Reselling Gift Cards for Profit

Ok, so today is going to be a little bit complicated, but bear with me here, it’s worth it.

Today was the first day I’ve actually resold gift cards to earn money. I’ve heard about it pretty often, but have never had the need/ have never jumped on it quickly enough to do it. Let’s start from the beginning:

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Whenever you get an American Express card, the card will update with different offers meant to save you money (really, it’s in order get you to spend money on your Amex, but that’s splitting hairs). These offers can rang from amazing to meh, but two days ago, American Express came out with an offer that looked like this: Spend $200 at Neiman Marcus, get a $50 statement credit. At first glance, that doesn’t seem so great, right? I mean, the discount is nice, but nothing to write home about.

If you have multiple American Express cards, there’s a chance that the offer is available on each card. In order to add it to each card, you have to first open a duplicate tab for every card. You then add the offer to each card on each tab without reloading the webpage. The reason for this is that American Express likes to limit you to one offer per account, rather than card. This trick gets around that and lets you do it for each one.

So after loading that offer to my 6 different cards, I strolled on over to the Neiman Marcus website. Not much I’d like to purchase except a nifty $200 gift card. Why? Because I can resell this gift card to a 3rd party reseller and earn myself both points and cash in the process.

After purchasing $1200 worth of gift cards, I went over to giftcardgranny.com in order to find out which website would pay me the most money for my gift card.

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It turns out that cardpool.com would instantly pay me $170 for my $200 gift card. Since I paid only $150 per card (after my $50 statement credit), this means I’ll earn $20 and 150 American Express points per card.

I know, I know, this doesn’t sound like a ton. But for just a few minutes worth of effort, I’ve earned $120 and 900 American Express points, which is worth around $20. Since I’m rocking that job free life, every little bit counts.

Most people use gift card reselling in order to meet spending requirements. I’ve never done that personally, but I can see the appeal. Perhaps one day, when I can’t make the spend on my own, I’ll try it out. Until then, free money is where it’s at!

-Carissa the less poor

The Joy of the American Express Concierge

Today, I want to share something really awesome that the American Express platinum card can do. If you guys read my blog from a few days ago, you saw that there’s an Amex concierge for platinum card holders, which will make dinner reservations for you, buy and deliver flowers to your beloved, or even snag you theatre tickets for hard-to-get plays.

Well, I’m here to officially say that, thanks to American Express, we got tickets to Hamilton! As in, tickets at full face value, not price gouged to 8x the cost.

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How, you ask? Well, I had heard of American Express selling tickets at face value before, so I signed up for all the different newsletters that announce it. As soon as it popped up, with availability on 5 separate dates, I called up the concierge and had her reserve me some tickets. Since the maximum number of tickets any one person (or account) can buy is 4 (to prevent reselling, I guess), I then asked my stepmom to call her concierge and buy the final ticket. It worked like a charm!

The show is February 7th, and 5 of us are heading over to Chicago to see it. The tickets were only $120 each, rather than ~$700, which makes flying all the way to Chicago worth it.

Since I’m in California right now, David is flying separately to meet me out there, and then we’re using our Southwest Companion Pass to fly back together for half the cost. Cool, right?

See ya guys in Chicago!

-Carissa the deal Queen

Award Wallet: For Travel Pros

So I’ve talked about a ton of different award programs, and mentioned tons of different sign-up bonuses, but I haven’t mentioned how exactly I keep all my things organized. (My mom brought this up to me. Thanks Mom!)

How do I keep all these different accounts under control and up-to-date? The answer is far easier than a spreadsheet (though I guess if you’re that kind of person you can use one too).

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I use Award Wallet, a free account tracking program that keeps all of your accounts in one, easily accessible, place. There are two versions, Award Wallet Basic and Award Wallet Plus. Plus includes some nifty features, such as tracking when your points will expire, so you’re never caught off guard.

Here’s my referral link, if you guys want to sign up:

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Use my code: free-ybdiga

To upgrade to Award Wallet Plus for free. That code is good for 10 uses, so don’t wait and get left out!

-Carissa

The Dominican Republic: Virgin Mudslides and Montezuma’s Revenge: The Final Part

Finally the last part guys! I’ve finished talking about how we got there, the caste system of the resort, and our new best friend the huntsman spider. So what else is left? Basically, I just want to discuss what went right, what went wrong, and what I’d change given the chance to do it again.

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David when he knows there’s a photo coming

First, while I definitely appreciate having gotten the hotel for so cheap, I certainly didn’t like the atmosphere of different tiered guests. There were certain pools and restaurants we weren’t able to go to, which I definitely didn’t appreciate.

Second, I’d do some more research on when the best weather is for the Dominican Republic. Like I mentioned before, it rained almost every day, which really put a- wait for it- damper on our trip. Ba dum tshh.

Third, bruh. What was up with that spider? Not cool, seriously not cool.

So what were the good things? The price, obviously, couldn’t be beat. Considering most all-inclusive resorts go for a minimum of $300/night for a couple, paying a mere $88 for the both of us for 4 nights was incredible. Though I didn’t do a lot of drinking, we ate our weight alone in food. (They had a Brazilian steakhouse! Unlimited meat!) The food was also really good, and no one stared judgily when I ordered every single dessert on the menu. I appreciated that.

The people were also pretty nice, though that may have been because everyone kept mistaking David for a Dominican. He speaks no Spanish, so every time they addressed him, he just stared at the floor uncomfortably while muttering “no…hablo…” until they got the message. It was fantastic.

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Me when I have no idea it’s taking a picture

Finally, when the weather was nice, it was really nice. Not too hot, though it was pretty humid. The pools were beautiful and fun to swim in as well.

So what would I change? Honestly, I’d probably go to a different resort. Despite the low price, when going somewhere all-inclusive (this was our first time) you expect to feel like a rockstar, which this place didn’t do. Was it worth eighty bucks? Yeah, definitely. Would I do it again? Maybe. Depends on if the spider showed up.

-Carissa

Oh, and regarding the title? Yeah, that happened. Thanks, Dominican Republic.