As we’ve done in the past here on Milenomics, today we’re debriefing the recent Gift card deals at Safeway and Albertsons. Because both ended on 12/3 I decided to lump the debrief together into this one post. If you reply, include a “S:” or “A:” in your reply so we’ll know which promotion you’re talking about.
I never ran out of Giftcards at my Safeway. I Believe this was due to the promotion being advertised for $100 Mastercards, and my purchasing of Variable Load Mastercards instead. The promotion ran for nearly a month as well, giving us plenty of time to take advantage of it.
I also successfully turned one cashier who was firm cash/debit to credit, which will help me in the future for sure. I appreciate your tips in this thread for what you used your $10 coupons for, I have a couple more left and can use those ideas. Thanks!
Error reporting: I had a report from one reader who was never able to load her variable MC GC to her Bluebird at WM. In the past she has had no trouble, so this did seem odd to me. I didn’t have trouble at my WM, but would be interested if others had trouble.
My closest store ran out of $100 cards sometime during Thanksgiving weekend. By the time I came back from my trip the store was dry. I did find myself near another Albertsons on Monday, and they seemed well stocked, but my costs for this deal would have started to go up if I had kept going there.
From a mile earning standpoint Safeway was the better of the two deals–but for free Groceries and some miles, Albertsons was good to me too. I also don’t usually shop at Albertsons, so the promotion was successful in re-introducing the store to me.
Sometime this weekend come back here and share some of your tips for other Milenomics readers to learn from. While I can’t guarantee one or the other of these deals will come back, the Safeway deal has been consistent every other month or so, and if it does return I’ll let you know.
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