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Here at Out and Out, I had this idea to make February “Manufactured Spend Month.”
With the impending blizzard, and then frigid single digit temps on the horizon, I used this nearly 50-degree day to manufacture some spend ahead of schedule.
First, I went to CVS with my Chase British Airways Visa Signature and got $1,000 worth of PayPal My Cash cards. The transaction went through flawlessly. And later this evening, I will pay my first round of rent utilizing RadPad.
After CVS, I dared to face the Target at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, New York.
My heart was pounding as I went in. It’s perhaps the busiest Target store in the entire United States and some say one of the busiest in the Northern Hemisphere (Target does not officially publish their busiest locations), so I wasn’t sure what their stance would be on ol’ REDbird. Would it be par for the course or the one store where credit cards were NOT accepted for reloads?
It was crazy busy, as are most Sundays, but after 10 minutes, I was up. As I neared the register, I actually saw a sign for the REDbird card in the store – in Spanish. I pulled out the REDbird card and asked to load it up for $500.
The cashier treated it like any other transaction, pressed a few buttons and told me to swipe my card. I pulled out the Chase Sapphire Preferred and swiped it. It went through perfectly.
The receipt printed out, and the reload appeared right away in my account. I had no issue whatsoever with the loading of REDbird at the Brooklyn Target.
I pass this train stop literally every day so this is a boon for me. Twice a month, I will round up my cards and load up REDbird for $2,500.
Between REDbird and PayPal My Cash cards, I am set on my MS for a second. And as long as both of these things are in play, I will be maxing it out as much as I can. This by far better than Vanilla Reloads ever were. So easy.
Now that I know it works, I want to spend some time thinking about how to optimize and maximize this even better… There must be an opportunity in here somewhere.
I don’t know why, really, but I was very trepidatious about the Brooklyn Target. I guess it’s because of the huge opportunity loss if it didn’t work. But, I am happy to report, it does!
If it worked in Brooklyn, I can say with near certainty that it will work at the Manhattan location (117th St) as well.
Any other New Yorkers out there been holding out on REDbird? If you want to get one, I’d recommend closing your Serve or Bluebird account (or figuring out how to keep both) and dig it while the getting is good. Nothing like a boatload of completely free points and/or miles.
Also, please feel free to leave data points or ask questions in the comments below. Has anyone else been having a good experience with REDbird so far?
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