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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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How I Keep Track of Gift Cards From Purchase Through Liquidation

Last month, I churned well over $200,000 worth of Visa and merchant gift cards. Let’s pause for a minute because while I don’t normally indulge in self-praise, I think it’s deserved in this instance. A lot of readers have been… Continue Reading

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R.I.P Arrival Plus: Barclay Shuts Down All My Credit Cards

Barclay Credit Card Account Shutdown

Happy New Year everyone (seems the period to keep saying it never ends)! It’s not off to a super great start, thanks to Barclay shutting down all of my credit cards along with my family’s, but the glass is still… Continue Reading

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Which Giftcards.com Visa Gift Cards Are Issued by Metabank?

For the past year, I’ve been using cash back portals like Yazing and TopCashBack to purchase Visa gift cards from Giftcards.com. These Visa gift cards are generally PIN-enabled, meaning they can be used to purchase money orders. These money orders… Continue Reading

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Is The Plastic Merchant Accepting New Sellers?

Since I posted about my manufactured spending roundup last week, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about The Plastic Merchant seller approval process. The Plastic Merchant, it’s a manufactured spending-friendly gift card reselling site. What makes them so great is that… Continue Reading

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Is Gift Card Reselling Worth the Hassle?

Manufactured spending by mail

In Monday’s post about my month in manufactured spending, I mentioned how around $24,000 of my manufactured spending total came from gift card reselling. Since I became aware of The Plastic Merchant back in October, I decided to incorporate gift… Continue Reading

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Gift Card Mall Pays You to Buy Visa Gift Cards

5 Percent Back Visa Deal on GiftCardMall

When you’re doing large amounts of manufactured spending, small gift card fees of $3.95 – $5.95 can really add up to a substantial amount. Suddenly, that business class seat doesn’t seem like much of a bargain when you factor in how… 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