Redeeming Walmart Bucks with Bluebird
Update: If you are still having issues after following the instructions in this post, I have received a response from American Express about how to reach them for help. You can find their response here.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an extensive guide to Walmart’s Savings Catcher program and followed it up with my detailed experiences. For those who haven’t heard, Savings Catcher is Walmart’s new automatic price matching program.
After shopping at Walmart, you simply enter your receipt and Savings Catcher automatically compares the prices you paid at Walmart to the ads of local competitors. If a local competitor has a lower price, then Walmart gives you the difference in the form of Walmart Bucks.
The real benefit of Savings Catcher is that Walmart is offering 2x the Walmart Bucks if you transfer them to your Bluebird card. Some readers commented on my earlier post that they were having difficulty redeeming their Walmart Bucks with Bluebird, so I headed out to give it a try.
How to Redeem Walmart Bucks with Bluebird at Walmart
Believe it or not, prior to this experiment I had never actually used my Bluebird card to pay for anything at Walmart. After ringing up my groceries at self checkout, I swiped the Bluebird card and hit debit. The charge failed.
While the Bluebird card works at ATMs and has a pin, you need to run it as credit when paying at Walmart. The second time around I hit credit and the transaction went through.
Immediately after paying I logged into my Bluebird account and checked to see if they had taken the money from my general funds or deducted my Walmart Bucks.
As you can see, on the login page Bluebird showed the amount of my transaction and listed it as, “Store Purchase Walmart : Walmart Buck$ and Bluebird Account.” This seemed promising.
I then clicked on the transaction to see the details. Since I only had $8.72 in Walmart Bucks, it cleared them out and then took the rest of the money from my general Bluebird account. It worked exactly as promised.
A Few Suggestions & Observations
While I tested out the system on this purchase and put the entire thing on my Bluebird card, in the future I would pay for as close to $9 worth of items with Bluebird and then pay for the rest with a rewards credit card such as the Arrival Plus (My review.)
Also, as mentioned before, make sure that you select credit when paying with Bluebird. Walmart’s system does not see it as a debit card and thus will reject the payment if you push the debit key.
While some people have had troubles redeeming their Walmart Bucks with Bluebird, my transaction went smoothly. Walmart knew to take the Walmart Bucks first and then drew from my Bluebird balance after that.
What has your experience been? Have you been able to redeem your Walmart Bucks with Bluebird? Let me know!