Every year restaurants and retailers roll out deals that let you earn free gift cards when you buy gift cards or allow you to get cheap gift cards–half off or more. During the holiday season, you can often earn free gift cardswhen you buy regular gifts as well. Or by spending a certain amount on gift cards, you’ll get a discount on your total amount.
Bottom line: you’ll get free gift cards or you’ll save big time on gift cards.
Holiday 2016 is no different when it comes to gift card offers.
I’ve broken out these gift card offers in two ways–by date (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.), and by purchase rules (gifts cards with gifts cards versus free gift cards with purchase.)
The notion here is that if you are buying gift cards for people on your list–or for yourself–the stores want to encourage you to buy even more by enticing you with free gift cards. Considering that 70 percent of Americans plan to buy gift cards for the holidays, I’m sure these promotions will be very popular. And if you’re shopping for other kinds of gifts and can earn free gift cards for yourself, well, then, that’s even better.
I recently wrote a piece for Parade.com on 21 free gift card offers for Holiday 2016. Portions of this blog post originally appeared in that Parade piece. I’ve highlighted mostly offers from that post that you can purchase online.
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Gift Card Deals on Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Bedandbreakfast.com, a website for booking bed and breakfast stays, has multiple BOGO gift card offers exclusively for Black Friday, Cyber Weekend and Cyber Monday. Basically, you can get a $30 free gift card when you buy a $100 gift card, or a $100 free gift card when you buy $300 or more in gift cards. Here is how those offers break out by day.
- Black Friday (November 25): With code BLACKFRI30, you get a free $30 BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Card with every $100 gift card purchased. With code BLACKFRI100, you get a free $100 BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Card with any gift card purchase worth $300 or more.
- Cyber Weekend (November 26-27): Get a FREE $25 gift card with every gift card purchase of $100 with promo code: CYBERWKND25. Or, use code CYBERWKND for a FREE $100 gift card with a gift card purchase worth $350 or more!
- Cyber Monday (November 28): With code CYBERMON30, you get a free $30 BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Card with every $100 gift card purchased. With code CYBERMON100, you get a free $100 BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Card with any gift card purchase worth $300 or more.
Get 15% off $75 or more in Fandango gift cards. This deal is good Black Friday through Cyber Monday though a little birdie told me that this deal will actually be active on Thanksgiving, November 24th. So if you like movies and you want to save money on gift cards, don’t miss this Fandango deal.
You’ll save money on gift card purchases on Spafinder.com on Black Friday–15% off Spafinder gift card purchases of $100 or more. Use Promo code BLKFRDY15. (If you miss the Black Friday deal, Spafinder is offering 10% of Spafinder gift card purchases of $100 or more as an ongoing deal. You must use code TAKE10.)
6. Caribou Coffee
Over the Cyber Weekend and on Cyber Monday (November 26-28), you’ll get a $5 free Caribou gift card when you buy a $20 Caribou gift card.
7. Duffy’s Sports Grill
Duffy’s Sports Grill, with locations throughout Florida, has two BOGO gift card deals launching on Black Friday and running through December 31. Note: you must have a Duffy’s MVP card to benefit from this deal. When you buy $100 worth of gift cards, you’ll receive $20 gift card loaded onto your MVP card. Then there is an online-only offer launching on Thanksgiving Day at 9 p.m. It goes through midnight on Cyber Monday. When you buy $100 worth of gift cards, you’ll receive a $30 gift card loaded onto your MVP card. The bonus gift cards expire 90 days from the date of issue.
Free Gift Cards Through the Holidays
The BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Card is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to travel. It’s welcome at nearly 4,000 B&Bs, never expires, and always ships for free. And even after Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, you can still find ways to get free gift cards when buying Bedandbreakfast.com gift cards.
- Through December 1st, use the code CHEER for a FREE $75 gift card with a gift card purchase of $250 or more
- Through December 4th, you’ll get a FREE $125 gift card with a gift card purchase of $375 or more with promo code: EGGNOG
2. Bonefish Grill
3. Caribou Coffee
Caribou Coffee has two separate gift card BOGO offers this holiday season. The first is November 29-December 4; the second is December 17-18. During that time, you’ll get a $5 free Caribou gift card when you buy a $25 Caribou gift card. You can make your gift card purchases online or in stores.
Through January 1, at BurgerFi restaurants, you will get a free $5 Bonus Gift Card for every $25 spent in gift cards. This bonus gift card does not expire.
5. Fogo de Chao
Now through January 1, 2017, you’ll receive a $25 free bonus holiday gift card for every $150 in gift cards purchased. The bonus gift card will be emailed to you and must be used before March 30, 2017.
6. Half Price Books
Now through December 24, customers who purchase a $25 gift card receive a free $5 Half Price Books gift card. This free gift card is redeemable Jan. 1-31, 2017, in store only. Gift cards can be purchased online or at any location nationwide.
7. Ruby Tuesday
Now through January 1 at Ruby Tuesday, receive a $5 free bonus gift card for every $25 in gift cards purchased or receive a $15 free bonus gift card for every $50 in gift cards purchased.
8. Showcase Cinemas
Through December 31 Showcase Cinemas movie theater chain is offering a free $5 e-gift card for every $25 worth of gift cards you purchase. Gift cards can be purchased in theaters or online. The free $5 e-gift card, which will be emailed to you, is valid January 18-April 12, 2017. The free gift card is not valid for alcoholic beverages or the purchase of any other gift cards.
If you or your friends and family members love Converse, listen up. Converse-owned stores as well as Converse factory stores have a gift card promotion in-store from November 24-December 24. That is, purchase a gift card valued at $50 or greater, and you’ll get a free $10 gift card.
Free Gift Cards with Purchase of Something Else
SolsticeSunglasses.com has four different free gift card offers, with purchase. These are all available through New Year’s Day. Some exclusions apply and the discount automatically applied at checkout.
- $25 E-Gift Card when you spend $150
- $50 E-Gift Card when you spend $200
- $75 E-Gift Card when you spend $300
- $100 E-Gift Card when you spend $400