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Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets gas rewards points on gift card purchases(2018-24)

Old Jan 12, 2018, 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
11/2021 thru 8/2023 (aka the terrible drought)
9/15/2023: 2x VVGC
11/24/2023: 3x VGC
12/8/2023: 3x VGC

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(2018-24)

Old Dec 14, 2023, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by mind
What constitutes as household--merely same address or whether Family Sharing of points is enabled? I was pretty sure it's per card but needed to get points manually added on the third purchase for a rewards card that had not been used for the promo (Family Sharing enabled, but it was enabled in the past as well and pretty sure I had no problems then). Of course the goal is to avoid manual adjustments.
No idea but I can tell you I have:

2 accounts
Different first names
Different emails
Different phone numbers
Same address
Family sharing NOT enabled.

Get all the points all the time. Never had to call in for manual addition.
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Old Dec 14, 2023, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by cruisr
In NJ two I bought both compromised and one was 12/32 expiration. Security code completely wiped off. i used it immediately online to make a purchase for almost the $500 but left a bit on for an experiment. Went to a coffee shop, tried to use it and would not swipe. tried 3 times. Just went online and drained the small amount left.

On the other card (12/31 expiration) two of the digits of the card number on the front were scratched off, Figured the first number out then by process of elimination figured the complete number. Had not been drained but also looks like the mag strip is funky. Started process for card replacement as I immediately went online and froze the card. Responses from phone CSRs indicate lots of phone calls about fraud.
Yep fraud is widespread right now. I only buy the new type packaging that have the barcode cut off. They seem to be safest.
There was an arrest in the Boston area on Monday this week, 2 scammers caught with almost 5000 gift cards in their car https://whdh.com/news/braintree-poli...n-the-process/
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Old Dec 14, 2023, 6:28 pm
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Is this new thing??

Giant PA and Giand MD near my location note down my driver license info and also asked what was thw purpose of this much $ buy in GC. Looks kindda sketchy!
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Old Dec 14, 2023, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by crazypaving
Is this new thing??

Giant PA and Giand MD near my location note down my driver license info and also asked what was thw purpose of this much $ buy in GC. Looks kindda sketchy!
They are on to you. Your account probably got flagged.
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Old Dec 14, 2023, 9:30 pm
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The recent Giant PA promo is unique in that it doesn't have the "per week" language, right? I could've sworn it used to include that and it worked out to be calendar week, meaning you could double-dip but it's not possible this time around.
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Old Dec 14, 2023, 10:24 pm
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Originally Posted by crazypaving
Is this new thing??

Giant PA and Giand MD near my location note down my driver license info and also asked what was thw purpose of this much $ buy in GC. Looks kindda sketchy!
My advice is likely woefully out of date since I haven't lived in PA in nearly a decade, but my nearby Giant PA location would have log book for transactions above a certain threshold at the customer service desk. They knew I was just doing it for the gas points at the time, so they were fine with the purchase.
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Old Dec 15, 2023, 5:43 am
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They are required to do it for purchases above $2000. With the recent change of a limit of $2000 most places don't need to do it anymore.

If you are below $2000, the store or area probably has had some fraud and is reacting to it.

I doubt it is anything personal to you.
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Old Dec 15, 2023, 6:15 am
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Originally Posted by crazypaving
Is this new thing??

Giant PA and Giand MD near my location note down my driver license info and also asked what was thw purpose of this much $ buy in GC. Looks kindda sketchy!
S&S in NJ had this policy for years.
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Old Dec 15, 2023, 8:05 am
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Q1 2024 Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories include groceries. Let's hope for another GO promo on VGCs sometime in the first quarter of 2024!
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Old Dec 15, 2023, 9:35 am
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Originally Posted by zeppoloveskafka
They are required to do it for purchases above $2000. With the recent change of a limit of $2000 most places don't need to do it anymore.

If you are below $2000, the store or area probably has had some fraud and is reacting to it.

I doubt it is anything personal to you.
Originally Posted by westlaker
S&S in NJ had this policy for years.
That's the old policy. Now it's because crazypaving is flagged.
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Old Dec 15, 2023, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by westlaker
S&S in NJ had this policy for years.
2/3 of my S&Ss in Central NJ have never done it, 1/3 does it only sporadically.
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Old Dec 17, 2023, 6:16 am
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For those of you in PA Giant country - seeing 20% off up to $15 on my Amex Plat.
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Old Dec 17, 2023, 7:31 pm
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T hanks. Same offer on my amex plat business.
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Old Dec 19, 2023, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by crazypaving
Is this new thing??

Giant PA and Giand MD near my location note down my driver license info and also asked what was thw purpose of this much $ buy in GC. Looks kindda sketchy!
The policy for Giant MD for quite some time has been to log the transaction if it is over $2000. They record your DL info and ask why you are making the purchase. Gas points is always an acceptable response. The new twist is that there is a column that requires your SSN if you are paying cash. A couple of times I have been asked for SSN and pointed out I was paying credit, so SSN not required, but there is one store that insisted upon it anyways. The column is clearly labeled cash.

In terms of the supposed $2000 limit, although it is stated in the ads for Giant MD as of six months, or whenever ago, in my experience, it has never been enforced for purchase. Only enforced if you try to get manual points added after the fact. I highly doubt that any of the cashiers are even aware that there is supposedly a $2000 limit. And an alternative reading of the language could mean that the $2000 limit only applies to reward points and not the actual purchase amount. As far as pretty much every cashier/CSR is concerned the purchase limit is $5000.
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Old Dec 20, 2023, 3:28 pm
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Originally Posted by fly2fish
No idea but I can tell you I have:

2 accounts
Different first names
Different emails
Different phone numbers
Same address
Family sharing NOT enabled.

Get all the points all the time. Never had to call in for manual addition.
Update: needed manual adjustment and this time they say household = address. I said I'm not associated with other people in the house and he made new account for me using fictional address and credited the points there--I could also see some points deducted from my existing account. Fairly certain he's wrong but if I'm going to change the address back to my actual one that might cause problems again so I'll just keep it as is. Luckily there doesn't seem to be any reason to are which mailing address is used in terms of earning/redemption of points.

Side note: Giant website is a PITA--don't refresh the page too many times or they block your IP address.

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