Vanilla Cards and Bluebird At WalMart – Lessons Learned

Over the last month, manufactured spending participants realized that they could no longer load their Bluebird cards at WalMart stores using Vanilla brand gift cards and debit cards. At first there was a clever workaround, but now the method appears to be truly dead for the foreseeable future. One reader wrote in to say that he…

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

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…

Will I Still Get Points For Auto Bill Pay?

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?”…

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

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….

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

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…

Green Dot MoneyPaks vs. Vanilla Reloads

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…

Credit Card Application Reconsideration Line Phone Numbers & Application Status Links

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. This is the fourth post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to…