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Rookie Wednesday: The Mega Value of a Visa Debit Gift Cards Payout From TopCashBack

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RenesPoints Rookie

Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured topic.

This seemed like the perfect time for this rookie post. While there is no question earning and burning all kinds of points will GREATLY reduce all facets of your travel costs, cash back is not bad either.

Cash back is nice!

One of the ways to stack your cash back is always starting at a shopping portal. One of best ones I almost always turn to is TopCashBack (TCB). Before I book a GrounLink car service I start at TCB to get 1% cash (6% for your 1st booking but start HERE for $10 new user bonus). I also buy a lot of gift cards from GiftCards.com and I always start at TCB to get 1% to lower the cost of buying the cards.

Lower cost mileage runs? Yes please.

Last year as well as this year I have used JustFly to book my AeroMexico mileage run tickets to get $16 back per ticket to lower the cost of each run but I have used other OTAs as well like Expedia when I am in need of Expedia reward points vs. cash (I still get $2.50 per ticket from TCB but then also earn Expedia points). But when it comes time to cash out I don’t want cash! Er what?

How to get more cash back.

Notice the above example. I had collected almost $600 in rewards and was ready for a payout. Rather than have TCB simply ACH pay my checking account I chose a prepaid Visa Debit card. Most of the time this results in a 5% bonus (but certain times of the year it is even HIGHER – a reason not to be quick to cash out your reward dollars).

There is a catch – yes.

This added almost $30 to my reward payout above. That sounds almost too good to be true? Well, there is a tiny catch. You MUST burn this Visa card payout in 6 months or the money goes POOF!

digital or real card?

You have two choices when it comes to the Visa card payout. One of them is a virtual card for no extra cost and the other, a real physical card, includes a $5.00 fee.

I have over the past year or two requested and burned both virtual cards and physical cards.

With the 6 month time clock what are ways to quickly burn this virtual debit card? Clearly you can just pay any bill you have that takes debit cards for no fee online – even overpay say your gas or electric bill. Or, in my case, I have purchased refundable credits for an NCL cruise and the last day of the cruise they pay me CASH for anything I have remaining in the onboard account.

The other way I have also utilized, if you still want a higher reward than just an ACH transfer, is get a real Visa debit gift card in the mail. It comes with a PIN (you can set your own as well). You can use this at stores that sell money orders when you use a debit card or if you prefer use it to bill pay (all the normal places work just fine with this TCB card).

Bottom line is stacking every single penny and point does add up. If you are simply going to whatever web site directly you are missing out on rewards. And when it comes time to cash out those rewards, take a little extra time and effort to max out those rewards as well! – René

 

Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

3 Comments

  1. Are they physical gift cards they issue issued by meta bank or who?

  2. If you are in the United States and you use Amazon, you can use the Visa gift card account number to redeem for Amazon gift card credit. Then that money will sit in your Amazon gift card account until you buy something next time on Amazon. Also, you could use the Visa gift card on any number of sites to buy gift cards for other companies such as Airbnb. Once you have the Airbnb gift card number you simply go to the Airbnb website and add it to your gift card balance there. Both of these solutions use up every last penny of the Visa gift card giving you the maximum value.

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