When I first started writing this blog, I wrote about exchanging gift cards for United miles with Plastic Jungle. Then I followed up a couple of times about Plastic Jungle, once if they were going out of business and lastly they had a silent death where CardCash/ABC Gift Cards bought out Plastic Jungle.
The good news is CardCash/ABC Gift Cards has brought back the trade the gift cards to United miles program:
In the top graphic, you will notice the third option, exchanging your gift cards for United miles. I was eager to see what it was available. The landing page is exactly like it once was:
Here’s the list of retailers they “accept”:
|Barnes & Noble|
|Bass Pro Shops|
|JoS. A. Bank|
|Saks 5th Ave|
|Sur La Table|
|Toys R us|
I use “accept” loosely because when you start to type in some of those names they won’t pop up for you to sell in the following pages. Here’s your returns on the gift cards:
If you type in “walmart” to sell, they will not accept it.
Instead, they’ll take Walgreens which is not listed.
To get back on topic, the site has always claimed at “minimum” you will receive X number of miles, but I have always seen a fixed number from the graphic they post. Because of this, the gift card arbitrage opportunity here is to buy the least valued gift card and sell it through the Gift Card Exchange. My favorite kind of arbitrage, a floor price.
I hope they(Cardcash/ABC Gift Cards) bring this back for the US Bank Flexperks, it was the one reason why I signed up for the Flexperks credit card.
I also find it absolutely comical that they’re accepting American Airline gift cards to convert into United miles. In the previous iteration of this, all other competing air carriers were off limits