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Target REDcard Working As Expected
Note: As of October 13, 2015 the Target REDcard (REDbird) can only be loaded with cash in-store at Target. This means that neither debit cards nor gift cards can be used to load REDcard any longer. For more info about the changes and where to go from here, see: REDbird Postmortem: An MS Path Forward
This isn’t going to be a long post, but I wanted to let everyone know that Target REDcard loads are working as usual. Yesterday an email was sent out to cardholders describing what can and cannot be used to load REDcard. While the email only reinforced the current policy, some people were concerned.
Around the same time the email was sent, Target’s systems were having issues and REDcard loads were not working. Those events worried some people, but it all turned out to simply be a coincidence. As of last night Target’s systems were fixed and REDcard loads began working again.
Refusal to Load Gift Cards
This morning I did go out and test the system to make sure everything was working. While my loads were ultimately a success, I did run into the first cashier I have encountered who refused to load a gift card. This happened at a different Target than I normally visit, so I went to my normal store and everything was fine. I see this as further evidence that policies are tightening on the store level.
In the end there is not much to report here. You still can’t use credit cards, but can use pin-enabled gift cards to load REDcard. I am hearing more and more stories of gift card denials with regularity, so it may be prudent to find a store/cashier that works for you and stick with it. Enjoy your weekend and happy loading!
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