REDbird questions answered


Note: As of October 13, 2015, 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”

As of May 6, 2015, Target no longer accepts credit cards for in-store REDbird reloads. For more information, please see “REDbird Post Memo Answers“, and “REDbird grounded. Now what?

I did it. I finally got around to writing the complete guide to REDbird.  More specifically, it’s called “The complete guide to REDbird: The Target Prepaid REDcard.”  What is REDbird and why should I care, you ask?  Please see: REDcard changes everything.


Rather than write lots of words about REDbird (as I’ve done before), I tried to keep the “complete guide” brief while still answering every question anyone has ever had, or will ever have, about REDbird (more or less).

Here are a few never before published (except within the complete guide) examples:

What will happen to my American Express for Target card if I get REDbird?

It will have a new friend in your wallet.

Can I sign up my kid for his/her own REDbird account?

Are they 18 or older?  If not, you can only setup a subaccount for them.

Can I register online with a fake SSN?

No (I tried it)

After registering online, how long does it take to get the permanent card?

About a week

Does Target have an automated kiosk that can be used for reloading?


Which credit cards treat the load as a cash advance?


Can I pay for the reload with an Amex gift card?


Can I reload one REDbird with another and get 5% off?


Can I move money from REDbird to my bank?

Yes.  Link a bank account and go for it.

Can I use REDbird as a debit card to buy money orders, pay taxes, etc?


There must be fees. What are they?

The only fee is when buying a temporary card — some stores charge $5.  There are literally no other fees. None. Nada. Zero. $0.

And much more…

Do you have more questions about REDbird?  Please read The complete guide to REDbird: The Target Prepaid REDcard.  You can always find the guide on my site under the “gift cards” menu, like this:


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