Vanilla Reloads at Walgreens?

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Vanilla Reloads at Walgreens?

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Bluebird Introduction

One of the best uses of American Express Bluebird is the ability to pay for transactions which can’t usually be made with a miles or points earning credit card.  This includes transactions such as your rent, mortgage, car payment, credit card bill, tuition, etc.

You load your Bluebird card (which you can order online) with a points earning debit card at Wal-Mart.  You can also reload Bluebird with Vanilla Reload cards which you can buy at CVS, Walgreen’s or other locations.  Alternate with other credit cards so that you’re not spending too much at buying Vanilla Reloads with any one credit card.

Here’s a post on other credit cards to use with Bluebird, so that you’re not maxing out on just 1 card.

You may also be able to pay for the Vanilla Reloads with a credit card at Walgreen’s, but this isn’t always the case and could be a bit of wild goose chase.

Here’s a post on what a Vanilla Reload looks like and how to load a Vanilla Reload card to your Bluebird account.

Walgreens Vanilla Reload

A reader tipped me off that you *may* be able to buy Vanilla Reload cards at Walgreens.  A Vanilla Reload is 1 of the key ways to use American Express Bluebird to earn miles and points.

However, this is a VERY “Your Mileage May Vary” situation and could be a bit of a wild goose chase for many because Walgreens usually require you to pay cash for prepaid cards, but sometimes you may be able to use a credit card.

Walgreens Vanilla Reload
Vanilla Reloads at Walgreens?

I went to the 2 Walgreens in my town, and was able to buy a $500 Vanilla Reload card at the 1st Walgreens with no problem with my American Express Starwood card.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my American Express Hilton card in my wallet which earns 6 Hilton points per $1 at drugstores! 

I drove as fast as I could to the 2nd Walgreens and patiently waited while the rookie teller (his 2nd day on the job) took care of the people in front of me.  But he didn’t know how to ring up the Vanilla refill card, so he called the manager.

Walgreens Vanilla Reload 2
The Best Medicine at Walgreens!

The manager rung up the card and showed me the message which said that I have to pay in cash only. I asked if I could swipe my credit card, but the transaction wouldn’t go through.  So I left without the Vanilla card.

Million Mile Secrets reader Corrdor! left a comment that he was also able to buy a Vanilla Reload card from Walgreens with a credit card.  However, he wasn’t successful at another Walgreens location which required cash only.

Bottom Line

I don’t think most folks will be able to buy a Vanilla Reload using a credit card at Walgreens, but it doesn’t hurt to try if you can’t find Vanilla Reload cards at an CVS near you.

But know that this could be a waste of your time if you’re unsuccessful.

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Wen using vanilla reload network card
Can I used chase debit card

Finally found a Vanilla Reload card in Des Moines, Iowa. Was at a Walgreens. Tried earlier this week to use a credit card, but no deal. The Walgreens only accepted cash. I have a few CVS’s in the area, but still on the lookout for them to stock Vanilla Reloads.

Found a stack of new and wrapped Vanilla Reloads on top of the prepaid stand at my local CVS. I didn’t have a bluebird account, so kind of hesitated to buy one. I went back to my “truck” and logged on to my local Starbuck’s wifi which is located at approximately every two blocks in NYC. opened up the account with bluebird and went back to CVS and purchased one reload with $100.00 to see if it would work with my SPG AMEX card, the self serve pay stand asked for the last 4 of my SPG card and prompted for approval from the staff. The staff guarding the pay stands, did not hesitate to approve it and on i went.

1. There was no problem purchasing the vanilla reload with the credit card.

possibly due to the amount purchased. Approval was easy also possibly do to the amount of money purchased.

The stack came with 10 vanilla reloads, so there are 9 left on the stand. I was tempted to take some more but i might have looked suspicious walking in back and buying more at a higher amount.

This is the first encounter with vanilla reloads since reading up on it a month a go. I have been occasionally looking for these for that long and its today that finally came up.

I wonder if people are just taking these home and stashing it once they find it?

Till next time, i wonder if these will last.

I just purchased a $500 vanilla reload at a Walgreen’s in New Orleans intending to use the chase freedom 5x points to score $1500 worth of them but when I tried to load the bluebird card, it gave me an error message and told me to go back to the store. I have a feeling walgreens has discovered a way to make the vanilla reload cards not process if bought with credit cards..

Anyone else have this experience?

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