&S and Giant (DC, DE, MD, and VA) allow you to redeem up to 1500 points ($1.50/gal) per fuel purchase, and points expire 30 days after the qualifying purchase. With Giant PA, there is no limit to the number of points redeemed at one time.

Points earned in one program cannot be used in another program.

Your ID may be required when buying gift cards. Your name and other info may also be recorded for purchases over a discretionary dollar value. Whether you're buying a $100 card or a $5k stack, your experience will vary.

You can view your account online using the link at the bottom of the wiki.

It's best to purchase gift cards at the customer service counter, but reports state that a single $500 gift card can be paid for at any register without an issue. Purchases over $1k will require manager authorisation with a physical key, which may slow down the queue. You can go to the Solution Center to save time and make things easier for everyone.

Giant Eagle and Giant Food are different chains with different ownership, and this thread is not relevant to the former.

If you have more points in your account than are redeemed for a fuel purchase, then the remaining points will stay in your account until their respective expiration date(s). For example, if you have 2500 points and debit the 1500 ($1.50/gal) maximum, you will have 1000 points left. Similar behavior if gas is ever below $1.50/gal before discount.

If you don't receive eligible points with your purchase due to system or human error, you can have them retroactively added by customer service (in-store or by phone). Have your receipt and a copy of the advert. It can take up to 24 hours for keyed points to appear in your account.
Official Rewards Pages
Stop & Shop Giant MD Giant PA
Weekly Circulars
Stop & Shop Giant MD Giant PA
S&S Promotion History

3/3/2017: 2x V
5/26/2017: 2x V
6/23/2017: 2x MC
7/14/2017: 3x V
9/1/2017: 4x MC
10/13/2017: 2x V and MC
12/1/2017: 2x V and MC
3/16/2018: 2x MC
4/6/2018: 3x V
5/18/2018: 2x MC
5/25/2018: 2x V
6/1/2018: 2x MC
6/29/2018: 2x V
7/13/2018: 2x V
8/31/2018: 2x MC
10/5/2018: 3x MC
10/12/2018: 3x V
11/2/2018: 2x MC
11/30/2018: 2x V

3/15/2019: 3x V
4/5/2019: 2x MC
5/17/2019: 3x V
5/31/2019: 3x MC
6/28/2019: 3x MC Have a safe and happy Fourth!
7/12/2019: 3x Visa
8/23/2019: 2x MC
10/4/2019: 2x MC
10/11/2019: 3x V
11/19/2019: 2x MC
11/29/2019: 3x MC
3/13/2020: 3x V
3/27/2020: 2x MC
5/15/2020: 3x V

5/29/2020: 2x MC
6/5/2020: 3x V
6/26/2020: 2x MC
7/10/2020: 3x V
8/21/2020: 2x MC
10/2/2020: 2x MC
10/16/2020: 3x V
10/30/2020: 2x MC

11/27/2020: 3x V
12/11/2020: 4x V

3/12/2021: 3x V
4/9/2021: 3x MC
5/14/2021: 3x V
5/28/2021: 3x MC
6/4/2021: 3x V
7/2/2021: 3x MC
7/23/2021: 3x V
8/27/2021: 3x MC
10/8/2021: 3x MC
10/22/2021: 3x V
10/29/2021: 3x MC

List of States and Cities Where Giant/S&S points work, and are correctly priced in the Fuel Rewards App

Alabama
Florida (at least some Miami stations limit discount to $1, not correctly shown in app)
Georgia
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Mississippi
Montana (very limited stations displayed)
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania (eastern)
Texas (only some cities, not Dallas)
Vermont

List of States and Cities Where Giant/S&S points work at SOME stations, but are NOT shown in the Fuel Rewards App

Delaware (many stations)
Maryland (some stations)
Virginia (some stations)
Minnesota (widespread participation -- likely due to it being Hy-Vee territory)
North Dakota
South Dakota
Washington state (perhaps only eastern WA)

List of States with No Known Giant/S&S gas points redemption options

Arizona
Alaska ("Three Bears" Shells used to work, but don't anymore. It might be worth trying the few other Shell stations, but the odds aren't good)
California -- southern (may work in far north California)
Colorado
New Mexico
Nevada
Utah
Wyoming
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Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets gas rewards points on gift card purchases(2018-21)

Old Mar 27, 18, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by DiMAn0684
I don't believe this is accurate. FRs I've earned in Feb had expiration set to the end of April, the ones from March expire in the end of May.

Details from FR site; I believe MC offer falls under "Card-Linked Offers":
I'm banking on a scenario where there is a delay in posting points. It usually takes 1-2 days for FR to pick up the transaction from the MC spend, so I'm hoping that if the spend counts for March, and posts in April, that those points will expire in May.
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Old Mar 27, 18, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by thebat
Does this show up in the regular circulars? I don't see it in the Southern CT area.
online only
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Old Mar 27, 18, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by thebat
Does this show up in the regular circulars? I don't see it in the Southern CT area.
You have to link it to your SS Card before using it. Use either online or the mobile app
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Old Mar 27, 18, 11:55 am
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Thanks, I have it now.
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Old Mar 27, 18, 4:16 pm
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Easy free $15 in groceries today. This deal is an absolute no-brainer if you have a Mastercard for the next couple of days. For my $6 fee, I got $15 in free groceries, $15 in free gas and about $15 in JetBlue air travel.

If only it were scaleable (maybe it is, if you're more ambitious with FR and Giant accounts than I am).
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Old Mar 28, 18, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by iahphx
Easy free $15 in groceries today. This deal is an absolute no-brainer if you have a Mastercard for the next couple of days. For my $6 fee, I got $15 in free groceries, $15 in free gas and about $15 in JetBlue air travel.
Plus intangible joy of seeing how close to $15 threshold you can get. I bought $500 gc & shopped only sale items, and also used an instore coupon ($1 on peanut butter). My pretax total, after $15 coupon, was $506.43. Mazel!

ETA: Although I was also a little embarrassed by holding up the line, waiting for manager key for override/approval. I usually purchase GCs at the customer service desk, no need to wait for key.

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Old Mar 28, 18, 9:03 am
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Went to my local S&S last night to use the $15 off coupon on my wife's account and purchased a $500 VGC along with $15 in groceries. The CSR recognized me because I had been there multiple times last week purchasing VGC's during the 2x fuel points promo. She said they need my license to take down my info because I've purchased quite some VGC's in the last week. We had conversations last week regarding how fuel points system works so she knows I'm doing for the fuel points. They've never asked to take down my info before. I've had to show my license when purchasing, but that was it. Usually, buy $1.5k-$2k per trip during the promo for total of around $8k last week. Is this something I need to be concerned about?
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Old Mar 28, 18, 9:13 am
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Originally Posted by cwh82
Went to my local S&S last night to use the $15 off coupon on my wife's account and purchased a $500 VGC along with $15 in groceries. The CSR recognized me because I had been there multiple times last week purchasing VGC's during the 2x fuel points promo. She said they need my license to take down my info because I've purchased quite some VGC's in the last week. We had conversations last week regarding how fuel points system works so she knows I'm doing for the fuel points. They've never asked to take down my info before. I've had to show my license when purchasing, but that was it. Usually, buy $1.5k-$2k per trip during the promo for total of around $8k last week. Is this something I need to be concerned about?
sounds like some overzealous employees. I wouldnt be concerned as theres nothing wrong with what were doing.
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Old Mar 28, 18, 1:54 pm
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Originally Posted by devastitis

sounds like some overzealous employees. I wouldn’t be concerned as there’s nothing wrong with what we’re doing.
Yeah, it's obviously more comfortable to travel "under the radar" but all you're doing is using your brain to get a good deal.

When I took my solo VGC to my favorite supermarket yesterday to unload (it's a block from the Giant), the courtesy desk lady was actually surprised that I only wanted one money order. That's when you know you're going in too much. In fairness, it's been a busy 10 days at Giant stocking up on gas. And this is all personal use. I can only imagine the "relationships" the heavy hitters develop.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 8:59 am
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Originally Posted by tuphat
Plus intangible joy of seeing how close to $15 threshold you can get. I bought $500 gc & shopped only sale items, and also used an instore coupon ($1 on peanut butter). My pretax total, after $15 coupon, was $506.43. Mazel!

ETA: Although I was also a little embarrassed by holding up the line, waiting for manager key for override/approval. I usually purchase GCs at the customer service desk, no need to wait for key.
You can pay for groceries at CS line too. Combined 2.99/lb sale with $2.50 app coupon and $15 offer to buy a 7 lb semi-boneless leg of lamb for $5. Very nice deal
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Old Mar 29, 18, 9:08 am
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Got my total for groceries to 15.15 so my total was 506.10. I was at 14.99 so I bought one banana for .16 to bring it a little bit over.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by cwh82
Went to my local S&S last night to use the $15 off coupon on my wife's account and purchased a $500 VGC along with $15 in groceries. The CSR recognized me because I had been there multiple times last week purchasing VGC's during the 2x fuel points promo. She said they need my license to take down my info because I've purchased quite some VGC's in the last week. We had conversations last week regarding how fuel points system works so she knows I'm doing for the fuel points. They've never asked to take down my info before. I've had to show my license when purchasing, but that was it. Usually, buy $1.5k-$2k per trip during the promo for total of around $8k last week. Is this something I need to be concerned about?
Yes, I would say it is something you should be concerned about. At my closest Giant the financial manager randomly decided I could only buy gift cards there every week or two. You are not doing anything wrong, and most likely nothing will come from it, but right or wrong, if a person in the store with power decides that they don't want to deal with you, then you are out of luck. Best policy is to try and keep a low profile, and disappear for a while if people are suspicious. Personally I think two trips with bigger spend is better than 4 or 5 of smaller amounts if your credit card allows.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by cwh82
Went to my local S&S last night to use the $15 off coupon on my wife's account and purchased a $500 VGC along with $15 in groceries. The CSR recognized me because I had been there multiple times last week purchasing VGC's during the 2x fuel points promo. She said they need my license to take down my info because I've purchased quite some VGC's in the last week. We had conversations last week regarding how fuel points system works so she knows I'm doing for the fuel points. They've never asked to take down my info before. I've had to show my license when purchasing, but that was it. Usually, buy $1.5k-$2k per trip during the promo for total of around $8k last week. Is this something I need to be concerned about?
Don't they take your DL info when you make a purchase or are you keeping your purchases under $2K to avoid this? I would think if you are avoiding the transaction report, that would be a big concern to them.
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Old Mar 29, 18, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by FrankMS
Don't they take your DL info when you make a purchase or are you keeping your purchases under $2K to avoid this? I would think if you are avoiding the transaction report, that would be a big concern to them.
Pardon my ignorance as I'm still fairly new to the fuel points game. Typically, my transactions are $1.5k to $2k and they've never asked to take down my info. I've had to show them my license and the credit card I was using, but that was it. I just found it odd that a purchase of one VGC this time would trigger their taking down info. I didn't realize there was a threshold where they take down the info. Is it $2k and above?
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Old Mar 29, 18, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by zeppoloveskafka
Yes, I would say it is something you should be concerned about. At my closest Giant the financial manager randomly decided I could only buy gift cards there every week or two. You are not doing anything wrong, and most likely nothing will come from it, but right or wrong, if a person in the store with power decides that they don't want to deal with you, then you are out of luck. Best policy is to try and keep a low profile, and disappear for a while if people are suspicious. Personally I think two trips with bigger spend is better than 4 or 5 of smaller amounts if your credit card allows.
What kind of volume were you doing? I really only started doing bigger amounts last week for the 2x fuel points promo. Did about $8k for the week.
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