Update 6/3/14 at 8:00PM PST: Vanilla Reload Cards can no longer be purchased with credit cards at most stores, including CVS. Please read this post for more information.
Load Bluebird with Vanilla Reload Cards
Go to your local CVS store and purchase 1 or 2 Vanilla Reload Cards with your credit card. Most CVS stores have a $1,000 daily limit on these cards, so just purchase 2 each visit. You might have to ask the cashier if they have these cards behind the counter if you do not see them in the gift card rack.
This is the front of the Vanilla Reload Card (VRC). New designs may vary slightly.
This is the back of the VRC.
This is my CVS receipt after purchasing 2 VRCs. $500 load value plus a $3.95 activation fee. 2 VRCs plus 2 activation fees = 2 x $500 + 2 x $3.95 = $1,007.90 total.
Currently, my Bluebird account has a $0.00 balance.
Go to www.vanillareload.com (probably smart to bookmark this site too).
Turn over the VRC and scratch off the silver coating to reveal the PIN, enter the 10 digit PIN online, then click the Load Prepaid Card button.
Enter your 15 digit Bluebird account number in the box. Your account number is the 15 digit number on the front of your Bluebird card. Check the “I agree to the Vanilla Reload Terms and Conditions” box and click the Apply Reload button. If nothing happens, you may have to scroll to the bottom of the Terms and Conditions.
Recently, Vanilla Reload added a captcha text box below the terms and conditions box.
Verify that the VRC has the correct balance before you click the Yes, I Am Sure button.
Success! Your VRC has been successfully transferred to your Bluebird card. If you have another VRC, please go back to the home page and repeat the above steps. Vanilla Reload recently added your VRC PIN to the confirmation screen so you can see which card you just loaded.
Bluebird will send you an email after your VRC has been successfully reloaded onto your Bluebird card.
I logged into my Bluebird account and see the $500 reload right away. The transfer is instant from VRC to your Bluebird account.
Now for some math. Each VRC costs $3.95 and you earn 504 miles or points. That equates to $3.95 / 504 = 0.78 cents per mile or point.
Are you getting an error message?
If you try to enter an invalid PIN, you will get the following message:
If you try to enter the same PIN twice, you will get the following message:
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.