American Express loves to give us money

Several readers alerted me to this one.  If you have one of the American Express Prepaid cards that I wrote about in the post “One card to rule them all” you should see this notice when you log into your prepaid account:

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If you owned your prepaid card by May 31, 2012, you will be eligible to receive a free $25 gift card once you load $200 or more onto the card between June 1 and June 30.  Here are the terms & conditions:

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Even if you have been unable to find reload cards for sale at Office Depot, it may be worth loading $200 to the card from your bank account.  It’s like getting 12.5% interest on your deposit.  Not bad!

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ray
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i went to the office depot located in NYC and they have said that they stopped selling the cards.(maybe due to uses like this) Is this allowed if office depot still carries them at their other stores?

FrequentMiler
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ray: That’s too bad about NYC! Yes, if you find a reload card somewhere else, you can use it no problem.

dealswelike
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The one in NYC has had issues with fraud, so stopped selling them 🙁

FrequentMiler
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dealswelike: Can’t you just open your own Office Depot store in NYC? Just another little side job? I know a lot of people that would shop there 🙂

HikerT
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Does the officemax reload work with all amex prepaid cards (non gift cards)? Or just the version of amex prepaid cards obtained at officemax?

FrequentMiler
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HikerT: Good question. I expect it would work with all reloadable prepaid Amex cards, but I don’t know that for sure. Anyone? Anyone?

Askia
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Do you need to register or does it happen automatically?

FrequentMiler
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Askia: It appears to be automatic

av
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@ HikerT
The Reload is a Vanilla Network reload so it should work w/all cards that work w/the Vanilla Reload Network. Not sure but there’s only 2 prepaid Amex (the regular one and the one for kids w/colors & pics) but they both should work w/the Vanilla Network.

Angelina
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Anyone have any experience buying them in NJ? Do any grocery stores sell them or just Office Depot?

Brian
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I just threw out three cards 🙁

DavidAL
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FWIW, I got my merchant statement today, and it appears that someone in May used a prepaid reloadable card at my business (and it wasn’t me, I don’t cross pollinate), and the fee is only 1.65% for me. There’s another line for Prepaid, and that rate is 1.64%. I do have some negotiated rates, but it is a lower rate than a typical Am Ex, so it should be a business friendly card.

greek2me
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Did I miss it- is OfficeMax now selling Vanilla Reloads? When did they start?
http://www.vanillareload.com doesn’t show them as a seller.

FrequentMiler
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greek2me: No, I think that was a slip of the tongue/keyboard by HikerT. Just wishful thinking 🙂

DrSifu: Thanks, you’re right! I just put out another post about that.

Eric: You’ll see the offer talked about here after logging in.

DrSifu
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the offer is good for EXISTING card holders as well as NEW card holders. if you go to order a new card, you’ll see terms similar to the one above, mainly load $200 or more and get $25.

Eric
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I don’t get the same T&C. For me, its on new prepaid card purchases and loading min $200. Is this targeted?

Curtis
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Just got my permanent pre-paid card in the mail and loaded it up with $1500 today. Noticed this deal when I logged in to register the permanent card. Amex certainly does love giving away free money, $25 at a time!

FrequentMiler
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Curtis: That’s great!

THEsocalledfan: Good luck!

Sergey: I haven’t found any place that will let you use a credit card to buy MoneyPacks. Let me know if you find a place.

THEsocalledfan
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Good, friggin grief, Miler, it is there when I log in. I am heading to Fargo again next week; hope they still have them!

Sergey
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Does anybody have an experience with MoneyPack reload? I see that AMEX prepaid card can be reloaded using MoneyPack, which can be found in 7-11, Walgreens. I was wondering if 7-11 allows to purchase MoneyPack using a credit card. Next Q3 for Chase Freedom, 5% bonus is gas station, so if 7-11 allows buying MoneyPack using CC, it is a good deal.

Sergey
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I got a permanent AMEX prepaid card in late May, uploaded it for $2500 using Vanilla Reload packs. Am I correct, that I have to reload my card (for example, using $500 Reload pack) in June and I automatically get $25 prepaid card?

FrequentMiler
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Sergey: Yes, that’s correct as I understand it.

NerdTraveler: I believe it will qualify

Quickroute: Yep, definitely dig them out!

NerdTraveler
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I loaded a $500 vanilla reload card last night but did not notice the free $25 gift card offer. Do you think an external load from the vanilla website will qualify for the gift card or do I have to perform the load transaction on the Amex site?

Quickroute
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I signed up for 4 of the pre-paid cards a while back (2 for me +2 for wifey) so must dig them out and collect – love Amex and there never ending offers – thanks for the heads up!

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Grant Thomas
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Is this offer good only once or every time you load at least $200?

My card is at $2,039.23 and when I try to load a $460 card through Vanilla Reload I get an error message. I know $2,500 is the limit for the card, so maybe it is trying to load the $640 + $25 and rejecting it because my card will have too much loaded. Anyone else have problems like this?

FrequentMiler
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Grant Thomas: I believe it is only once per prepaid card. Also note that the $25 doesn’t go onto your prepaid card — you get it as a separate gift card. The problem you are probably having is that there is a $2500 card limit for the month (rolling 28 days I think one reader said). So, if you’ve loaded $2500 in the past 28 days (even though you don’t have that much now), it won’t let you load more just yet.

Mow
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There’s also a limit of $1000 per day. Actually 24 hour period.

I’ve verified this.

Grant Thomas
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Very interesting point, I will check my weed loaded history.

Grant Thomas
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*reload history. Silly Siri

Curtis
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@Grant, sounds like Siri thought you were talking about some different card from the very “green” part of California, ha!

BigRedBears
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Can you buy Vanilla Reload packs in NJ Office Depot?

FrequentMiler
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BigRedBears: No, not in NJ

jo
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Are there NO nyc Office Depot locations that sell the Vanilla Reloads? I keep seeing ‘the’ nyc store, but aren’t there more than 1?

FrequentMiler
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jo: That’s what I’ve been told (none in NYC)