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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $2,000 Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back in September

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

I realize my weekly manufactured spending posts are getting tedious to read, so rather than repeat my Walmart trips in fascinating detail every week, I decide instead to write  about my Walmart trips in fascinating detail every month how much… Continue Reading

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Beauty Box Subscriptions: Save Cash and Earn Tons of Points and Miles!

Earn Points and Miles on Beauty Box Subscriptions

Beauty box subscriptions like Birchbox and Glossybox are very popular these days. For $10 – $39.95 per month, subscribers get a box of premium beauty product samples shipped to their doorstep. If you’ve ever been subject to a hard-sell at… Continue Reading

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Accor’s Epic Customer Service Fail

I haven’t paid much attention to Accor as a rewards program, partly because I’ve been loyal to Hyatt and Hilton and because Accor’s rewards program confused me a bit. However, when I was searching for hotels in Calais, I came… Continue Reading

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My Second Club Carlson Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Posted

About a month ago I wrote about how I re-applied for the Club Carlson credit card after cancelling it seven months before. This decision was mainly based on the ease of earning free Club Carlson nights through the co-branded credit… Continue Reading

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Funding Long-Term Travel With Points, Miles, and Manufactured Spending

A few weeks ago I asked what you’re saving your points and miles for and probably the number one item on my travel list is going back to Calais and staying there for at least a month. In case you… 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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Why I Caved and Got the Club Carlson Credit Card Again

Deluxe Room at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street

It was only seven short months ago that I wrote about cancelling my Club Carlson credit card after the annual fee was up. At the time I had decided that my (at the time somewhat limited) manufactured spending was better channeled… Continue Reading

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What Is the Best Hotel Credit Card 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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How I Booked a $5,000+ Trip to Thessaloniki, Calais and London with Points and Miles

About a month ago, I booked a spontaneous trip to Europe in order to volunteer with two organizations helping refugees in Greece and France. The route outlined in the title is the same one hundreds of thousands of refugees are… Continue Reading

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The Days of Free and Easy Manufactured Spending Are Over – Here’s How I’m Covering My Fees

The days of free manufactured spending are indeed over and the cost of accruing points and miles can be substantial. At the moment, some of the credit cards I’m using to earn miles don’t earn category bonuses, which can really… Continue Reading