Chances are you’ve heard someone, a friend, a sitcom character, maybe yourself, say something along the lines of “I’ll have to sell my blood to pay my rent/student loan/car payment this month!” This is usually considered hyperbole to mean you’re running out of cash and can’t wait for payday. If you’re looking to donate your plasma for compensation at CSL Plasma, we’re here to help you figure out how to use the reloadable debit card they give you, such as checking your balance, replacing it if necessary, how rewards work, and how points work.
How to Use a CSL Plasma Debit Card
You can use your CSL debit card the same as any other debit card to make point of sale purchases or to withdraw cash from an ATM. There are some things you need to keep in mind, however:
- Your cash balance does not expire, however if you do not use your card at all for 90 days you will begin to be charged an inactivity fee of $2.95 per month. So, if you go too long you will see your balance significantly reduced.
- The Blue Card is affiliated with the Allpoint ATM network so card holders will not be charged a fee for using Allpoint ATMs. The Red Card however is not aligned with Allpoint or any other network. You will be charged $1.50 per transaction plus whatever fee the ATM’s owner charges you.
Because of the high ATM fees CSL’s Red Card, the customer service department recommends using the “cash back” option when you make a retail purchase in a store if you need cash from your account. The charge for making a debit card purchase, with or without cash back, is only 35 cents.
How to Check Your Balance
Since the card is prepaid, you will need to keep track of your balance. You can do a CSL Plasma card balance check and/or locate an ATM at the CSLPlasma.com reloadable prepaid cards page.
Money can only be loaded onto your CSL debit card by CSL after each plasma donation. It is not possible to load your own funds from any other source onto your card.
How to Get a Replacement Card
If you do lose your card, CSL will give you a replacement card for free the first time. But, after that you will be charged $5.95 for any additional replacements. So, keep your card in a safe place!
Additionally, CSL will offer a free replacement card if you make a donation and your original card has expired. You can check the expiration date printed on the front of the card to know how long it’s good for. You won’t be charged to get a new card if CSL needs to load more money and the old card is no longer valid.
Here are the phone numbers to call if your card is lost or stolen:
CSL Plasma Card Number for the Red Card – 1-866-CSL-0200
CSL Plasma Card Number for the Blue Card – 1-877-855-7201
How iGive Rewards Work
In addition to the money credited to your debit card, you can earn points through CSL’s donor rewards program, known as “iGive Rewards.” Through it, you will earn points for plasma donations, for completing surveys, and through special promotions offered through your specific CSL center. You can sign up for iGive Rewards through the CSL website or through a kiosk at your CSL center. You will need the last four digits of your donor number, which you will receive when you register with CSL, as well as your last name and date of birth.
Your points are redeemable for rewards such as gift cards and passes to area attractions. Be aware, however, that points expire if you go 30 days or longer without making a plasma donation or if you do not log into your account at least once every 180 days.
Can I Put My Points on My Rewards Card?
Yes, but they do not have a very high cash value. There is no information on dollar amounts available on CSL’s website. A call to a CSL location in Philadelphia (215-554-6845) revealed that to redeem for cash credit you will have to achieve “Bronze,” “Silver,” or “Gold” status, which are categories assigned to the very high point earners, and even at these top levels you can only redeem for about one dollar per 100 points. The customer service agent also revealed that you only earn one point for every plasma donation and an additional one point per survey. So, you will not be seeing much extra cash compensation through the rewards program.
The best way to check your balance is through CSL’s links, mentioned above, and you can get a replacement card for free if your current one is expired. Otherwise, you’ll have to call the above numbers if it’s lost or stolen. You can’t load money from any other source onto this card, and cashing out your rewards points is not the best idea, though it is offered to high-tier donors. For more information about CSL Plasma donation, see our article: How Much Does CSL Plasma Pay per Donation? These Are the Rates…