Stop & Shop and Giant stores are offering 5 points per dollar towards discounted gas through 02/20 when you buy select gift cards, including Mastercard gift cards. More info on page 7 of the weekly ad. (Visa cards do not earn 5x points)
A $500 Mastercard costs $505.95. Through 02/20 it will earn 2,500 gas points.
Every 100 gas points saves 10 cents off every gallon of gas at Shell stations. You can redeem up to 2,200 points in a single fillup. Redeeming 2,200 points would get you $2.20 off every gallon of gas that you buy during that fillup (up to 35 gallons of gas max) and you would have 300 points remaining for your next fillup.
So potentially 2,500 points is worth up to $87.50 of free gas (as each 100 points saves 10 cents per gallon for up to 35 gallons…get those extra cars and canisters ready ;)) Plus of course you get the miles for buying the Mastercards on your credit card.
You can buy as many gift cards as you want with quintuple points, but gas points expire after 30 days.
Don’t forget to scan your Stop & Shop card when buying the gift cards and when redeeming the gas points at Shell.
While the pin number for most Visa gift cards is just the last 4 digits of the card number you’ll have to call to set a pin on a Mastercard.
You should be able to use it to load Bluebird at a WalMart ATM but if you do use a cashier to load a Mastercard onto Bluebitd the system will run it as a credit card by default instead of a debit card by default like when you use a Visa card.
What you can do is just press the red cancel button and then you should be able to select debit and enter a pin.
Or you can cash it out with Amazon Payments or you can always just use it instead of your credit card until you exhaust the funds.