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It was a bad day in the miles and points world when Office Depot abruptly stopped selling Vanilla Reload cards. Looks like this weekend is shaping up to be another bad one as there seems to be truth to the rumor that Office Depot is going to stop carrying gift cards with a variable amount. This was first reported on this Flyertalk thread. Of course I bee-lined to my own Office Depot this morning to check out the situation, and while the store still had plenty of variable gift cards available, the register did ask for a manager override for the first time in my gift card buying experience (and all I bought was $500 worth).
Several folks have reported seeing a memo that Office Depot was no longer going to carry them because of the costs associated with the product. I prefer to fly under the radar at my local stores, so didn’t ask to talk to a manager about whether or not they had received a memo, but the manager is the one who helped me check out and he didn’t mention anything regarding the cards being pulled ASAP. Of course, just because he didn’t mention it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
If you don’t know why this is at all relevant to miles and points, then at this point I recommend not worrying about it now since it seems to be on the way out…at least with the cards on which you can load up to $500. I’ll still be interested to see what they carry after that date. The FT thread says that February 4th is the deadline for the cards to be pulled, so assuming that is true, you may want to make one last trip ASAP if gift cards are your thing.
This is a bummer, no question, but we’ll see how it shakes out and then adjust as needed. What does the situation look like at your local OD?