My Week in Manufactured Spending: Walk of Shame Edition

My embarrassing week in manufactured spending

Here I am being a hypocrite, going back to churning Visa gift cards when I’ve said long ago I was done doing that. That’s the nature of the beast – the points and miles game is an addiction and I… Continue Reading


Get Top-Tier Status Faster: Current Hotel Elite Status Challenges

Hotel entrance

It’s the summer travel season and while some of you are already enjoying your vacation, others are still in the planning stages to ensure they’re getting the most out of theirs. Part of that means making hotel booking decisions around… Continue Reading


Free Redbird Card When You Make a Charitable Donation

The coveted Target Prepaid REDcards

Winner: Since there are three cards available, I selected three people via Random.org: Carol, Isaac, Jade please feel free to reach out to Tim via Twitter Direct Message to finalize the transaction. If you don’t have a Twitter account, email me your contact… Continue Reading


Club Carlson Get More Offer: Book 2 Nights, Get 50% off a Future Stay

Hotel Reception Service Bell

I got an email this morning from Club Carlson, offering me an e-certificate for 50% off after completing a 2-night stay by July 25, 2015. The promotion appears to be open to all, with the only requirement being that you… Continue Reading


100% Bonus on IHG Rewards Club Point Purchases

IHG Rewards Club 100 point purchase bonus

The Points + Cash trick has been the preferred method for accruing cheap IHG points for a while now. Members could buy points at a rate of 0.7 cents each, though in a slightly shady fashion. If you’re short on… Continue Reading


Passing Through Asia this Summer? Here’s Your Chance to Meet the Sultan of Brunei

Source: Wikipedia

Years ago, I was watching an episode of some travel show (maybe Globe Trekker) where the host traveled to Brunei to attend the annual Eid Al-Fitr celebration at Istana Nurul Iman (known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Brunei). It immediately caught my interest… Continue Reading


American Express Tells Us Something We Already Know

Amex Target Redbird

I got an email from American Express this morning telling me something I already knew: Target will no longer accept credit cards for Redbird loads. Someone at American Express must have hit the snooze button because one month after they… Continue Reading


Hacking Hilton Diamond Status: Award Night Mattress Running vs. Credit Card Spending

Hotel Reception Service Bell

Hilton HHonors is one of the few hotel rewards programs that not only count award nights towards elite status, but allows members to earn top-tier status through credit card spending alone. Earning top-tier Hilton HHonors Diamond status normally requires the completion… Continue Reading


SPG American Express Annual Fee Increasing: Should You Keep the Card?

Starwood American Express

I’ve always put the Starwood Preferred Guest card on my list of cards I’ll keep long-term. I like the fact that Starwood has decent redemption rates, I can earn airline miles at a rate of 1.25 miles per $1 and… Continue Reading