Fancy saving a little extra on gift cards? Here are some of the latest offers to get you money off.
When you buy gift cards for yourself or as a present, it’s really important you make a note of the expiration date and don’t forget about them at the bottom of the draw! I’ve more details on what to watch for in my article Five things you need to know about gift cards.
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£30 back at John Lewis when you spend £200
My John Lewis members can claim a £300 e-gift card when they spend £500 on fashion and beauty. You need to make the purchase in a single transaction by 8th March 2020. Then in May you can claim your gift card which will be emailed to you. You’ll need to make a note to do this as it doesn’t sound like John Lewis will remind you.
Monese gift card discounts
If you have a Monese bank account you might be able to nab a promotion which knocks decent chunks of cash off gift cards. I’ll update here when new ones happen. They go fast though, so don’t delay!
I’ve bagged four of these since Black Friday offers, saving me around £80. So even if you miss this one it’s worth opening an account in case more come along.
Plus if you don’t have a Monese account you can get a free £10 for applying via this link and entering the code ANDR4552, and another £15 once you’ve spent £500.
£100 gift card for £85.95
The latest offer gives you a £100 gift card for £80, though you also need to upgrade from the basic free plan to the £5.95 a month Classic plan. However, you can cancel that straight away so you’ll essentially be paying £85.95 for the £100 card. Still a bargain!
You’ll need to add the code UPGRADE20 by hitting the menu button in the top left of the app and choosing promotions. As long as you have £85.95 in the account it’ll accept the code and debit your money.
You then need to wait for an email or app notification to claim your gift card. It takes just a few minutes for the email to come and to choose your e-gift card. You can choose to use it at quite a few shops. I went for John Lewis, but there’s also Amazon, M&S, Argos, New Look and many more. Full terms and conditions here.
Cashback on gift cards, including Asda and Uber
TopCashback has a spin-off site called TopGiftCards with money back on brands including Asda, Ticketmaster, Uber, Costa and Clarks. You need to click through from TopCashback and choose your gift card. These are all digital gift cards but check the individual retailer terms to see if it can be spent in-store, online or both. Cashback is then paid back to your TCB account. Remember, if you’re new to TopCashback you can also get a bonus of £10 to £15 when you sign up and spend £10.
The value of the gift cards on offer varies from 2% through to 10%, though most are less than 5%. Brands include (values correct as of 4/12/19):
- Apple store – 3%
- Asda – 2.5%
- Asos – 6%
- B&Q – 3%
- Clarks – 5%
- Costa – 5%
- Debenhams – 7%
- Halfords – 5%
- H&M – 5%
- New Look – 5%
- Pizza Hut – 10%
- Ticketmaster – 4%
- TK Maxx – 4%
- Uber – 2%
- The White Company – 5%
Discounted “work-perk” gift card trick, including John Lewis
I’ve written in detail how you can get access to discounted gift cards, including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, if you open up a Scottish Friendly ISA.
Amazon gift card bonuses
Over on my Amazon deals page I’ve got a couple of deals where you get extra money when topping up your account or buying a gift card. These offers tend to run most of the year, though they are normally only for people who haven’t done either of these in the last three years.