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Should You Downgrade the Sapphire Reserve to Freedom Unlimited?

Mile Earning Credit Cards

The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Freedom Unlimited are two very different credit cards, yet they have one thing in common: Both earn at least 1.5 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent. There’s a lot of debate about whether the Sapphire… Continue Reading

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The World Won’t End If You Can’t Fly First Class Anymore

Thai Airways A380 First Class Seat Tokyo Narita - Bangkok

I have an undeserved reputation in some circles as someone who “kills deals.” To my knowledge, no travel or manufactured spending hack has ever been shut down because of the limited exposure on this blog. I’m aware of hacks that got shut… Continue Reading

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Combating the Herd Mentality in This Hobby

Park Hyatt Maldives on points and miles

There is a tendency in this community to follow the herd. That’s normal in any group – people look towards each other for advice and in this case, that pertains to how we earn and redeem our miles. There’s nothing innately wrong with… Continue Reading

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10 Best Credit Cards to Pay for Uber and Lyft Rides

Mile Earning Credit Cards

Nearly everyone uses rideshare apps like Uber an Lyft these days while traveling. It’s cheap, convenient, better than taxis and…you can earn points and miles with your credit card. Back in the day, I remember cab drivers in Los Angeles… Continue Reading

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How to Book Umrah Travel With Points and Miles

Kaaba Masjid al-Haram and Clock Tower in Mecca

Back in December, I booked a trip to Mecca and Medina to perform Umrah with my family. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Umrah is the “lesser” pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca. It’s much less rigorous and there are… 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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Rewards Program Changes Coming in 2017

The new year is off to kind of a shaky start, with many upcoming changes in the points and miles world to be aware of. Some of them are good, while others you really have to put your rose-colored glasses… 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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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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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $2,198 Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back in October

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

October was a slow month for me. I had intended to really ramp up my manufactured spending in time for a December trip to the Middle East, but found myself lagging behind. Sometimes, days went by without me placing any… Continue Reading