Blogs
Points
Choose blog category:
Making Money from Discover It Miles
6 Jul. 2018
Making Money from Discover It Miles
Good Match A couple of days ago I got my Discover It Miles points match for my anniversary.  My actual anniversary was in June, but the points match took place in July.  For those not well versed in this rewards program, Discover offers 1.5 points per dollar spent.  At the end of the first year
Read more
(5) (7)
Bank Shutdown From Manufactured Spending
4 Jul. 2018
Bank Shutdown From Manufactured Spending
About Time In the past few years, I have used 3 main banks/credit unions for money order deposits and for facilitating manufactured spending (MS) for travel points and miles.  TCF Bank is a Midwestern/Regional bank that has branches around my city which are generally very convenient.  No matter where you are in the city, there’
Read more
(0) (6)
New Music:  July 2018 Playlist
3 Jul. 2018
New Music: July 2018 Playlist
Music is a bit late this month but I’ve been busy booking a round the world trip with miles and earning points for my next trips.  This month, music from Africa, Sweden, England, USA, France, and Jamaica.  I love new music, but it’s not always easy to find it, especially living in the U.S.  Besides
Read more
(0) (5)
Saving Myself From a Chase Shutdown
2 Jul. 2018
Saving Myself From a Chase Shutdown
Temptress This past week Chase introduced the World of Hyatt credit card.  It’s a revised card to the previously released Chase Hyatt Visa that has a vastly different set of benefits and rewards possibilities.  The main draws for me with this new card is the ability to spend your way to top tier (Globalist) status
Read more
(3) (5)
Identity Theft at Walmart Money Center?
20 Jun. 2018
Identity Theft at Walmart Money Center?
MOTR During a liquidation run to a local Walmart a few days, I filled out the Money Order Transaction Form (MOTR).  Walmart is required to capture customer information when and if $3,000 or more in money orders are purchased.  For stores that allow multiple debit/gift card swipes for money orders, some stores don’t utilize the
Read more
(6) (11)
The Increasing Importance of Business Rewards Cards
17 Jun. 2018
The Increasing Importance of Business Rewards Cards
Glass Half Full I returned a couple of weeks ago from a 2.5 week trip in Eastern Europe with a buddy of mine.  My friend is very new to international travel, but saw the power of points during our trip.  We had lounge access in every airport that we visited, stayed in elite hotels, and
Read more
(2) (10)
Life After A Barclays Shutdown?
16 Jun. 2018
Life After A Barclays Shutdown?
Shutdown About 6 months ago I was shutdown by Barlcays.  The shutdown was unexpected, affected 3 rewards cards that I had with the bank, and it was largely my fault.  Basically late last year I took a couple of back to back trips overseas, and used Barclays Arrival Plus card for a good deal of
Read more
(9) (14)
Manufactured Spend Q and A
10 Jun. 2018
Manufactured Spend Q and A
Frequent Traveler University (FTU) is happening in New York this weekend.  It’s a collection of travel and rewards points topics for enthusiasts just like you and me.  I’ve been on manufactured spend panels in the past 2 FTU conferences in Seattle and Minneapolis.  Here are some common questions and answers from FTU: Q:  What is
Read more
(9) (14)