Until August 8th, 2015, Office Max is offering $15 off $300+ in MasterCard gift cards. As originally reported by Miles to Memories, this has not been advertised online, but there are signs present in most OfficeMax stores to that effect.
The key to this deal is using a card that gives 5 points per dollar at office supply stores, like the Chase Ink Plus or Ink Bold.
Alternatively, you could also use the American Express SimplyCash Business card and get 5% cash back on these purchases. You can also accelerate that even further by tweeting #AmexOfficeDepot and registering to get $10 off of a $50+ purchase at Office Max and Office Depot with your linked American Express card.
You will save the $15 instantly when you check out. If you were to buy two $200 MasterCard gift cards, you’ll pay $13.90 in fees, and after the discount your total would be $398.90 for $400 and 2,000 Ultimate Rewards points (or paying $378.95 with SimplyCash). If you buy one $200 gift card and one $100 gift card you’ll pay $12.90 in fees, and after the discount your total would be $297.90 for $300 and 1,500 UR points (or paying $283 with SimplyCash). This is a great negative cost opportunity to rack up some easy points or save more than 5% on some regular expenses.
These cards are easy to liquidate at Target with RedBird or online or at WalMart with Serve. Or you can use them for daily expenses and make “five points per dollar everywhere.”
This promotion runs until August 8th, but the $100 and $200 MasterCard gift cards may not last long, so head on out to your local OfficeMax today if you want to check out this deal!
Michael Prodanovich is a contributor to Point Me to the Plane, and author of The Ultimate Guide to Free Travel.