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.