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If you were one of the people in the miles and points world who loaded up on Walmart gift cards to use at Sam’s Clubs last quarter when Walmart was one of the Chase Freedom bonus points categories, or if you simply like jumping on one of the many Amex Offers that involve Sam’s Club (this one was my favorite), be aware that you may need to find a new favorite Sam’s Club in light of today’s sudden closing of 63 Sam’s Clubs. These closures took place in locations including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and several more.
The reports I’ve seen are that some folks went to work or shop today at Sam’s Clubs that were open as recently as yesterday, only to find them locked and closed. Business Insider is compiling a list of the impacted locations here. For those in my neck of the woods, note that three Sam’s Clubs have closed in the greater Houston area.
While I’m not known to load up on 288 granola bars at a time, I still like Sam’s Club not only for the ability to use Walmart gift cards, but it is a solid place to obtain discounted Disney and other gift cards. When a Sam’s Club specific bonus points or Amex Offer comes along to sweeten that deal, it can be handy to have a club nearby where you can ramp up your savings.
Sam’s Club obviously still exists, so those opportunities are still around, but just double check that the store nearest you is still open for business. The Sam’s Club website only lists the still-open clubs, so you can head there if you need to find a new location.
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