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I usually don’t pay too much attention to miles and points stuff over the weekend since that is our time to be together as a family (and truthfully there really isn’t the time when all of us are home to devote to miles/points even if I wanted to). However, I do keep tabs on the miles and points folks I follow on Twitter just enough over the weekend to hopefully not miss anything major. If you do the same, you have likely noticed the same trend as me...lots of concern over the last 24 hours about our favorite pharmacy store not accepting credit cards for Vanilla Reloads and other similar prepaid products beginning March 31st (tomorrow).
There was a memo tweeted by @ringsthecaddy that outlines the new store policy that many prepaid/reload products will be cash only beginning 3/31. What was/is unclear is whether this is a regional policy or a chain-wide policy. That memo was from a Florida store and my buddy Pizza In Motion hit the same memo today in Virgina, so while it is too early to say for sure that this is a nationwide issue, it is starting to look that way.
I very rarely buy Vanilla Reloads, but I do sometimes to hit a spending threshold of some sort that I won’t be able to easily hit via my family’s own regular spending. For example, the current Citi Executive AA Card requires 10k in spending to 3 months trigger the 100,000 mile bonus, and being able to buy $500 Vanilla Reloads at just $3.95 a pop really helps make that spending requirement much more attainable for many. If you don’t know what I am talking about with reloads, a little Googling will clarify things…or perhaps just hold off worrying about it until we know for sure if it just got a lot harder to buy reloads with a credit card.
I don’t know if today will really be the last day to buy reloads at our neighborhood pharmacy with a credit card, but I know enough to interrupt my normal Sunday morning to pick up the few more I needed to hit the 10k spending on my new AA card. Worst case scenario it was a good incentive to hurry up and get that done. However, I think there is a fair chance that the new policy will impact many, if not all of us who like to visit our neighborhood pharmacy now and again. Just to add as a data point, the very nice cashier I had today didn’t know anything about an upcoming policy change, but she also barely knew how to ring up a reload, so it could be quite possible that the info just hasn’t trickled down to the cashier level yet.
Bottom line, if you know you need a couple more reloads in the near future, I would go get them today just to be on the safe side.