How to Use Vanilla Reload Cards with Your Bluebird Card (awesome video)

Posted By Trav

Why should you do this?

With the Bluebird card you can pay all sorts of bills, such as your mortgage and student loans, that you can’t pay with a credit card.

Since you are earning points for buying Vanilla Reload cards with a credit card and then using those Vanilla Reload cards to pay your bill via Bluebird, you are now earning miles and points for paying those bills!


By doing this on a $1,500 mortgage each month, you’d earn an extra 18,000 miles each year if you simply use a regular credit card that earns 1x per $1 spent.

Links You Need:

Bluebird.com– The place to go to sign up for (Step #1) and register (Step #3) your Bluebird card.

VanillaReload.com– Go here to find locations that sell Vanilla Reload cards (Step #5) and to add your Vanilla cards to your Bluebird account (Step #7)

AngryBirds.com– The ultimate time-killer.

What bills have you used your Bluebird card to pay?  Where are you buying your Vanilla Reloads?  Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Mike B says:

    I’m having a little bit of a problem with this. I have a Bluebird card and account. I bought A MyVanilla Personal Reloadable Prepaid Card, but I can’t transfer the funds. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Trav says:

      @Mike B- If you bought a MyVanilla Personal Reloadable Prepaid Card you WON’T be able to transfer the funds from that card to your Bluebird card. That card is actually a card that you load money ON, much like the Bluebird card.

      Instead, you need to buy ones that are called “Vanilla Prepaid Reload” cards. They are the ones that look EXACTLY like the ones I show in the video. Make sure those are the ones you are buying. The titles they give each card are very confusing, but if you buy the ones that look exactly like the packaging I show in the video, you can load those on the Bluebird card.

      You can also check out Frequent Miler’s awesome post on what all the different Vanilla cards look like.

      1. Shyla says:

        Hi can I transfer money Off the vanilla reload network card to my debit card?

        1. Trav says:

          @Shyla- With Vanilla Reload cards, you can only load them on to another card, such as a Bluebird card. With other Vanilla products, you may be able to transfer that money to a debit card, but I’m only familiar with the Vanilla Reloads, and loading them on a Bluebird card. The Bluebird card does act like a debit card though, once you have money on it.

  2. Nancy says:

    Thanks Travis! I just followed along step by step with your video and have $1,000 loaded on our bluebird card now.

    1. Trav says:

      @Nancy- Awesome! Hope you liked my foray into the world of cinematography!

      1. Nancy says:

        Having trouble buying any additional Vanilla Reload cards. Three Walgreens in my area are now only accepting cash for payment and I guess Office Depot has stopped carrying them.

        Has anyone put together a listing of places where they can be purchased with a credit card?

        1. Trav says:

          @Nancy- I’m not sure anyone has a complete list put together. I’ve been looking around and not found anything. I have been having trouble purchasing Vanilla Reloads at CVS recently as well. They used to allow you to purchase Vanilla Reloads with a gift cards (which I had bought at Office Depot) but I went to my two local CVS stores this week and they said I couldn’t buy it with a gift card. I’ll have to check to see if I can with a credit card. I also noticed that Walgreens would not sell Vanilla Reloads to me with a credit card, just cash. I live in Philadelphia.

  3. travel4nana says:

    Going out to buy some VR with my new Hyatt credit card in order to meet the minimum spend. Thanks for all your help.

    1. Trav says:

      @travel4nana- Nicely done! Once you start, you won’t stop!

  4. Jerry Mandel says:

    Because I concentrate on Oneworld, I use Citi AAdavantage cards but they charge high fees and interest on anything that smells like a cash advance. So, how can I recycle funds with Citi Cards?

    1. Trav says:

      @Jerry Mandel- Have you tried using your Citi cards for Amazon Payments? I haven’t tried it yet, but if I remember correctly, some people said they didn’t count it as a cash advance. If that’s the case, I’d definitely use Amazon Payments with your Citi cards since you’re right, you can’t use gift cards.

  5. Fred says:

    Fyi in Florida Vanilla reload card are readily available at Walgreens and they allow purchase by a credit card.

    1. Trav says:

      @Fred- Thanks for the heads up. Seems strange that Walgreens allows you to use a credit card in some states and not in others. Get them while you can, and cross your fingers that it lasts!

  6. Dottie Prudhomme says:

    HI, I just bought my first Visa gift card and Vanilla reload card and successfully put the cash into my Bluebird account. Paid my water bill, just as a test, to be sure all is working property before I tackle the big stuff like mortgages, etc. My question: is there any reason I can’t pay my other credit cards with the Bluebird, using the same system? I have several Chase cards, Citi, Barclay and AMex. I would LOVE to charge them using the cards and get those points, then pay them with the Bluebird, using the Bold card visa cards that I got the 5x the miles! Also, I see there is an option to deposit cash into my bank account on the Bluebird. Is there any reason I can’t just put the whole thing back into my checking account, then pay my Bold bill and go buy more visa gift cards? I know the guy at the Office Depot will think I’m shady, but it seems like it would work, no?

    1. Trav says:

      @Dottie Prudhomme- First, congratulations on your first Vanilla Reload and Bluebird experience. It’s pretty easy once you figure it out the first time, right? As for your question, no, technically there is no reason you can’t pay all your credit card bills with the Bluebird account. The only thing I would be wary of is putting too many Office Depot gift cards on your Ink Bold.

      Personally, I’m looking to do $2,000 a month on my Ink Bold and $2,000 a month on my Ink Plus. Also, I’m making sure to put some other purchases on it so it doesn’t just show one $2,000 a month purchase at Office Depot and that’s it. Don’t want Chase to catch on and red flag my account.

      So yes, while it technically will work, at least for a bit, just be careful that you only buy enough gift cards so as to not raise red flags.

      1. Dottie Prudhomme says:

        Ah, thanks for that. I hadn’t thought of the fact that maybe they don’t know this is going on, and I don’t want to be the one to tell them! This seems like a great little system. Love that there are some creative people out there doing battle for our side :-)

  7. droid says:

    Hello sir, thanks for posting this. I wonder if AMEX or Office Depot or Chase catch onto me doing this, is there any possibility of legal ramifications? In other words is this a legal loop hole or are we somehow at risk of breaking the law for using this work around? Obviously everything is at your own risk but as far as I can tell this is a completely legitimate way to use the card (even if unintended by the cc companies)

    1. Trav says:

      @droid- There isn’t any legal ramifications since you aren’t doing anything legally wrong. It is a legitimate way to use your card, but like you said, just a loophole that the cc companies didn’t envision or know about. The worst that can happen is that they choose to close your accounts, but there isn’t any legal grounds for anything else.

  8. Justin Krick says:

    Hi there, I was looking just looking at the Bluebird site’s fee chart for adding funds. Online with a Debit Card has a $100 daily limit and a $2 fee. Are these Vanilla Reloads not considered debit cards? Also, in your sweet video of how to do this, you have a lot of waiting for the Bluebird starter card to come in the mail. Will picking up one at Walmart work? Thanks

    1. Trav says:

      @Justin Krick- Two great questions…here are the answers:

      1. Vanilla Reloads are NOT considered debit cards. I’m not sure what category Bluebird technically calls them, but you are allowed to load $1,000 worth of Vanilla Reloads on your Bluebird card each day with a total of $10,000 each month. There is no fee.

      2. Glad you thought the video was sweet. No, picking up a card at Walmart will not work. I made this same mistake. The starter card does not work for being able to load money on to from Vanilla Reloads. Instead, you’ll need the permanent card. All in all, it took about 3 days for my permanent card to come, which isn’t that long, but is a lot of Angry Birds!

      Let me know how else I can help!

  9. traveling Bubby says:

    I Bought the VR cards and got the Bluebird and loaded the VR onto it. Now how do I use that to pay CC bills? How do I deposit those funds into my bank account?

    1. Trav says:

      @traveling Bubby- Now you log in to your Bluebird account and pay your bills from that. For example, you can send anyone or any thing a check directly from Bluebird. Go to the Pay Bills tab and it will explain it. Your Bluebird account now acts like a bank account. No need to move money from Bluebird to your bank.

      1. traveling Bubby says:

        OK, TY, I will get right on it!

  10. judy says:

    We are going to buy a new car—we COULD pay cash but I would like to use my southwest credit card for the miles. If I finance with the dealership will I be able to pay off the loan with the bluebird card?

    1. Trav says:

      @judy- Sure, you could pay off the loan by having your Bluebird card send a check to the loan company.

  11. Chris says:

    Hey Trav – Is this still a viable option for getting miles? It looks like the PIN load on vanillareloads.com was shut down and swipe load is now the only option. Unfortunately the Target REDcard isn’t an option in Florida. Thanks

  12. Monica says:

    I was wondering if you had any other ideas for reloading my new bluebird card with a debit card to capitalize on credit card points other than the vanilla prepaid reload card since they are nowhere to be found. I also went into Walmart and they said the only way I can load the card is with cash or a debit card. HELP!!! Is it really worth having this card to pay my bills so I can get points to use on airlines etc.????

    1. Trav says:

      @Monica- Unfortunately, Vanilla reloads are the only way I know how to do it. I don’t think any other way works. They’ve really cracked down.

  13. RJ_ says:

    Ive read many articles saying that the VANILLA RELOAD CARDS are no longer compatible with the BLUEBIRD AMEX cards. Both BLUEBIRD AMEX and VR said that they’ve changed their policies due to fraud. So how would I go about uploading funds from my VRCard to my BLUEBIRD card?

    1. Trav says:

      @RJ- I’ve stopped using Bluebird and now use the Target equivalent, REDcard. I have heard people saying Bluebird still works, but not sure how current that is.

  14. Candice says:

    Can you load the vanilla cards to the bluebird card then use it to pay off the credit card? Or do you have to use the bluebird for something like a mortgage?

    1. Trav says:

      @Candice- Yes, you can do that if you want. You can use it to pay anything off.

  15. Eric says:

    I thought that this didn’t work anymore. I thought you couldn’t load Vanilla cards to Bluebird.


    1. Trav says:

      @Eric – It doesn’t work anymore, unfortunately.

  16. Trever says:

    Hi, I saw you said that you utilize Target’s equivalent to BlueBird, REDcard. How do I go about using it?

    1. Trav says:

      @Trever – Unfortunately it doesn’t work anymore.

  17. Kevin says:

    Hello. I’m late into the game but … so reading your article and also this thread.. is it safe to say that none of these systems work anymore?

    I just ordered a bluebird card but now I’m wondering if I can even use this system….

    1. Trav says:

      @Kevin – Yeah, Bluebird no longer works.

  18. Bala Mahendrasah says:

    I have AMEX Serve card. They shut down my loading capability through AMEX credit card last September. Is there any other way to load on Serve other than cash?

    1. Trav says:

      @Bala- Not that I know of.

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