Last year, I wrote about an insane offer that Google had made to celebrate their Google Fi going out of “project” mode and mainstream to most devices. In fact, it was so good that Google underestimated the popularity of it and changed the details.
How to Track Your Google Fi + Travel Gift Card Promotion
What Is the Google Fi Travel Gift Card Promotion?
It was basically like this – new customers (transferring their numbers over) or existing customers could buy a Google Fi device through the Google store and receive the full amount of the device in travel gift cards (like Delta, Southwest, etc.). That was great!
Unfortunately, some customers had a hard time getting a hold of Google CS agents to confirm certain things or to check up on eligibility. The good news is that Google has a nice little link for Google Fi customers that will let you track your Google Fi travel gift card promotion eligibility.
How to Track Your Google Fi Travel Gift Card Eligibility
To get started, follow this link to your Google Fi account (you will need to sign in to your Google account that the phone is tied to). If it doesn’t take you right to the page, check out on the left side of the screen for the “Special promotions” link. This little link will show you the steps taken so far and what you need to wait for next to receive the travel gift cards.
One Way the Promotion Page Differs from the Terms
There is one part on this update screen that is different from the actual terms (found here). That is the last little part – “phone active on Google Fi for 120 days in a row.” Here is what the terms actually have to say about this:
“To qualify for this promotion, a device must be activated within 15 days of device shipment and remain active for 60 consecutive days within 75 days of device shipment.”
So, you only need to have the device remain active for 60 consecutive days to qualify. But, here is the part about the 120 days:
“If Fi service is paused for more than 7 days or cancelled within 120 days of activation, the value of the gift card will be charged to your Google Payments account to match the purchased price of the device.”
This part is not aligning with the special promotions tracking. The terms clearly state that you just cannot cancel service within 120 days of activation. The terms also say that you only need to keep consecutive service for 60 days.
I assume the promotions page is just using the incorrect word and that it was supposed to be “Account” active instead of “Phone” active. It may also be referring to the fact that you need to actually have a phone on the account to keep it from cancelling, which would fall under the terms.
What Should You Do with That?
Keep all of that in mind! I know many people bought the phones to flip to get the travel cards at a discount but you may want to not be so fast on that flip. Or, you may want to get a different Google Fi phone (or talk with Google to switch to one) before you sell your Google phone you bought with this deal.
Worst case, just keep it on the account for 120 days. This way you are assured that there will not be an issue with the terms or the promotional page and you can still sell after that point.
Have Fun with Your Google Fi Travel Gift Cards!
For those who purchase the phone and activated it December 1-5, your 60 days of activation are now up and you should receive your link to your travel gift cards! For everyone else, use that link above to keep track of your promotion.
If you have been using the Google phone all this time, you know that the Google Pixel is a pretty amazing device. If you are not trapped in the iMessage/FaceTime world of Apple iOS (like I am), you may be better off staying with the Pixel anyway! You are getting gift cards to cover the cost!