Where to buy $500 Visa & AmEx gift cards in 2013

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RonJonson
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Postby RonJonson » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:18 pm

FutureBillionaire wrote:Can you use it to pay your mortgage or rent or anything like that? Or just a places that don't normally take a rewards card that we use?


Vanilla reload from CVS to Bluebird, and then using Bluebird bill pay is how I've been paying my rent the past two months due to the Freedom bonus at CVS.

I planned to use bluebird for other non 5% locations but American Express is not accepted most places around me except large chain stores which is a PITA.
Wells Fargo Platinum - $10,500 - 11/2004
Citi Forward - $5,000 - 10/2012
Chase Freedom - $3,900 - 10/2012
Capital One Quicksilver (Formerly Cash Rewards) - $6,000 - 12/2012
American Express Hilton Honors - $3,900 - 1/2013
Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard - $5,000 - 11/2013


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Postby bisbicos » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:45 pm

I still can't find a really good detailed explanation of how gift cards work can someone please explain to me how you can maximize rewards by purchasing gift cards. Also I'm still confused on vanilla reload and blue bird. i want to sstart taking advantage of this especially next quarter with Discover and hope improvement store gc.
Credit Cards
American Express: Fidelity Rewards (2% cash back) 9.5k
Zync NPSL
Discover: Discover More (5% rotating categories) 12k
Mastercard: Chase Freedom (5% rotating categories) 4.6k
Visa: Citi Forward (5x pts on restaurants) 15.7k
Citi Dividend (5% rotating categories) 5.6
Capital One Journey (1.25% cash back) 1.25k
BofA AAA (5% on gas) 2.5k
PenFed Platinum Rewards (5% on gas 3% groceries) 7.5k

Future Cards
US Bank Cash +
Chase Ink

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Postby djrez4 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:52 pm

bisbicos wrote:I still can't find a really good detailed explanation of how gift cards work can someone please explain to me how you can maximize rewards by purchasing gift cards. Also I'm still confused on vanilla reload and blue bird. i want to sstart taking advantage of this especially next quarter with Discover and hope improvement store gc.


Start here.
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Postby cashback » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:19 pm

Wal Mart is the only place I have found MC's (please speak up if you found them elsewhere). You could buy $500 Visa from the drug store and then use that to buy the MC at Wal Mart, but that cuts your net cash back to 3%. That's a bit of a hassle for 3% in my opinion.
Credit Cards
Amex BCE 25K ---- PenFed Platinum Rewards 15.5K --- US Bank Cash+ 12K --- Discover IT 6K --- Citi Dividend 5K --- Chase Freedom 12.5K --- Amex SPG 6K --- Citi Thank You Preferred 15K

Not Used
Citi Simplicity - 5K, Sam's Club Discover - 10K

Future Cards
Sallie Mae World Mastercard

FICOs
Exp 772 - TU 781 - Equ 781

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Postby kcarter609 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:33 pm

I still haven't found anywhere local that offers the reload cards at all. I'm going out of state tomorrow though, and you can be sure if I find them I'm buying $1,500 worth.

Active Cards:
Chase Freedom 10+10 Visa Signature ($9k Limit - 8/2012)
Chase Sapphire Preferred ($10k Limit - 2/2013)
Chase Ink Plus ($7k Limit - 2/2013)
Discover IT ($9.5k Limit - 10/2012)
AMEX Zync (No Pre-set Limit - 1/2010)
AMEX Blue Cash Everyday ($20k Limit - 1/2013 - Backdate to 1/2010)

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Postby cashback » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:43 pm

kcarter609 wrote:I still haven't found anywhere local that offers the reload cards at all. I'm going out of state tomorrow though, and you can be sure if I find them I'm buying $1,500 worth.


In case you haven't already.. Go to http://www.vanillareload.com and check "reload locations."
Credit Cards
Amex BCE 25K ---- PenFed Platinum Rewards 15.5K --- US Bank Cash+ 12K --- Discover IT 6K --- Citi Dividend 5K --- Chase Freedom 12.5K --- Amex SPG 6K --- Citi Thank You Preferred 15K

Not Used
Citi Simplicity - 5K, Sam's Club Discover - 10K

Future Cards
Sallie Mae World Mastercard

FICOs
Exp 772 - TU 781 - Equ 781

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Postby kcarter609 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:53 pm

cashback wrote:In case you haven't already.. Go to http://www.vanillareload.com and check "reload locations."


I've gone to them, all around here. Not one of them has Vanilla Reloads.

Active Cards:
Chase Freedom 10+10 Visa Signature ($9k Limit - 8/2012)
Chase Sapphire Preferred ($10k Limit - 2/2013)
Chase Ink Plus ($7k Limit - 2/2013)
Discover IT ($9.5k Limit - 10/2012)
AMEX Zync (No Pre-set Limit - 1/2010)
AMEX Blue Cash Everyday ($20k Limit - 1/2013 - Backdate to 1/2010)

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Postby nishant » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:25 pm

Green dot cards are available only against cash. No credit cards

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Postby mattymatt808 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:31 am

nishant wrote:Green dot cards are available only against cash. No credit cards


Confirmed, I just went to CVS today to see. I found some Visa Prepaids for only a $3.95 fee!
$2500 First Hawaiian Bank (6/10)
$4500 CHASE Freedom (2/13)
$3500 Citi Forward (2/13)
$2000 Discover it (2/13)
$9600 AMEX BCE (3/13)
$10000 CHASE Sapphire Preferred (7/13)
$5000 CHASE Ink Plus (8/13)

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Postby cashback » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:57 am

nishant wrote:Green dot cards are available only against cash. No credit cards


There have been reports of Money Paks avaiblable by credit at Rite Aid's. But it is very rare to see...
Credit Cards
Amex BCE 25K ---- PenFed Platinum Rewards 15.5K --- US Bank Cash+ 12K --- Discover IT 6K --- Citi Dividend 5K --- Chase Freedom 12.5K --- Amex SPG 6K --- Citi Thank You Preferred 15K

Not Used
Citi Simplicity - 5K, Sam's Club Discover - 10K

Future Cards
Sallie Mae World Mastercard

FICOs
Exp 772 - TU 781 - Equ 781



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