You can buy gift cards you want and need from airlines, hotels, supermarkets, restaurants, iTunes and more for a discount, every time, all the while earning points and miles on your spending. A relatively new start up called Raise allows you to buy and sell gift cards turning unwanted plastic into cash, and gift card purchases into discount shopping. I have so many gift cards that I will never use and the idea of selling them to someone, albeit for less than it’s worth in merchant credit, for actual cash, is very appealing. Everyone wins. Going on vacation? You can currently buy a $500 Hyatt Gift Card for only $451.40. I shop at places like Whole Foods every day and buying a $500 gift card for $465 is even more appealing. In this instance, it’s $35 in my pocket for nothing, I am going to use it, and I am putting spend on a card to purchase it, which of course earns me points and miles (you should be too)…

Raise is so simple, it kills me I didn’t come up with it. One man’s trash, another man’s treasure… The fact that you are able to turn unwanted gifts into cash, while simultaneously saving money on things you actually buy is a knockout combo. Raise has increasingly expanded offerings, including gift cards from airlines and hotel chains, and since a majority of the transactions are person to person, it’s a buyers market. If little Timmy got a Delta gift card he wasn’t happy with for Christmas, I’ll be happy to take it off of him for a nice discount ; )

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