Category Archives: Vanilla Reloads

“I Taught Special Needs Children for 11 Years”

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Welcome to the next interview in our interview series where travel bloggers share their insights on having Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Air, Land and Sea

Jane started Air, Land and Sea to write about fulfilling her bucket list on a limited income.

And she’s giving away a $50 Visa gift card.

Air Land And Sea - Interview With Jane

Stopping in Santorini During Our Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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You Can Still Buy Vanilla Visa Gift Cards at CVS

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Update:  You can no longer load a Vanilla Visa to your Bluebird.

Million Miles Secrets reader Joe commented:

Can you still use a credit card for the Vanilla Visas at CVS, or are you buying these somewhere else?

Joe is referring to Vanilla Visa gift cards, NOT Vanilla Reloads.  CVS recently changed their policy to no longer allow you to purchase Vanilla Reloads with a credit card.

You Can Still Buy Vanilla Visa Gift Cards At CVS

Can You Still Buy Vanilla Visas at CVS With a Credit Card?

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How to Load Bluebird With Gift Cards at Walmart

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Update:  You can no longer load a Vanilla Visa to your Bluebird.

Update: There are new ways to load Vanilla Visa gift cards to Bluebird at Walmart!

How Do You Load Vanilla Visa Gift Cards Now?

Are you 1 of the folks wondering how to use gift cards to load your Bluebird account at Walmart now that you can’t buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card at CVS anymore?

How To Load Bluebird With Gift Cards At Walmart

You Can’t Buy Vanilla Reloads With a Credit Card at CVS Anymore…but You
Can Still Use Gift Cards to Load Your Bluebird!

Many of us were loading Bluebird with Vanilla Reloads, but that’s no longer possible.  But you can buy PIN-enabled gift cards with a credit card to earn miles and points instead.  And then load these gift cards onto Bluebird, but you have to go to Walmart in person.  Then you can use Bluebird to pay bills you can’t normally pay with a credit card.

And don’t forget that you can also use Evolve Money to pay certain bills online with a gift card with a PIN without having to go to Wal-Mart.

If you’re new to this, I’ll show you how!

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Use Evolve Money to Pay Your Utilities, Student Loans, & More With a Credit Card

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Update:  You can no longer load a Vanilla Visa to your Bluebird.

Many of us have been using American Express Bluebird to pay bills that can’t be paid with a credit card, like rent, mortgage, car loans, student loans, and utilities.

That’s because we want to get miles & points for our expenses.  And also to complete the minimum spending needed to get a sign-up bonus on a credit card.

Because CVS stopped allowing Vanilla Reload purchases with a credit card, folks are turning to buying PIN-enabled gift cards (i.e. Visa and MasterCard gift cards) with a credit card to fund their Bluebird accounts.  Gift cards with PINs can be loaded onto Bluebird at Walmart.  But it’s become more inconvenient with the extra step of going to Walmart several times a month to load your Bluebird.  

But did you know there’s another way to use gift cards to pay bills?  Evolve Money lets you pay bills online with a Visa or MasterCard debit or gift card (NOT American Express gift cards) – no trips to Walmart needed!  And you can buy a Visa or MasterCard gift card at CVS, drug stores, grocery stores etc.

Use Evolve Money To Pay Your Utilities Student Loans And More With A Credit Card

Evolve Money: More Convenient Than Loading Bluebird at Walmart

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You’re Running Out of Time for the Suntrust Debit Card

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Delta Points wrote that soon may no longer be able to get the SunTrust Delta Skymiles Debit Card.

And today, View From the Wing, writes that the SunTrust debit card is no longer available on the Suntrust website!  But there still might be a way to get the card.  This is the best card to pay your taxes with because you pay only ~$3 for up to $35,000 in tax payments which earn ~35,000 Delta miles!

You're Running Out Of Time For The Suntrust Debit Card

SunTrust Delta Debit Card: Are Its Days Numbered?

The card is being phased out quickly, but you still may be able to get one by calling Suntrust at 877-809-5248 for a personal debit card or 888-454-0611 for a business debit card.  But hurry if you want one!

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