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hutchj
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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You

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Thanks for all of the feedback guys.

 

I've been giving it some thought, and I just made my first cellphone payment from my CC because I need points to make my plans for the next year not so expensive. I just never thought about paying my carnote or car insurance through it. I doubt I'd be able to pay my student loans through it, cause ya know paying a loan with a loan is a no go, lol. But everything else would be pretty simple.

 

I guess I was just over thinking it (as I tend to do when it comes to my bills and credit).

 

EDIT: I probably couldn't pay my carnote with a CC either. Silly me.

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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You

I literally pay *all* of my bills with a rewards CC. 

 

My phone, insurance, taxes, utilities and you name it.  It's all with a CC.  I use Serve to send bill pay to bypass some of my service providers charging a fee for using a CC payment.

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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You

I pay my bills through various rewards cc's including subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu.
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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You


Open123 wrote:

I literally pay *all* of my bills with a rewards CC. 

 

My phone, insurance, taxes, utilities and you name it.  It's all with a CC.  I use Serve to send bill pay to bypass some of my service providers charging a fee for using a CC payment.


What companies will let you use Serve but not a CC? I thought Serve went through the AMEX network so the company would have to accept CC's.

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Open123
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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You


GatorGuy wrote:

Open123 wrote:

I literally pay *all* of my bills with a rewards CC. 

 

My phone, insurance, taxes, utilities and you name it.  It's all with a CC.  I use Serve to send bill pay to bypass some of my service providers charging a fee for using a CC payment.


What companies will let you use Serve but not a CC? I thought Serve went through the AMEX network so the company would have to accept CC's.


Serve allows you to load funds with a CC without a fee and earn points, and has full bill pay capabilities, like a bank account.  Since my Utility charges a $1.25 fee for using a credit card, I'll just load my Serve with my rewards CC and send a bill pay to them.

 

It's a full bill pay where you can send a payment or check to anyone or entity.  My Utility company was listed on the search, just as it would be on any bank accounts bill pay feature.

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hutchj
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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You

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Open123 wrote:

GatorGuy wrote:

Open123 wrote:

I literally pay *all* of my bills with a rewards CC. 

 

My phone, insurance, taxes, utilities and you name it.  It's all with a CC.  I use Serve to send bill pay to bypass some of my service providers charging a fee for using a CC payment.


What companies will let you use Serve but not a CC? I thought Serve went through the AMEX network so the company would have to accept CC's.


Serve allows you to load funds with a CC without a fee and earn points, and has full bill pay capabilities, like a bank account.  Since my Utility charges a $1.25 fee for using a credit card, I'll just load my Serve with my rewards CC and send a bill pay to them.

 

It's a full bill pay where you can send a payment or check to anyone or entity.  My Utility company was listed on the search, just as it would be on any bank accounts bill pay feature.


So with Serve I could link my Amex (or Chase) CC, pay my carnote, gain the rewards, and then just pay my CC bill like normal?

 

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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You


Open123 wrote:

GatorGuy wrote:

Open123 wrote:

I literally pay *all* of my bills with a rewards CC. 

 

My phone, insurance, taxes, utilities and you name it.  It's all with a CC.  I use Serve to send bill pay to bypass some of my service providers charging a fee for using a CC payment.


What companies will let you use Serve but not a CC? I thought Serve went through the AMEX network so the company would have to accept CC's.


Serve allows you to load funds with a CC without a fee and earn points, and has full bill pay capabilities, like a bank account.  Since my Utility charges a $1.25 fee for using a credit card, I'll just load my Serve with my rewards CC and send a bill pay to them.

 

It's a full bill pay where you can send a payment or check to anyone or entity.  My Utility company was listed on the search, just as it would be on any bank accounts bill pay feature.


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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You

Whoa. Is Serve like bluebird but can be loaded with a credit card?

 

 

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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You

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One second, guys.  LOL

 

Serve is similar to Bluebird (both are offered by Amex), but with some differences.

 

1.  Serve can be loaded with a credit card through your PC or smart phone.  

2.  Full featured bill pay, just like any bank account - so, you can bill pay a car note, or rent to your landlord.

 

However, the limitation with CC loading is $250 per month, and $100 per day.  While it is possible, these limitations will relegate Serve to paying Utilities, student loan payments, and small car note.  With a debit card, you can load up to $1,000 per month.

 

Bluebird can't be loaded by a CC directly, and requires you to purchase "Vanilla reloads" at a supermarket or drugstore, which can be loaded at a Walmart.  I believe you can load up to $10,000?  Bluebird too has full bill pay and check writing capabilities, which if funded, can literally pay anything from a car loan to a mortgage, while allowing you to not only earn points, but profit from the payments with the right rewards card.

 

In short, there's no reason to pay a "service charge" to any provider for using a CC.

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Re: Bill Pay w/Credit Card Do You or Don't You


Open123 wrote:

One second, guys.  LOL

 

Serve is similar to Bluebird (both are offered by Amex), but with some differences.

 

1.  Serve can be loaded with a credit card through your PC or smart phone.  

2.  Full featured bill pay, just like any bank account - so, you can bill pay a car note, or rent to your landlord.

 

However, the limitation with CC loading is $250 per month, and $100 per day.  While it is possible, these limitations will relegate Serve to paying Utilities, student loan payments, and small car note.  With a debit card, you can load up to $1,000 per month.

 

Bluebird can't be loaded by a CC directly, and requires you to purchase "Vanilla reloads" at a supermarket or drugstore, which can be loaded at a Walmart.  I believe you can load up to $10,000?  Bluebird too has full bill pay and check writing capabilities, which if funded, can literally pay anything from a car loan to a mortgage, while allowing you to no only earn points, but profit from the payments with the right rewards card.


Thanks for the prompt and concise explanation.

 

And just so you know, I was about to PM you to tell you to get back the the Bill Pay thread! :smileyvery-happy:

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