I believe Tahsir is busily preparing himself for TravelCon this weekend in Las Vegas (there are still a few tickets if you want to attend), but there are some updates on the Discover promotion for 10% cash back when you use Apple Pay.
Some people were attempting to get cash back on gift card purchases, which seems like a great idea. Frequent Miler shared a while back that Discover wised up and started warning customers that they would not be getting the cash back if that purchase included a gift card. But warnings and actions are two different things. It was still unclear if (or how) Discover would enforce this threat.
Now people have started receiving emails from Discover for specific transactions, notifying them that they made an ineligible purchase that includes gift cards and that the gift card portion will not receive cash back.
BREAKING NEWS ON DISCOVER CASHBACK pic.twitter.com/HKuvFVjKK1
— BengaliMilesGuru (@TahsirAhsan) November 6, 2015
Note the careful language: “The gift card portion of your purchase does not qualify…”, which suggests that the rest of the transaction remains eligible. (Although how many people were buying gift cards along with other items?)
The situation is actually a little more complicated than this, however. Travel with Grant tells us that he was able to get a “one-time exception” more than once on his initial purchases while later purchases were deemed ineligible, much like Tahsir’s letter. He only got as far as two exceptions, so don’t get your hopes up.
Regular purchases, including purchases made for later reselling, are still eligible. You can learn more about the promotion back on FrequentMiler.