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Accruing $500,000 Worth of Travel From Points
18 May. 2018
Accruing $500,000 Worth of Travel From Points
Measured Each year I have points and miles earning goals.  My daily goal is earn 10,000 points/miles.  Please understand that I’m not tossing out that stat to brag or boast, as nothing I write is meant to take that path.  I recognize that some people earn much less than that and also know that others
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Assault on Twin Cities Manufactured Spend
16 May. 2018
Assault on Twin Cities Manufactured Spend
Another One Bites the Dust Just one year ago the Twin Cities was a bit of a honey hole.  It was like a large manufactured spending (MS) fire.  Besides providing comfort and warmth, you could toss just about anything into it and end up with a positive result.  Now that raging fire is down to
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Fee Free Visa Gift Cards at AAA (select locations)
14 May. 2018
Fee Free Visa Gift Cards at AAA (select locations)
American Automobile Association (AAA) and MS? Fee free manufactured spend (MS) is great.  The only thing that beats it is points + cash (or just heavy amounts of cash!).  I’ve heard the rumor for several days, and according to some recent data points and DoctorofCredit AAA is once again selling fee free Visa gift cards.  The downside
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“Saving” Over $20,000 on My Last Trip
8 May. 2018
“Saving” Over $20,000 on My Last Trip
Saving? I just burned through 585,000+ points in the 2.5 week trip to Eastern Europe with a good friend of mine.  Those were points well spent as we had a good trip.  My buddy hadn’t been out of the country for well over 10 years, so having some comfort along the way in the form
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More Free Points:  Office Max/Depot Promotion
7 May. 2018
More Free Points: Office Max/Depot Promotion
Tip of the Cap A hat tip to reader Ma Barker for pointing out a deal yesterday that I missed:  more free points at Office Max/Depot with another negative cost Visa gift card promotion. The promotion is pretty standard:  get $15 off (instantly at checkout) $300 (or more) worth of Visa Everywhere branded (debit) gift
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MoneyGram Squeezes MS at Local Walmarts
4 May. 2018
MoneyGram Squeezes MS at Local Walmarts
Water, No Gas Please I’ve been traveling through parts of Eastern Europe for the past 2.5. weeks and returned to an awful mess.  Some of the Walmarts (WM) in my area were audited by MoneyGram (MG) while I was away, and the audits didn’t go well.  Some of the stores that allowed larger volume manufactured
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The Single Best Card for Manufactured Spend?
26 Apr. 2018
The Single Best Card for Manufactured Spend?
Simply The Best I’ve spoken about manufactured spending (MS) at Frequent Traveler University (FTU) in Seattle and Minneapolis over the past year, and a question that is often asked is what the best card(s) are for manufactured spending.  Things in the points and miles hobby change, including banks and their card products.  Some banks stay
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A Trip During Points and Miles Change
19 Apr. 2018
A Trip During Points and Miles Change
Faithfully Departed The Day I left for my Eastern European trip, Starwood/Marriott was set to release the overhaul to the new program(s).  When I first heard about the news schedule for the announcement, I was dreading it.  When large dominant companies merge, I assume the new structure will not be good for consumers.  I’ve recently
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