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Comparing Credit Card Spending Requirements for Top-tier Hotel Elite Status

There was a time when most of us thought top-tier hotel elite status was out of reach. After all, who stays 25-50 nights at hotels every year? Mostly business travelers. Thanks to rewards credit cards, that’s no longer the case.… Continue Reading

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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $4,000+ Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back in November

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

November was a good month in terms of manufactured spending. While I’ve decided to continue keeping that manufactured spending tip I tweeted about a while back secret, it didn’t account for a huge chunk of my manufactured spending. A lot… Continue Reading

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Which Credit Card Should I Charge $20,000 Worth of Airfare To?

I’ve been battling a cold for the past week and going to Walmart to liquidate gift cards has been really tough. I’ve been agonizing over my drop in manufactured spending until some good news came along: At least 20 of my… Continue Reading

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Amazing Statement Credits and Bonus Point Offers from Amex, Citi, and Bank of America

Hands holding credit card and using digital tablet pc with morning coffee and croissant. Online shopping.

I don’t go shopping very often, but when I do, I try to shop online and utilize coupon codes to get the best deal possible. Credit card companies have been making it easy for me lately, by offering some really… Continue Reading

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Meeting Large Spending Requirements Without Manufactured Spending

A 100,000 point sign-up bonus isn’t rare for the American Express Platinum Card. In fact, there have been bonuses out there for up to 250,000 Membership Rewards points after a total of $55,000 worth of spending over six months. A… Continue Reading

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The Most Useful Resource for Learning About Points and Miles

It’s been about five years since I got involved in the points and miles game, and it’s really changed my life for the better. Not just in terms of how I’m able to travel, but how I earn a living… Continue Reading

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How Much I’m Paying in Credit Card Annual Fees

I do a great deal of manufactured spending, which requires me to use multiple credit cards. After all, putting $100,000 worth of spending on a single credit card every month would be insane, not to mention, I’d get shut down… Continue Reading

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What Are the Best Hotel Credit Cards for Earning Free Nights?

Hilton Munich Airport Suite Upgrade

A while back I wrote about the best hotel rewards program for earning free nights based on non-elite earning rates, which came down to Hilton HHonors, Club Carlson and Wyndham Rewards. Barring a really great mattress running opportunity, most of… Continue Reading

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Off-Peak Saver Awards to Europe Still Bookable for 20,000 Miles via Alaska Mileage Plan

One of the best things about the American Airlines’ pre-devaluation award chart was the ability to book off-peak saver awards to Europe for just 40,000 miles roundtrip. These prices were valid October 15 – May 5 and those who had… Continue Reading

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Flying Blue is Now a Chase 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