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CVS Vanilla Reload Update: ALL Stores Going Cash Only By April 4, 2014

CVS Vanilla Reload Update:  ALL Stores Going Cash Only By April 4, 2014

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

Thanks to all the Million Mile Secrets readers who commented with their experiences buying Vanilla Reloads with a credit card at CVS.

Over the weekend, news came out that CVS would stop accepting credit cards as payment for Vanilla Reloads as of March 31, 2014.  But many folks reported still being able to use their credit cards after that date!

Via Million Mile Secrets reader Lydia, there’s a new memo stating that the cash-only policy will start systemwide at CVS by April 4, 2014.

CVS Vanilla Reload Update: ALL Stores Going Cash Only By April 4, 2014
Chainwide: Cash Only for Vanilla Reloads Effective April 4, 2014

Why Everyone’s Unhappy

I’ve written about Vanilla Reloads and how you can use them to load your Bluebird account and pay for expenses (mortgages, rent, credit card bills etc.) you wouldn’t otherwise be able to pay with a credit card.

Buying Vanilla Reloads with a credit card was a good way to earn lots of miles and points and meet minimum spending requirements for new cards.

Now, folks who relied on CVS Vanilla Reloads will have to find other ways to load their Bluebird accounts, like buying gift cards with a PIN.  This is much more inconvenient because you have to go to a Walmart in person to load your Bluebird instead of just going online.

CVS Vanilla Reload Update: ALL Stores Going Cash Only By April 4, 2014
Plan B: Load Bluebird With PIN-Enabled Gift Cards

What Should We Do Now?

It sounds like people have already been buying up Vanilla Reloads at CVS stores that still sell them with a credit card.  Some folks are out of luck, because their stores already switched to cash-only on Monday or Tuesday.

CVS Vanilla Reload Update: ALL Stores Going Cash Only By April 4, 2014
Get Them Before They’re Gone!

But if your store still sells Vanilla Reloads with a credit card, I would definitely consider stocking up today or tomorrow.  Especially if you’re still meeting minimum spending on new credit cards.

I’ll be out hunting for Vanilla Reloads today, too.

Bottom Line

According to a new memo, Vanilla Reloads will be cash-only at ALL CVS stores by April 4, 2014.

If you’re near a CVS today or tomorrow, and it still allows payment by credit card, I would definitely stock up on Vanilla Reloads!  This isn’t the end of Bluebird, but it does make it a bit harder to complete minimum spending requirements!

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I sent someone to get me a vanilla card and she bought the card with 16 pin..please what type of card is that?...its 100$ is 16 pins and I'm wondering what it could be

.....and it has 3 didgit on the back...

Just bought $2500 VR cards at CVS with CC. No problem.

Katie J,

Did you buy the 2 VR at the pharmacy or the front registers?

Went to pick up a prescription at CVS today. Threw two VRs just for kicks to try.....went though!!! Purchased with my citi AAdvantage card. Excited, went to get more. Second time no luck, cashier was deeply confused as it had just worked....maybe because I got a prescription?! Still worth trying. I'm located in Massachusetts just outside of Boston!

Can I still buy OneVanilla Cards with a credit card? Similar to a gift card w/ pin. Fee is $4.95, max $500 load, and you have to go to Walmart to move it to Bluebird. Just checking to see if this is still an available option. Thanks!

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@Diotallevi - That should be possible!

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