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What’s the Best Hotel Rewards Program for Earning Free Nights?

Grand Corporate Suite at the Grand Hyatt Singapore

When it comes to the ease of earning free nights based on paid stays, people always scoff when I cite Hilton HHonors and Club Carlson as the best hotel rewards programs. “What about Hilton’s inflated award chart?” “Club Carlson hotels… Continue Reading

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Traveling for Manufactured Spending

Airplane seats

The title of this post sounds backwards, doesn’t it? Normally, we manufacture spend so we can travel, but for some folks it’s the other way around – they travel so they can manufacture spend more efficiently. Last year, when Redbird… Continue Reading

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Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in June

Things to do list

June was off to a slow start, which is why I didn’t even bother putting a points and miles checklist together. Things began piling on and now here we are in mid-June, with the AAdvantage program changes coming up along… Continue Reading

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How NOT to Spend 65,000 Club Carlson Points

Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel and Thalasso, Cannes

Club Carlson is one of the best hotel rewards programs when it comes to earning free nights and I’ve written extensively about their huge portfolio of amazing properties worldwide. While it’s easy to earn club Carlson Gold points, between the… Continue Reading

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Current Increased Credit Card Offers: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Chase United MileagePlus 70,000 Mile Offer

There are several increased credit card sign-up bonus offers out there right now that are getting a lot of coverage on various blogs. Some of these offers really are great, while others are getting way more attention than they deserve. None… Continue Reading

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4 Ways to Unload Small Visa Gift Card Balances

$500 Visa gift cards are back at OfficeMax!

It happens to all of us: Despite our best efforts, there will be times when we’re left with Visa gift cards with small balances on them. It may happen when you’re buying money orders and miscalculate the cost of the… Continue Reading

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My Week in Manufactured Spending: A Family Connection

Walmart Money Order

I haven’t done one of these weekly manufactured spending posts in a couple of weeks, mainly because they get pretty repetitive. I’ve written about my current approach to manufactured spending, which is basically just liquidating a larger number of gift… Continue Reading

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My Current Approach to Manufactured Spending

Money orders manufactured spending

I haven’t been writing about my manufactured spending routine lately, but I have been pretty active. If you follow me on Snapchat (username: Pointchaser), you’ve probably seen some evidence of this (though how many pictures of discarded gift cards and… Continue Reading

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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

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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