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7 questions to ask before buying a gift card

Can I get the card for free?
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Can I get the card for free?

If you want to give gift cards this year, you might be able to get them for free. Two sources:

  • Your credit card/frequent flier programs: Rewards and loyalty programs will often let you cash in points or miles for gift cards -- bank-branded and from a variety of retailers and restaurants.
  • Your old gift cards: Go to and sell your old, unused gift cards for up to 92 percent of the face value. Then you can either trade them for new cards or use the money to buy the cards you want.

Even if you can't get it for free, some retailers and vendors will offer a discount if you buy a certain number of cards or spend above a certain dollar amount.




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