How to get 25% cash back for gift cards

Gift cards… not the most exciting present that you get give or receive this time of the year. For the person giving the gift, let’s be honest here, a gift card doesn’t show much imagination. It also suggests that you didn’t spend any time, energy, or much thought coming up with “that special gift” for the recipient. Even if they were happy with this gift, for most people it’s not want they want to see when they unwrap their present.

Even if people are happy when they receive their gift cards, many such cards go used. Would you believe that in 2015 alone, $1 billion worth of gift cards went unused. That’s just one year’s worth. Since 2008, more than $44 billion worth of gift cards went unused. If you have gift cards that are collecting dust, you could always sell them. Here are several ways to get cash back for your unused gift cards.

To me, there’s still a place for gift cards… but not as a gift to give others. I suggest buying gift cards as a gift for yourself. Even now and then, restaurant chains and other retailers offer cash back deals on gift cards. Typically the deal offers you a $5 or $10 card when you spend $25 or $30 on a gift card. You don’t need to give the gift card as a present, you can keep it for yourself. Essentially, if you frequent a restaurant chain, why not prepay your next meal and get additional cash back? I only used cash back credit cards. When you spend money, you get a few percentage points back as cash. When you buy these cards, you are essentially getting 20% back. Spend $25 at Buffalo Wild Wings, get a free $5 gift card… 25%. Spend $100 at a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, get a $25 gift card… that’s 25%! A whole lot better than the 1% or 2% you can get on your credit card.

Which restaurants offer these deals? It’s not just the typical chain restaurants that you think of either. For instance, there’s Morton’s Steakhouse and Smith & Wollensky, the famous steakhouse with locations in Manhattan, Chicago, Boston, London, etc. Smith & Wollensky is offering a free $25 gift card when you buy a $100 gift card. There is usually a catch. While the gift card can typically be used anytime, the free card typically needs to be used fairly quickly, usually within the next few months. Check out the list below, courtesy of Deal News, which is predominately restaurants, but there are other deals as well, like DSW shoes and Showcase Cinemas, and see if there’s anything on the list that interests you. The dates in parentheses are when these deals expire, so act quickly.

If you frequent any of these chains, why not buy a gift card for yourself and get free money, essentially for prepaying your next dinner out.

 

  • 99 Restaurant: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (12/25)
  • Applebee’s: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (1/7)
  • Benihana: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/31)
  • Bonefish Grill: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/31)
  • Buca di Beppo: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Buy $25 in holiday gift cards, get a $5 Blazin’ eBonus card for free(12/31)
  • BurgerFi: Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 gift card for free
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free (1/2)
  • Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s: Get a free Original Six Dollar Thickburger for every $25 spent on gift cards (12/29)
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/31)
  • Claim Jumper: Buy a $50 gift card, get a $10 gift card for free (12/24)
  • Cold Stone Creamery: Spend $30 on gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free
  • Delmonico’s: Buy $20 in gift certificates, get a $5 certificate for free
  • Denny’s: Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 coupon for free
  • DSW: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (12/26)
  • Duffy’s Sports Grill: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a free $20 gift card (12/31)
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: Buy a $25 holiday gift card, get a free $5 gift card (12/31)
  • Fleming’s Steakhouse: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free
  • Fogo De Chao: Get a $25 gift card for free with every $150 spent on gift cards (1/1)
  • Golden Corral: Get $5 in bonus bucks with every $25 spent on gift cards
  • Half Price Books: Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 gift card for free (12/24)
  • Jamba Juice: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a smoothie or juice for free
  • Krystal: Get a free $5 gift card with each $25 spent on gift cards
  • L.L.Bean: Spend more than $50, get a free $10 gift card (12/24)
  • Landry’s:Buy a $50 gift card, get a free $10 gift card. Alternatively, buy a $100 gift card, get a free $20 gift card for free (12/24)
  • Ledo Pizza: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (in-store only)
  • Lettuce Entertain You: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $25 gift card for free (12/30)
  • LongHorn Steakhouse: Buy $25 in gift cards, get $5 off two adult entrées
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a Food & Wine Magazine 1-year subscription for free. Or, buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card and a Food & Wine Magazine 1-year subscription for free
  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free;or, buy $100 in gift cards, get a $25 gift card for free (12/31)
  • Morton’s Steakhouse: Purchase $250 in gift cards, get a free $50 gift card (12/24)
  • Noodles & Company: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 Great Giver card for free (12/31)
  • Not Your Average Joe’s: Get a $10 appreciation card for free with every $50 spent on gift cards (12/31)
  • O’Charley’s: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (12/2)
  • Olive Garden: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus (1/1)
  • Outback Steakhouse: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free
  • P.F. Chang’s: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free
  • Panera Bread: Get a $10 gift card for free when you spend $50 on gift cards (12/31)
  • Papa John’s: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a free large 1-topping pizza (12/25)
  • Pei Wei: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (1/3)
  • Red Lobster: Buy a $50 gift card, get a $10 off coupon or free appetizer coupon for use with a future purchase (12/31)
  • Red Robin: Buy a gift card between $25 and $45, get a $5 bonus buck
  • Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free (12/31)
  • Ruby Tuesday: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free, or buy $50 in gift cards and get a $15 gift card for free
  • Showcase Cinemas: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free
  • Smith & Wollensky: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $25 gift card for free (1/2)
  • Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes: Buy $50 in gift cards in-store, get a meal pass for free
  • Steak ‘n Shake: Spend $20 on gift cards, get a $5 certificate for free (12/31)
  • Texas de Brazil: Buy a $50 to $75 e-certificate, get an additional $10 for free, or buy a $100 e-certificate and get an additional $25 for free (12/24)
  • Texas Roadhouse: Buy $30 in gift cards, get a $5 eGift card for free
  • TGI Friday’s: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 Bonus Bites card for free
  • The Cheesecake Factory: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a free slice of cheesecake (12/30)
  • The Children’s Place: Buy $40 in gift cards, get a $10 off coupon for use on a future purchase (12/24)
  • Tony Roma: Buy $50 in egift cards, get $15 in Roma bucks (12/31)
  • White Castle: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free

source: Deal News

 

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