The neat things you can do with a “leftover” AMEX gift card!

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You know what I really hate? I hate things that require me to give a credit card to use something or activate something and that will after a year or so bill you if you do not remember to cancel whatever it was you did / got / signed up for free.

Well there is a simple and easy solution for these kinds of issues. Use a registered AMEX gift card (either those with or w/out your name on them). Why registered? If you want to use them for say Amazon purchases (or Amazon Payments) you need to call the number on the back of the card and give your full name & address then you can use it for online purchases with much greater ease.

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So, following my line of thinking here, if you happen to have one with a few bucks left over on it you can save it for occasions just like the one described. Many times they will put a $1 HOLD on the card (yeah I forgot to do the wrong exp. date trick above) when you use it for these kinds of scenarios but that will be released most times in the 30-60 day range. Then, if you happen to forget to cancel whatever it is you got and they try to bill the card it will be declined and you will not have to hassle with the effort of calling to cancel at that point and try to wrestle with getting credit back to your card (just make sure you don’t have any other cards registered with whoever it is that they could try to run instead)! – René
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  1. Rene,

    I have a question regarding VISA GCs purchased from Staples. I tried to make a purchase through evolve but the bank declined it twice. Should I call to ask why they declined an evolve transaction, is it safe to do it? I don’t want to kill any good deals. “An 05 decline code is a general Do Not Honor declined response. ”


  2. @JC – I do not use them on Evolve but on BB at WM. They are super simple to unload there. Not sure on the Evolve issue sorry.

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