Safeway discounted Visa gift cards are back - free money

Safeway/Vons/Albertsons has brought back their popular Visa gift cards promotion under their Just for U loyalty program.  There are two promos, both of which expire on February 22, 2020:

Visa charges a $5.95 activation fee for each $100 gift card and $4.95 for each $50 gift card.  So you would come out $3.10 on top for buying two $100 Visa gift cards and just 10 cents on top for buying two $50 Visa gift cards.  The key here is to use a card that earns extra cashback on grocery store purchases, like the Amex Gold card which earns 4x.  Although YMMV, many Safeway branches do allow you to use Safeway gift cards towards the purchase of Visa gift cards.  So if you have a card that earns 5x at Amazon or office supply stores like, you could also purchase Safeway gift cards online for 5x and use them towards these Visa gift cards.

Remember to add the above coupons to your Just for U account either through your Safeway account online or via the Safeway app.  If you don't have a Just for U account, you can sign up for one for free.

Quick thoughts

It's great to see Safeway bring back these coupons.  Visa gift cards can be used anywhere that Visa debit cards are accepted like at Costco, so they're essentially equivalent to cash.  Remember to use a credit card that earns extra cash back when you purchase these Visa gift cards.


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