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Tap Out:  No More Apps Until 5/24?
11 Oct. 2018
Tap Out: No More Apps Until 5/24?
Tapped At various times over the past 6 months, I’ve been contemplating tapping out.  By tapping out, I don’t mean quitting the points and miles “hobby”.  That’s borderline crazy talk at this point.  When I say tapping out, I mean not applying for any more rewards credit cards for the next 24 months.  Even that
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Latest Round of Credit Card Applications Results
10 Oct. 2018
Latest Round of Credit Card Applications Results
So-So, Same-Same My last couple of credit card app-o-rama’s haven’t been overwhelmingly successful and this round was similar.  Here’s a quick breakdown of this past week’s application run: Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard – 60k AA miles sign-up offer.  Approved instantly.  This is my third editio...
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Violence at Walmart
1 Oct. 2018
Violence at Walmart
All Time….Low Like others in the points community, I spend my fair share of time inside the walls of various Walmarts.  Over the years I’ve seen an experienced a lot of things in and outside of the Money Center.  Last night I was in a store getting a couple of money orders and saw a
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New Music:  October 2018 Playlist
1 Oct. 2018
New Music: October 2018 Playlist
One of my favorite things about travel is the opportunity to hear and find new music.  On my last trip to Eastern Europe, I was surprised at how good the music was inside a bar in the capital city Minsk.  New music this month from a variety of place:  Brazil, Mali, Sweden, USA, France, Angola,
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New Podcast:  Minsk, Belarus
29 Sep. 2018
New Podcast: Minsk, Belarus
Privet (Hello)? As part of a couple of trips through Eastern Europe, I’ve traveled to Minsk, Belarus twice this year (and will also be visiting again early next year).  This podcast episode talks about visiting Minsk, things you need to know before going, and what you can expect once you’re there.  It’s a completely different
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Saving For A Travel IRA
22 Sep. 2018
Saving For A Travel IRA
Anniversary and 10M This week is my five year anniversary of being involved in the points and miles hobby/profession.  Kind of by coincidence, I’ve just passed the 10 million points mark.  That total isn’t points earned, it’s points currently banked.  I haven’t accurately kept track of points that I’ve redeemed, but kn...
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The Single Best Travel Rewards Card
12 Sep. 2018
The Single Best Travel Rewards Card
Contrary Although I love talking all things points, miles and travel, I generally shy away from starting that conversation with strangers.  If there’s time or if I feel I can help someone look at travel rewards in a different way, I might go for it, but the topic often mushrooms and becomes a time drain.
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MoneyGram Rules the Roost
6 Sep. 2018
MoneyGram Rules the Roost
Not Just Another Day Yesterday I liquidated $25,000 worth of debit (gift) cards via manufactured spend (MS).  It was tough because are no longer any Walmarts in my city that constantly allow $10,000+ in money orders to be purchased in a single visit.  In short, today was work.  While I don’t mind putting in time
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