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As of April 16, 2015 regular Serve cards will only accept American Express network cards for online credit card loads.
Softcard Serve accounts are apparently grandfathered in the old system and continue to work as before, being able to load Mastercard, Visa, and Discover (see below).


Serve loads count towards minimum spend on AmEx-issued cards, including SPG.

This is the Serve thread. Post questions or information concerning other topics in the appropriate threads elsewhere in this forum.

For additional information on using prepaid debit cards, see PIN available now for Visa/MC prepaid debit cards.


You cannot make an ACH pull from Serve. The direct deposit account and routing numbers are for deposits only.

https://www.serve.com/#/add-cash

If your card doesn't say "debit" on the front, it isn't a debit card.


Loads at 7-11 and CVS are cash only. Debit cards are NOT allowed.

Loads at Walmart have been confirmed with debit cards. Self checkout does not work for loading Serve. Many Walmart stores are enforcing a rule against the use of prepaid debit cards when loading, even though the register and the MCE do not enforce. Do not make your prepaid debit cards visible. Show them a bank debit card if asked, then discreetly use your prepaid card when asked to swipe. Otherwise, you may be asked by management to never visit the MC (Walmart Money Center) again to load.

Debit loading at Family Dollar appears to be limited to $500 per day per store total (not per person or per account). Whoever gets there first gets the load for the day. Troubleshooting loading problems at FD

Regular Serve
  • Serve loading via VR/MP or WM/FD load: $2,500/day and $5,000 total per calendar month
  • Online Debit Card Load - $200/day and $1,000/month [B]
  • Online Credit Card Load (AmEx only) - $200/day and $1,000/month
  • Checking/Savings Account - $2,000/month
  • Checks - $2,000/day and $10,000/month
  • ATM Withdrawals - $750/day and $2,000/month

You can combine the three methods above and load a total of $7k/month to a single Serve account for miles/points earning purposes, but beware that you're also subject to a $10,000/month add money limit which also includes check deposits, ACH transfers, and Serve transfers.

Softcard Serve
Softcard has shutdown and there is no longer any way to apply for this version.
  • Serve loading via VR/MP or WM/FD load: $2,500/day and $5,000 total per calendar month
  • Online Debit Card Load - $500/day and $1,500/month
  • Online Credit Card Load - $500/day and $1,500/month
  • Checking/Savings Account - $2,000/month
  • Checks - $2,000/day and $10,000/month
  • ATM Withdrawals - $750/day and $2,000/month

You can combine the three methods above and load a total of $8k/month to a single Serve account for miles/points earning purposes, but beware that you're also subject to a $10,000/month add money limit which also includes check deposits, ACH transfers, and Serve transfers.

Temp Serve
You can only load a maximum of $500/day, $1000/month on a temporary card. Once you get your permanent card, then you can load more. The initial $500 when you purchase the temp card doesn't count against the $5,000/month load limit.

OneVip Card: (Mucho gracias, AndrewTheMan)
This card is essentially just like the regular, fee-free, "old" serve. You may reload this card up to $2,500/day; $1,000/transaction at Walmart (not impacted by Blue Bird daily limit change). Have not tested FD or anywhere else. KATE takes this no problems..
You can use this to load the FIDO AMEX up to 1k a month.

Limits for online debit card and credit card loads reset at 9 PM PST/12 AM EST

Online Credit Card Loads
Only one card can be linked at a time.

For online CC/DC loads, the name on the Serve account is supposed to match the name of the primary or joint cardholder. So using someone else's CC/DB card to load a Serve account is not allowed.

A few report no problems loading with an AU card in the Serve account holder's name. Increase your chances by making sure the AUs social security number is on file with the Credit Card.

When adding a new card you will usually need to call Serve Account security (1-800-555-4318) for verification of the new card on the second load try. This verification usually requires uploading of a photo of your ID and the credit card. You may pre-emptively avoid the error by going to the above website, logging in, and uploading a scan of a photo ID and the card you are trying to add. You may call back to expedite approval. One person with a Serve/Softcard account reported being sent to the main Serve number for this process.

https://www.serve.com/help/#add-money-5

Regular Serve Credit Card Loading

Regular Serve can only load from American Express network cards. In addition to those issued directly by American Express, this includes the following:
  • AAA Rewards AmEx
  • Alitalia AmEx
  • Bank of America Accelerated Rewards AmEx
  • Bank of America Asiana Airlines AmEx
  • Bank of Hawaii AmEx Card with MyBankoh Rewards
  • Bloomingdale's AmEx
  • Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select AmEx
  • Citi Dividend AmEx (not obtainable unless specifically requested)
  • Citi Thank You Preferred AmEx (not obtainable unless specifically requested)
  • Dillard's AmEx
  • FNBO AmEx
  • FNBO Graphite AmEx
  • FNBO Platinum AmEx
  • Macy's AmEx
  • Penfed Premium Travel Rewards AmEx
  • SavingStar AmEx
  • Travelocity AmEx
  • US Bank Flexperks AmEx
  • USAA Cash Rewards/Rewards Plus AmEx
  • Wells Fargo Propel World/365 AmEx

Softcard Serve Credit Card Loading

If you are fortunate enough to be grandfathered into a Softcard Serve Account, you can also load other credit cards beside American Express cards. Softcard Serve is not available to new applicants anymore so you'll need to get one of the other Serve options if you don't already have one. In general, Mastercard and American Express cards post as purchases. Visa cards transact as a cash advance and, therefore, require available CA limit; although most cards post as a purchase.

Treated as purchase, earns cashback/points/miles:
  • Bank of America (FIA) (MasterCard, American Express)
  • Barclaycard (Mastercard, Visa)
  • Capital One (Mastercard, Visa)
  • Chase (MasterCard, Visa)
  • Citi (MasterCard, American Express)
  • Discover
  • Wells Fargo (American Express)

Treated as purchase, but doesn't earn points/miles:
  • American Express issued (Counts toward minimum spend -- see post #434) but does not earn points. Example: For the Delta Amex card, Serve counts towards min spend DL miles sign-up bonus, but that spend and subsequent trials of spend on Serve will not earn points. Don't do it, man!

Posts as a cash advance:
The Chase Ink Bold is a charge card and has no cash advance ability.

A few report being unable to add the Chase IHG MC.

Online Debit Card Loads
For online debit load, only use of bank-issued cards is allowed. The use of pre-paid debit cards (Netspend, Paypower, Univision, Paypal, etc.) and VGC/MGC/AGCs is not allowed. While initial transactions may work, your account will eventually be flagged.

Switching to Serve
Helpful instruction post, latest. Thanks raeneye.

Also see this thread: Switching from Serve to BlueBird - 31 day wait???

Switching from BB to Serve
  1. Login to BB account, bring account balance to Zero, (By Bill Pay, Send money, etc..)
  2. Call BB, tell them that you want to open a serve account and close your current BB account. after they check everything they will say something like: "Your account will be permanently closed after 31 days, you can reopen it within 31 day if you change your mind, and you can apply for your new Serve account now, just make sure use the exact same register info from BB."
  3. at this point BB is closed. next morning, goto CVS and get a temporary Serve card (only with cash), load $500, ($2.95 waived, Yeah!!)
  4. get back home, register temporary Serve online, First error: "phone number already registered, please try a different number" could be the my BB's ghost account still showing up on their system, could be my info is not match my BB's registration? i'm not really sure at this point. What I did is keep the same number but change from Cell phone to home phone. and registration went through
  5. after the register and login, second error: "We're still processing your application. Please check your email for an update"
  6. I have see people on the thread reported waiting for weeks for the same message, So, I pickup the phone and called them, ask them to speed up the process.
  7. CSR, told me that my account went to "account security protection department" transfer me to them.
  8. at account security protection department, they told me need to call back on my phone number which I registered to verify.
  9. after the call back of verification, CSR told me that my new Serve account is active now, email address verification will be send with in 5 minutes, permanent card will be received within 7-10 days.
  10. CSR also told me the I can load and spend on the temporary card, but not bill pay.

Switching from Redbird is presumably similar. See the RedCard thread for more information.

The number to call to approve your registration after closing Bluebird: Serve Account security 1-800-555-4318

Loading with debit card at Walmart register
Loads at register over $500 will sometimes trigger ID requirement. There is a limit of four swipes per transaction; this means your card plus three payments.

Training a WM cashier:
  • If the WM cashier doesn't know how to load the card, advise them to enter "70" then press "action code".
  • If you are using a temp card that doesn't have your name on it, you can swipe the card from your side of the terminal. The WM rep never has to touch any of your cards. The screen will say "enter account." That is your prompt to slide the card.
  • The terminal will ask the WM employee if you are loading in multiples of $2000. Advise them to enter "no."
  • Avoid saying gift card. Always refer to your card as a debit card.

Error Messages:
DEBIT NOT AVAILABLE
Received when I used a card I thought I had activated but hadn't.

DEBIT NOT APPROVED
Received when the card's monthly load limit had been reached.

TENDER NOT ALLOWED
Card was incorrectly read, or wrong PIN entered.

HOST TIMEOUT
Connection problems. The GC may be drained but the transaction should reverse itself, and funds will become available again. Try again later.

Using Serve
For online bill pay
  • You can pay the credit card that you used to buy VRs/GCs
  • Error 1302 means that you have 1 pending payment the same amount as the one you just submitted. For example, 1000 bill pay to sapphire preferred from Friday and then on Saturday you submit another bill pay for 1000 to sapphire preferred, you will get this error.
  • Tip: if using online bill pay to the same place multiple times, vary your amounts by $0.01 to make it easier to track since your confirmation number does not match the tracking number on your credit card statement

For bank transfers
Under Settings --> Funding & Transfers --> Bank & Cards --> U.S. Bank Account, you can add your bank info and transfer funds from your Serve card directly to your bank. The bank account must be verified, either by the standard "deposit 2 small sums into your account, such as $0.23 & $0.42" method, or doing an "instant verification" by actually logging into your bank account while still logged into Serve.
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People with an apartment address can find helpful information quoted in post #7
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Old Jun 9, 15, 4:14 pm
  #1561  
 
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Originally Posted by jlynmriep View Post
For reference, to reassure those who are wondering: miles just posted for meeting minimum spend on Gold Delta Skymiles card. $300 was in Serve loads.
Another question whether serve loads count in mileage boost such as Delta platinum card. Any one has experience?
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Old Jun 9, 15, 7:27 pm
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Originally Posted by dchou View Post
Another question whether serve loads count in mileage boost such as Delta platinum card. Any one has experience?
No. Just counts towards spend.
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Old Jun 9, 15, 8:05 pm
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Was told by WF CSR that I met my $3k spend with Wells Fargo on the Propel and that the 40k bonus points should post sometime before 7/29. Opened acct in April, I've put about $4k on it so far, but $2k is serve loads from May and June. Received 1xWF bonus points for the $2k loads.

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Old Jun 9, 15, 11:38 pm
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Serve Loads Count for Spend

Originally Posted by dchou View Post
Another question whether serve loads count in mileage boost such as Delta platinum card. Any one has experience?
I have a Delta Amex Plat card, and I charge $1,000 on it for Serve loads every month.

That spend counts towards the $25,000 min annual spend that Delta wants for me to retain my airline status. It also counts towards the $25,000 spend threshold for getting the 10,000 mileage boost (MQM's + redeemable miles.)

I think f0xx interpreted "mileage boost" to mean the 1 miles per $1 dollar earned for regular spend. For Serve loads, your do not get those regular-spend miles.
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Old Jun 10, 15, 10:13 am
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I tried to load Serve at Family Dollar store today, the inexperience cashier went all the way to choose cash and cash register pop out. I loaded once last week at same store with Debit card, though the inexperience cashier wasn't sure Debit works or not, this time another inexperience cashier went all the way to last step and said cash only, manager/supervisor came and said cash only also, so I left. Problem is I see the money is loaded to Serve even though they didn't collect any cash... They will probably do a charge back? I am more concern about the $5k monthly Serve limit, is this load going to count toward the monthly limit since it acts as if the load went through? Anyone has experience with this? And another question for people had problem loading more than $500 at FD, the second load wasn't loaded to Serve, so I suppose the load didn't count toward Serve monthly limit(I know I have different case)? Thank you.

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Old Jun 10, 15, 4:28 pm
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I posted this over in the PayPal thread, but I suppose there isn't much harm posting it here, too.

Originally Posted by MClab View Post
This is a new one on me. I apologize if it's been covered before.

We don't do much with Serve these days, but we keep our Serve account(s) open for Amex promotions. To keep from incurring the Serve monthly fee, I've been using ACH push once a month from a couple different places. Very small $ amounts and not funded by any deposits we initiate from CC or anything of the kind (so not really "manufactured spending"). Usually just a few dollars or so.

So, early in the evening tonight I did a push from PayPal as there was some funds floating around in there from payments received. Less than 5 hours later on the same day, I got the "Direct deposit processed" e-mail from Serve.

That isn't normal, at least in our experience. Is this new? Something we've just missed in our (limited) experience?
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Old Jun 11, 15, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by MClab View Post
I posted this over in the PayPal thread, but I suppose there isn't much harm posting it here, too.
They seem to be on the ball more these days. I often use the bill pay to send the cash to my bank acct via physical check. Despite the bank and the bill pay center being on opposite ends of the country, the check arrives usually next day. Blows my mind how they do it, but I know its a real check as they scan it so I can see the image every time.

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Old Jun 11, 15, 2:56 pm
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I'm adding a new payee (an Amex credit card), and I noticed something different. Previously, I could just enter that it was Amex and my account number, but now it's asking for the ZIP of the payee (according to my last bill statement). Has anyone had experience with this?
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Old Jun 11, 15, 8:24 pm
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When did WM start letting the customer swipe Serve cards? I loaded a few times today and the cashier had me swipe it myself on the cc terminal.
If this has been posted before I can't search - on phone.
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Old Jun 11, 15, 9:08 pm
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Originally Posted by diseased View Post
When did WM start letting the customer swipe Serve cards? I loaded a few times today and the cashier had me swipe it myself on the cc terminal.
If this has been posted before I can't search - on phone.
I reloaded at five different cashiers in my one local Walmart earlier today, and all of them took my card swiped it themselves. Maybe it's just a local variation.
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Old Jun 12, 15, 1:41 am
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Originally Posted by diseased View Post
When did WM start letting the customer swipe Serve cards? I loaded a few times today and the cashier had me swipe it myself on the cc terminal.
If this has been posted before I can't search - on phone.
Originally Posted by Phantom707 View Post
I reloaded at five different cashiers in my one local Walmart earlier today, and all of them took my card swiped it themselves. Maybe it's just a local variation.
Look guys...the fact is that you have always been able to swipe at the terminal for the longest time. Most WM cashiers insist on swiping on their terminal because that is what they were taught in training to do. Whether they swipe or you swipe on the card terminal is entirely up to the cashier not the system. Cashiers who have done this for a long time know you can swipe the card on your end and allow you to do so because they figure it is one less thing that they have to do.

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Old Jun 12, 15, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by diseased View Post
When did WM start letting the customer swipe Serve cards? I loaded a few times today and the cashier had me swipe it myself on the cc terminal.
If this has been posted before I can't search - on phone.
I have never had the cashier take my card - 18+ months at 3 WMs.
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Old Jun 12, 15, 12:50 pm
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This probably already has addressed before but does Buxx work as online debit load for Serve?
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Old Jun 12, 15, 1:58 pm
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Originally Posted by psykopath515 View Post
This probably already has addressed before but does Buxx work as online debit load for Serve?
Nope, you are not able to do so.
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Old Jun 14, 15, 6:53 pm
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I tried searching, but I couldn't find anything on this. I have a Softcard account, and I've only loaded $1000 via credit this month. I tried adding $500 to finish this month, but I get the error message "REQUEST TO LOAD MONEY HAS EXCEEDED THE MONTHLY LIMIT OF 250". I spoke with a CS, and she had little idea what would be wrong. I was able to load $1, but not $200 or $100. Has anyone come into this problem?
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