UPDATE: THIS IS NOW DEAD...You can no longer purchase vanilla reloads with credit cards. There are other ways out there though...
Reaching your Spending Limits
Many credit cards offer sign up bonuses where you get the bonus AFTER you meet a certain spending limit in 3 months. This is often $3k-$5k or even more. If you don't normally spend that much, this can be a challenge. Here is an interesting way to meet your spending limits on your credit cards so you can get those big bonuses.
You need 2 Things:
Vanilla Reload cards
This is what you do:
- Get a Bluebird account and wait 4-7 days for your prepaid card to show up to you in the mail.
- Purchase/Load $500 onto a vanilla reload card with the credit card that you want to do the spending on. The only place that I've been able to do this at is CVS and they would only let me load two $500 in a single purchase.
- There is a $3.95 fee to load the card. A credit card with 1% cash back will earn you $5, so yes there is a fee, but you end up getting it back plus an extra buck in rewards.
- Load your $500 or $1000 (if you bought 2) to your prepaid Bluebird card at www.vanillareload.com
- Go to your Bluebird Account and there you can either pay off the credit card you made the purchase with or put the money into your bank account to pay off the credit card you made the purchase with. This service is FREE, so you are able to liquidate your cards you bought.
- This method is even more awesome if you have a card that gives you 5% cash back at drug stores, or office supply stores, ect. CVS is a drug store and you will actually make money buying these cards with the right card. For example if you buy $1000 your fees will be about $8, but you will earn $50 in cash back so you in effect make $42. Cards that have 5% at drugstores right now until the end of the month are Citi Dividend and Chase Freedom. UPDATE: there are currently NO cards that give you 5% cash back at drug stores...maybe there will be soon??
What is a "reload card"?
A reload card is something you purchase at a store that allows you to put money onto a prepaid card. You can load $20-$500 on to these cards at a cash register. The PIN number is what you will use to put the money onto a prepaid card online. MyVanilla, OneVanilla, etc. are DIFFERENT from Vanilla Reload
I can't find a place that will let me purchase vanilla reloads with a credit card. Now what?
You may be out of luck. The best places to look for them are CVS stores, gas stations, or office depot. Many stores make you load the cards with cash. I've only seen them at a couple of places so far. Walgreens would not accept credit cards for me.
Where can I get Vanilla Reload cards?
There is a list of places that sell these cards at www.vanillareload.com.
Can I buy other Reload Cards and do this?
Maybe, but most reload cards have to be purchased with cash and you can't load them onto Bluebird, which offers a free way to liquidate your cards.
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