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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 Jul 23, 15, 8:02 am
  #1801  
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
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I loaded my first $500 VGC on my Serve card via Walmart cashier. It went pretty smoothly. Now I'm wondering about ramping up.

What's the best way to load multiple VGC's via the register? Do you tell the cashier you're loading $2500 and pay with 5 different cards, or just ask to do 5 different transactions? Or should I just go through the line 5 times?
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Old Jul 23, 15, 8:19 am
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Join Date: Aug 2009
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Originally Posted by Vacationmile View Post
Yes, it worked for me last month to meet min spending on SPG.
Originally Posted by fliesdelta View Post
Perfect, thanks. That's exactly the card I'm interested in.
Thanks. Me too. I got a little worried though since the TOS says:
"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."
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Old Jul 23, 15, 8:22 am
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Join Date: Aug 2009
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Originally Posted by opmal7 View Post
I loaded my first $500 VGC on my Serve card via Walmart cashier. It went pretty smoothly. Now I'm wondering about ramping up.

What's the best way to load multiple VGC's via the register? Do you tell the cashier you're loading $2500 and pay with 5 different cards, or just ask to do 5 different transactions? Or should I just go through the line 5 times?
The past few times I've tried, the register won't allow more than $1K. So if no one is behind me in line, I'll let them know I want to do 2 $1K transactions. If someone's in line, I do 1 and then go get in another line.
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Old Jul 23, 15, 9:25 am
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Join Date: Jul 2014
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RedBird back to Serve

So after having jumped from Serve to Redbird, I'm bringing one account back to Serve. Main reason is that the WM closest to me put in a Kate. And while it's not as close as Target, I do like the diversification of having Redbird and Serve as liquidation options.

Yesterday 7/22 I closed the Redbird account online, and received email confirming account closure. Last transaction was a transfer to another account for account balance, initiated/accepted on 7/17.

Today when I tried to sign up for new Serve account, the system denied saying I had a Redbird account. Anybody else coming back from Redbird run into this? I read some had problems if there were unsettled transactions (bill pays, etc) the caused their account not to close out, but that does not seem to be my case.
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Old Jul 23, 15, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by dgilligan02 View Post
So after having jumped from Serve to Redbird, I'm bringing one account back to Serve. Main reason is that the WM closest to me put in a Kate. And while it's not as close as Target, I do like the diversification of having Redbird and Serve as liquidation options.

Yesterday 7/22 I closed the Redbird account online, and received email confirming account closure. Last transaction was a transfer to another account for account balance, initiated/accepted on 7/17.

Today when I tried to sign up for new Serve account, the system denied saying I had a Redbird account. Anybody else coming back from Redbird run into this? I read some had problems if there were unsettled transactions (bill pays, etc) the caused their account not to close out, but that does not seem to be my case.
I'd maybe wait another day and try again.

I closed my last RB on 7/21 by mailing myself a check. I have yet to receive the check (so obviously it's not cashed), but I was able to open a Serve just minutes ago w/o issue. Same SS#, same email, etc.
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Old Jul 23, 15, 9:59 am
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Join Date: Feb 2015
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Originally Posted by DVDBob View Post
Thanks. Me too. I got a little worried though since the TOS says:
"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."
I wonder if that's new language? Maybe if someone has used gotten the bonus from SPG and still has their t&c's can verify? I've got an SPG in the mail as well!
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Old Jul 23, 15, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by jlt19 View Post
I wonder if that's new language? Maybe if someone has used gotten the bonus from SPG and still has their t&c's can verify? I've got an SPG in the mail as well!
Unfortunately I need the miles to hit my account ASAP so I can't chance them not counting. I'll be buying SMGCs to meet min. spend just in case.
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Old Jul 23, 15, 12:05 pm
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Join Date: Apr 2014
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Originally Posted by dgilligan02 View Post
So after having jumped from Serve to Redbird, I'm bringing one account back to Serve. Main reason is that the WM closest to me put in a Kate. And while it's not as close as Target, I do like the diversification of having Redbird and Serve as liquidation options.

Yesterday 7/22 I closed the Redbird account online, and received email confirming account closure. Last transaction was a transfer to another account for account balance, initiated/accepted on 7/17.

Today when I tried to sign up for new Serve account, the system denied saying I had a Redbird account. Anybody else coming back from Redbird run into this? I read some had problems if there were unsettled transactions (bill pays, etc) the caused their account not to close out, but that does not seem to be my case.
i closed my redbird yesterday, tried signing up yesterday and today, got the same message as yours.

I am going to try to buy the temp card later today with two $200 vgcs, (split payments) at walmart and register it tomorrow.
will update u
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Old Jul 24, 15, 1:07 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2014
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I saw at WALMART VGC 20-500 with $4.95 fee. Can I use them to load serve or redbird?
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Old Jul 24, 15, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by sean79 View Post
I saw at WALMART VGC 20-500 with $4.95 fee. Can I use them to load serve or redbird?
if it's the one issued by Sunrise bank, yes, you can load them to Serve; I have not tried loading them to RB, though but since they're Visa debit, they should load w/o issues.
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Old Jul 24, 15, 1:25 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2014
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Did something change at FD with regards to $500 per day load limit for the store? I just noticed that my SO has made 3 x $200 loads at the same FD on the same day couple of weeks ago.. PM if needed.. Thanks..
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Old Jul 26, 15, 5:31 pm
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Authorised user to help meet Min Spend

Hello - got a ?

Right now, I am doing the following for the Amex Biz

Amex Biz My card --> My Serve

To help expedite the min spend @ no cost, can I do the following

Amex Biz Authorized user --> His serve


Thanks
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Old Jul 26, 15, 7:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Lesfilles View Post
Hello - got a ?

Right now, I am doing the following for the Amex Biz

Amex Biz My card --> My Serve

To help expedite the min spend @ no cost, can I do the following

Amex Biz Authorized user --> His serve

afaik, Amex primary and AU cards have different numbers and therefore, you can use them to load your 2 accounts to reach min spend quickly. Just know that you won't earn add'l rewards aside from meeting the min spend.
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Old Jul 27, 15, 1:05 am
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Is there a $1000 limit per store rule now? Yesterday, I loaded 500 + 480 at one register and then tried to load another $500 at another register but it was declined. Today I went to a different WM, loaded the $500 + $495 at one register and tried to load $500 at another, declined. I've been declined in the past and had assumed it was because I was loading the same amount back-to-back, so I switched it up. Guess that doesn't work anymore.
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Old Jul 27, 15, 1:20 am
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diseased- I've been "wrongly" declined in the past with the debit not approved message (or whatever the over-limit message is) when I did loads the previous day. Almost as if yesterdays's transactions counted against today's limit. Never did figure it out, but it's happened twice. MC CSRs couldn't even query my balance for me and they were quite confused.
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