I've posted about Tim Horton's before. A 3 hour drive. AARP and Hello World have both been around a long time and they should have made deals with large companies that are geographically diverse and able to offer us more useful gift cards.
I have a bank that offers gift cards for new accounts, one option was a BBQ place. The BBQ restaurant owner told me that the bank pays the full $25 for their gift cards.
After having served on employee-benefit committees, I know that it takes time and effort to build relationships with businesses to be able to offer things to the users. Since we dealt only locally, mine was a very small scale in comparison to the AARP Rewards. Even so, I did learn that discounted purchases and partnerships take time to develop. Nor do I know anything about partnerships that were dissolved when AARP switched programs.
The baby is still in diapers. Let's see what happens with the potty training. (Are we there, yet?)
P.S. Tim Horton's card is just one more that I don't need to worry about since the nearest location is over 1,000 miles away.