Slide: Up to 5% Back at Instacart, eBay, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Doordash via Instant Gift Cards ($20 Bonus)

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Instacart update: Slide now includes 4% back at Instacart (5% cash back if you pre-fund). My Instacart tip is to stay logged into the app on your phone and wait for them to send you periodic promotions. At least once a month, I will either get offered $20 off $100, $10 off $50, or a free delivery fee. Stacking this Slide discount and credit card rewards, it basically allows me to at least break even with tip. My goal is to pay either the same or a little less than if I bought it in-person, while also saving time as I avoid shopping with my kids during COVID. (New users can get $10 off their first order with my Instacart referral link.)

New $20 Slide referral promo: Open a new account via Slide referral link and get $5 credit towards your each of your first four purchases (up to $20 bonus total). Each purchase only needs to be at least $10 (minimums vary by retailer), so you can get $40 of gift cards (4 times $10) for $20. Thanks if you use it!

Updated full review:

Slide is a new iOS and Android app that sells you discounted, new gift cards in exact amounts that are delivered digitally instantly. Basically, it is designed to allow you to wait until the moment before purchase when you already have the final purchase price (in-person or online), and then go buy a discounted gift card via the app down to the penny (usually a $25 minimum). The main problem with gift cards is waste when you don’t use it all. This avoids the waste. You can get 4% cash back at all of these retailers (not the full list):

  • Instacart
  • eBay
  • Grubhub
  • Uber and Uber Eats
  • DoorDash
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Domino’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Panera
  • Burger King
  • Taco Bell
  • Chipotle
  • Southwest Airlines
  • GameStop
  • Google Play
  • Petco
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Ulta Beauty

You get 4% cash back from the gift card purchase, but you also get 1% cash back when you pre-load your Slide balance with a credit card. You must pre-load in set increments, but you can but the gift cards down to the penny. In this way, you can actually get 5% cash back total. The app is from company behind the gift card marketplace, so I trust it to be reputable, and these are not secondhand gift cards.

You still earn your normal credit card rewards as well (ex. 2% total cash back with Citi Double Cash), although I don’t think Slide will count as any special category. For physical stores, the app will provide a barcode for easy scanning. You can cash out at $15 via PayPal or Venmo, or apply smaller balances towards your next gift card purchase. I have already successfully cashed out my Slide balance via Venmo with no issues.

Grubhub test run. My first use was with my a Grubhub order. First, you’ll want to download the Slide app. As of right now, Slide gives you 4% cash back on Grubhub gift cards of at least $25+. You can get an additional 1% by pre-loading your Slide balance ($25 minimum) via credit card using any amount down to the penny (total 5%).

Then, I did my Grubhub order and got to the final page with the total including tip. Grubhub gift cards can cover tips. If the total is under $25, then you would still need to buy a $25 gift card from Slide and then use the remaining balance later. If the total is, say, $33.44, then you can buy a gift card for exactly $33.44. It works with Apple Pay and Google Pay, so I didn’t have to spend any time entering credit card numbers. I was able to copy/past the gift card code back into the Grubhub app and use it immediately without issue.

I mostly use the food delivery apps only when they have a good promo to offset all those fees, and here I was able to also stack a “free sandwich” promo and Grubhub+ free delivery on top of all these other discounts.

More discounts for even more complexity!? You can also stack with cashback shopping portals. TopCashBack and DollarDig offer cashback on Slide app purchases. Rakuten, TopCashBack, and other portals offer cashback on Grubhub, Uber Eats, and other food delivery apps.

Let’s say you bought exactly $25 of Grubhub food. Right now you could theoretically get 3% back on your Slide purchase from TopCashback ($0.75), 5% cash back from Slide itself on the Grubhub gift card ($1.25), and another 2% from TopCashBack for your Grubhub purchase ($0.50). That’s a total of 10% off for making some strategic clicks. You also get your points/miles/cashback from paying Slide with your credit card.

Slide may also be good for some larger purchases, for example at Lowe’s or Southwest Airlines, but remember that using a credit card can sometimes include other benefits like an extended warranty or travel insurance. I recently used it on a larger eBay purchase (refurbished Dyson vacuum direct from Dyson) and earned the cash back with no issues.

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  1. Robert Barker says

    So does this kind of works like PayPal where if I walk into a restaurant and I’m able to use the app to pay and the total is say $12 I immediately pull up the app and generate a gift card for $12 and it will instantly pull it from my credit card where is the cash back going to show up? Will it be in instant.

    • Your credit card will earn the usual amount (say 2% cash back) when paying Slide, and then Slide will earn you another 4% in the app balance. You can use your Slide app balance towards your next gift card purchase or wait until it reaches $15 and cash out via PayPal/Venmo with no fees.

    • Yes, the gift cards show up instantly and in your exact dollar amounts (i.e. $54.22).

  2. joshua Katt says

    So using a 2% cash back card can sweeten this by another 2%?

    BTW anyone with Chase cards should visit and type in every card and see what surfaces. I just got a 5% back on $2000 spend using the Amazon Prime card (that everyone should have), an easy 100$ bonus:

    Internet, Cable, and Phone Services category merchants provide internet, cable, satellite television, radio, cellular, wireless data, and landline service Utility category merchants provide electric, household fuel, water, and sanitation. Insurance category merchants provide health, automobile, homeowners, medical, and life insurance

    Earn a total of 5% back on up to $2,000 in combined purchases when you pay select bills like Phone Service, Internet, Cable, Utilities, Insurance with your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card between November 1, and December 31, 2020.*

  3. Cooper's Dad says

    Slide also stacks with credit card retailer bonuses! For example, the Amex Blue Cash card that pays a 6% reward on grocery purchases will earn up to 11% total (6% Amex + 4% or 5% Slide) at Kroger. A further side benefit is that the gift card purchase appears on my credit card statement in the retailer’s name, not Slide’s. Simplifies things for budgeting and record-keeping purposes.

    • Wow, so you use the the Amex Blue Cash Preferred to buy Kroger gift cards on Slide and it earns 6% cash back?

      • Cooper's Dad says

        That was a poor hypothetical from me, because Slide has no true grocery partners currently, including Kroger. I apologize for raising expectations too high. Slide transactions do appear on my Citicards credit card statements with a merchant category assigned (eg, Slide|Lowe’s and Slide| both are “Merchandise”). As always, YMMV.

      • I can tell you it does not seem to work with the Amex Blue Cash Preferred, it shows up as RAISE MARKETPLACE LLC. I did sign up through your link, since this is great for eBay to get an additional 4% off with using Fidelity’s 2% back card as I’m not sure there is a card beside’s eBay’s that gives more than 2% back (and their rewards are in bucks)

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