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6 Ways to Get Around a Lack of Airline Award Space

Etihad Airways Business Class Seat 1K on the 777-200 San Francisco to Abu Dhabi

One of the biggest challenges with collecting airline miles and points is redeeming them. Airlines intentionally make it difficult for people to redeem miles. Never did that become more clear to me than during a recent visit to the dentist.… Continue Reading

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Should You Use Walmart Bill Pay for Manufactured Spending?

Walmart Money Order

This past weekend I held three webinars where I addressed people’s manufactured spending questions. It was fun and something I hope to repeat on a monthly basis (once I find a better meeting platform). Anyway, a topic that came up… Continue Reading

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10 Best Credit Cards for Non-Bonus Category Manufactured Spending

Discover It Miles Credit Card 3% Cash Back Bonus First Year

Last Year I wrote about the 10 best credit cards for manufactured spending. My rankings were based on a combination of both rewards currency value and bonus categories offered by these cards. It was a good, comprehensive list at the… Continue Reading

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4 Cheap Ways to Redeem Miles for JAL Sky Suites to Japan

JAL Sky Suite Business Class Seat

I started a new job recently and my co-workers have been curious about this hobby and how I’ve managed to get incredible value out of points and miles. After an informal Q&A, one person relayed her goal to travel to… Continue Reading

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Chase 5/24 Rule: Why It’s Not Relevant Anymore

Mile Earning Credit Cards

The Chase 5/24 Rule  has been a thorn on most of our sides since it was implemented last year. It’s one of the most stringent rules implemented by any bank to curtail credit card churning. With a few exceptions, Chase… Continue Reading

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65,000 Mile Citi Platinum AAdvantage Card: A Reminder of How Much I Miss Credit Card Churning

American Airlines First Class Seat 777-300ER

I don’t churn credit card much. Sure, I’ve gone a little nuts in the past with Alaska Visa card applications and I did take full advantage of the 100,000 miles Citi AAdvantage Executive card offer three years ago. But I… Continue Reading

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7+ Ways To Eat For FREE While Traveling

Fruit Buffet Spread at Nizuc Resort Cancun

Food is probably of the biggest expenses most people factor into their travel budgets. Sure, you can eat every meal at McDonald’s, but if you’re traveling abroad, you probably want to experience something of the local culture. Food is one… Continue Reading