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. But, you may be wondering if there’s any truth to this quip. This article will cover some of the basics for selling blood or plasma at CLS Plasma.

In This Article:

  • How to Use a CSL Plasma Debit Card

  • How to Check the Balance of a CSL Plasma Card

  • How to Get a Replacement Card

  • How Z Rewards Work

  • Can I Put My Z Points on My Rewards Card?

You are probably familiar with voluntary blood drives sponsored by the American Red Cross. Maybe you’ve donated at one of these through your school or workplace. You are rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping someone in need and with a cookie. But you do not expect payment for your blood.

So where did the idea come from that you can sell your blood for money? In a word… plasma! Donating plasma for money, as opposed to whole blood, is common in this country among people looking to earn extra cash. The details of how this is done will appear below but first some background:

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 assessed 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 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 the Balance of a CSL Plasma Card

Since the card is prepaid you will need to keep track of your balance. The CSL website contains a page with links to get a do a CSL Plasma card balance check as well as locate an ATM. 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 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.

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 Z Rewards Work

Yes. In addition to the money credited to your debit card you can earn points through CSL’s donor rewards program, known as “Z Rewards.” Through Z Rewards 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 Z 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 your date of birth.

Your Z points are redeemable for rewards such as gift cards and passes to area attractions through CSL’s online store. 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 Z 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 points 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 your 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.

So there you have it. It is actually possible to sell your blood, at least the plasma part of it, for a fairly decent amount of money per month if you are willing to commit to the time to do it on a very frequent basis.