No More Vanilla Reloads With a Credit Card at CVS From March 31, 2014

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No More Vanilla Reloads With a Credit Card at CVS From March 31, 2014

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

Via Points Miles and Martinis, you might not be able to buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card at CVS after March 31, 2014.

Some CVS stores don’t accept credit cards for Vanilla Reloads, but this looks like a new policy which is applicable at ALL CVS stores.  We all knew that this day was coming!

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Is This the End of Our Romantic Shopping Trips to CVS?

Why Is This Bad?

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.

Many CVS stores let you buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card.  But this news might mean you can’t buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card anymore!

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Cary Chaney who wrote the above memo is the category manager for prepaid cards at CVS, so this looks like it is the real deal.  Most shops don’t let you buy reloadable cards with a credit cards, so it was only time before CVS changed their policy.

What Should We Do?

We won’t know for sure if this is real (or an early April Fool’s joke!).  But in case it’s not, it could be worth maxing out your Vanilla Reload spending on March 30, 2014 (today) just in case.

I’m not in the US, so I can’t head to a CVS to personally verify the change.  So apologies if this is a false alarm for some folks!   But it sounds like CVS might be tightening their rules.

That said, you can still buy $500 Visa gift cards (with a PIN) and go to Wal-Mart to load your Bluebird.  So Bluebird is not dead…yet!  But it certainly is more inconvenient to go to Wal-Mart than it is to load your Bluebird online.

Bottom Line

You might not be able to buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card at CVS from tomorrow.  I’m not sure if this is regional or applicable at all CVS stores.

If you’re near a CVS tomorrow, you could stock-up on Vanilla Reloads.  Hopefully, this is a false alarm.  But if not, this will change the way lots of folks meet minimum spending on their credit cards.  But check out these other ways to help with the minimum spending requirements on credit cards.

I have my fingers crossed!

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Bad news – looks like pin enabled gift cards to Bluebird are officially dead at Walmart. Register hard-stop

I’ve always used case to reload my prepaid AMEX with Vanilla but it the past weeks in the Phila area all of their reload cards were removed from the shelves of CVS, Dollar General & Walmart. Until today I was able to purchase and load them ta a local 7-11 but they are all gone as well.

Does this mean that Vanilla is not going to offer a reload card at all anymore?

Hi Daraius,

is it posible to add funds to a Bluebird card using a gift card?

thanks,

Maria

Should I cancel my bluebird account before monthly fee kicks in?

@Tom Are you saying they will block the use of Pin-enabled DEBIT cards? Or you actually mean CREDIT card? If DEBIT cards then it simply means every way is a dead end, hopefully that’s not the case : (

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