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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 Sep 23, 15, 6:13 pm
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Originally Posted by cbe20e View Post
This is what PP says, yes. But each time I've tried to do that with Serve, it gets declined. I have it set up to draft from my WF checking account, so it should work, yet it doesn't.

However, if I have $ in my PP acct, it works no problem (and I get the 1% back). Reading through this thread, some have said it works with or without funds in PP. Perhaps it's my bank having an issue with it, I don't know.

e: just went back and looked at my PP acct, backup is all set. No funds in PP currently. Tried to load serve:


No luck.
That is exactly how it works with prepaid REDcard, but it was different previously with Serve. PayPal treats the REDcard transaction that way because the merchant name contains the word prepaid. Perhaps that it now the case with Serve as well?
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Old Sep 24, 15, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by points traveler View Post
Just wanted to say a big thank you. I received my vip serve yesterday. I then went to a local grocery store and purchased a $500 gift card. I called to set the pin and then headed to FD. Told the cashier I wanted to load my serve card, and a couple of swipes later I was on my way. It took a bit of reading and I was nervous but everything went smoothly.
Just an fyi: if you bought your gift card from grocery store, most likely, you can load at WM. Of course nothing stopping you from going to FD too esp if more convenient but just in case you didn't realize. FD is more associated with Vanilla cards which are sold at pharmacies and gas stations.
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Old Sep 24, 15, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by points traveler View Post
Just wanted to say a big thank you. I received my vip serve yesterday. I then went to a local grocery store and purchased a $500 gift card. I called to set the pin and then headed to FD. Told the cashier I wanted to load my serve card, and a couple of swipes later I was on my way. It took a bit of reading and I was nervous but everything went smoothly.
Which grocery store did you purchase your VGC from? Also, what credit card did you purchase your VGC with?
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Old Sep 24, 15, 8:23 pm
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Originally Posted by dynamic_1 View Post
Which grocery store did you purchase your VGC from? Also, what credit card did you purchase your VGC with?
A small local grocery store. You can try stores in your area. Some will say cadh only or only have fixed value cards. You can use whichever card you want to earn points/miles on. I used my hilton surpass since I am only 20k pts away from n award I have been eyeing.
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Old Sep 25, 15, 2:32 pm
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Serve experience from a new guy:

After extensive research on this forum I decided to dabble in some MS. Part of that was to sign up for a Serve account. I did this with no drama and received a Green Serve card last weekend. I activated the card and then linked my Amex GSM to it online. Used the Amex to put $200 onto the Serve card with no problem. Tried to do another $200 a few days later only to get a message that my Serve account is now locked and that they require information. Okay, so I read the e-mail that requires two documents to include Driver's License, Passport and then also a picture of my Amex GSM card or a recent statement. This I send and within a few hours my Serve account is cancelled. I am perplexed and just a little bit angry at Amex. I spent a few hours on the phone to Serve's account protective services and their response after looking into it was, "the decision is final".

Does the Flyer Talk community have any ideas? I really wanted to have this product for the benefits of MS, but it looks like it's not going to happen.

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Old Sep 25, 15, 3:44 pm
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Well, the request for more info is pretty much standard, the immediate canceling, not so much. For some reason (or you're just unfortunate) they saw something that made them think you weren't the same person. Any reason you can think of (misspelled name, wrong address, etc)?

What's an Amex GSM?
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Old Sep 25, 15, 3:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Typhoonpilot View Post
Serve experience from a new guy:

After extensive research on this forum I decided to dabble in some MS. Part of that was to sign up for a Serve account. I did this with no drama and received a Green Serve card last weekend. I activated the card and then linked my Amex GSM to it online. Used the Amex to put $200 onto the Serve card with no problem. Tried to do another $200 a few days later only to get a message that my Serve account is now locked and that they require information. Okay, so I read the e-mail that requires two documents to include Driver's License, Passport and then also a picture of my Amex GSM card or a recent statement. This I send and within a few hours my Serve account is cancelled. I am perplexed and just a little bit angry at Amex. I spent a few hours on the phone to Serve's account protective services and their response after looking into it was, "the decision is final".

Does the Flyer Talk community have any ideas? I really wanted to have this product for the benefits of MS, but it looks like it's not going to happen.
I've never heard of that happening...try making a new account
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Old Sep 25, 15, 4:09 pm
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Originally Posted by cbe20e View Post
Well, the request for more info is pretty much standard, the immediate canceling, not so much. For some reason (or you're just unfortunate) they saw something that made them think you weren't the same person. Any reason you can think of (misspelled name, wrong address, etc)?

What's an Amex GSM?

Amex GSM is American Express Gold Sky Miles, which I have had for 13 years so it's not like American Express does not know my history.

I have multiple homes. The one that most of my financial accounts are tied to is a Florida address, but my driver's license is a Nevada address. That could be what caused it, but I discussed that with them over the phone. Protective division is in Costa Rica so I'm guessing they only follow what is in writing and have zero flexibility or creative thinking capabilities. They would not explain the reason for the cancellation though so I have no way of knowing for sure. What I am going to do is write to Customer Relations and ask them to reverse the decision. Failing that I guess I'll just apply for a Bluebird, Redbird, or another Serve account. Until then it's Money Orders for MS.
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Old Sep 25, 15, 7:51 pm
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So I have been having issues loading my walmart VGC onto serve today. I have had my card for the past few months with no issues.

For some reason, it asks me if I want cash back when I try to load, and then it fails everytime.

This is a thread with more details

https://www.reddit.com/r/churning/co...loading_issue/
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Old Sep 25, 15, 10:08 pm
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Old Sep 26, 15, 12:00 am
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I tried loading my serve at the kiosk yesterday but kept getting "invalid card" errors but was able to load with a cashier.
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Old Sep 26, 15, 6:16 pm
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3.74 Load Fee at Walmart

Hi

I just got brand new Blue Serve Card and went to Walmart to load money.

As soon as I swiped card, System asked me pay extra 3.74 $. Does Walmart charge money to load Serve Card ?

Has anyone seen this ?

Thanks.
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Old Sep 26, 15, 8:33 pm
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Originally Posted by liveforflying View Post
Hi

I just got brand new Blue Serve Card and went to Walmart to load money.

As soon as I swiped card, System asked me pay extra 3.74 $. Does Walmart charge money to load Serve Card ?

Has anyone seen this ?

Thanks.
Yes. http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.co...e-types-guide/

You have the "New Blue Version"
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Old Sep 26, 15, 9:15 pm
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Data Point #2 for US Bank CC card. Have successfully loaded 2 months in a row with no CA. Attempting to meet the 10K/free ngt.
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Old Sep 27, 15, 12:18 pm
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Can someone help confirm if serve green card is able to load at 7-11 for one vanilla?

I try to read on this thread but only old data points. Thank you
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