Reminder: I am hosting a Miles and Points Meetup today (March 14) in San Francisco at 12pm. If you are interested in joining me and other miles and points collectors, please read this post.
(Hat Tip to Miles to Memories)
Good morning everyone, I have some bad news. For those of you with an American Express Serve Card (or SoftServe Card), you will only be able to use American Express credit cards for online reloads starting April 16. According to this sentence on Serve’s website (link):
Note: Starting April 16, 2015 you will only be able to use an American Express® Card if you want to load your account with a credit card. Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards will no longer be supported after April 16.
The reason this is bad news is that you *do not* earn any miles, points, or cash back when you use your American Express credit card for online Serve / SoftServe reloads. The purchases do count toward minimum spending, but nothing else.
Thankfully, American Express gave us some time to react to the news. From now through April 15, you can continue to use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit card for online Serve / SoftServe reloads. One caveat though, some credit cards will charge you a cash advance fee, so please read this post to learn which cards are safe for online credit card reloads. In general, use a Chase or Barclays credit card to avoid cash advance fees.
Since this change is occurring mid-month, you will have plenty of time to complete your April credit card reloads to your Serve / SoftServe Card. After that point, I would probably drain my Serve / SoftServe Card and switch to a Redbird Card, if available.
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It looks like American Express is slowly trying to kill off the Serve / SoftServe Card. It will be interesting / nerve-racking to see what American Express changes next to Bluebird and Redbird Cards. Every change is negative and makes these cards harder and harder to use.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone.