T&Cs for WN GCs at Safeway

Old Sep 15, 13, 9:34 pm
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T&Cs for WN GCs at Safeway

Even though I live by BWI, I'm a stranger to WN except for the occasional BWI-ALB flight. I just learned I have a conference close to MDW in May, making WN the best bet.

I'm wondering if the WN GCs sold at Safeway have any nasty T&Cs once entered that would make an easy ~$350 GC purchase decision (at 4x gas points for Safeway-vended GCs and 2x miles with CC) not worth it. I assume they can be used for all fares (Wanna Get Away, etc) for all WN routes / destinations.

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Old Sep 15, 13, 11:22 pm
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all fares, all destinations.

if booking a WGA fare, no real difference (except ticket does offer a refund if you change your mind within 24hrs of booking)

if booking a full or business select fare, it is not refundable (funds are locked into the passenger name, unlike a credit card booking)
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Old Sep 16, 13, 3:38 am
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Just be aware that WN gift cards sold in stores are issued by a third party vendor InComm, not Southwest Airlines. I purchased a card that was defective and neither Southwest, InComm, or the supermarket would accept responsibility for the problem.
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Old Sep 16, 13, 3:46 am
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Originally Posted by Tanic View Post
Just be aware that WN gift cards sold in stores are issued by a third party vendor InComm, not Southwest Airlines. I purchased a card that was defective and neither Southwest, InComm, or the supermarket would accept responsibility for the problem.
If you paid with a credit card, request a charge back. It'll motivate someone at the supermarket to find out what happened.
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Old Sep 16, 13, 8:39 am
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If you are sure you won't cancel (or if you do will fly again within a year), I'd say its worth doing.

4x fuel points are definitely worth something.
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Old Sep 16, 13, 2:41 pm
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We did this a coupe years ago. Worked out great with the fuel points program. (Mine were not double, but wow- what a deal there...)

My supermarket does $0.20 off per gallon per $50 spent for a fill-up of 30 gallons.

We bought like $800 for r/t for 5 of us. Worked out exactly as expected. That's just shy of $100 in free gas.
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Old Sep 16, 13, 10:13 pm
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Thanks, all.

Looks like there's nothing to worry about. I may press my luck and wait for another promo and stack it.

OT: If there's a problem, I've learned that BBB is the best ally: "name and shame" works much better than the CC charge back routine. The latter, as I am sure folks here know, does not prevent the merchant from countering by involving a collection agency to claw back funds.
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Old Sep 16, 13, 10:15 pm
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Originally Posted by EkekoBWI View Post
Thanks, all.

Looks like there's nothing to worry about. I may press my luck and wait for another promo and stack it.

OT: If there's a problem, I've learned that BBB is the best ally: "name and shame" works much better than the CC charge back routine. The latter, as I am sure folks here know, does not prevent the merchant from countering by involving a collection agency to claw back funds.
BBB? Joking, right? Possibly one of the most ineffective organizations in existence.
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Old Sep 16, 13, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by smmrfld View Post
BBB? Joking, right? Possibly one of the most ineffective organizations in existence.
No joke. For example, any time Cartera acts up, its a BBB complaint against the merchant (not Cartera). I'm batting 1.000 with that technique. Seems excessive, but I got sick of chasing down legitimately earned miles and points with an endless stream of emails.

OTOH, I reserve the use of charge backs for "I never bought that" vice merchants' "creative" interpretation of T&Cs or, simply, when the merchant doesn't deliver as promised.

...and as someone who works in DC, I assure you BBB is not even in the top 10 of the most ineffective organizations...
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