Are There Big Issues With Money Orders At Walmart Stores?
I have been hearing rumors of a mythical Walmart system update for close to a year now. People would start claiming the jig was up, and Walmart money orders as a points earning option were dead. I brushed them off and said to myself, I will worry about it when something actually happens. Well, over the last few weeks it appears that this is the case. It appears there are some big issues with money orders at Walmart, at least where Visa gift cards are concerned.
Update 11/12/20: We have multiple reports from our MtM Diamond group and they are all over Flyertalk as well. There is now a $49.99 swipe limit for Metabank gift cards at Walmart stores. This is for money orders, serve loads, bill pay etc. If you don’t have another liquidation method then I would stop purchasing this gift cards in bulk.
What Is Going On?
I have heard it posted and discussed about in a few different places, that there was a system update at Walmart. And it is said that this system update effects using VGC for money orders. This is similar to what happened at the USPS a few years back.
There have been reports for a few weeks now of Simon Mall gift cards and Metabank gift cards (from the office store deals) not working at certain Walmart locations. And even if they did work, people would have to swipe each card three or four times to get them to go through. In the last few days, even that isn’t working at many locations.
What Does This Mean?
If you have been routinely purchasing cards and Walmart is your only, or one of your only, methods of using them then I would pause on purchasing. I would wait and see how this plays out over the next few weeks before digging too deep of a hole. If you have other methods of using the cards then carry on. It is always best to have more than one way out, more like four or five options really. If it comes down to it you can use them for normal spend or for taxes etc.
I was kicking this around with our friends Derrick and Rick, from Travel-On-Points, and it appears that this may be specific to a few issuers. It appears most of the issues are with Blackhawk and Metabank cards. Cards issued by US Bank may still be okay. If you have some data points either way on those brands please share them below.
This is not good news and it could be a big hit to people’s points earning portfolio. If you have been having issues with money orders at Walmart then share your data points below. Let us know who the gift card issuer was and if you were able to complete the purchase or not. If you were able to, did it take multiple swipes or not? The more info we have to work with the better.