So you know how the Jewel buy $100 in gift card mall gift cards, get a Catalina good for a $10 Jewel gift card now stacks up to five times in one transaction? Check this out. Note: They could pull this at any time, do at your own risk.
- Buy a $500 Visa gift debit card. These have a $5.95 activation fee. Get back $50 — five Catalinas each good for a $10 Jewel gift card. You just made $44.05.
- Buy another $500 Visa gift debit card. Tell them you would like to pay the $5.95 activation fee in cash. Then pay for the second $500 Visa gift debit card with the first $500 Visa gift debit card you just bought. (Be sure to push the credit button on the swiper machine — if you push debit it will ask for a PIN.) Get back $50 — five Catalinas each good for a $10 Jewel gift card. You just made another $44.05, but this time you only actually spent $5.95 out of pocket.
The activation fee is per card. So you want to make sure you buy one $500 gift card to maximize your savings, not multiple smaller cards. After the first $500 outlay, you are only paying $5.95 for each transaction and getting back $50 — however you will always still have a $500 Visa debit at the end which you can use pretty much like cash.
Note: You can only activate gift cards at the cashiers, so don’t go through self-checkout. This only works with Visa — Mastercard is not participating, and AmEx has a four-hour hold after purchase so you can’t roll the deal.