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  1. auriga

    auriga Active Member

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    Is buying a gift card from coles or woolworths treated the same as a regular purchase as far as Amex is concerned? ie, not treated like a cash advance?
     

  2. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    99% sure that it is.

    Amex aren't told anything else other than a purchase was made at Woolies/Coles for X dollars.

    While I've never really looked closely, I've purchased gift vouchers from various places on both Visa and Amex and havn't noticed anything weird on my statement.
     
  3. NM

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    Yep. I do this regularly. I can buy the $500 cards for $475, making it a good value way of earning Amex points and saving 5% on grocery purchases. Definately seen as a normal purchase from Amex and not a cash advance - at least the way I buy them through API.
     
  4. v8Statesman

    v8Statesman Established Member

    Care to elaborate on how this is done?
     
  5. serfty

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    API Leisure & Lifestyle (Formally the "australian Postal Institute).
     
  6. Maca44

    Maca44 Established Member

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    They might have changed, or maybe my understanding is wrong, but when I look at the API website you mention it states:


    Payment options for virtual shop orders and other services:
    • by credit card on-line (Credit cards accepted are Visa, Mastercard and Bankcard)
    • by faxing or mailing your credit card details by filling in the details in Step 3 then printing it out.
    • by mailing a cheque or Australia Post money order
    There is no mention of amex cards, and even if you used a Mastercard and received ff points on a 1:1 basis it is difficult to beat the 1.5 offered by amex.
     
  7. serfty

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    aPI also have various offices centres dotted around Oz. There is one in Wharf st Brisbane, maybe they will take AX where the web won't.
     
  8. NM

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    I have always used my Amex card when purchasing Coles cards, movie tickets, theme park tickets etc through API. I always purchase on-line.

    However, I must correct the details above. They only offer $50, $100 and $200 cards, and the $200 cards cost $190 for API members. I have just checked by going through the purchase process and yes, Amex is still a valid Credit Card payment option for these on-line purhcases.
     
  9. kawoh

    kawoh Junior Member

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    are there any gift cards that allow you to refund the purchase back in cash?????

    also, is there a link for the coles myer card, not just the coles one?
     
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