Vanilla Reloads for those in NYC…

As I mentioned in my post last week, Adventures in CVS Vanilla Reloads, it’s quite difficult finding any reload cards here in NYC. Well, I stopped in a Walgreens just a few moments ago and noticed 4 Vanilla Reload cards on the very bottom shelf next to the regular VISA gift cards.  I took one and paid using my Hilton AMEX (6x points at drug stores). There is no self-checkout and the register required a manager to ring the purchase with a credit card.  It didn’t seem to be a problem at all and the manager mentioned he had never seen the reloads before (somehow this store or the manger has been absent from the Vanilla reload game).  I asked if they expected anymore in stock soon and he actually went in the back and checked his expected orders, unfortunately only regular VISA gift cards on the way through January. Anyway, I couldn’t find a section on the rack marked Vanilla Reloads and it looked like these were just thrown up there from storage.  I’ve left three cards for any readers here in New York.  It’s the Walgreens on 36h and 3rd.  Enjoy and please leave a comment if you pick one up!

UPDATE – No cards remaining

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  1. Yup all gone, thanks for the tip!!! I live just 2 blocks away too and was on my way home from work. Would’ve been a great way to start my vacation!!!

  2. after getting my bluebird about 6 weeks ago i check about 10 CVS,walgreens and office depot on TS,couple of 7/11s but no luck.i think i gave up in NY maybe i’ll have more luck on trips…

  3. I was thinking… Some of us in nyc should grab a beer one day and talk miles and points. I think I’m starting to bother my girlfriend and friends… I live and work in midtown if anyone is up for drinks after work after the holidays.

  4. Went to apply for an Amex today and the fine print says reload cards do not qualify for points. Any one with first hand experience with this?

    • @Rit – I don’t believe they are referring to Vanilla Reload cards. Additionally, I’ve never heard of anyone not receiving points for a Vanilla Reload purchase with their AMEX.

      • The fine print..

        Eligible Purchases means purchases for goods and services minus returns and other credits. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents. Additional terms and restrictions apply.

        I hope your right though!

        • @Rit – The frequent flier community has been earning points and miles for using Vanilla Reloads for well over a year.

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