PointChaser provides an overview of Simon Mall Visa Gift cards.
In person they cost $2.95 per $500 gift card.
Online there’s a $5.95 shipping fee instead, but when you buy one you get a $2 off code for your next purchase. That means buying (2) costs $9.90, or about 1 cent a point if you’re not earning a category bonus.
That’s $4 more than going to the mall to buy them, but there’s one advantage to buying online which is that you are asked for the gift card recipient’s name, and that name gets printed onto the card.
Having a card with a name pre-printed on it is useful because if you’re loading a card sat a Walmart Moneycenter the clerk may only accept cards with names on them, not generic cards without.
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