Since I was the first to test and blog about the amazing news that OfficeMax is now selling loadable gift cards up to $500 each I thought I would post some updates about some changes.
If you missed it the first time I, and a few other points enthusiasts, purchased them was this past Saturday while we were visiting the Chicago Seminars. It appears that day was the first one they were on the gift card racks at OfficeMax and only the Visa ones would ring up correctly.
Since that time they seem to have fixed that issue with the Mastercards, but have also fixed the fee issue. Saturday with the Visa cards they were only charging us $3.95 each but this time they correctly billed at $5.95 each.
I visited two stores in Michigan and picked up a total of 12 cards. The first store had no problem with me purchasing on two transactions with two INK cards. They asked for my ID and I used a chip card for purchase one and a non-chip INK card for purchase two.
The second store required the check out rep call and verify the card and the purchase and would not allow a second purchase but did not seem to have had an issue had I wanted to buy more than 4x$500 cards in one transaction. So, the reports from some that 2k per order may either be incorrect or specific to some stores. Loading over to BlueBird is no issue other than you have to select change payment and select debit to finish the load when using the Mastercard cards.
Either way it was a nice little drive to enjoy the fall foliage and score an amazing deal. Ultimate Rewards points, if I spend them say on an Alaska cruise next year (my plan) are worth 1.25 cents each. So, I picked up 30,000 points worth $375. My costs were 5 gallons of gas and 12x$5.95 in fees so all in $82.35. That is some simple point math and a nice drive in the country! – René
Update: If you are having any issues loading the MC to BB do the following steps!
1) Call and set pin BEFORE you went to wallyworld
2) Go to CS clerk
3) Hand CS BB card and ask them to load funds
4) You are asked to confirm amount of load.
5) Screen will blink 2-3x times then you swip GC
6) Immediately you then look for and select “change payment”
7) You then selected Debit
8) Selected NO cash back
9) Entered PIN and done!
I drained all my cards today OCT 23rd no problem at all. Confirmed. Tested. Working 100%. Do not mention loading from GC just from debit card. Make this simple for them and they will make it simple for you. 😉
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