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The Top Reasons To Get Bluebird from American Express

February 6, 2014

The Bluebird from American Express is a checking account/debit card alternative with a lot of great features that can save you money and earn points in the process, and for all you new readers out there, I thought it was about time for a quick refresher post on Bluebird and all the ways it can […]

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Can Married Couples Have Separate American Express Bluebird Accounts?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Eric asked me a question about Amex Bluebird via Facebook: “Can my wife and I have separate Bluebird accounts and purchase separate Vanilla Reloads?” I’ve written a lot about the Amex Bluebird, which is a checking/debit account alternative that you can fund with Vanilla Reloads – prepaid cards that you can purchase at […]

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Will Credit Card Companies Flag $60k A Year In Purchases When My Annual Income Is $95k?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Andrew emailed asking about the Amex Bluebird: “I signed up for a Bluebird account last year in Q4 and have been maxing out the $5k spend per month on Vanilla Reloads at CVS.  Here are my two questions: 1) My yearly Vanilla Reload spend on the one credit card (the one that provides […]

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Will I Still Get Points For Auto Bill Pay?

October 13, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. TPG Twitter follower Michael tweeted me @thepointsguy this week asking: “Will I still get points if I set up automatic payments for bills (utilities, cell, rent, car, etc) using my rewards card?” […]

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No More Bluebird Debit Card Online Load Fees

October 4, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. The Bluebird from American Express is a checking account/debit card alternative with a lot of great features that can save you money and earn points in the process. You don’t undergo a […]

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Maximizing Fee-Free Chase Gift Cards With Bluebird

September 9, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Chase announced to its cardholders on their most recent credit card statements that they would stop selling Visa debit gift cards as of September 22, 2013, and because branches are not selling […]

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What is the Maximum Amount I Can Write a Bluebird Check For to Cover a Car Purchase?

September 1, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. TPG reader Thomas has a question about the Bluebird account from American Express: “I am planning to buy a new car in 6 months or so. Is it possible to write a […]

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Saturday Recap: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes, Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii on American, Amtrak Double Days Fall Promotion, Win A Trip To London With Virgin Atlantic

August 31, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes: Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles from Alaska Airlines when you fly 3 roundstrips (six flights in total) on any of the routes below, or fly 2 round trips (four flights in total) […]

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Free Amex Bluebird Checks Extended Through January 1, 2014

August 27, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Since its introduction last year, Bluebird by American Express – a debit card-checking account alternative – has been one of the most powerful tools in every points collector’s aresenal thanks to the […]

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Updated Options for Earning Airline Miles from Debit Cards

August 14, 2013

While points-earning debit cards are few and far between – and getting rarer by the day! – there are still some out there that offer a good alternative to getting a credit card if you want to maximize your miles. I can’t value travel credit cards and the points they can earn you enough, but […]

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Amex Bluebird Lowers Checking Deposit Limit…And Life Goes On

May 29, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Like many of you, I was one of the Amex Bluebird customers that received an email yesterday, which stated: “We are writing to inform you that we are making a change to […]

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Last Day to Order Free Amex Bluebird Checks (Update: Extended Until 8/13)

May 21, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Since its introduction last year, the Amex Bluebird card – a reloadable card that is hybrid credit card-debit card-checking account – has been one of the most powerful tools in every points […]

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Video SRQ: Does Amex Count Buying Vanilla Reloads as an Eligible Purchase Towards a Spend Bonus

May 19, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Our first question this week is from TPG reader Tony who is looking to meet spend bonuses by purchasing prepaid cards: “Some credit cards, such as the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card […]

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Fees Waived For Limited Time on Chase Prepaid Visa Debit Cards – Good Way To Pay Taxes

April 10, 2013

Note: I am not a tax advisor, so before you make any decisions, you need to consult your personal tax professional. Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Chase is now offering Visa gift cards of denominations up to […]

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Santa Came… And Allowed Me to Buy Vanilla Reloads at Walgreens!

December 26, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday (whether you celebrate it or not). Whether you were doing last-minute mileage runs to attain elite status or just relaxing at home, this time […]

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Maximizing Reload Cards for Points and Miles: Vanilla vs. Green Dot vs. PayPal vs. Reloadit

December 18, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Yesterday TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of Maximizing Prepaid and Reload Cards for Points and Miles with a series including Maximizing Prepaid and Reloadable Cards for Points and Miles: Reloadable […]

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Maximizing Prepaid and Reload Cards For Miles and Points – The Basics

December 17, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. I’ve asked TPG contributor Jason Steele to take closer look at the various prepaid and reloadable card options out there that have allowed him to personally accrue thousands of points cheaply in […]

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Top 7 Ways to Maximize Miles and Points With Pre-Paid, Reloadable and Gift Cards

November 27, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. It’s a well-known fact that getting credit cards for lucrative sign-up bonuses and then putting everyday purchases on your card will earn you points. However, when you try to use your card […]

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There Are More Flavors Than Vanilla: Maximizing Miles and Points With Green Dot & Paypal

November 26, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Vanilla Reload cards can be difficult to find these days- and even when you do, some stores may mandate that you can only pay in cash. However, that doesn’t mean that you […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Buying Vanilla Reloads at Walgreens- Worth It?

November 18, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. TPG reader Ingrid asks: ” I found Vanilla Reloads at Walgreen’s and they let me use a credit card. I used my United card. Is that worth it? It’s my main card […]

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Vanilla Reloads Now Available at CVS

November 14, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. While Office Depot is no longer stocking Vanilla reload cards (which work amazingly with Amex’s new Bluebird product) or American Express Prepaid cards, there are a bunch of new locations that sell them. I’ve […]

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Earning 5x Points on Everyday Spend With Visa and Amex Prepaid Cards

November 8, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. There’s currently a shortage of Vanilla reloadable cards on the market- many TPG readers are reporting their Office Depots are either sold out or no longer offering the card.  This is causing […]

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Can You Take Advantage of Bluebird and Vanilla Without an Ink Card?

November 7, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. The resounding answer is YES. I’ve been getting an incredible amount of email questions about the Bluebird/Vanilla deal and whether it’s mandatory to have an Ink card, so let me explain why […]

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My Permanent Bluebird Card Is Active… and the Points Are Flying!

November 5, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. As I mentioned in my original post about the huge potential of the American Express Bluebird card, you need to wait until you get a permanent card in the mail before you can […]

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