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 … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Vanilla Sky is Falling

I've slowly started to diversify, and I recommend you do the same!

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 … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]