The Ultimate Guide to Interchangeable Gift Cards

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Plastic Jungle, to AOL’s Daily Finance in 2010, reported that there’s a $30 billion “unredeemed gift card economy” out there. That number is definitely staggering, but probably not far off.

  I know I still have a few gift cards that I’ve won on penny auctions that I have not yet redeemed, perhaps you do too.

Let’s help move the unredeemed gift card economy along and decrease that enormous number.

Perhaps you’ve won a LongHorn Steakhouse gift card on a penny auction site and you really just don’t eat steak, or Red Lobster and you don’t do seafood.

A number of companies own multiple restaurant or retail brands. As a result, many  allow you the option of using any gift cards you’re able to use at one store or restaurant at any of their other products. 

LongHorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster are just two of many restaurants owned by the Darden Restaurant Group. Darden also owns Olive Garden,  Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and The Capital Grille (definitely excellent service at the one in NYC – thanks!), and any of their gift cards. Even if it’s not the gift card that lists the partner restaurants, they can be used at any other Darden Restaurant.

What about Old Navy gift cards?  Like Banana Republic better, or just need
a new pair of shoes? Old Navy gift cards can be redeemed at Banana Republic,, and

Brinkers Restaurants own Chili’s Grill & Bar, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, and Maggiano’s Little Italy.  Any of their gift cards can be redeemed at any of their other restaurants.

Prefer to buy in bulk? Wal-Mart cards can be used at Sam’s Club, they can also be used to purchase gas at Sam’s Club gas stations.

Don’t have The Oceanaire restaurant nearby, but a Rainforest or T-REX Cafe?  All three are in the Landry’s family of restaurants across the US.

Landry’s really has a lot to choose from too:

  • Aquarium (the one in Nashville looked really cool)
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • Babin’s Seafood House
  • Big Fish
  • Brenner’s Steakhouse
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Cadillac Bar
  • Charley’s Crab
  • Chart House
  • Claim Jumper Restaurants
  • The Crab House
  • Fish Tales
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • The Flying Dutchman Restaurant & Oyster Bar
  • Grotto
  • Harlow’s
  • Landry’s Seafood
  • la griglia
  • Kemah
  • Lighthouse Buffet
  • Muer Seafood Restaurants
  • Peohe’s
  • Pesce
  • The Oceanaire
  • Red Sushi
  • Saltgrass Steak House
  • Simms Steakhouse
  • T-REX Cafe – Dine with dinosaurs
  • Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
  • Willie G’s
  • Yak and Yeti @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Tower of the Americas
Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Roy’s, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar gift cards can also be used interchangeably.
Back to retail, Sear’s gift cards can be redeemed at either Land’s End or K-Mart stores, or vice versa.
“Sears® and Kmart® Gift Cards can be redeemed at, by phone, or in Lands’ End® retail stores. You’ll need your 16-digit Gift Card number and 8-digit PIN.” Landsend does, however, state “(Sorry. We cannot accept Sears® or Kmart® Gift Cards that do not have the 8 digit PIN or Kmart® cards that have a 19-digit account number.)” Source
So there you have it, in case you have a pile of gift cards to places that you either don’t prefer or aren’t near you, there are alternatives.
Go out and use your gift cards!
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  • Rob T September 2, 2011, 5:03 am

    Plastic Jungle is a good one, but I also like CardPool as well…usually CP’s prices are better and there’s more selection! 🙂


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