Having Fun Cashing Out Gift Cards

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So the big news over the weekend is that you can now assign a pin number to gift cards, effectively turning them into debit cards.

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Gift cards for sale at Staples. Those $200 ones are the jackpot!

I bought many thousands of dollars of gift cards during previous promotions at Staples and Office Max when they had them on sale for wayyy less than face value, earning me tons of points and cash.  I’ve been cashing them out slowly with several Amazon Payments accounts for free, but as there are always other spend thresholds to be met that process takes time.

Now the game has changed.

The automated call number for my gift cards easily allowed me to assign a pin number for my gift cards. I just dialed the number on the card, entered my card info, and followed the easy prompt on the phone (5) to assign a pin.

Load gift cards directly to Bluebird:

I took a few thousand dollars worth of gift cards to WalMart today and loaded $1,000 onto mine and my wife’s Bluebird cards.  You are able to do this with any cashier.

In the process I learned that you can use up to 3 cards per transaction, so that’s $300 of loads with 3 $100 cards or $600 of loads with 3 $200 cards.  This saves you time over doing a separate transaction for every card. You can load up to $1,000 per day and $5,000 per month.

Once it’s in Bluebird you can use the cash to pay off your credit card bill, your mortgage, write a check to anyone, or even transfer funds to your bank account.  You can even get free checks for your Bluebird account if you request them by 05/21, just login to your account, hover over the dropdown “my account” button in the top-right, and click on order bluebird checks.

Get cash back from gift cards:

I was also able to pickup a 98 cent bottle of Softsoap and select cash back to get cold hard cash from a gift card. However I was only able to get cash back in multiples of $20, so I’ll probably use Amazon Payments to wipe the remaining balance from the cards.

I went to WalMart to be able to load Bluebird and to get cash back on a purchase.  I’m sure it will work at other stores as well so if you try to use a gift card with a pin to make a cash back debit purchase elsewhere please post the results in the comments.

There are no fees to load the cards onto Bluebird in Walmart and there are no fees to get cash back.

I did not have success though with the Mastercards from Office Max and Staples, I only had success with the Visa cards.  If you get the Visa gift cards from Office Max or Staples you should be good to go.  Other brands may work as well, I just haven’t tested them myself.

So is this worthwhile?
When the gift cards go on sale and you can buy them for less than face value there’s no question. What about when the gift cards are not on sale?

If you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card you earn 5 points per dollar at Office supply stores.
If you buy 5 of the $200 Visa gift cards you will incur $34.75 in fees if there are no promotions.
That means you’ll get 5,174 Ultimate Rewards points of a cost of 0.67cpp (cents per point).

What does buying Ultimate Rewards points for .67cpp mean in layman’s terms?
-A one-way ticket from NYC to Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal, or Toronto costs 4,500 BA Avios. At a cost of 0.67cpp that ticket costs $30.
-A one-way ticket from NYC to Chicago is currently 3,780 Southwest points, or about $25.
-A round-trip business class ticket to Israel on United, USAirways, or Air Canada nonstop from North America is 120,000 United miles, or $804. The 80K coach ticket would be $536.
-A round-trip ticket to Israel via Germany on Air Berlin is 60K Avios or $402.
-A one night stay at a $1,005.950/night Hyatt hotel in Paris, Sydney, or the Maldives is 22,000 Hyatt points, or $147.
-A round-trip ticket from JFK to Asia in ANA’s new first class suite with closing doors is 135,000 United miles, or $904 for what is normally a $19,000 ticket.

Of course these rates are all after you’ve already met the spend threshold.
Otherwise buying $5,000 of gift cards to meet the spend threshold will cost you $5,173.75 and will net you 75,869 points at a cost of 0.23cpp, or roughly 1/3rd of the price examples above.
I’ve done a 3BM for 2 Ink cards and a United card and got them approved with just 1 phone call to net over 200K miles after spend thresholds.

Getting a business card is quite simple. You don’t need to be a traditional “business owner” as you might think of one.

For example if Joe Smith sells items on Ebay or on Amazon, or has any other side business/hobby and wants a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures he can just open a business credit card for “Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship” as the business name. You don’t need to file any messy government paperwork to be allowed to do that.
Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the social security number field.

I’ve had business cards since I turned 18 as a Sole Proprietor and never had a problem getting approved with reconsideration if needed. You can reach Chase business reconsideration at 800-453-9719.

Another card where this can make sense with is the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, which gives 6% cash back for purchases at grocery stores which also sell gift cards
The Blue Cash Preferred receives 6% back on $6,000/year, the Ink Cash gives 5 points per dollar on $25,000/year, and the Ink Bold and Ink Plus give 5 points per dollar on $50,000/year each.

HT: jk2 via FT (who appears to be the first to break this news online), MMS for his research and yitzf via DDF for the heads up.

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142 Responses to “Having Fun Cashing Out Gift Cards”

  1. YG Says:
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    No close wal Mart.

    Once it has a PIN, reckon it could be emptied via CA in a bank branch like MVD?

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  2. Dan Says:
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    @YG:
    It will very likely work in other stores for cash back as well, feel free to try and post the results.
    And feel free to post the results of cashing it out at a bank, though banks don’t actually need a pin to do a cash advance.

    Of course it won’t work to load Bluebird anywhere but at Walmart.

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  3. rots5 Says:
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    thanks. great write up. i dont fully understand why you would go to wal mart to just combine all your GC to your BB? why not just do it online? or that is not possible?

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  4. Dan Says:
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    @rots5:
    At Walmart there are no fees to load your debit card to Bluebird and there are higher limits there.

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  5. mr g Says:
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    hi dan
    could i get a pin on any visa prepaid or just specific brand ??

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  6. Dan Says:
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    @mr g:
    Federal guidance is that you should be able to do this with any gift card now.
    However some brands may not have the technology in place quite yet or may be trying to appeal the federal guidance.

    The Visa gift cards sold by Office Max and Staples are good to go.

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  7. mmmizme Says:
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    What’s the current promotion on staples gift cards that you’re talking about?

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  8. Ben Says:
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    Hey Dan!

    How often does staples have sales on these cards? whats a good sale price?

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  9. Anonymous Says:
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    “Of course it won’t work to load Bluebird anywhere but at Walmart.”

    If you can get cash via CA, why do you need BB bichlal?

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  10. Dan Says:
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    @mmmizme:
    There is none currently, read the related posts.

    @Ben:
    I write about them when they happen, there have been perhaps 3 or 4 sales over the past 6 months or so though of course some are better than others.

    But even without the sales it’s still really cheap miles and awesome for spend thresholds.

    @Anonymous:
    You need to buy something to get cash back. Not the biggest deal if you have stuff you need to buy, but if you’re trying to cash out many cards it will be pretty tedious.
    As opposed to Blueburd where you can do 4 cards quickly in one transaction.

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  11. Yehuda Says:
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    @Dan I haven’t found any round trip business tickets for that little. It seems to be 150,000 miles each way, per person. What am I missing?

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  12. Dan Says:
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    @Yehuda:
    Finding mileage tickets is somewhat of an art, though if you’re willing to stop in Europe it’s not hard at all to find business tickets to Israel.

    Join the DansDeals Forums and look around to learn the tricks of the trade, such as Plan B and more:
    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/23569

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  13. SJCRussell Says:
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    So far this seems to work with Metabank cards. Not Vanilla Visa etc.

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  14. Ma Nishtana Says:
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    Why does this only work now that you can assign a PIN, and does this affect VRs?

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  15. Dan Says:
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    @SJCRussell:
    So stay away from Office Depot.

    @Ma Nishtana:
    Because you need a pin to load directly to Bluebird or to get cash back on a debit transaction.

    Nothing changes for VRs. This just makes life easier for people who can’t get Vanilla Reloads.

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  16. Ma Nishtana Says:
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    Thanks! Sorry for being slow :)

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  17. Moshe Says:
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    Anything for NYCers without Wal-Mart?

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  18. Dan Says:
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    @Moshe:
    WalMart was just where I went as I was able to do both a Blueburd load and cashback on purchases in the same place.

    The cash back will likely work in other stores as well.
    Go to Staples or Office Max and buy prepaid Visas, try it out in other stores, and post the results here!

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  19. mark Says:
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    so I go to staples buy let say a walmart card and then I can automatically put in in bluebird?

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  20. Dan Says:
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    @mark:
    No, you buy a prepaid visa card at staples, assign a pin over the phone, and go to walmart to load that onto your bluebird card.
    Or to get cash back from it as a debit card purchase.

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  21. mark Says:
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    no walmart near me — any other options?

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  22. shau Says:
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    Would it work @ an ATM ??

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  23. Jo Says:
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    No more 200dollars gift card at staples in Lakewood!!!

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  24. justin Says:
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    When i have asked American Express about earning points/miles with the Blubird card I got a negative answer.Nobody there knew anything about it.How does one verify this is real?Thanks

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  25. Can Says:
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    Can you get $500 cards from any of the 5x office stores? What about other stores (for spending thresholds)?

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  26. Dan Says:
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    @mark:
    2 commenters with that same question have already asked and been answered.

    @shau:
    Highly unlikely.

    @Jo:
    So venture out of the shtetl?

    @justin:
    Lol…

    @Can:
    $500 gift cards are no longer sold at office stores.

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  27. A S Says:
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    This is cool. On my VISA gift card, I could set the pin online (www.giftcardmall.com/mygift).

    What is the gift card with the lowest fees? Is there anything that matches or beats the Vanilla Reload card ($3.95 fee for $500 card value)?

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  28. goodsamaritan Says:
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    @justin
    the way this whole thing works is that you get points by buying the gift card (or alternatively the vanilla reload card) with your regular points-earning credit card. you then use the gift card to load that money onto your bluebird account which can then be easily transferred back into your checking account.

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  29. Yitz Says:
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    Forget office stores. Why cant i just go to walgreens and buy 4 $500 visa gift cards and add them to my bluebird account to meet my 2000 dollar spending threshold instead of having to deal with amazon payments to cash out the gift cards? Amazon is making it harder and harder to have multiple accounts…

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  30. yaakov Says:
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    i have a united mileageplus explorer,the year is up and i dont want to pay the yearly fee coming up. can i apply for the united business now and close down the regular one?

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  31. Dan Says:
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    @A S:
    Vanilla Reload isn’t sold at office supply stores, so to get 1,000 points it will cost $7.90.
    A $200 Visa GC from Staples/Office Max earns over 1,000 points for a $6.95 fee due to 5 points per dollar with Ink and is more readily available than Vanilla Reload.

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  32. Dan Says:
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    @Yitz:
    Because you don’t earn 5 points per dollar at Walgreens.

    @yaakov:
    Why not? You can always have them close an older card to approve any newer card and shift over the credit line.

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  33. s Says:
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    Can it be done at self checkout in walmart or do you need a cashier ?

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  34. business Says:
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    I applied for the Ink Bold and ink Plus cards. They asked me questions about my business and said that my gross revenue was $3,000. They only let me have one becuase my business income is not hight enough. I asked them to split the 5,000 creit limit on 2 caards, but they said that 5,000 is the minimum. I huca’d 3 times with same results. Any ideas?

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  35. RS Says:
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    If they are now debit cards I can pay taxes for a flat fee of 3.95….from here https://www.payusatax.com/Visa.aspx

    So load up cards at Office store with Ink card and pay my taxes…

    I see alot of points coming

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  36. yitz Says:
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    I have a Sapphire preferred VISA chase card. What is the “process” of changing it to a Mastercard?

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  37. Am Says:
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    When I call to assign a pin there is no prompt asking this and when I speak to customer service, they say its not possible

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  38. Dan Says:
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    @s:
    Good question. Anyone ever get cash back from self-checkout?

    @business:
    $3,000 is not much revenue…

    @RS:
    Right, but I think you are only allowed to make 2 payments per quarter.

    @yitz:
    Call Chase.

    @Am:
    Where did you buy the card?

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  39. Stephen Says:
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    How do you calculate .67 cpp aNd .23ccp

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  40. Dan Says:
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    @Stephen:
    $34.75 (fees)/5,174 (points)=0.0067=0.67 cents per point.
    $173.75(fees)/75,869 (points)=0.00229=0.23 cents per point.

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  41. Nelumbo Says:
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    So you can use VR to load $5K to the bird and visa gift cards (with pin) to load another $5K at Walmart, $10K in total per month?

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  42. Am Says:
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    @dan
    Staples Amex 200

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  43. Riposte Says:
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    Sounds like the BB load at WM only works for certain types of cards:

    – Vanilla Visa (Bancorp) from OD – fail
    – Visa GC (Metabank) from OM – ?
    – Visa GC (USBank) from OM – ?
    – MC GC (USBank) from OM -?

    Can anybody confirm the last three?

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  44. Stephen Says:
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    Thanks dan!
    Btw I just did a 3BM (freedom bold sapphire) all are pending decision when should I start with reconsideration?

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  45. Walter Says:
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    KMart has some special MasterCard Debit Cards that have NO purchase fee. Must look for the special packages that state that.

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  46. toronto Says:
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    Hi Dan,Great site!!!! Pls help us out here in Toronto!!!!! where and which gift cards can we get here ????

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  47. TravelBloggerBuzz Says:
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    >>>>>>>>>>So you can use VR to load $5K to the bird and visa gift cards (with pin) to load another $5K at Walmart, $10K in total per month?

    This is a BIG question, anyone? I thought it was $5k total? U can PM me, I don’t blog about these things:-)

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  48. david g. Says:
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    Is this not my original idea to load bb. with debit(mvd) via walmart checkout..(posted this mehalach on ddf months ago…)

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  49. ari Says:
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    I dont live near walmart. is there another way?

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  50. Paul Says:
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    Hey Dan, I bought a box of toothpicks, but there aren’t any instructions. Is it okay if I jam one in my eye and the other in my ear?

    Cannot believe the intelligence level and laziness of your readers. Appalling. Why even respond to such moronic questions? You only encourage them…

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  51. sam Says:
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    does the bluebird card go on a social security # ?

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  52. JohnnieD Says:
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    @Paul- LOL

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  53. zoken Says:
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    u mentioned that u can do 4 transactions at once in walmart (4* $200). i tried twice and didnt work. had to do each separately. people waiting on line weren’t happy to wait 10 transactions….. separately…

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  54. Dan Says:
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    @Am:
    Get the Visa.

    @Riposte:
    I used metabank.

    @Stephen:
    You can do them all today.

    @david g.:
    MVD can be cashed out at a bank.
    Gift cards can’t.

    @ari:
    Read the previous comments.

    @zoken:
    The cashier has to program the amount you’re going to use. The ones at the return line may be more knowledgeable on how to do that.

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  55. david g. Says:
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    @dan
    I know that mvd can also be cashed out at a bank. just pointing out that I was first(months ago) to report on ddf the concept of loading at walmart with pin number (in regards to mvd)

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  56. Question Says:
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    Those GC that u can get at staples in a package of 4 at 50$ each that also uncluded? I know its a dumb q but im not 100% sure which GC you mean, bec i think younhaventonregister these GC and wait for the real ones to come in the mail.

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  57. CashinInCle Says:
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    @david g.:
    That may be true, but what Dan was trying to tell you is- that idea isn’t really so helpful, because you can cash out MVD at a bank via a cash advance anyways. So there’s no real need to load them onto Bluebird at WalMart! But with these Gift Cards, one CANNOT cash them out at a bank, so loading them onto BB at WalMart with a PIN is very helpful. Completely different situations.

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  58. maybe Says:
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    Dan can I buy a money order with these GC and pay my credit card with it??? if yes then…….

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  59. HippieYid Says:
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    Dan,

    This is from the FAQ section of the Visa Prepaid website:

    How do I get cash at an ATM with my Visa Prepaid card?
    To get cash at the ATM, insert your card into the machine and enter your PIN. Select “checking” to make a withdrawal and enter the amount of cash you want to withdraw. Then take your cash, card, and receipt to keep track of your balance.

    Perhaps with the implementation of the PIN ATM withdrawals will now work?

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  60. begger Says:
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    Can anyone answer 58 or 59 they seem to be good questions???

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  61. Davidd Says:
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    Dan how is this better than purchasing prepaid debit cards and transferring them to BB at a walmart store(or online). I think the purchase fee for a prepaid debit card is less than a gift card

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  62. Agrange Says:
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    Doesn’t work with my Vanilla Gift card…any suggestions?

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  63. Tuck Says:
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    Just left Office Depot. They will not sell any of the Vanilla Visa Gift Cards with Variable Amounts. The best I could do was $200 Vanilla Visa GC for $6.95 fee. Purchased with my Chase Business Ink card, that got me 1035 points at a cost of $6.95 = 0.67 cents/point.

    Hopefully the higher size ($500) GCs will be returning…

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  64. Yankees Says:
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    Any where to buy these Vanilla cards in Lakewood NJ?

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  65. ymk Says:
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    @ari: You can load the visa onto the BB on line for an additional $2 fee. So if you buy it with an Ink at an office supply store. You pay a $7 fee to buy and another $2 to load. cost $9 for 1035 points or .87cents/point
    alternatively you can try for a cash back (with purchase)

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  66. Aaroncw Says:
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    Image of meta bank visa. http://www.cr80.com/giftcardcollector.com.old/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=49753
    Tried the American Express $200. Could not get a pin

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  67. Joe Says:
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    Thanks Dan!
    I completed my 5k spending today on my ink following your instructions! Thanks for our clear guidance.
    The $ is already available on my BB.

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  68. Dan Says:
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    @Question:
    The $200 card as in the pic.

    @maybe:
    You can try though that costs money and BB/cashback is free.

    @HippieYid:
    Feel free to try.

    @Davidd:
    Not sure what cards you’re talking about.

    @Agrange:
    Get a different gift card. This doesn’t work with Vanilla.

    @Tuck:
    As I said, Vanilla is a no-go at this point.

    @Aaroncw:
    Or just look at the image in this post.

    @Joe:
    Congrats!

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  69. bubble347 Says:
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    Dan thanks for all your wonderful info. I was just curious I got chase ultimate points through the Ink bold and transferred them to United and booked a ticket in business class to Israel. However on the itinerary I see that my flight is being operated by Tyrolean airlines do you know anything about them in general and their business class in specific?

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  70. Charles Says:
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    Rumor has it that Vanilla Visa card pins will be working soon too. Chatted with a rep and he mentioned it should start working on 4/9

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  71. somewhat clueless Says:
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    I know it might be the wrong thread but you answered #36 before. When I change the SP Visa to a MC, do I get sign-up bonus again? And what do I say, just that I want a MasterCard? Do they assign a new card #?

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  72. Davidd Says:
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    @Dan: netspend Greendot etc.. and all of the other prepaid debit cards can’t those be transferred to BB at a walmart cashier?

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  73. DovidSP Says:
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    Some promising-sounding posts here. Just signed up, so I’m waiting for my bb to get delivered. But I have to wonder why any cashier is allowed to “do 4 transactions at once in walmart (4* $200)”, even if they program it in the system as one transaction.

    Here’s a quote from the BB FAQs online:
    Fees: From a Debit Card ($100 daily limit)
    Amounts:(per transaction) $2

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  74. Dan Says:
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    @bubble347:
    Nope, sorry.
    I’d keep checking to see if any nonstops open up.

    @Charles:
    Here’s hoping!

    @somewhat clueless:
    No.
    Yes, as you want rental coverage in Israel (though that’s not provided from Chase, it’s from MasterRental).
    Yes.

    Once you have a MC you can always apply for the Visa again and get the points though they may make you close the MC to get approved for the Visa.

    @Davidd:
    No idea.

    @DovidSP:
    Those limits don’t apply to in-store loads.

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  75. Jack L Says:
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    @Dan,
    Here are some limited time no fee GCs, pretty card CPP there!
    http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/chase-is-temporarily-waiving-fees-4-visa-gift-cards-ordered-online-free-manufactured-spending.60362/

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  76. Dan Says:
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    @Jack L:
    Interesting.
    Would be awesome if you can load to BB or cash out. Any reports yet?

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  77. kerrigan Says:
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    @Dan, if there is a sale on these visa prepaids, aren’t they going to have 1 per customer limits? did you run into this?

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  78. Whywhy Says:
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    Yesterday at Walmart, was a great run..

    Today, all the cards wore declined from CashBack.

    Whats Happening?

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  79. Jack L Says:
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    @Dan, Those are the key Qs. I have not seen any reports yet, I think it’s too soon to know.

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  80. bubble347 Says:
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    Thanks for replying. I found economy saver on a direct flight, does united plan b still work?

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  81. Dan Says:
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    @kerrigan:
    There are workarounds.

    @bubble347:
    Yes.

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  82. i s Says:
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    how do you make “several” amazon payment accounts under 1 name?

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  83. chana Says:
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    I figure the no-fee chase GC is temporary. I’m hoping they will work with Blubird, so I just ordered 3 $500 cards. If it doesn’t work w bluebird, I’s still not out anything. I’ve just moved my future spending to today.

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  84. Isaac Says:
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    Is the 5000 dollar monthly limit with Bluebird a total limit or just a limit for VR’s? It’d be great to load 5K in VR’s and then another 5K in Visa GC’s!

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  85. skunk Says:
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    dan i went to walmart and i got declined sad sad

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  86. Riposte Says:
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    As of today at Walmart (BB load):

    – Vanilla Visa (Bancorp) from OD – fail
    – Visa GC (Metabank) from OM – success
    – Visa GC (USBank) from OM – ?
    – MC GC (USBank) from OM – fail

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  87. Rivka Says:
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    tried to get cash back using a pin with when making a purchase from a Visa (non-vanilla) gift card at a self checkout lane at CVS and it woudn’t give me any cash back, but it did work to make the purchase as a debit card with the pin. store clerk said they can’t give cash back from gift cards, even when used as a debit card.

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  88. Dan Says:
    88

    @skunk:
    Just did a Bluebird load 10 minutes ago at Walmart.

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  89. Pyrate Baruch Says:
    89

    Dan:

    I just did a 2bm for a Chase British Airways and Ink Bold. They wouldn’t give me the BA card saying I applied for 8 accounts in the past year. I asked about shuffling around credit and closing another account but they refused. Do you have any advice?

    Thanks in advance.

    Baruch

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  90. Dan Says:
    90

    @Pyrate Baruch:
    Call back again, offer to close cards to get it approved.
    Or you can SM.

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  91. zoken Says:
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    walmart near me said that they don’t accept GC (with PIN), only ‘real’ debit cards with a name

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  92. chased Says:
    92

    major problem i have an amex starwood personal for about year and half about 2 months ago got the bus. one for not “such a real” bus. got a call today that both are being put on hold till i answer few q’s and maybe some paper work but don’t got any. if i don’t get back in 5 days they’ll shut both. any tips

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  93. Davidd Says:
    93

    as per 2 amex reps Amex will NOT award you triple points if you book flights through third parties(ie Orbitz, priceline, kayak etcc.)Is this accurate?

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  94. Dan Says:
    94

    @zoken:
    They’re wrong.

    @chased:
    http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=8

    @Davidd:
    No as those sites don’t charge you, they pass it through for the airline to charge you.

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  95. dovid Says:
    95

    anyone successfully cash advanced a gc?

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  96. douglas Says:
    96

    dan im new to the game so bear with me please, can i purchase with the ink bold gc in walmart go over to the return people and put that money into bluebird then take the money from bb and pay off that cc bill and still get the points?thanks

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  97. BJ Says:
    97

    I bought a gift cards and got the pins. Walmart and all the food stores I tried in AZ and Bay area would not accept it for MO. They all say it is a credit card, although it says it is a gift card card.

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  98. BJ Says:
    98

    @ymk:

    You can only transfer $100/day with a $2 fee from debit card to BB online.

    It will cost $10 to transfer $500 from a giftcard. You can do the calculation.

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  99. BJK Says:
    99

    AS a follow up from my previous post, WM would not let me load into BB either in AZ and Bay Area.

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  100. Dan Says:
    100

    @BJK:
    It depends on the issuing bank of the gift card.

    The Visa from Metabank sold by Office Max and Staples still works.

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  101. BJK Says:
    101

    Dan said “However I was only able to get cash back in multiples of $20, so I’ll probably use Amazon Payments to wipe the remaining balance from the cards.”

    I went to my Amazon account. I can only add a new bank account to add money. Does anyone know howto do it? Thanks.

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  102. Dan Says:
    102

    @BJK:
    You’re not adding money, you need to send it to another Amazon account.

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  103. goodsamaritan Says:
    103

    Hey Dan –

    I’m just confused about something – the bluebird page which sets limits on deposits says the following about deposits from debit cards – Debit Card(s) (in aggregate) Up to $100 per transaction
    $100 per day; and
    $1,000 per month*
    (https://bluebird.com/faqs#fees-and-limits)
    Is this gift card trick somehow considered a cash deposit and not a debit card deposit?

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  104. Dan Says:
    104

    @goodsamaritan:
    Correct.

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  105. levi Says:
    105

    @chana:
    have you (or anyone else) tried with a chase gc?

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  106. HG Says:
    106

    Dan,

    Can you please tell me the limits for the BB loads at Walmart, what are the limits
    1) Per transaction
    2) Daily
    3) Monthly
    Is there a maximum account balance for BB? daily weekly monthly? is the balance trash-hold based on balance or is it max balance per month

    Thanks.

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  107. mn5kids Says:
    107

    1 of 2: Yikes! I bought $500 in Shell cards from Office Depot on Sunday on my brand new Chase Ink Bold card. I waited a “while” then went to Shell to get gas. No go. The cards were not activated. Went inside and guy said there was no money on them. Went back to Office Depot. They said as soon as I left they got some weird message on their screen that said, “Cards could not be activated.” Since it was a Sunday, they had to wait until Monday. Monday no one knew what was going on. Today I told them I was going to dispute the charges at Chase if I didn’t hear back from them by 4 p.m. They called me back and said there was a problem with Shell not activating any cards because it happened to someone else as well. They told me to come in and they would refund my $500 and duke it out with Shell. They pulled all their Shell cards in the entire area. I live in Chicago near Skokie/Lincolnwood.

    See second post . . .

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  108. mn5kids Says:
    108

    2 of 2: Chicago/Skokie/Lincolnwood area: I received my Bluebird card yesterday in the mail. Today I went to Office Max to buy some gift cards. I was just about to go to town and buy a whole boatload of them ($1000)for various stores that I don’t usually frequent. At the last minute, I decided to be conservative and buy something that I could use in case it didn’t work. I bought two $50 gift cards for Bed Bath & Beyond. I went to my local Walmart. I went to 3 cashiers, the manager of Customer Service, and the assistant manager of Customer Service. NONE of them have ever heard about being able to transfer gift cards onto a Bluebird card. I’m not worried about the gift cards because I can use them, but now what do I do about earning all those miles? Help!

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  109. ford Says:
    109

    @mn5kids

    lol. How did you misconstrue visa/mc generic gift card for merchant(home depot, Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc.) gift cards? one has value anywhere, one at pretty much one store. Read a bit before you unload your purse and know what you’re getting into.

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  110. a Says:
    110

    there seems to be a limit to the amount of metabnk gft cards you can buy a day at staples. any info on this. i was told 400 is the limit. 2×200. any info. they got very upset at me for trying for 4×200. very very upset.

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  111. benny Says:
    111

    went to stapels today and got 3 of the cards shown above set their pins then went to walmart and they would not take them for loading my BB any other ideas how to cash them out? tx

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  112. barry Says:
    112

    does anyone know that most store don’t accept CC for GC visa purchases? MY Shop frite has a sign stating “cash only for GC” no way to use the Am,ex preferred. Are you sure Staples allows Ink cards to purchase these??

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  113. aaron Says:
    113

    @mn5kids: looks like you have alot to learn….

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  114. David Raccah Says:
    114

    For anyone who cares – I went to my OD and they have fewer and fewer cards. Barely any Visa 200 and sometimes none and barely any HI cards. Anyway, one store stood firm and would not allow me to use my Bold (or any CC) for more than 200 bucks a day! And no more than 500 bucks on any gift card a day. I was able to buy from another store – so call around and ask them, they are happy to sell stuff. They lose NOTHING. They are very afraid of fraud and checked everything about me, but then happily sold me cards.

    Clearly, they are gun shy from rampant fraud and that is why the denominations keep going down.

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  115. David R Says:
    115

    You can load up to $1000 per day onto Bluebird at Walmart. When is the day over for this purpose? I would like to go to a 24 hour Walmart and load $2000 in one visit.

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  116. Dan Says:
    116

    @David Raccah:
    OM and Staples should be easier.

    @David R:
    I believe 12:59am.

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  117. Mark Says:
    117

    Is transferring the chase Gift Cards to BB still around? I finally got my cash cards and bb card.

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  118. David Raccah Says:
    118

    @Dan and @David R: I tried to deposit plain Vanilla GC Visa cards to my BB and it was less than 24 – and it failed in a very bad way. I deposited 800 dollars at 11 PM on Tuesday, went back the next day (Wednesday) at Noon and tried to deposit cards.

    The first card worked GREAT! The second and third cards all failed with this error stating something liked – Debit Not Approved. I thought I had messed up and they were messing with my cards. After an exhaustive search – it turns out that this error – means you have done too many charges for the day or month!

    Thank goodness, I went today – and added 1K – no worries! So, it is absolutely 24 hours – beware!

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  119. douglas Says:
    119

    is there a 24 hr or other time limit after purchasing a visa vanilla gc ???? having trouble loading it on to bb online it says “unable to transfer at this time try again later” hope it works….. somebody please respond thanks

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  120. Harris Says:
    120

    I understand that Visa GC can be uploaded to BB (either for free at Walmart or for $2 fee onlie) but I’ve seen people mention they can cash them out. How can you do this? I tried at a regular ATM and that didn’t work.
    Will any Bank give me the full cash value of the card if I just walk in there asking the teller to “withdraw the funds” on the Visa GC?
    Thanks

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  121. Anonymous Says:
    121

    I bought 5x $200 Visa GC from Staples (Metabank) and Walmart in Monticello wouldn’t let me load them onto BB?
    When I called to set my PIN, the system said this pin will not work for cash back purchases and ATM?
    Does cash advance work?

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  122. David R Says:
    122

    @Dan: Confirmed. I visited a 24 hour Walmart in NY shortly before 1:00am and loaded $1000 onto Bluebird. Then I loaded Bluebird again a few minutes after 1:00am. So you can get two reloads with one visit to Walmart if you are willing to go at that time. I assume the cutoff is midnight Central Time regardless of which Walmart you go to, so if you go to a Walmart in CA, you could load Bluebird before 10:00pm PT and then again after 10:00pm PT.

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  123. David R Says:
    123

    @Anonymous: Did you tell them it’s debit rather than credit? They only accept debit for BB reload.
    Did you try to use all 5 cards to reload $1000 at once? They only accept up to 4 debit cards per transaction.
    I tried to send $200 from a Staples gift card via AP and chose cash advance rather than goods or services. It was declined because the card can’t be used for cash advance.

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  124. Eliezer Says:
    124

    Dan, This will probably work/help for now. VR cards have vanished from CVS in NJ, not sure why. Can these Visa gift cards be uploaded to BB online or does it have to be at a Walmart store? They say the Walmarts around here in Lakewood, NJ are really nasty about doing it. Not sure why…

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  125. Eliezer Says:
    125

    Here was my experience in the Lakewood, NJ area. Went to the local Staples, bought one of the cards, got a pin, went to Walmart in Howell and CS loaded it up for me to my BB, no problem. They do ask for my DL, DOB, ph#, but it went through. Next day, went back to Staples, bought $1800 (9 cards), got pins, went to the Walmart in Brick, NJ. CS was really adamant that they don’t do it anymore. Said an email came through to ALL stores forbidding uploading from these types of cards to BB. I ran over to the Howell store and they did it for me. Fortunately, I got the same CS person and she was really nice. She first tried doing $800 on one transaction, but was denied, so we did them one card at a time. I can’t wait to “unload” the next $1000 next week.

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  126. Jack Says:
    126

    Will the Chase gift cards be eligible purchases for Chase Ink Bold spending requirements?

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  127. Joe s Says:
    127

    I thought I saw, in a previous thread, that you can pay credit card bills at Walmart for a $1 fee using a debit card or, hopefully, GC w/Pin. Can someone confirm if this is possible and, if so, how to do it? I don’t have a Bluebird account.

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  128. Joe s Says:
    128

    Checked Walmart Online as I should have done in the first place. It seems they can pay credit card bills for a small fee. Questions is can I pay with multiple gift cards? Can I do it at a machine? Customer service? Any cashier?

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  129. 2Clarify Says:
    129

    @Dan, just to be sure I understood…or misunderstood. I have the Chase Ink Plus card with 2 weeks and about $1000 away from the $5000 threshold to be eligible to earn the 50K points. If I purchase $1000 worth of gift cards at an office supply store TODAY, just to meet the eligible spend requirements, will this purchase also give me 5x the points as well OR will it just equal 1 point per dollar spent – and that the 5x ultimate rewards for INK only apply AFTER I already have $5000 spent on the card already? thanks for your help

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  130. dai Says:
    130

    got the visa debit card, called the number for a pin, made a purchase and asked for cashback, didn’t work. tried this at CVS and Aldi (grocery store). same problem with the MasterCard debit card when I tried getting cash back with a purchase at Wal-Mart. anyone else having problems getting cash back with purchases even after getting the pin number assigned?

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  131. Joe s Says:
    131

    @dai: Not sure what debit card ur talking about but I’m having the same experience with the Chase Visa GC from the recent DD promo. Friday I tried to get Cash back at Heinen’s,(with pin). Fail. Today I tried at Giant Eagle. Fail Again. I’m wondering if these cards will load Bluebird. Anyone have any luck with that? (My card hasn’t arrived yet.

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  132. dai Says:
    132

    @Joe s: I tried the $200 visa debit card and the $200 MasterCard debit card bought at staples. Neither one let me get cash back with a purchase when I tried at a couple different stores, including Wal-Mart

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  133. bob Says:
    133

    Hi Dan,
    I tried today to pay a bill at walmart with debit gift cards and the said that it can’t be done because the system is taking it as a credit card even though it’s a debit card and only you could use real debit cards. Is this correct? how could it be loaded to bb if the system is taking it as a debit card?
    Thanks.

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  134. Mayday Says:
    134

    I tried to load my 1st Chase GC onto BB today. I told the walmart teller that I wanted to do a debit reload for $500. He typed the amount in and told me to swipe my card. I swipped my card, entered a PIN and it was denied with a message of “DEBIT NOT AVAILABLE APPR. CODE = 05.”

    anyone know why?

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  135. Avrohom E Says:
    135

    I tried loading my Chase Visa Gift Card to bluebird and got a message that the address didn’t verify. I called customer service and they said that you can’t load giftcards to bluebird. Is your info on BB is out of date or am I missing something? Also, will the fact that these cards have pins help me case them out? If so, how? Thx

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  136. Dan Says:
    136

    @Avrohom E:
    You have to do it in WalMart at the ATM or with a cashier.

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  137. ben Says:
    137

    @ Dan

    i just tried adding Chase GCs to my bluebird today at walmart

    and it kept telling me that the method of payment was invalid.. (cash or debit)

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  138. reg Says:
    138

    Help – what can I do with CVS gift cards?
    They won’t accept them for gift or PREPAID or VC?

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  139. reg Says:
    139

    @reg: CVS Pharmacy gift cards that is… @Dan ??

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  140. Mark Says:
    140

    @Dan:
    Dan, how did you come to a total earnings > 75,000 miles/points?

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  141. Eli Says:
    141

    how do I cash gift cards on amazon payments

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  142. Simon Says:
    142

    Any suggestions on how to inform Walmart staff about reloading BB with Walmart gift cards? The clerks all say it can’t be done…

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