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Vanilla Reload “Cash Only” Policy Seems Regional Right Now

"The Memo"

Is the Vanilla Reload/Bluebird method dead? UPDATE: Yes, yes it is dead. Cash only everywhere, hard coded into the register, as of April 5, 2014. I’ve received several text messages and emails from friends and several more messages on Twitter about “the memo” that CVS stores received this past week. That memo tells stores that…

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How to Use Bluebird and Vanilla Reloads


Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet? UPDATE: Note that you can no longer purchase Vanilla Reloads from CVS and most other locations using a credit card. Some locations do still allow it, but it’s VERY regional and VERY YMMV. You can still load Bluebird with PIN-enabled gift cards by taking them to any…

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Manufactured Spend Updates from Around the Web

There have been a few changes recently that impact some people that participate in “manufactured spend,” which is basically spending a lot of money on your credit card buying items (usually gift cards) that you can easily liquidate for a very small fee. Here are some of the recent happenings:   Bluebird Can Now be…

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The Bluebird/SPG Reward Night Cost Chart

SPG Reward Chart

I got a lot of positive (and some negative) feedback for my Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Chart post, so I decided to do it again for one of my other favorite cards – the SPG Amex card. The Amex SPG card only earns one point per dollar on all non-SPG spend. No bonuses, ever. And…

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Introducing the Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Charts

The standard United Award Chart for one-way and round trip redemptions.

Manufactured spend is essentially when one purchases items using a rewards credit card and then liquidates those items (turning them into cash) in order to pay off the credit card bill for the card they used to purchase the item. The desired result is the creation of a lot of points, miles, or cash back…

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Yes, the My Vanilla Debit Website is Down

MVD website down

Edit: Ariana of pointed out that the website went back up,just minutes after I made this post (go figure). It has been intermittent for a few days so keep checking if you need to. I’ve been getting tons of questions regarding the My Vanilla Debit card website asking why they can’t get access to it, so I…

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Some My Vanilla Debit Accounts Being Put on Hold

The MVD card is/was as good as cash!

Experts in the points community know that there are dozens of ways to increase your credit card spend, and one of the popular ways is via the seldom discussed My Vanilla Debit (MVD) card. It’s a PIN-based card you can load with Vanilla Reloads, so you can withdraw cash via money orders or even cash…

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The Vanilla Sky is Falling

Don’t worry, you can still buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card…for now, at least. But you can no longer deny that the difficulty with which you can do so is increasing, and “reports” are now turning into reality slowly but surely. Last night, my CVS guy told me some interesting information that can only…

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The Hidden Costs of Prepaid Cards

This is my Vanilla Flower. It's expensive!

Generating miles/points via the use of prepaid cards is all the rage right now, and rightly so. They can greatly reduce the cost of your travels and, when used in conjunction with credit card bonuses, can allow you to travel in relative luxury or earn you elite status for ultra-cheap prices. But prepaid cards and…

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If You’re Rich, Then the Points Game is For You!


Do you have access to lots of cash? Do you have lots of time on your hands? Do you enjoy travel? If you answered “yes” to these three questions, then the points game is for you! Although I haven’t been part of the points community for a very long time compared to many others, I’ve…

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