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The previous megathread is here.

Read the wiki before posting a question.
It's a literacy test that's easy to pass.


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 Oct 14, 15, 9:39 pm
  #2386  
 
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Originally Posted by memphian901 View Post
you should be able to load another $5000 on Nov. 1st
Thanks. Jus added today and worked fine.
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Old Oct 15, 15, 4:09 am
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If I could not read any more about RedBird in this thread, that'd be greeeaaat...
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Old Oct 15, 15, 6:32 am
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Originally Posted by droidcore View Post
If I could not read any more about RedBird in this thread, that'd be greeeaaat...
+1 hahaha..wanted to say the exact same thing. No more Red discussion here.
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Old Oct 15, 15, 6:47 am
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Frank chat with Walmart CSM

I was really happy in my MS world doing 10k every month with my wife at my friendly WM. This weekend I got a shock when one rep told me now I have to go to Money Center for all serve load. Doing $2500 at 3 different agents wasn't bad in Super WM but now tas impossible to do at once.
Yest I found a friendly CSM at money center and I jus started conversation to see wats up. She said there are people who come with 4-5 cards and do more than $10k a day. And lot of reps were uncomfortable with tat huge amounts. Some complained abt it to management how these guys come and do so much money at a time. Some thought something illegal was going on. And that's why it moved to money center.
In the end, it all comes down to some guys abusing it so much and making it difficult for people like me. Don't know whom to blame as I am in this with them. I wish people would be more responsible and realize it's not going to make them $$ over night.
"Use, do not abuse...neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy"
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Old Oct 15, 15, 6:58 am
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Does reloadits load to serve one vip? I looked around but couldn't find a specific answer. Thanks
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Old Oct 15, 15, 7:00 am
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Originally Posted by anubond005 View Post
"Use, do not abuse...neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy"
Right, but the question is what is abuse. There are lots of people (although probably not here!) who would say "$10K a month!!! People like that will kill Serve"
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Old Oct 15, 15, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by anubond005 View Post
I was really happy in my MS world doing 10k every month with my wife at my friendly WM. This weekend I got a shock when one rep told me now I have to go to Money Center for all serve load. Doing $2500 at 3 different agents wasn't bad in Super WM but now tas impossible to do at once.
Yest I found a friendly CSM at money center and I jus started conversation to see wats up. She said there are people who come with 4-5 cards and do more than $10k a day. And lot of reps were uncomfortable with tat huge amounts. Some complained abt it to management how these guys come and do so much money at a time. Some thought something illegal was going on. And that's why it moved to money center.
In the end, it all comes down to some guys abusing it so much and making it difficult for people like me. Don't know whom to blame as I am in this with them. I wish people would be more responsible and realize it's not going to make them $$ over night.
"Use, do not abuse...neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy"
I don't know how people are comfortable loading that much at one store in one day, especially at WM. My local WM's staff consists of >50% elderly cashiers whose demeanors would change when requesting a second $500 load. As if you were going to rob them at gunpoint lol. I only go there now as a last resort.
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Old Oct 15, 15, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by anubond005 View Post
I was really happy in my MS world doing 10k every month with my wife at my friendly WM. This weekend I got a shock when one rep told me now I have to go to Money Center for all serve load. Doing $2500 at 3 different agents wasn't bad in Super WM but now tas impossible to do at once.
Yest I found a friendly CSM at money center and I jus started conversation to see wats up. She said there are people who come with 4-5 cards and do more than $10k a day. And lot of reps were uncomfortable with tat huge amounts. Some complained abt it to management how these guys come and do so much money at a time. Some thought something illegal was going on. And that's why it moved to money center.
In the end, it all comes down to some guys abusing it so much and making it difficult for people like me. Don't know whom to blame as I am in this with them. I wish people would be more responsible and realize it's not going to make them $$ over night.
"Use, do not abuse...neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy"
That recalls the axiom: pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.

One of my local WMs instituted the same policy; all reloads must take place at MC. I found out the reason was that some dude had been loading with a cashier, cashier asks to see the card, and the guy gets into a huge argument with the cashier (claiming he doesn't need to show them anything).

I'm afraid as more people migrate from RB to Serve/BB we'll see more of this.
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Old Oct 15, 15, 7:56 am
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Question about OneVIP-

I did a search about OneVIP and Vanilla loads and did not see it. From what I've read, it appears you can load vanillas at Family Dollar but not anywhere else like CVS, WM... can someone confirm this? Not in wiki. If not at FD, can onevanillas be loaded online?
Debating between OneVIP and BB because of this reason.

Thanks
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Old Oct 15, 15, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by bargainhunter3 View Post
Question about OneVIP-

I did a search about OneVIP and Vanilla loads and did not see it. From what I've read, it appears you can load vanillas at Family Dollar but not anywhere else like CVS, WM... can someone confirm this? Not in wiki. If not at FD, can onevanillas be loaded online?
Debating between OneVIP and BB because of this reason.

Thanks
Yes only at FD. Walmart won't accept it. You can't load gift cards online. Only through ur Amex CC. BB is not accepted at FD. OneVip works at FD n WM both.
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Old Oct 15, 15, 8:11 am
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Originally Posted by missing_link View Post
That recalls the axiom: pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.

One of my local WMs instituted the same policy; all reloads must take place at MC. I found out the reason was that some dude had been loading with a cashier, cashier asks to see the card, and the guy gets into a huge argument with the cashier (claiming he doesn't need to show them anything).

I'm afraid as more people migrate from RB to Serve/BB we'll see more of this.
I agree with u. M sure RB to serve will make it worse. Let's wait and watch. I hope Amex add more stores other than WM otherwise dooms day isn't too far.
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Old Oct 15, 15, 8:13 am
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Originally Posted by diseased View Post
I don't know how people are comfortable loading that much at one store in one day, especially at WM. My local WM's staff consists of >50% elderly cashiers whose demeanors would change when requesting a second $500 load. As if you were going to rob them at gunpoint lol. I only go there now as a last resort.
+1. After loading $1k one time, WM cashier asked me where I work, and if she can get a job there too 😁😁
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Old Oct 15, 15, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by Mamibear View Post
THIS, plus I don't think there are 1VIP temporary cards sold at any store so the only way to register is online.
Thanks for this Mamibear. I was planning on trying to find 1VIP card in store to see if I can sneak in a $500 initial load using a CC. If anyone has had any success finding 1VIP in store please chime in.
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Old Oct 15, 15, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by neony77 View Post
Thanks for this Mamibear. I was planning on trying to find 1VIP card in store to see if I can sneak in a $500 initial load using a CC. If anyone has had any success finding 1VIP in store please chime in.
They are two different cards. I could not find 1VIP card in store.
But, as i said in my previous post. I could not find much difference between two other then
1. Buy fee of $2.95
2. ATM withdrawal fee of $2-$2.5
It has same monthly fee of $1 and waive fee if you add $500 from cash, bank account, debit card or credit card.Direct Deposit.

Retail card version can load money at:
Reload at CVS/pharmacy, Family Dollar, Walmart and participating 7-ELEVEN® locations

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Old Oct 15, 15, 11:57 am
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The Wiki says Family Dollar is limited to $500 load per day per store total. Is that still true or outdated info that needs to be updated?
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