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Amex freezes Bluebird and Serve cardholders off-schedule

Bluebird and Serve accounts frozen

UPDATE: This round may be limited to people who somehow opened a new card on March 4th after having their old card frozen.  See post comments for details. Amex has again sent out emails to Bluebird and Serve cardholders to let them know that their accounts are essentially frozen.  The emails read, in part: …we have observed unusual usage patterns on your Bluebird [or Serve] Account. Because of this, effective immediately, you will no longer…

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Amex lowers the boom on Bluebird and Serve again

Bluebird and Serve accounts frozen

Exactly 9 weeks ago, Amex lowered the boom on many Bluebird and Serve cardholders. While they didn’t outright shut down accounts, they did bar them from loading new funds.  Most people with frozen accounts had been using the cards to indirectly increase credit card spend.  The basic process involved buying Visa or MasterCard gift cards with credit cards and then using those gift cards as debit cards in-store to reload Bluebird or Serve.  Then, the…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: A Map of Walmart MoneyCenter Kiosk Locations

walmart moneycenter kiosk

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   I’m filing today’s post under the category “better late than never.” Or maybe that should be “better late than never?” I’ve been meaning to write up this tip for a couple of months, but other topics kept capturing my attention and I saved this one for later. Unfortunately, as we all know, in the meantime a whole ton of Bluebird and Serve accounts were restricted and can no longer be loaded.…

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Your Serve or Bluebird is still alive. Now what?

5 Year Retrospective

Late last week, Amex delivered bad news to huge numbers of Bluebird and Serve account holders.  They shut down accounts due to “unusual usage patterns.”  I reported the news here:  Amex kills Bluebird and Serve for manufactured spend. In the post “Bluebird Serve Birdpocalypse: How to liquidate remaining gift cards,” I answered a question asked by many: What do I do with all of those gift cards I bought with the intention of loading to…

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Bluebird Serve Birdpocalypse: How to liquidate remaining gift cards

Liquidate Visa and MasterCard gift cards

This morning Amex delivered bad news to huge numbers of Bluebird and Serve account holders.  They shut down accounts due to “unusual usage patterns on your American Express Serve Account.”  I reported the news here:  Amex kills Bluebird and Serve for manufactured spend. Since Bluebird and Serve used to provide a great way to liquidate gift cards, many people are asking “what now?”  In a sense, I answered that already in my post “Manufacturing Spend…

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Amex kills Bluebird and Serve for many

Bluebird and Serve accounts frozen

Amex seems to have swept through all Serve and Bluebird accounts to identify any that were being used to manufacture spend.  Identified account holders received emails today as follows: Dear [your name here], We are writing to let you know that we have observed unusual usage patterns on your American Express Serve Account. Because of this, effective immediately, you will no longer be able to add money to your Account.1 We have made this change…

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I’m calling it. REDbird is dead bird.

REDbird is dead bird

Sometime on the morning of October 12th 2015, REDbird in-store debit loads stopped working.  Cash loads continued to work, but debit loads did not.  And, it wasn’t just gift cards that failed — regular bank debit card loads failed as well even though cash loads continued to work.  We reported this issue on Monday: REDbird Debit Loads are not Working: Here Is What We Know & What We Don’t. Others have written in detail about…

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Managing multiples: Bluebird, REDbird, Serve

Manage multiple blluebird, REDbird, Serve

Note: As of 10/13/15 the Target REDcard (REDbird) can only be loaded with cash in-store at Target. Gift cards and/or debit cards no longer work to load REDcard. For more info, see: Here is the REDbird memo, “Cash is the only tender guests can use” Note: On January 8, 2016 American Express sent out a notice to a large number of Bluebird & Serve cardholders informing them that loading capabilities on their accounts had been terminated.…

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Kate vs. K8. Loading Bluebird/Serve vs. REDbird.

Kate vs. K8

Note: As of 10/13/15 the Target REDcard (REDbird) can only be loaded with cash in-store at Target. Gift cards and/or debit cards no longer work to load REDcard. For more info, see: Here is the REDbird memo, “Cash is the only tender guests can use” Note: On January 8, 2016 American Express sent out a notice to a large number of Bluebird & Serve cardholders informing them that loading capabilities on their accounts had been terminated.…

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