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I just received an email from American Express letting me know of a great enhancement for all Bluebird accounts.
“Adding funds to your Bluebird Account is easy. Now, Bluebird is adding another no-fee way to add funds online to your Account.
Effective immediately, you can add funds to your Account from your debit card for no fee (previously $2.00 per transaction). Click here to learn more about adding funds with a debit card.”
This means that in addition to buying Vanilla Reloads (or instead of), you can get more money on your Bluebird card by using a debit card. Previously it was $2 per transaction which made it not worth it since you are allowed to add at most $100 per day. This is for loading the funds online, doing a debit transaction at Walmart js different. With the debit card option you are still limited to $1,000 per month, but if you are not able to find any Vanilla Reloads in your area this could be a way to at least earn something on your points/miles earning debit card from the comfort of your couch.
I’ll post more next week on the details of each debit card that can earn you points and miles, but here is a summary:
- Alaska Airlines Debit Card from Bank of America – Earn 1 Alaska Airlines mile per $2 spent
- Delta SkyMiles World Check Card from Suntrust – Earn 1 mile per $1 spent
While this is still limiting you to 12,000 Delta miles a year or 6,000 Alaska Airlines miles, it is still something. Although both these debit cards come with annual fees, so if you only have these cards (or would get these cards for this purpose) the annual miles earned isn’t worth the annual fee.