Using Venmo Payments to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at several mobile and online payments options, and explains why you should be careful when using them to meet credit card spending thresholds. We recently received this question from TPG reader Trevor regarding the payment service Venmo: “I was wondering could write about how to maximize payment…

Reminder: Shop Today for Amex Small Business Saturday

Don’t forget, today is American Express’s annual Small Business Saturday, where Amex cardholders can receive statement credits on purchases made with their American Express cards at local businesses.  The purpose of Small Business Saturday is to draw attention to the many brick and mortar businesses that frequently get overlooked by giving Amex cardholders a statement credit…

Can Married Couples Have Separate American Express Bluebird Accounts?

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…

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?”…

No More Bluebird Debit Card Online Load Fees

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…