Vanilla Reload “Cash Only” Policy Seems Regional Right Now

"The Memo"

Is the Vanilla Reload/Bluebird method dead? I've received several text messages and emails from friends and several more messages on Twitter about "the memo" that CVS stores received this past … [Read more...]

How to Use Bluebird and Vanilla Reloads


My long-time readers and the intermediate to advanced audience will not find any use in this post, but I need to write it. I need to write it because I absolutely hate all the other "guides" that I've … [Read more...]

The Aftermath of the Home Improvement Gift Card Deal

This card is the cause of much woe to many people right now.

The recent Home Improvement Gift Card (HIGC) "deal" makes for a very interesting case study. I've written about the secrecy that exists in the points world and even wrote a post called "Is there a … [Read more...]

The Home Improvement Gift Card, and Free Points


UPDATE: Many people on FlyerTalk are reporting this deal as dead. Buy at your own risk! It's out there now, so I don't mind posting this. Shortly after Chase and Office Depot changed the rules for … [Read more...]

I Can Confirm that $500 Visa GCs Have Returned to Office Depot

Huge stacks available at my local OD!

EDIT: Reports are that the store I went to has now pulled these particular gift cards off the shelf. Stay tuned. I was in line for dinner earlier tonight and decided to read Twitter while waiting. … [Read more...]

The Bluebird/SPG Reward Night Cost Chart

SPG Reward Chart

I got a lot of positive (and some negative) feedback for my Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Chart post, so I decided to do it again for one of my other favorite cards - the SPG Amex card. The Amex … [Read more...]

Introducing the Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Charts

The standard United Award Chart for one-way and round trip redemptions.

Manufactured spend is essentially when one purchases items using a rewards credit card and then liquidates those items (turning them into cash) in order to pay off the credit card bill for the card … [Read more...]

The Vanilla Sky is Falling

I've slowly started to diversify, and I recommend you do the same!

Don't worry, you can still buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card...for now, at least. But you can no longer deny that the difficulty with which you can do so is increasing, and "reports" are now … [Read more...]

The Hidden Costs of Prepaid Cards

This is my Vanilla Flower. It's expensive!

Generating miles/points via the use of prepaid cards is all the rage right now, and rightly so. They can greatly reduce the cost of your travels and, when used in conjunction with credit card bonuses, … [Read more...]

Cheap Points via Green Dot MoneyPak Reloads at RiteAid

What do you see? I see free points!

A lot of people seemed to forget about the good old Amex Prepaid cards when Bluebird came along. And for good reason - Bluebird is by far the easiest way to create points for ultra cheap, but it's not … [Read more...]