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Wal-Mart, Amex take on banks with Bluebird debit card

Old Nov 26, 12, 6:12 am
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Originally Posted by jchock1 View Post
Sorry if someone has already pointed this out, but I just noticed when logging into my BB account that there is now an option to transfer money, with no fee, directly into your checking account from your BB account. You can instantly verify your bank account to make use of this feature. For some reason my bank account didn't instantly verify, so they are making 2 small deposits and then I need to then enter that information to verify my account.

It appears as though you can only link one checking account, and I couldn't find any limits on the total dollars you can transfer out of BB and into your account.

Anyway, it seems that might be the best way to facilitate paying bills, etc., and thus avoid having to set up new payees through BB.
1) Wasn't that feature always there?

2) I think it's the worst way to pay bills, if the concept of paying bills includes having your BB account remain open.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 6:15 am
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Originally Posted by jchock1 View Post
Sorry if someone has already pointed this out, but I just noticed when logging into my BB account that there is now an option to transfer money, with no fee, directly into your checking account from your BB account. You can instantly verify your bank account to make use of this feature. For some reason my bank account didn't instantly verify, so they are making 2 small deposits and then I need to then enter that information to verify my account.

It appears as though you can only link one checking account, and I couldn't find any limits on the total dollars you can transfer out of BB and into your account.

Anyway, it seems that might be the best way to facilitate paying bills, etc., and thus avoid having to set up new payees through BB.
Update: I was able to have my checking account instantly verified, and just transferred $2k into it from BB. It indicated it would take 2-3 days for the funds to appear in my checking account, but the funds were immediately deducted from my bb account. There was an option to "Transfer More Money", so it looks like you can probably transfer the entire balance of the bb account into your checking account, subject to the $10k total balance allowed.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 6:16 am
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Originally Posted by AA_EXP09 View Post
Got 5 buckets of icecream today using my CC.
hey how 'bout that
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Old Nov 26, 12, 6:18 am
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Originally Posted by NYBanker View Post
I started to enter my Amex Platinum card details to make a payment from BB, but started to chuckle. I suspect few - outside of our points circles - carry both Amex's platinum card and Amex's Bluebird card.
I also had the same funny feeling when I paid my Plat with a BB. Payment went through in 2 days. I'll probably refrain from making all of my payments this way as I don't want an AMEX FR - not that this would happen by using one of their top of the heap products along side the bottom of the heap.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 6:26 am
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Originally Posted by User Name View Post
1) Wasn't that feature always there?

2) I think it's the worst way to pay bills, if the concept of paying bills includes having your BB account remain open.
That feature may have always been there, I just noticed it today. I recall people sending themselves checks, or having to re-set up all of their billpays to make the system work, which was a pain. I don't think you can set up advance billpays through Bluebird, it's difficult to know when/if checks sent through Blue Bird have cleared, etc.

You can also make deposits by taking a picture of the check to be deposited, which I believe is a feature that was not offered initially.

It seems they continue to enhance the product.

I'm not sure how taking advantage of a feature to transfer money into my checking account would reduce the chance of my bb account remaining open, but just thought I would share my discovery with others, take it or leave it.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 6:33 am
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Originally Posted by Surface Interval View Post
I also had the same funny feeling when I paid my Plat with a BB. Payment went through in 2 days. I'll probably refrain from making all of my payments this way as I don't want an AMEX FR - not that this would happen by using one of their top of the heap products along side the bottom of the heap.
AMEX would have a problem with using an AMEX checking account to pay off an AMEX credit card???
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Old Nov 26, 12, 7:06 am
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Originally Posted by mrredskin View Post
AMEX would have a problem with using an AMEX checking account to pay off an AMEX credit card???
No, they SHOULDN'T. However, 'unusual' transactions seem to be a trigger for a FR. I've not had one. From what others have posted, I don't want one either!
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Old Nov 26, 12, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by Surface Interval View Post
No, they SHOULDN'T. However, 'unusual' transactions seem to be a trigger for a FR. I've not had one. From what others have posted, I don't want one either!
No need to take a chance when you don't have to.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 7:46 am
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Originally Posted by mrredskin View Post
hey how 'bout that
Hint: I got them in SEA.
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Originally Posted by jchock1 View Post
Sorry if someone has already pointed this out, but I just noticed when logging into my BB account that there is now an option to transfer money, with no fee, directly into your checking account from your BB account. You can instantly verify your bank account to make use of this feature. For some reason my bank account didn't instantly verify, so they are making 2 small deposits and then I need to then enter that information to verify my account.

It appears as though you can only link one checking account, and I couldn't find any limits on the total dollars you can transfer out of BB and into your account.

Anyway, it seems that might be the best way to facilitate paying bills, etc., and thus avoid having to set up new payees through BB.
Too bad I can't use this as I have a USD account with a Canadian bank.
I also have USD credit cards issued by American banks that I apply with by using my information and my Canadian SIN.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by NYBanker View Post
I started to enter my Amex Platinum card details to make a payment from BB, but started to chuckle. I suspect few - outside of our points circles - carry both Amex's platinum card and Amex's Bluebird card.

Not that I could have seen it making any sort of difference, I elected to make a payment to my Chase card instead.

I have had bill pays and eft transfers to my bank appear within the promised timeframe and without issue. Eft transfers to my bank from bb took a little longer than ingdirect takes, but only by a day or so...and was still within the promised timeframe.
I was laughing to myself about the same thing. I unloaded $8k from bb towards my platinum card.
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Old Nov 26, 12, 8:07 am
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>>>>>>>>>joesmoe: I unloaded $8k from bb towards my platinum card.

Why would you do $8k spend on Platinum card? On a second thought, why would you put any spending on that card? Unless u recently got it to meet min spend of course.

Weird CeeVeeS encounter yesterday. Bought vanilla and water. Manager was called & said must ring separately. Ok I said. Will not be back at that store, I just don't like to see $503.95 charges:-)
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Old Nov 26, 12, 8:32 am
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Originally Posted by gpapadop View Post
I just don't like to see $503.95 charges:-)
Thats a hard you to get around. Do you want arrows and pictures?
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Old Nov 26, 12, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by QL_714 View Post
Thats a hard you to get around. Do you want arrows and pictures?
I know of a workaround496.05. But that requires two trips Time is extremely limited these days
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Old Nov 26, 12, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by gpapadop View Post
I know of a workaround496.05. But that requires two trips Time is extremely limited these days
I actually got a coupon for $4.95 off of my next GreenDot purchase at my favorite grocery store. And I am just starting to get into extreme couponing lol. Now I can start stockpiling cheerios, toilet roll and washing detergent along with debit card reloads
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