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Free Manufactured Spending: How to Eliminate Visa Gift Card Fees

Simon Mall Fee-free 5% Back Visa Gift card promotion

One of the first questions I get when I mention how I earn points and miles via manufactured spending is “what is that costing you?” After all, with a few exceptions, Visa gift cards carry fees. Not to mention, the… Continue Reading

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Earn 4x Rewards on Dining With Swagbucks

Swagbucks Local 10% Cash Back at Restaurants

It’s been a while since I’ve covered SwagBucks on this blog (Yazing’s cash back rates have generally been better). In fact, I had completely forgotten about SwagBucks until they turned up on CashBackMonitor while I was searching for a niche… Continue Reading

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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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Where to Buy Visa Gift Cards With a Credit Card

Simon Mall Visa Gift Cards

One of the most frequent questions that came up during my manufactured spending webinar was where to buy Visa gift cards with a credit card. Buying and liquidating PIN-enabled Visa gift cards is an essential part of manufactured spending. It’s pretty… Continue Reading

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Hyatt Credit Card Elite Status Challenge: Worth It?

Hotel lobby of Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop

Hyatt just announced a special status challenge for Hyatt Visa cardholders: Between September 1 – December 30, 2017 registered cardholders can earn Explorist and Globalist status by completing a third of the normal required nights: Explorist status: Complete 10 nights… Continue Reading

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5 Best Category Bonuses for Manufactured Spending

Gas station Credit Card Rewards

Earning miles via manufactured spending can be tedious. Most of the time you’re earning 1 mile per $1 spent and even if you’re buying Visa gift cards in large volumes, the fees eventually stack up. It can be tedious work,… Continue Reading

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My Beef With the Capital One Venture Card

Capital One Venture Credit Card Sign-up Bonus

Any time I write about cash back credit cards, I get more or less the same response: “Why aren’t you including the Capital One Venture Card?” For those who are unfamiliar with the card, it earns 2 miles per $1… Continue Reading