Last month I wrote about Bluebird, "The New Killer App" and " Is Bluebird Worth it Now?"
To summarize those articles, Bluebird is a new product by American Express that acts as both a debit card and a checking account. The idea behind earning miles and points is to purchase Vanilla Reload cards with a points earning credit card at Office Supply stores and Drug stores where you earn up to 5X bonus points per dollar spent. You can then pay bills like mortgage and car payments, utility bills, etc. from your Bluebird account. You are then essentially earning points on bills that you can't typically pay with a credit card.
There have been stories circulating the Internet of difficulty setting up Bluebird, trouble with the Vanilla Reloads posting to your account and worries that bonus points for the purchase of Vanilla Reload cards would not post to your account.
I am pleased to announce that after more than a month of use of my Bluebird account and purchasing Vanilla Reload cards, I have had none of these issues. My Hilton credit card statement arrived last week and 6X Hilton points per dollar spent on Vanilla cards were posted. The bill pay feature of Bluebird is VERY easy to setup and use. This comes from someone who up until now has never paid bills online.
Rest assured the Bluebird strategy for earning miles and points on bill paying is still alive and well for now.
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About The Points Doctor
The Points Doctor is Bruce J. Wilderman DDS of Artistic Expressions Dentistry.Dr. Wilderman has a practice limited to Cosmetic Dentistry, serving patients of the Philadelphia Area since 1986.He and wife of 30 years enjoy traveling the world for little or no money with the points and miles they have earned from the credit card companies. Dr. Wilderman would love to teach you how to do the same. You may reach him at ThePointsDoctor@comcast.net