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Vanilla devalues, large denomination MasterCards, and Amex Gift Cards still a deal

Less useful Vanilla Update: Many people have reported that Vanilla Visa gift cards do still work at Walmart when loading in denominations of $49.99 or less. In the last day or two, reports have poured in from readers telling me that Vanilla Visa gift cards no longer work as debit cards at Walmart registers.  Even people experienced with the “change payment fast” technique have been unable to load Bluebird cards or perform any other transactions at…

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$500 Vanilla window slams shut at Office Depot

On Monday I wrote about my quest to find $500 Vanilla gift cards and/or reload cards at Office Depot (see “Many flavors of Vanilla return to Office Depot. Does it matter? (update 2)“).  That morning, I visited four Office Depot stores.  Three out of four had the cards I was looking for in-stock.  And, while I wasn’t able to buy reload cards or MyVanilla debit cards at any of them, I successfully bought $500 Vanilla…

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Will $500 Visa cards appear on Monday at Office Depot?

Last night I passed along a report from the blog Travel with Grant saying that $500 gift cards are back at Office Depot.  He found $500 Visa gift cards at a local Office Depot and was able to buy one with a credit card.  Since then, blogger Travel-Summary found the same thing, but readers have had mixed success.  Most people have found empty gift card racks.  Some people who found cards were supposedly told “cash…

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$500 Visa gift cards return to Office Depot!

UPDATE: This was great while it lasted, but the opportunity closed quickly.  Please see: $500 Vanilla window slams shut at Office Depot. In February I reported that Office Depot had stopped carrying $500 Visa or Amex gift cards (see “Office Depot discontinues $500 Visa/Amex cards“).  But tonight, Travel with Grant reports that “$500 Visa Gift Cards are Back at Office Depot!“ Grant reports finding $500 Vanilla gift cards in Tustin, CA.  And, he was able…

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American Express Campus Edition

Is this a worthy alternative to Vanilla Reload cards?  For many months, the following proposed experiment has been listed in the Frequent Miler Laboratory: Amex Prepaid College Edition: Try to reload at campus Barnes & Noble using credit card or B&N gift card. The American Express Campus Edition Prepaid Card is very similar to the American Express Prepaid card that I’ve written about many times (for example, see “One card to rule them all”).  However,…

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MyVanilla finally appears

A reader emailed me last night to let me know that the MyVanilla reloadable prepaid Visa card is now available for order online.  For months the OneVanilla website showed the MyVanilla card as “coming soon”, but now it shows the option to “upgrade to MyVanilla:” What makes this card interesting is that it can be loaded using the same Vanilla Reload cards that I originally wrote about in the post “One card to rule them…

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How to earn 5 points per dollar paying taxes

Thanks to Chase’s line of Ink charge and credit cards, it is fairly easy to earn 5X on virtually all credit card purchases.  If you’re not already familiar with these techniques, please read “One card to rule them all” and “Almost too good to be true” for background.  People frequently ask me, though, how they can earn 5X for common big expenses that aren’t usually paid by credit card: mortgages, student loans, taxes, etc.  Today…

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How to pay Federal taxes with a Vanilla Visa

There are many good reasons to buy $500 Vanilla Visa cards.  Here are a few: To earn 5X Ultimate Rewards Points with a Chase Ink card (see “Almost too good to be true”) at Office Depot. To earn 6X Hilton points with the Hilton Honors Surpass Amex cards at a US Supermarket or US gas station. To earn 6% cash back with the Blue Cash Preferred Amex at a grocery store. Once you have the Vanilla…

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The many flavors of Vanilla

I write a lot about Vanilla.  In the post “Almost too good to be true” I wrote about the Vanilla Prepaid Visa card.  The trick was to use a Chase Ink credit card to buy this Vanilla card at Office Depot in order to earn 5 points per dollar.  Then, in the post “One card to rule them all” I wrote about the Vanilla Prepaid Reload card.  There, the trick was to similar: buy the…

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