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Vanilla Reload cards gone by April 1. Here’s the good part…

Vanilla Reload Cards

The buzz today regarding the death of Vanilla Reload cards was triggered by emails from American Express to Serve and Bluebird cardholders.  Customers received emails like this one (bolding is mine): We are writing to inform you of some changes to the terms and conditions of your Bluebird® Account. Please review the change below: InComm Vanilla Reload PIN Package is one of the many ways to add money to your Bluebird account. Starting April 1,…

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Surviving the last day CVS scramble

This is it.  Today is the day… Today (April 3rd) is the last day to buy reload cards at CVS (with a credit card) Incase you’ve been hiding in a cave, I should mention that the rumor of CVS going cash only for reload cards is true.  The only slightly false part of the rumor was the date.  Yes, some CVS stores went cash only on 3/31, but most of the country is going cash…

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Tax refund reloadables

Here’s an interesting development.  Two leading tax preparation firms, H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt, are each offering prepaid reloadable cards as an option for receiving tax refunds.  What’s really interesting about this is that both cards can be reloaded with Vanilla Reload cards.  And, unlike most other Vanilla Reloadable prepaid cards, these have no transaction fees and no monthly fees (with the Jackson Hewitt card, you do need to load at least $1K per month…

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Vanilla changes

In the past month or so, Vanilla Reload cards have become more and more difficult to find.  Many stores that used to have a ready supply have sold out and have not restocked.  What’s going on?  I don’t have the answers, but there are a number of clues… Vanilla Reload website changes and a new card As Giddy for Points reported here, the website for reloading Vanilla Reload cards has undergone a dramatic facelift.  And,…

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Bye bye Mio

A few days ago, I received a letter from InComm Inc.  The letter was sent to inform me that my Mio card was going away.  They were somewhat coy about it.  The first part of the letter was about how the cardholder agreement will be changing as of October 15, 2013.  Some fees will be changing.  Some limits will be changing.  Yada yada yada…  Then, they subtly slipped in an “oh by the way..”: …we’re…

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Buying miles and points from the IRS with reloadable prepaid cards

This is the sixth and final post in a series dedicated to analyzing options for earning points and other rewards when paying federal taxes.  If you haven’t already, please review the earlier posts: Buying miles and points from the IRS: debit cards Buying miles and points and cash from the IRS with credit cards Buying perks and points from the IRS with credit cards Buying miles and points from the IRS with Amex gift cards…

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Vanilla Reloadables

This is an update to a post of the same name published a year ago.  A lot has changed since then so I thought it would be good to create a new post rather than edit the old one. Vanilla Reload cards can be a terrific tool for increasing your credit card rewards: 1) purchase a Vanilla Reload card with a rewards credit card (to earn rewards); then 2) Load the value of the card…

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Reader reload research

Below is the latest gift card and reload news, with thanks to many readers… Fee free gift cards… Nope On Friday, I published a QuickDeal titled: “Fee free $200 Visa gift card at office supply store (unconfirmed).”  I reported that one reader recently was not charged the usual $6.95 fee when buying a $200 Visa gift card at Office Depot.  I asked “Anyone else experience this?”  Quite a few readers rushed out to give it…

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Vanilla Hunt Part 2. Success!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the post “Vanilla hunt” in which I described my attempt to buy Vanilla Reload cards at a TA gas station.  The attempt failed.  I was told “Cash only”.  I continued my search, though, because there are great benefits to buying gift cards and reload cards at gas stations.  In my prior post I wrote: Quite a few credit cards standardly offer extra cash back or bonus points at…

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Vanilla hunt

Last week I was excited to see that Point Princess had found Vanilla Reload cards at a TA gas station.  I immediately checked online here and found a TA station close to my home.  Then I waited impatiently to return from my latest vacation so I could check it out. Monday morning I zoomed to the TA station and hunted for the gift card rack.  I searched every nook and cranny of the store, but…

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