Last week I sadly posted about my Vanilla Reload D-Day experience at a local chain that seemingly stopped accepting any non cash payment types for Vanilla Reload purchases. I had visited three of their locations and received the same error messages at both the self-checkouts and normal counter checkouts. Well, today I have some good news to report. All three locations are once again accepting credit card payments for Vanilla Reload transactions at the self-checkouts. One change I did notice was that the transaction limit had been lowered to $500 from $1000 at two of the locations, requiring me to purchase my two $496 cards separately. As expected, the self-checkout did turn red for assistance as a staff member was required to check my ID and credit card. Once he was satisfied, he swiped his card and I was able to proceed with my transaction and select credit as my payment type. Now, the problem remains that the city has little to no Vanilla Reload cards!
However, I can also happily report that the locations outside of the city (Brooklyn/Queens, Connecticut, Long Island, and New Jersey) are all still processing credit cards for Vanilla Reload purchases at their normal checkout counters as per reader reports. I gave one location a try and everything went smooth besides my Barclay’s denying the charge for possible fraud. A quick call from Barclays while still at the store cleared that up, though I’m positive that the people waiting in line behind me were not at all happy about the additional wait while the transaction was cleared. The CVS clerk apologized and said it was corporate policy due to kids stealing their parent’s credit cards and purchasing Vanilla Reload cards…if only he knew about all those crazy frequent fliers!
Happy Vanilla Hunting!
NYC meet-up April 11th – Vanilla and all things points, miles, and travel to be discussed…