Using PayPal “My Cash” Reloads to Earn Miles & Points, Fund Bluebird, Pay Taxes & More!

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Warning:  You should NOT experiment with the PayPal business debit card and reload card if you can’t afford to be without the money loaded in your PayPal account.  Many people complain that PayPal arbitrarily closes accounts and that it can takes months to get your money back.

Pay Pal Debit Card

PayPal Business Debit Card & Reloads

My account is still open and PayPal pledges to change the way it closes accounts, but do NOT experiment with this if you can’t be without the money loaded in your account.  Seriously.

Ever since I wrote that you could buy Vanilla Reloads at CVS, readers have been commenting and emailing to ask about the PayPal reload cards.  Giddy for Points shared her thoughts earlier and here’s what I’ve found out.

Pay Pal MY Cash Reload Cards

If you’ve been to CVS looking for Vanilla Reloads you may have noticed the Pay Pal Reloads which look like this.

Pay Pal Debit Card

PayPal Reloads at CVS

The good news is that the PayPal My Cash reload cards can be bought with a credit card at CVS.  Just like a Vanilla Reload card, you can load up to $500 on the Pay Pal reload card for a $3.95 fee.

You will earn miles and points when you buy the PayPal My Cash reloads at CVS with a credit card and the spending will count towards the minimum spending requirements on your credit card.

Paying a $3.95 fee (the PayPal Reload fee) to be able to earn 500 miles or points is like paying 0.8 cents for 1 mile or 1 point.  You still come out ahead as long as you value those miles and points at more than 0.8 cents per mile/point.  And paying the fee is certainly worth it to complete the minimum spending requirement on a large credit card sign-up bonus.

You can then load the PayPal My Cash cards to your PayPal account by going to  Note that you can load only $500 per day and the maximum monthly limit is $4,000.

Once the money is in your PayPal account, you can use the PayPal debit card, which has a PIN number and functions like a debit card, to spend the money.

Do NOT withdraw the money to your bank account because that has a very high chance of getting you shut down.  The Points Guy wrote about a warning email, which he received, when he withdrew money from his PayPal account (funded via a GreenDot card) to his bank account.

Pay Pal Debit MASTERCard

I went to my Pay Pal account and applied for the PayPal Business Debit MasterCard by clicking on this link and entering my date of birth and social security number.  PayPal says that this will be a soft credit inquiry.

Pay Pal Debit Card

Signing Up For The Pay Pal Business Debit Card

I received my debit card in 10 days and can use the card to make purchases elsewhere, and the money is debited from my PayPal account.

Pay Pal Debit Card

PayPal Business Debit MasterCard

Confusingly, there is also a prepaid PayPal debit card for sale in CVS and other stores, but that is different from the PayPal Debit MasterCard above.

You get 1% cash back, if you have a PayPal Premier or Business account, for transactions which are NOT PIN based.  However, funding your Bluebird with your PayPal debit card and purchasing money orders are PIN based so you don’t earn cash back for those transactions.

How To Use The PayPal Debit Card?

The PayPal Business debit card doesn’t have any direct Bill Pay feature, but here’s what I’ve experimented with:

1.   Bluebird

I’ve loaded my American Express Bluebird card at Wal-Mart using the Pay Pal debit card.  I just went to the Money Center at my local Wal-Mart and asked to load $1,000 on my Bluebird.

I first loaded $1,000 on my Bluebird card in one transaction.  After that transaction processed, I loaded another $1,000 on Emily’s Bluebird account.  There was no fee for using my debit card at Wal-Mart to load our Bluebird cards.

This is a great way to use a credit card to indirectly fund your Bluebird account if you can’t find Vanilla Reloads elsewhere.  And you can then use your Bluebird to pay bills (mortgage, rent, student loans, etc.) which you can’t otherwise pay with a credit card.

If your CVS is out of Vanilla Reloads, using PayPal reloads is another way to fund your Bluebird account, but it does involve going to Wal-Mart to reloading your Bluebird account.

2.   Money Orders

The PayPal debit card comes with a PIN number.  This means that you can use it to buy money orders at Wal-Mart, post offices, and grocery stores.  You can either pay other bills with the money orders or deposit them in your bank account.  But be careful to not buy too many money orders since money order deposits may be looked at suspiciously by your bank.

3.   Cash Back

I’m always low on cash (since I try to use only credit cards!) so whenever I go shopping, I use my PayPal debit card for cash back.  I’ve been able to get up to $200 back in one transaction at some stores.  This is much more convenient than going to an ATM!

4.   ATMs 

You can withdraw money from your PayPal debit card at an ATM, but the limit is $400 per day.  But many ATM withdrawals immediately after loading your Pal Pal account could be a red flag.  There is also a $1 ATM withdrawal fee in addition to fees charged by the ATM owner.

5.   Pay Taxes

Pay USA Taxes charges a flat fee of $3.49 for using a MasterCard debit card to pay your income taxes.   This means that you could potentially pay up to $3,000 in taxes (your daily spending limit) for only $3.49 which is an extremely cheap way to pay your taxes. 

Of course, you’d also have to pay for the PayPal reload card which is $3.95 per $500 reload, so ~$24 for $3,000 in PayPal reloads.

Limits & Restrictions

1.   CVS

CVS usually will let you buy only $1,000 worth of prepaid cards at a time.  But, in my experience, you can usually go to the back of the store to the pharmacy and have them ring up another $1,000 for you, but as always, your experience could be different.

2.   Loading

You can only load $500 per day to your PayPal account and up to $4,000 per month.  So it will take you 8 days to load $4,000 into your Pay Pal account.

3.   ATM Restrictions 

You can withdraw up to $400 a day with the Business Debit card and $ 200 for the consumer debit card.  There is a $1 ATM withdrawal fee in addition to the fees charged by the ATM owner.

4.   Spending Limits

You can spend up to $3,000 a day on the PayPal Business Debit card and $500 for the consumer debit card.

5.   Foreign Transaction Fee

There is a 2.5% foreign transaction fee in addition to a 1% fee for using the card outside the US.

Bottom Line

You can fund your PayPal account with PayPal reload cards bought with a credit card at CVS and you will earn miles and points for the purchase.  You can then use the PayPal Business Debit MasterCard to withdraw money from your PayPal account and to fund your American Express Bluebird and to pay bills which you otherwise couldn’t pay with a credit card.  At the very least, this should make it easier to complete credit card minimum spending requirements.

But you’ve got to be careful with PayPal and DO NOT try this if you can’t afford to be without the money you load in your PayPal account should PayPal decide to suspend your account!

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132 responses to “Using PayPal “My Cash” Reloads to Earn Miles & Points, Fund Bluebird, Pay Taxes & More!

  1. Hi
    If I withdraw US Paypal fund to my US Bank account in USA, I am asked to Pay Income Tax.
    If I use PayPal Business Debit card to make purchases, do I still have to pay Taxes?
    Pl advice

  2. Thanks so much info

  3. Daraius,

    I just tried to purchase $1000 worth of PPGCs as CVS and was told they are now CASH ONLY! Fortunately, two Dollar General stores still allowed me to use my CC to purchase and even had a $2.00 discount per card, bringing the total fee down to $1.95!

  4. By mistake I bought a load card as a foreigner, and it seems it doesn’t works with my country’s account, Is there any chance to load that cash into a local Account and send it to my account without being red flagged? (BTW it is just 100 dollars)

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  6. This was a bit confusing and not that easy to follow. I get the concept of using your own cash to transfer between paypal and a rewards pre-paid debit/credit card to gain points, miles, or whatever perks another card may offer.

    Plain and simple, get the PayPal Business Debit Mastercard by ordering it from your PayPal account. Use that card for EVERYTING! They pay you 1% cashback from your previous months transactions that you must sign for. Just have your bank account linked to your PayPal, so even if your PayPal account balance is zero your transactions will still go through. Just make sure you actually have funds in your bank to cover that. I sure love cash back!

    • Sorry if this is two years later, but would this work? Use PayPal debit card to purchase a $500 reloadable visa gift card? Have your checking account as the primary backup to the debit card…earn 1% cash back on the paypal debit card for the $500 visa gift card..take the visa gift card to an ATM to withdrawal the cash from the PayPal debit card and put back into your checking account while earning the 1% cash back….($5 in this scenario)…then you can reload the reloadable visa gift card by using the PayPal debit card again and get the cash back for the reload?

  7. Hi what is the bin of this card?



  8. Jennifer Stiko

    Currently, I purchase Pay Pal My Cash cards with my credit card to fund Bluebird. Plus, I get the 1% cash back, which I like because it more than covers the fees accrued from getting the cards in the first place.

    My question is, however, if I purchase a money order with my Pay Pal Debit, would I get the 1% cash back? I called my local Walmart and they told me they do accept debit cards for the purchase of money orders, but I just want to make sure I receive the cash back before I consider that a viable option for accruing points. Thanks!

  9. I set up a pay pal account through eBay I believe with just $50 from my checking account. I am currently an ibotta user-where you get cash back by buying items they have listed For specific stores. One way I can get money is through my PayPal account but don’t want it all going to eBay. I’m really confused about this whole process. Are you saying I can go buy a card at CVS & ibotta transfer money to that card or will it have to be through eBay? Am I being charged a monthly fee for having this money in a PayPal account? If I buy the card at CVS will my ibotta money be able to be put on that card? I also have a BlueBird account as well. Any info would be helpful. Thank you!

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  11. Very informative! Thanks!!!!:))

  12. I’ve been using the PayPal Business Debit Card for almost 3 years now and cannot say enought wonderful things about it. The only pitfall seems to be when every 7-11, CVS, etc. are sold out of PayPal MyCash cards. It’s for that reason that I want to be able to link my AMEX Serve card to my PayPal account. It sure beats hunting down Vanilla Visa cards and paying PayPal service fees just to fund my PayPal account so I have a “legitimate” credit card. Unfortunately AMEX Serve is not accepted as many places as MasterCard plus I feel like I should come to PayPal’s defense after reading all the negative comments about them freezing/closing accounts and about their customer service.
    I use my PayPal account as my primary bank account and on two occassions had fraudulent activity that PayPal promptly refunded (within 2-6 hours), no questions asked. The first time it was $1500+/- and there was a mix up (at the time I banked with Chase and had that linked to PayPal.) I overdrew BOTH my accounts (Chase and PayPal… Chase only by $20 but PayPal by $500! PayPal gave me a “loan” for 3 weeks. This meant I could still use my PayPal MasterCard – I had autopays and payments from my online business constantly go in an out of PayPal. While none of them were large transactions it meant that PayPal wouldn’t try to use my back up funding method aka Chase during this time because of course every time PayPal tried to do that it I would get an overdraft fee from Chase and go further in the hole with them. Ultimately PayPal’s decision to cut me a little slack and Chase’s decision to be overdrafting green money monsters led me to close my long standing Chase account 6 montsh later.) The second time “fraud” happened it was from an company that I paid through PayPal Mastercard each month but was contesting their final invoice. Instead of wait for me to pay it this Company just deducted it from my PayPal Mastercard!!! Again no questions asked. PayPal refunded the money (which was almost $800!)
    So to anyone who thinks PayPal isn’t or doesn’t at the least try to be good to the folks who use their service, specifically the Business Debit MasterCard, maybe what you are doing is really not being good to PayPal to begin with. The Business Debit MasterCard is a wonderful card that gives a respectable cash back reward each month. Last year I received over $300 in CASH back to my PayPal account. This year slightly less but still enough to make a little difference each month.

  13. Are people still able to buy PayPal My Cash cards with a credit card? If so, where? I tried Sheetz, they said cash/debit only. Anyone have any luck with Kroger/grocery stores?

  14. @J Frank-How long have you been an employee of paypal?

  15. Just wanted to add that you can get an addtional Paypal Business Debit card on the same account for free. That allows you to withdraw and addtional $400 on the same account.
    Also if you have only $1 left on your account and need gas, pay at the pump and choose credit, enter your zip code and fill up. It will make your balance go negative but there is no overdraft charge. Reload or deposit money to your account within a month or they will close your account and send you to collections but not too hard to clear up

  16. I don’t need Paypal My Cash if I’m regularly receiving money in my Paypal account, do I? Regarding the Paypal debit card, of course.

  17. How do i get this paypal card?

  18. if I had a PayPal account and I lost my paypal debit MasterCard, can I purchase a replacement paypal debit MasterCard card from 7 eleven or cvs?

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  20. I love having it and using it

  21. I made a payment of $10 today to activate my ultimatecycler to $50 matrix, but their request for a 4 digit pin so please help me with the pin so that i will be able to activate my matrix normally