Over the past month or so, 7-Eleven stores started carrying Vanilla Reload cards. This allows you to load up to $500 on the card for $3.95 which you can then load on to your American Express Bluebird. With your American Express Bluebird card you can pay bills, rent, friends, etc. To learn more about Vanilla Reloads and American Express Bluebird, read this prior post.
While purchasing Vanilla Reloads at 7-Eleven sounds like a great option, many of them are not accepting credit cards as a form of payment and it’s a cash only deal. However, for those of you that are able to find a store that will accept credit cards, you can maximize your earnings with Plink.com.
Plink.com allows you to earn points on in-store purchases at participating merchants. Luckily, 7-Eleven is a participating merchant! So for a $25+ purchase you’ll earn 250 points valuef at $2.50. You can redeem your points in 500 point increments so for every two separate Vanilla Reload transactions you can cash out for a $5 gift card. That means your fees of $7.90 (cards cost $3.95 each) is really being reduced to $2.90! So if you purchase 10 cards a month for the $5,000 load maximum, you’ll pay $39.50 but get $25 back in gift cards!
Also, until Sunday July 21, 2013 all new members to Plink.com will get 1,000 bonus points (worth $10) if you spend $25+ at a 7-Eleven store. You must sign up for Plink.com using this bonus link.
How this works:
- Sign up for Plink here for the $10 7-Eleven promotion (make sure when signing up it states the $10 promotion – if you simply go through Plink.com and register you will not be registered for the promotion!)
- Link your credit card to your Plink account – I know many do not trust this concept so the choice is yours
- Add the merchant you’ll be shopping at to your Plink Wallet account (in this case add 7-Eleven)
- Shop IN STORE at 7-Eleven by end of day Sunday July 21 and spend $10 or more in a single transaction on your registered credit card (Vanilla Reload purchases count!)
In my experience the points have taken about a week to post, and they all did post – no follow up was needed! At this point you can cash out those points for gift cards at the following stores: iTunes, Tango card (which can then be redeemed at many merchants such as: Target, Home Depot, Pottery Barn and REI, etc.), Amazon.com, Walmart, Kohl’s, Barnes & Nobles, Overstock.com, and Zappos. I personally have cashed out thus far at Amazon.com and it has been an extremely easy process. The certificate took about a day to be emailed to my account (so keep that time table in mind when redeeming).
Let me know if you have any questions! This is a great way to reduce the cost of your Vanilla Reload fees!!!
Note: The Plink link listed is a special referral link. Make sure when registering the promotion is marketed on the sign up page. Personal referral links and just going to Plink.com will not register you in the specific promotion.