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DO THEY COUNT AS PURCHASES?
It is confirmed that Citi will consider these as a Cash Advance. They will hit you with a fee AND won't count them toward spending.

HOW TO CASH OUT?
Blue Bird: Amex gift cards cannot be used to load bluebird.
Money Orders: Many locations require a debit card with a PIN; Amex GC don't have a PIN.
Try Amazon Payments, Target Amex or MC/VS GC's from many places.
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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #140 on: November 18, 2010, 04:19:37 PM »
Called AA Citi Amex and they said they would move the charge to a purchase and note the account and that I would need to call back after it the next cycle to have the reverse the interest.  They also said they'd waive the advance fee. 
Under what basis did they do that for you? Was it because they made an mistake calling it an advance, or did they just do you a one time courtesy, but if you do it again you will be charged as an advance?

Also, did you also purchase the gift card on the Citi AA 'Visa', and there it was considered a regular purchase?

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #141 on: November 18, 2010, 04:25:25 PM »
They said their policy recently changed regarding the treatment of certain purchases, which will now be considered cash advances.  She said the policy was new and that she would ask her supervisor to make the change and send me the notice that was sent to cardmembers.  I won't be trying it again with that card. 

I'm also weary about using the Citi AA Visa again, even though a purchase on the same date with that card is showing as a purchase. 

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #142 on: November 18, 2010, 09:36:04 PM »
Just lower your cash advance limit to $0 and then you will be fine either it will go through as a purchase or will be denied

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #143 on: November 19, 2010, 06:06:10 AM »
Just lower your cash advance limit to $0 and then you will be fine either it will go through as a purchase or will be denied
great idea! now we could see if the visa card will go thru as a purchase

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #144 on: November 19, 2010, 12:12:41 PM »
Just lower your cash advance limit to $0 and then you will be fine either it will go through as a purchase or will be denied

Or make sure each purchase is higher than your limit.

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #145 on: November 21, 2010, 04:41:41 PM »
After being on hold for about 10 minutes and after initially telling me it couldn't be done, they lowered the AA Citi Amex cash advance limit to zero. 

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #146 on: November 21, 2010, 04:54:03 PM »
Got an AMEX GC refund check in the mail yesterday!
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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #147 on: November 21, 2010, 05:13:51 PM »
Got an AMEX GC refund check in the mail yesterday!
When you told them that you don't agree to the t&c, did they bother asking you which part of the t&c you had an issue with, or did they right away say that they are sending you a check no problem

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #148 on: November 21, 2010, 07:03:53 PM »
Got an AMEX GC refund check in the mail yesterday!

What amount ???

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #149 on: November 22, 2010, 01:47:14 AM »
How long was it from when you called to cancel the cards until the check came in the mail?

When I was asked why I wanted a refund I just told them that most places I shop at don't accept AE and then ended my sentence quoting their T&C's.

Now I'm waiting for the check... ::)

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #150 on: November 22, 2010, 08:50:47 AM »
I told them I bought it for a gift for a family member outside the US/Canada and the GC's don't work there so I want my money back.
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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #151 on: November 22, 2010, 10:09:30 AM »
I told them I bought it for a gift for a family member outside the US/Canada and the GC's don't work there so I want my money back.

If you call as the one who purchased them then they would just credit your account.. no?

I called in as the one who received the GC.

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #152 on: November 22, 2010, 10:13:19 AM »
How long was it from when you called to cancel the cards until the check came in the mail?

When I was asked why I wanted a refund I just told them that most places I shop at don't accept AE and then ended my sentence quoting their T&C's.

Now I'm waiting for the check... ::)
Maybe about 2 weeks or so.
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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #153 on: November 23, 2010, 02:24:01 AM »
I bought $5000 in AMEX Gift Cards with my AMEX Gold Card and got a darn financial review which hopefully should be sorted out tomorrow, but on top of that my statement just showed up online and I didnt even get MR points for the purchase!!!!!

 did anybody else not get MR points on their gift card purchase?

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #154 on: November 23, 2010, 02:50:31 AM »
I bought $5000 in AMEX Gift Cards with my AMEX Gold Card and got a darn financial review which hopefully should be sorted out tomorrow, but on top of that my statement just showed up online and I didnt even get MR points for the purchase!!!!!

 did anybody else not get MR points on their gift card purchase?
MR points usually take an extra statement to post for any purchases.
Starpoints post the same statement.
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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #155 on: November 23, 2010, 04:38:38 PM »
MR points usually take an extra statement to post for any purchases.
Starpoints post the same statement.

Thanks Dan, I actually called AMEX Membership Rewards and since I already paid the balance they were able to make my points post immediately without having to wait till end of next month.

I am trying to buy more gift cards but the link doesnt seem to be working properly for me anymore, does anyone have a link that works? i wanna buy more gift cards!

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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #156 on: November 23, 2010, 11:41:55 PM »
Thanks Dan, I actually called AMEX Membership Rewards and since I already paid the balance they were able to make my points post immediately without having to wait till end of next month.

I am trying to buy more gift cards but the link doesnt seem to be working properly for me anymore, does anyone have a link that works? i wanna buy more gift cards!

HSS
I updated the link.

It doesn't appear to work well with Firefox for me, but it works with IE and Chrome.
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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #157 on: December 01, 2010, 11:44:49 AM »
Once you buy the GC might as well try to win another from Amex.
https://amexgiftcard.com/holiday2010/

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Amex Gift card sweepstakes
« Reply #158 on: December 01, 2010, 01:28:53 PM »
Once you buy the GC might as well try to win another from Amex.
https://amexgiftcard.com/holiday2010/



Also, they gave a GC free shipping coupon code: SSSHP -- Offer valid through February 15, 2011, and only for web orders.
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Re: Amex Free Gift Card Code (Works Great For US Mint Purchases!)
« Reply #159 on: December 06, 2010, 07:31:34 PM »
I ordered a $5000 gift card  (on my wife's CC) then I called up saying I received this gift card and don't agree with t&c...  The rep told me he would send me a check. Now I see they credited the purchase back to my wifes CC which I already paid off- so now I have a $5000 credit on my card, no points, and no $5000 (it's now a credit toward future spending) that I used to pay off the bill! I called and they said they had tried processing the check but it got denied. I explained that refunding the CC doesn't help me bec. I'm not the one who bought it. The rep advised me to call up the person who gave me the gift to ask them for another one- which I explained I would be terribly uncomfortable doing  ;).    I spoke to a supervisor who said he would escalate the matter and get back to me in 48 hours.   Did anyone else have this issue?