I, like most of you, who like to have a simple way to meet credit card spending, got the e-mail from AMEX that my BlueBird account has been closed (if not, you will most likely). A most sad day indeed that I first learned about from Frequent Miler here on BoardingArea.
However this is not the end of the world. Sure, for those who are managing maybe a dozen or more BlueBird or Serve accounts this is a major blow for you. For the rest of us, who are small time players, this is not that big of a deal really and will not have a massive impact on us.
I can tell you I never ever paid my credit cards directly with my BlueBird so as others have said it must be loading and unloading practices that got us canceled. I always swept my money out instantly or almost instantly. I am sure the BB folks did not like that.
So why not such a big deal? Keep in mind the VDGCs most of us
are were using to load to BlueBird are “debit” cards so you can use them, for a small fee, at many locations to buy money orders. Now this is very different from the simple way of loading to BlueBird so you will want to study and learn more. But if done to simply meet the spend on cards and sensible deposits over a month or two you should have no issues (for now). I can absorb a tiny bit higher costs to get my spending done this way as well as normal spend.
Clearly this is a bummer day and you hate to see a beautiful bird killed off in one mass extinction event, but there are clearly other ways to keep the game afoot if you will. – René
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