AMEX Bluebird: Free Checks and Check Writing
Avatar_160_hilary
Hilary Stockton
Google+

My Award Booking Service helps travelers book first class and business class with miles and points. As an independent affiliate of Cadence, I also have access to Virtuoso, Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Peninsula Hotels PenClub, Dorchester Diamond Club, Ritz-Carlton STARS, Starwood Luxury Privileges, Rocco Forte and other 5-star hotel partners, so I can book, for no extra cost, your perfect luxury hotel or luxury cruise with VIP amenities not available anywhere else. Become a client and upgrade your stay!

GOT A BLOG POST IDEA?
Have a travel question we haven't covered yet? Want to share your secrets for traveling well for less?

AMEX Bluebird-Free Checks and Check Writing

 

Update: AMEX has extended its free checks offer until 8/13/13. I've also had a chance to test Bill Pay, and so far it's worked great and recognized all my payees, for example Chase Bank, Barclay's Bank, FIA Card Services, etc.

________Original Post________

American Express Bluebird is more useful for earning miles and points if you have easy access to Vanilla Prepaid Reload cards that you can buy with a miles or points earning credit card, and/or if you're close to a Walmart so that you can use a gift card PIN to load your AMEX Bluebird for free at a Walmart. 

Since there's no Walmart in NYC and Vanilla Reload cards are incredibly scarce at CVS stores, I haven't bothered with AMEX Bluebird. But recently I came across just a few Vanilla Reload cards, so I bought them and finally ordered an AMEX Bluebird card. My other motivation for doing so now is that you can order free Bluebird checks until May 21, 2013.

AMEX Bluebird-Free Checks Until May 21 2013


On the offchance you don't yet have an AMEX Bluebird card, keep in mind that you must first receive your permanent Bluebird card, in order to be able to log on and order Bluebird checks. And it can take 7-10 business days to receive your Bluebird card after registering online, so that means you want to register for Bluebird by May 6 just to be on the safe side, if you want to be able to order your Bluebird checks for free.

I also recommend that you order 100 checks, since you're only allowed one free check order and you may as well get enough to last you awhile.

1. Log in and Activate Your Bluebird Card If You Haven't Already

AMEX Bluebird-Free Checks-First Activate Bluebird Card

 

2. Under "My Account" Select "Order Bluebird Checks" From the Dropdown Menu

AMEX Bluebird Free Checks-Select "Order Checks" from Dropdown

 

3. Confirm Your Address and Order 100 Free Bluebird Checks

AMEX Bluebird-Order Free Bluebird Checks

 

Why Order AMEX Bluebird Checks?

The great thing about having your own AMEX Bluebird checks is that you're more in control of ensuring that whomever you're paying gets the check in time. I for one wouldn't have relied on Bluebird to send out rent, utility or IRS payments in time, although of course many people have successfully used Bluebird's Bill Pay service. But once you have your own checks you can use whichever mail or shipping service you find to be most reliable, or of course hand it to someone if it's a local payee. A few things you might consider using Bluebird checks for, since if you loaded via Vanilla Reloads or debit cards you will have earned miles or points:

  • Rent or Mortgage
  • Utilities (and remember, do NOT switch to Energy Plus!)
  • Contractor for house remodeling 
  • Housekeeper 
  • Babysitter or childcare help
  • Tax payments
  • Vendors for weddings or events, if they don't take credit cards
  • Other small businesses or individuals you buy something from

 

How To Write Bluebird Checks

1. Pre-Authorize a Check

  • Log into Bluebird and click the "Pre-Authorize a Check" button
  • Enter the 4 digit check number (upper right corner of the check)
  • Check amount

For check amounts under $2000, there is instant pre-authorization.


2. If Writing an Amount for Over $2000, Wait Up to 2 Business Days for the Pre-Authorization

Make sure to take this time delay into account if you plan to write a sizable check, for example for rent, mortgage, tax etc. payments.

 

3. Fill in All Check Information

  • Pre-Authorization Code 
  • Pre-Authorization Date
  • Check Amount
  • First and Last Name, or Company Name for Payee
  • Your Signature


When Do Checks Expire?

Checks expire 180 days from preauthorization, regardless of your account balance. So advise the person or company you're paying to cash the Bluebird check within that time frame.

Have you ordered your free AMEX Bluebird checks?

Related Posts

Gift Card PIN: Use as a Debit Card to Load AMEX Bluebird

Chase Ink Bold: Use AMEX Bluebird?

Use Amazon Payments to Meet Minimum Spend

Top Tips to Meet Minimum Spend on Credit Cards

Need Award Booking Help? Our fee is as low as $75 per ticket if you book your hotel through us.

If you enjoyed this, join 90,000+ readers: please follow TravelSort on Twitter or  like us on Facebook to be alerted to new posts. 

Become a TravelSort Client and Book 5-Star Hotels with Virtuoso or Four Seasons Preferred Partner Amenities!

  • |
  • Print
    print |
Related Articles
Square_100k_amex_business_platinum_bonus_offer
3/2/2015
  A 100K AMEX Business Platinum signup bonus offer just arrived in the mail, so I applied and was approved. I'd been hoping for such an offer, since in my view the 40K public offer is too low given the...
Square_thai_airways_first_class_lounge_spa_review_bangkok-royal_first_lounge
3/1/2015
  This Thai Airways First Class Lounge and Spa Bangkok Review is part of a trip report including Thai First Class, Asiana First Class, and luxury resorts and dining in Siem Reap and Northern Thailand. For the previous articles, please see: SWISS Lounge...
Comments
Leave a Comment
Comment
Facebook-logo
Get Free Email Blog Updates
Popular Articles
Square_buy_400_in_visa_gift_cards_from_staples_with_5x_points-get_20_visa_gift_card_
1/4/2015
  Buy $400 in Visa Gift Cards from Staples with 5X points using your Ink Plus, and get a $20 Visa gift card via Staples' easy rebates, via Dan. Here are the details: Buy at least $300 in Visa gift...
Square_2015_chase_freedom_calendar_5x_categories-better_than_last_year
12/9/2014
  The 2015 Chase Freedom Calendar 5X Categories have been announced (well, at least some of them) and they're better than last year--slightly. I am very happy to see grocery stores return as a Q1 category after a 2 year hiatus, since...
Square_capital_one_venture_card-5_reasons_it_isnt_worth_it
1/5/2015
The Capital One Venture Rewards Card isn't worth it for me, as an avid luxury traveler. I've never had it, and never will. I value being able to turn our miles and points into international first class and business class...
Square_save_on_5x_gift_cards_at_staples_with_visa_savings_edge
12/21/2014
  Save extra on 5X gift cards at Staples with Visa SavingsEdge with 1% bonus cash back on $200 or more transactions via Dan. We usually end up buying at least $200 in gift cards with our Ink Bold or Ink...
Square_bangkok_airways_review-airplane_on_tarmac
2/24/2015
  This Bangkok Airways Review from Siem Reap to Bangkok is part of a trip report including Asiana First Class, Thai First Class, and luxury resorts and dining in northern Thailand. For the previous articles, please see: SWISS Lounge JFK Terminal 4 Review...