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Prepaid/ Reloads

Has CVS Stopped The Purchase of Vanilla Reloads With Credit Cards?

April 2, 2014

Over the weekend speculation was rampant as to whether CVS would stop allowing the purchase of Vanilla Reloads with credit cards thanks to a memo someone spotted in their local store to that effect. While on Sunday and Monday it seemed like business as usual at most CVS stores, @MattEatsWings tweeted me yesterday with the […]

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Updated Strategies For Earning Points and Miles With Prepaid and Reloadable Cards

March 10, 2014

A lot has changed in the world of checking/debit alternatives like Bluebird, as well as prepaid/reloadable cards in the past year, so I asked TPG Contributor Jason Steele to write up some updated strategies on turning these products into points-earning powerhouses. Among travel rewards enthusiasts, prepaid cards and checking/debit alternatives have long been used to […]

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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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No More Bluebird Debit Card Online Load Fees

October 4, 2013

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 credit check when you apply for it, and from your Bluebird account you can do everything from paying bills and sending money to […]

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Maximizing RushCard and RushCard Live Prepaid Debit Cards

July 31, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele takes us on a tour of the benefits and limitations of two more prepaid debit card products today – the RushCard and RushCard Live – and how you can use them to maximize your points earning using them in combination with Green Dot MoneyPaks. Green Dot MoneyPaks appear to be the […]

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Maximize Monday: Buying Vanilla Reloads at 7-11 and CVS To Generate Points and Credit Card Spend

July 15, 2013

Using Vanilla Reloads in combination with reloadable cards such as the Amex Bluebird is one of the most lucrative way to rack up points and miles using points-earning credit cards without having to actually spend that much money because you can buy the cards, load them and then essentially turn them into a cash equivalent. […]

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An Update on Maximizing Visa Prepaid Gift Cards From Office Depot and Vanilla Reloads From CVS

July 11, 2013

Like many in the points blogosphere, TPG contributor Jason Steele has been following the reappearance of Visa and Amex gift cards at select Office Depot locations with great interest since it’s been reported that the chain is once again allowing customers to purchase them using credit cards, and therefore rake in thousands of extra points […]

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What To Do If AccountNow Closes Your Account – And An Alternative From H&R Block

June 21, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele takes us through the pitfalls and perils of what happens when your prepaid card account is shut down and what you can do to get back in the points game. Last month, I took you through the process of purchasing Green Dot Money Paks to meet credit card minimum spending requirements […]

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Strategies For Maximizing Green Dot MoneyPaks

May 16, 2013

All this week, TPG contributor Jason Steele will be covering Green Dot MoneyPaks and how you can maximize the points and miles you earn using them. In Part 1 of his series he introduced us to Green Dot and covered the basics of prepaid reloadable cards. In the second post, he compared Green Dot to […]

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The Best Green Dot Compatible Reloadable Prepaid Cards

May 15, 2013

All this week, TPG contributor Jason Steele will be covering Green Dot MoneyPaks and how you can maximize the points and miles you earn using them. In Part 1 of his series he introduced us to Green Dot and covered the basics of prepaid reloadable cards. In the second post, he compared Green Dot to […]

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Green Dot MoneyPaks vs. Vanilla Reloads

May 14, 2013

In Part 1 of his series on Green Dot MoneyPaks, TPG contributor Jason Steele introduced us to Green Dot and covered the basics of prepaid reloadable cards. In today’s post, he compares Green Dot to the other popular product in this class, Vanilla Reloads. Why Green Dot MoneyPak over Vanilla Reloads? Vanilla Reloads were an […]

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Maximize Monday: Introduction to Green Dot MoneyPaks and Reloadable Prepaid Cards

May 13, 2013

For those of you who got in on the one-day Amex Business Gold Rewards 75K sign-up bonus offer and are now wondering how to meet the $5,000 minimum spend requirement in 3 months – and for the rest of us hoping to continue cashing in on prepaid and reloadable cards in order to keep racking […]

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Office Depot Pulling $500 Amex Prepaid Cards? Report Your Experiences

February 3, 2013

Several TPG readers reported today that Office Depot will be pulling $500 American Express gift cards, which could be the end of a major points-earning portal for many. For those who are unaware, the leverage here is that the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards both offer 5 points per dollar spent on “office supplies.” […]

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Maximizing Prepaid / Reloadable and Reload Cards For Points And Miles – Choosing Which Credit Card To Use

December 20, 2012

All this week TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of Maximizing Prepaid and Reload Cards for Points and Miles with a series on the topic including Maximizing Reload Cards for Points and Miles: Vanilla vs. Green Dot vs. PayPal vs. REloadit and Maximizing Prepaid and Reloadable Cards for Points and Miles: Reloadable […]

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Maximizing Prepaid and Reloadable Cards for Points and Miles: Reloadable Strengths and Weaknesses

December 19, 2012

Update: Office Depot no longer sells Vanilla Reload or American Express Prepaid cards. This week TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of Maximizing Prepaid and Reload Cards for Points and Miles with a series including Maximizing Reload Cards for Points and Miles: Vanilla vs. Green Dot vs. PayPal vs. REloadit and Maximizing Prepaid / Reloadable and Reload Cards For […]

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

December 18, 2012

Update: Office Depot no longer sells Vanilla Reload or American Express Prepaid cards. 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 Strengths and Weaknesses, and Maximizing Prepaid / Reloadable and Reload Cards […]

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

December 17, 2012

Update: Office Depot no longer sells Vanilla Reload or American Express Prepaid cards. 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 a series that I’ll be running this week. I hope […]

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Top 10 Ways to Maximize Miles and Points With Pre-Paid, Reloadable and Gift Cards

November 27, 2012

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 to pay big bills like mortgages, rent and car payments you’ll usually get hit with nasty processing fees, usually around 3%, which can […]

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

November 26, 2012

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 still can’t reap miles and points with the purchase of other pre-paid and reload able cards that allow other means of paying bills […]

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