November 19, 2013
I often write about ways to get lots of points, miles or cash back when buying Sears’ gift cards. For example, see these recent posts:
- Re-Plinking Sears
- The top 5 ways to get Sears gift cards
- Maximizing the 2 day Sears/MileagePlus 16X promotion (expired offer)
Whenever I write posts like these, I get variations on the same question: “That’s great, but what the heck can I do with a bunch of Sears gift cards?“ Long time readers of my posts already know the answers to that question, but I’ve come to realize that not everybody has read and memorized every one of my posts. What, really? Yep, it’s true.
So, without further ado, here are the top 5 ways to use Sears gift cards:
1. Buy merchandise
Sears gift cards can be used to buy all kinds of stuff at Sears, Kmart, Lands End, and more. Don’t forget that you can go through an online portal to earn additional points or cash back even if you’re paying with a gift card! I recommend using CashBackMonitor to find the best portal when shopping online. Sears also has a price match guarantee that can be used when their prices are higher than the competition.
2. Buy travel
It’s not necessarily easy to do, but I’ve found that it is possible to pay for airfare, hotels, cruises, etc. with Sears gift cards via Sears Vacations. For details of my experience, please see “Earn more miles (many more) for any flight, any hotel, any cruise.”
3. Buy and sell
This option is definitely not for everyone! At times, Sears portal promotions can be so good that it is worth buying stuff and reselling it for a loss just to get the miles for both buying gift cards and using the gift cards to buy merchandise. For tips and tricks about buying and selling, BigHabitat is worth adding to your daily reading list. Also, see my post: Tips for selling on Amazon.
4. Buy gift cards that you need
It’s not always easy to buy other store gift cards with Sears gift cards, but it is possible. Sears is usually more lenient than Kmart, but Kmart tends to have a better selection of merchant gift cards. For info about Sears merchant gift cards, please see:
- The mysterious case of the secret gift card rack
- A year later, a new breed of Sears’ gift card racks spotted in the wild. The mystery continues.
5. Buy and liquidate gift cards
Some Sears stores sell $100 Visa and MasterCard gift cards for $105.95 and will let you pay with a Sears (or Lands End, or Kmart) gift card. If you got enough points and/or cash back from buying the Sears gift cards, it could be worth paying that 6% fee to turn them into Visa or MasterCard gift cards with PINs (see “Gift card PINs“).