American Express Prepaid Cards

Comparing American Express Prepaid Cards

American Express Prepaid Cards

Prepaid cards are becoming more popular.  But the world of prepaid cards can be daunting especially when you’re comparing American Express Prepaid Cards.

How do you choose? Which one is better for you?

Miles and points junkies have been raking in frequent flyer miles and points through credit cards (signup bonuses and purchases) ever since credit card companies started affiliating with the airlines.  Now, the rapidly growing trend among the miles and points community is a focus on prepaid cards.

Why prepaid cards?  Once you know all the in’s and out’s, combined with large credit card signup bonuses you can leverage more miles and points.  But the trick is knowing which prepaid cards to get.

There are several prepaid cards on the market, in this five part series I’m covering American Express prepaid cards.

Part 1 of this series will cover Comparing American Express Prepaid Cards.
Part 2 of this series will cover the American Express Prepaid Card – Part One
Part 3 of this series will cover the American Express Prepaid Card – Part Two
Part 4 of this series will cover the American Express Bluebird Card
Part 5 of this series will cover the American Express for Target Card

If you’re already playing the prepaid card game you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, but what are you going to tell me that I don’t already know or hasn’t already been talked about by every other miles and points blogger, especially FrequentMiler and MillionMileSecrets?

Probably not much, maybe a little gem here or there, but then you, the miles and points junkie whose already using prepaid cards, is not for whom I’ve written this post.  So sit back, relax and just enjoy the post/s.  And feel free to comment as I’m totally ok with comments, good or bad.  Naturally I prefer good…

American Express offers three Prepaid Cards: American Express Prepaid, American Express Bluebird, and the American Express for Target Card.

While each offer the same purchase protections as afforded by an American Express credit card, there are subtle nuances to each card as you can see from the chart below.


American Express Card Comparison

In Part 2 I’ll discuss the American Express Prepaid card and go into depth about each of the features and fees.  I’ll also provide examples on the best way to leverage usage out of the card.

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  1. says

    Excited to read more about the Bluebird card, we just got one and were planning to experiment with the points reloads but haven’t done anything yet.

    BTW, I finally got the North County Brew Tour post up, check it out and thanks for a great day!

  2. says

    I’ve been ignoring all the prepaid card hype even though I need to work on my minimum spends. Here’s the one thing I want to know: can I manufacture spend using prepaid cards and avoid fees? I’ve gleaned that the answer is no. My goal is to spend less money, not more, so I’m ignoring the prepaids.

  3. Jessica says

    I really like this chart but I wish you could update it to include which prepaid cards accepts the regular vanilla visa gift cards or giftcardmall gift cards as deposits. I don’t have access to vanilla reloads and I like to buy plain ol visa gift cards at OD. Looking for ways to liquidate besides AP and serve.

  4. Ariel says

    Great post!

    Are you still planning on doing the comparison?

    I just received an AMEX Prepaid, and have been looking forward to the follow-up articles.


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