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A New Way Forward?
12 Feb. 2020
A New Way Forward?
Forward?  One of the reasons that I love to travel is that I use it as an opportunity to tune out.  When I travel, I usually don’t watch tv, read newspapers, or keep up with current events.  In the constant stream of (almost entirely left leaning) 24/7 media in our country, it’s nice to separate
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Rakuten Visa Nixes 3% CB on GC Purchases
11 Feb. 2020
Rakuten Visa Nixes 3% CB on GC Purchases
Bye Bye Today I received an email from Rakuten stating that starting on February 15th, Rakuten would no longer payout an extra 3% cash back on purchases from GiftCardMall.com, GiftCards.com, and Raise.com.  Instead, Rakuten will be offering just 1% cash back for those sites and purchases.  The email states: and the bad news detail: For
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BMO Harris Shutdown from Manufactured Spend
5 Feb. 2020
BMO Harris Shutdown from Manufactured Spend
Cold Water Another bank shutdown happened last week related to money order deposits from manufactured spend.  This time it was BMO Harris.  What’s kind of weird about the shutdown is that I’ve had the account for under 2 years now, and received a call from their risk department in Wisconsin several months after opening the account. 
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New Podcast:  2019 Travel Music
10 Jan. 2020
New Podcast: 2019 Travel Music
Tuned In Music is an interesting aspect a lot of people ignore when traveling. I almost always try and hear what’s being played in the destinations that I travel to.  Music gives me a look into where I’m at beyond the tourist sites, local food, and landscape. In a way, the music being played is
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Points and Miles Goals for 2020
30 Dec. 2019
Points and Miles Goals for 2020
Winds of Change My points and miles goals are starting to pursue a different path.  Like many in the hobby, when I first started collecting travel rewards, I had very specific goals.  Initially, I just wanted to sign up for a travel rewards credit card and earn a nice stack of bonus miles.  From there
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December App-O-Rama
22 Dec. 2019
December App-O-Rama
More Plastic Several months ago I did my largest round of credit card applications in many years, applying for 7 new rewards cards.  Fortunately I was approved for all 7, but they weren’t all instant, and it also created a near shutdown for me with one of my banks.  Until being banned by MoneyGram this
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MoneyGram Banned!
22 Dec. 2019
MoneyGram Banned!
Bannishment It was only a matter of time but the MoneyGram hammer has come.  On Friday while trying to process a $4k transaction at a local Walmart, I got MoneyGram’s generic message of death. …”Please inform the customer that the system is unable to process the transaction.” In other words, you’re screwed, see you lat...
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My $100k Challenge
19 Nov. 2019
My $100k Challenge
Slow Cooker The points and miles hobby/game/lifestyle is fun.  It’s been very rewarding to me, but also continuously changing.  To derive substantial rewards, it requires some effort to monitor the latest news and stay on top of things, but that work has, and does, pay off.  Point and miles, or loyalty based rewards, are also
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