Here’s your chance to catch up with Bluebird, REDcard, portals, and more


The past few weeks here at the Frequent Miler blog have been a blur of activity including new blog features, breaking stories, and much more.  So, I’m trying something new today with a summary of the best of Frequent Miler from the past few weeks.  Here are the highlights…

Frequent Miler launches Portal Alerts

In collaboration with CashBackMonitor and with the help of Boarding Area staff, we launched a new section of this website titled “Portal Alerts”.  The idea is to give portal shoppers a way to find exciting new (or expired) portal offers each day.  Oh yeah, and we ported Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals to Boarding Area too.  We’ve run into a few hiccups along the way including accidentally spamming our subscribers, and frequently broken links.  But, hey, it mostly all works now:

New readers may also like to check out the long-existing Frequent Miler Laboratory.  Find out what works and what doesn’t, and contribute your own findings.

Redbird, Bluebird, Serve card

As of May 6, 2015, Target no longer accepts credit cards for in-store REDbird reloads. For more information, please see “REDbird Post Memo Answers“, and “REDbird grounded. Now what?

First, the Serve news:

Introducing Redbird / REDcard

The really exciting news was that Amex had come out with yet another variant of Serve/Bluebird.  Where Bluebird is in partnership with Walmart, this one is with Target.  The new card is awkwardly named the Target Prepaid REDcard.  Some are now referring to this card as Redbird (since it is similar to Bluebird).  I like that name!



Of course, with all this talk about Serve and Redbird, I couldn’t leave Bluebird out in the cold.  So, I showed “How to cancel Bluebird online in case you want to switch to Serve or Redbird.

Spilling Ink over Ink

I didn’t post much news about Chase Ink cards but, I did post the basics of what’s going on.  It really comes down to three things:

  1. The Ink Plus 70K offer is now available online (previously it was in-branch or via targeted mail).
  2. The Ink Bold card is going away.  The last day it will be available to new applicants is November 16th.
  3. Chase offered many Ink Plus cardholders 10K bonuses for referring friends (offer expired October 10th).

About these topics, I posted:

If you’re curious about whether you can get a new signup bonus when you already have an Ink card, please read the section of this post titled “Multiple Ink cards”.

Manufactured Status

Last week I posted ways to earn top tier hotel elite status through spend.  Please see:

My intent is to follow up (probably next week) with similar posts about spending your way to airline elite status.  Coincidentally, the arrival of Redbird makes it all that much easier to manufacture status so I think this will prove to be a timely series.

Small Business Saturday

After a friend tipped me off that this year’s Small Business Saturday details were online, I read through the offer’s Terms & Conditions (I’ve been known to do that sort of thing). I was surprised by what I found: This year, you can use each Amex card three times for a total of $30 back.  And, Bluebird cards were included this year too!


Of course, there were a number of miscellaneous posts and Quick Deals as well.  Here are a few highlights:

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