Amex for Target Was a Terrible Product, I Liked It, and $25 Serve Bonus

The Amex For Target card was the precursor to the Amex Target Prepaid REDcard (aka REDbird). It had fees to load, ATM fees, no bill pay, and no Target discount. Not a great card!

It was not heavily promoted. The occasional store that had them placed them at registers near Target gift cards. I never saw anyone use one but me and cashiers were generally unfamiliar with them. I doubt there were many active customers outside those in this hobby.

For MS it was a marginal play: among two cards allowed per person, you could load $1,000 + $3 fee up to 5 times per rolling 28-day period. Unloading by ATM at $400 a pop with $3 Amex fee, plus ATM fee, added up (one $3 Amex fee waived per calendar month). I used it for credit card minimum spends because Target is walkable for me. Credit card and debit card loading both ended at the same times as the REDcard.

Now it is departing. As of March 21, 2016, the program is discontinuing. Accounts will be closed with no replacement.

There is a $25 bonus offer to open a Serve account (URL is unique, I have 4, contact me).

Amex for Target End

My accounts all have zero balance so the notice I received does not require any action. Others I assume are instructed to spend it down or will get a refund.

This product makes sense to kill off. The much better REDcard has never been fulling rolled out, maybe it never will. With Amex flailing around these days, it is hard to see if they have a strategy or a dart board.

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  • Andrew

    Would love the serve referral link!

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Andrews – #1 to you. Will email tonight.

  • Dave

    Agree about the Amex for Target thing…and the Serve promotion sounds interesting. Thanks!

  • @Dean

    If you could send me a referral that would be greatly appreciated.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Dean – #2 to you. Will email tonight.

  • Amol

    The Target card was great to load with a card like Flexperks (which got 2x at my Target for groceries) and then unload at a free ATM for the money. I stopped using it ages ago. Don’t have Serve so would be useful if links are available!

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Amol – #3 to you. I thought there was some issue with free ATMs on those, either that it didn’t apply like for the birds or maybe it was just no Moneypass ATMs near me.

  • Shirley

    May I claim the 4th? I’ve alway been about the fence about a red card, even when working there. It might be a card worth getting in between churning.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Shirley – #4 to you.