No Vanilla Reload cards? Swipe reload instead.


If you’re like me and scrambling to buy Vanilla Reload cards at CVS prior to April 4th when they go cash-only, you’ve probably found the reload cards out of stock at your local CVS.  Here’s an alternative:  Bring your Vanilla Reloadable prepaid card to CVS and tell the cashier that you’d like to “reload a prepaid card”.  You should be able to load up to $500 per transaction and pay with a credit card (for now).  Amex Serve has no fee, but with other cards you’ll be charged $3.95 per transaction.  Here are the cards that should work at CVS (I’ve only tested a few):

  • Amex Serve
  • MyVanilla
  • NetSpend
  • PayPal
  • JH Preferred
  • Momentum

Sorry but Bluebird cards do not work at CVS for swipe reloads.
This trick will only work until CVS goes cash-only on April 4.

No idea what I’m talking about?  See this post, or don’t worry about it since the deal will be dead soon anyway.

Apologies to those who live in areas that are already cash-only.

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