Flying Blue is Now a Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

Air France and KLM's Flying Blue program is now an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner!

Here’s some unexpectedly good news for the day: Chase has just added Air France/KLM Flying Blue as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Why is this good news? For starters, Ultimate Rewards needed a new transfer partner. After the removal of… Continue Reading


Meeting Credit Card Spending Requirements: 2016 Edition

Håkan Dahlström / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0

My 3 year-old post on how to meet $40,000 in spending requirements remains one of my most popular posts to date. Things have changed a great deal since then. At the time, there were several prepaid cards that made meeting… Continue Reading


“But How Do You Know How Much You’re Spending?”

Credit Card Wallet

The other day I walked into a Starbucks during a really busy period. I spotted an open table, put my stuff down, and decided to order my drink on the Starbucks App since the line was way too long. About… Continue Reading


Review: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Restaurants

La Plaza Buffet Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

The all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos has a 9 restaurants and 7 bars. The dress code at most places is casual, though the dinner restaurants will require you to wear long pants/dresses and closed-toed shoes. They didn’t seem to enforce this… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Redemptions: Category 5

Best SPG Hotel Category 5 Keraton at The Plaza Jakarta

Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Redemptions: Category 1 Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Redemptions: Category 2 Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Redemptions: Category 3 Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel Redemptions: Category 4 It’s been a year and a half since… Continue Reading


The Days of Free and Easy Manufactured Spending Are Over – Here’s How I’m Covering My Fees


The days of free manufactured spending are indeed over and the cost of accruing points and miles can be substantial. At the moment, some of the credit cards I’m using to earn miles don’t earn category bonuses, which can really… Continue Reading


Is This One of the Best or Worst Uses of Starpoints?

The winning bid of 230,500 Starpoints for an audition to sing the National Anthem at a Cubs vs. Mets game

I was browsing through the SPG Moments website when I came across a recently ended auction that caught my attention. Someone spent 230,500 Starpoints on an AUDITION to sing the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets game. And… Continue Reading


Credit Cards I’m Currently Using for Manufactured Spending

Credit card wallet

This year, I’ve probably done more manufactured spending than ever. Even back in the day when I could walk across the street from my office to CVS and buy $5,000 worth of Vanilla Reloads per day, I don’t think I… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in May

Things to do list

I dropped the ball last month and didn’t put a points and miles checklist together, but to be fair, there wasn’t a whole lot happening. Things are picking up in May, with some status match opportunities, bonus point promotions, and… Continue Reading


Using Yazing for 1.5% Cash Back at GiftCards.com and GiftCardMall

Yazing 1.5 Percent Cash Back at Giftcards.com

Update: I’ve adjusted this post to reflect the fact that the cash back rate hasn’t increased for GiftCards.com but rather GiftCardMall.com. Yesterday I wrote about finally receiving my first cash back payout from iConsumer, which took about four months. Some people commented… Continue Reading