American Express Bluebird Card Presents a Frequent Flier and Hotel Point Bonanza

American Express Bluebird Card Presents a Frequent Flier and Hotel Point Bonanza

For those consumers aiming to quickly rack up frequent flier miles and hotel points, the Bluebird card introduces huge new opportunities.

American Express recently introduced the Bluebird card.  The card is extensively covered in this article on BestCashCow.  As the article states, the card is a “game changer” in the space of prepaid, reloadable credit cards.  One feature that the card provides is the ability to pay for everyday expenses through the card’s check writing features.  Hence, you can use the Bluebird card to pay for expenses that you might not ordinarily be able to pay with a credit card such as mortgage payments, utilities, condo fees, child support, etc.  The card carries no annual fees, involves no credit check or adverse impact on your credit and can be applied for online here.

After you receive your permanent Bluebird card in the mail, you can begin to add credit to it, and the easiest way to do this is to buy Vanilla Reload cards at an Office Depot location.  Office Depot sells these cards in $500 increments at a $3.95 markup.  Bluebird permits you to load $1,000 (or two cards a day), up to a total of $5,000 a month.

By using a Chase Ink Bold card or a Chase Ink Plus card to purchase the Vanilla Reload cards at Office Depot, you will receive points equivalent to 5 times your purchase up to $50,000 a year.  This article fully details the opportunity in the Chase cards, each of which also provides a new applicant with 50,000 points. 

Hence, by opening either the Chase Ink Bold card or the Chase Ink Plus card, a user can easily accumulate 300,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  Those points are among the most flexible in the rewards industry and can be transferred to all sorts of great airline and hotel programs.  For example, those points will get you 12 trips from JFK to LA in coach class on United or British Airways or almost 23 nights at a Park Hyatt hotel like the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris!

Even though, the Chase cards are principally aimed at businesses, it is possible to obtain the cards as an individual by registering as a sole proprietorship and using your social security number instead of an EIN, as discussed here.

Open the Chase Ink Bold card here or the Chase Ink Plus card here.

Learn more about other rewards credit cards.

Ari Socolow
Ari Socolow: Ari Socolow is the Chief Economist and Editor-in-Chief at BestCashCow. He is particularly interested in issues relating to financial literacy and bank transparency. Since co-founding this website in 2005, Ari has been frequently cited in the media as an expert on local and national savings accounts, CD products, mortgage and loan products and credit card rewards products.

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