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I eat way more Panera than my wallet probably wishes that I did, but at least it is a restaurant where it is pretty easy to maximize the rewards and sometimes even score gift cards at a discount. If you are also a fan of their muffins, salads, soups, and more (try the watermelon feta salad!), then know that right now you can get a $50 Panera e-gift card for $40 from Staples.com and potentially earn 5x points in the process if you have a credit card like the Ink Plus or similar that awards 5x points at office supply stores.
While the sale is scheduled to run until August 19th, it is common for the gift cards to run out when Staples offers discounts like this, so I wouldn’t wait if you want to save some on Panera while earning 5x points. Note that reports are that these e-gift cards do come with the pin numbers so you can easily use them for online Panera orders.
If you don’t pick up one of these Panera gift cards, you can still do well at Panera by paying with your Chase Freedom and going through the MileagePlus X app for current combined total of 10 miles and points per dollar spent. There are periodically online Panera coupon codes for delivery or pick-up, so remember to spend a few minutes searching around for those as well!
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