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A goal that many traveling families share is one of wanting to save money on Disney vacations. While there are some ways to do that, there are certain types of Disney expenses that are just hard to really to knock down significantly. Historically a really good way to save across the board on Disney trips is to find ways to purchase Disney Gift Cards at a discount, or at least with a rewards earning credit card that earns a good bonus at wherever you are purchasing the gift cards.
If you are targeted for a new Amex Offer that awards 20% back, up to a $250 statement credit, at Sam’s Club, there may be a very good way to save a decent amount on Disney gift cards sold at Sam’s Club. If you don’t have that specific Amex Offer you can still take advantage of this type of strategy via the 5x bonus quarterly category bonus of wholesale clubs on the Chase Freedom, though your savings won’t be as great.
Buy Disney Gift Cards for Less at Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club sells many types of gift cards, including Disney Gift Card packs with three $50 gift cards for just $143.98. That means you are saving $6.02 for every $150 spent on Disney gift cards at a savings rate of about 4%. A 4% savings at Disney isn’t overly impressive, but it is a good start considering you can fund those gift cards to your Disney vacation account and then use it on everything from park tickets, to food in the parks, to your Disney hotels, and more.
However, what makes this a great deal is that you can probably stack it with the current (targeted) Amex Offer to get a one-time 20% statement credit up to $250 on purchases of $100 or more at Sam’s Clubs. This Amex Offer was on both of my Amex small business cards including the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card and Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express.
Let’s assume you want to spend close to $2,500 on Disney gift cards at Sam’s to go towards a big Disney family trip and fund your Disney Vacation Account (so you don’t have to keep messing with $50 gift cards, among other things). Here is some math on this situation…
Purchase 9 $150 Disney Gift Card packs @ $143.98 each = $1,295.82
Value of 9 $150 Disney Gift Card packs = $1,350 to spend at Disney
$54.18 saved by purchasing gift cards @ Sam’s Club
One $1,295.82 eligible transaction at Sam’s Club = full $250 Amex statement credit via Sam’s Club Amex Offer as outlined above
Final out of pocket price of $1,045.82 for $1,350 worth of Disney Gift Cards
Total of $304.18 saved on $1,350 worth of Disney Gift Cards
That is a total 22.5% savings off the top on Disney expenses for very little work, which is not bad at all. In fact, it is really good. Make sure to also factor in the value of the points you will earn on the Amex Card you use to pay for your Sam’s Club purchase.
Another thing to note if you go this route and set up a Disney Vacation Account you fund primarily with Disney Gift Cards is that you will be eligible for a $20 Disney Gift Card for every $1000 you spend on qualified vacation purchases with your Disney Vacation Account prior to December 31, 2017. That inches the savings up even higher.
This deal won’t be for everyone, but it is worth a look if you have the targeted Amex Offer to get a $250 statement credit on a Sam’s Club purchase on one (or more) of your Amex Cards, and you have some big Disney expenses coming up.
Who plans on taking advantage of this offer to save over 22% on upcoming Disney expenses?
Sam’s Club Amex Offer Terms and Conditions
Enrollment is limited. An “eligible purchase” means a purchase made in-Club by 1/31/17, excluding gas purchases. An “eligible Card” means a valid American Express® US Small Business credit or charge Card that is issued by a US banking subsidiary of American Express. Prepaid Cards and products, Corporate Cards and American Express-branded Cards issued by other financial institutions are not eligible. Offer valid for in-Club purchases only. Offer is limited to one statement credit, up to $250 per American Express online account. Must add offer to Card and use same Card to redeem. Offer is non-transferable. If you order an item during the offer period but it is not sent/provided to you until after 1/31/17, it may not qualify for the offer. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 1/31/17. Statement credit may be reversed if eligible purchase is returned/cancelled. Note that American Express may not receive information about your eligible purchase from merchant until all items from your eligible purchase have been provided/shipped by merchant. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as an eligible purchase, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: CE86:0001