So my story for the day...
Decided to give Bluebird a try. Stopped at one of the local Wal-Mart stores, and found the starter kits by the register. Went on a hunt to find the Vanilla Reloads, but they had none. At the checkout, some customer was telling the 3 employees standing around about her "horror" experience at the gas station with the Bluebird. Apparently, she had gotten fuel and had an issue. Seems the gas station was doing a pre-authorization for either $50 or $100 and it wouldn't go through on her Bluebird. She must have mentioned 5 or 6 times how she was DONE with the Bluebird. I just smiled to myself and shook my head.
At my checkout, the guy asked how much I wanted to put on the card. He said it was minimum $1. And it had to be cash or debit. I said that was fine because I'd be loading up with the Vanilla cards. So he rang me for $6. All good so far.
On the way home, I decided to stop in one of the local CVS stores and see if I could find some reloads. As luck would have it, they had about a dozen. I grabbed one just to see if I could put it on my credit card. There must have been 8 people in line, while I saw the manager restocking shelves that were emptied for Easter. Just as I was getting to the front of the line, the cashier called for help, and the manager came over to assist. I was next. My heart sunk. I was HOPING to get the girl who was clearly overworked and probably wouldn't care if I was going to use a credit card. But now I had the store manager. I handed him the Vanilla card and my CVS card. I swiped my Chase Freedom, manager looked at the card like the POS told him to, told me go ahead and sign the POS, and handed me my receipt. DONE!
Once I got home, I found the nasty surprise that you can't load up the starter kit with the Vanilla reload. So now I have a Bluebird with $1 available until my real one comes in the mail. I also have $50 in this Vanilla reload that I can't do anything with for a week or two.
So all in all, not a bad deal. For me, the benefit of the Bluebird is being able to pay my mortgage and car loan and get the points for that. Even if I can't do it with bonus categories. That's 2000 points a month I wasn't getting. When that is in the 5x bonus, I'll make out like a bandit for a while. Either way, I'll earn a flight per year just for paying two of my bills. I'll take it.