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Today I wrote my very first Bluebird check! Until recently, Bluebird could only pay bills through their billpay functions or with their credit/debit card. Now, you can order Bluebird checks so you can pay people without having to have American Express send them a check!
Until May 21, you can order Bluebird checks in quantities of 50 or 100 for free. After May 21, Bluebird will deduct the amount for the cost of checks from your Bluebird account. At that time, it will cost $19.94 + $5.94 shipping for 50 and $26.94 + $6.94 shipping for 100. Even if you do not think you will need the checks, you might as well order them now since they are free now!
Writing a Bluebird check is a little different from writing checks on your normal bank. Before you can hand someone a check, you must preauthorize it. This involves logging into your Bluebird account and clicking the pre-authorize a check to fill out the information from the check (the check number and amount as well as the optional memo). For checks that require an amount over $2,000, it will take 1-2 business days for you to receive your pre-authorization number. For amounts smaller than that, you will receive your pre-authorization number right away and you will put that on the check. This is because the amount will be deducted from your Bluebird account the moment you pre-authorize it. So, do not use Bluebird checks for anyone who you think might just tear it up!
Here is some information about Bluebird and the Bluebird checks: