How to Convert from a Bluebird Card to an American Express Serve Card

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How to Convert from a Bluebird Card to an American Express Serve Card

Now you have to chose – Bluebird or Serve?  There are pros and cons to each card, but at the end of the day, you can only have one.

Bluebird Card Pros:

  • You can load up to $1,000 per day with a $5,000 monthly limit
  • You can load funds from a Vanilla Reload Card or at Walmart with a debit/gift card
  • You can load an additional $100 online with a debit card with a $1,000 monthly limit

Serve Card Pros:

  • You can load up to $1,000 per day with a $5,000 monthly limit
  • You can load funds at CVS or 7-11 with cash only (no debit/credit cards accepted)
  • You can load up to $200 online with a credit card with a $1,000 monthly limit
  • You can load up to $200 online with a debit card with a $1,000 monthly limit

Bluebird and Serve Cons:

You can no longer buy Vanilla Reload Cards with a credit card or load Serve with a credit card, it really comes down to this: how close is your nearest Walmart?  If you have a Walmart nearby, you should keep your Bluebird Card, since you can easily load up to $5,000 per month in debit/gift cards in-store and an additional $1,000 online with a debit card.  If you do not have a Walmart nearby, you should go with Serve.  You can load up to $1,000 per month online with a credit card and another $1,000 online with a debit/gift card.  You can do all this without ever stepping inside Walmart (which might be a dream for some of you).

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I am working on a 7-8 part series about Serve (similar to my Bluebird series), so pleas be patient with me.  You really have to decide if Serve is best for you, or if you should keep your Bluebird Card.

Blog Post Status Update: Majorly Back-Blogged

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Blog Post Status Update: Majorly Back-Blogged

I feel like a really bad blogger since I haven’t posted anything good in a while.  I am trying to get back to my regular posting schedule, but it is hard when my sleep schedule is still a bit off from my week in Europe.  I am like 10 posts behind but will do my best to get caught up this weekend.  I have several posts/pages regarding American Express Serve (I plan on doing a multi-part summary of all the features, similar to my Bluebird posts).  I also want to post about my experience at the Hilton Airport Copenhagen and my trip report from Hamburg, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark.  I also have an epic story about trying to get a $503.95 refund from CVS and how much trouble it is to work with American Express and CVS at the same time.  I also want to cover how to use Twitter to make your life and your travels easier and the process of getting my $300 cash back check from my Citi Dividend Credit Card.

Ahh, sooooo much to say, so little time (hence the term back-blogged).  Wish me luck.  Also FTU Seattle is coming up next Friday, so I definitely want to get as much done before I head to Seattle.  Anyone else making the trip up there?  Good night everyone.

New SPG Buy Points Promo: SPG Points for 2.63 CPP or Frequent Flyer Miles for 2.10 CPM

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New SPG Buy Points Promo: SPG Points for 2.63 CPP or Frequent Flyer Miles for 2.10 CPM

SPG has a new buy points promotion going on from now through May 31.  Is it a good deal?  Maybe, maybe not.  Let’s see…

They have a tiered promotion where you receive the points at a discount, rather than receiving bonus points on a purchase.  The more SPG points you purchase, the larger the discount, ranging from 10% all the way to 25%.  Click here to go to the promo page.

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$500 One Vanilla Gift Cards from CVS or $200 Visa Gift Cards from Staples?

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$500 One Vanilla Gift Cards from CVS or $200 Visa Gift Cards from Staples?

Earlier today, I posted this question on Twitter (why aren’t you following me, I share some good stuff on there) and here is my answer…

Since Vanilla Reload Cards have gone cash-only at CVS, I have been getting a lot of interest in my post, No VRC? Try One Vanilla.  People have been asking if One Vanilla gift cards are the best way to manufacture spend.  Well, the answer is yes and no, depending on which credit cards you currently have.

Some credit cards, like the old American Express Blue Cash Credit Card earn 5% cash back at CVS, with no annual spending cap. If you have that credit card, you should stop reading this post right now, because that is the best credit card for manufactured spending (FlyerTalk thread).

If you do not have that credit card, here are your other choices:

First option: purchase $500 One Vanilla Gift Cards at CVS with a miles/points credit card.  The gift card comes with a $4.95 activation fee, so your total will be $504.95.  You will earn 505 miles/points for $4.95, or 0.98 cents per point.  That isn’t quite as good as 0.78 cents per point ($3.95 / 504) that the Vanilla Reload Cards used to generate, but it is a decent option.

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6,000 British Airways Avios + $163 for Phily to Paris

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6,000 British Airways Avios + $163 for Phily to Paris

Hey guys, I am flying home from Copenhagen today, so this is just a quick post before my flight leaves.  I was eating breakfast this morning and my friend said he needed a flight from Philadelphia to Paris in August.  I told him I would help him look for the perfect flight.  One way prices were going for around $650-$700 (he is going there for research, so he didn’t want to book a round trip ticket since he didn’t know when he would return).  I told him he could probably do better by using miles…

ITA Prices Calendar PHL-CDG

On ITA Matrix, I saw a few nonstop flights from PHL to CDG on American/US Airways, so I went to the American Airlines website and searched for nonstop flights.  I found 3 dates in August that would work for him and clicked on the August 25 date.

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