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Why I’m Not MS’ing Much These Days

Purse full of Visa gift cards

I’ve been getting emails lately from readers who are curious about why I stopped my manufactured spending posts. Have I given up on gift card churning completely or am I just not writing about it? It’s really down to the… Continue Reading

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My Stay at the Conrad Dubai During New Year’s Eve 2016

Conrad Dubai Hotel Lobby Christmas Tree

After a great stay at the Conrad Makkah, I chose the Conrad Dubai for our stay over New Year’s. The Conrad Dubai is a gorgeous hotel located on Sheikh Zayed Road, close to public transportation. So it was a bit disappointing when it… Continue Reading

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Retaining Top-Tier Elite Benefits Without Hyatt Globalist Status

Hyatt Centric Chicago Downtown The Loop Lobby Front Desk

On March 1, something unthinkable will happen: For the first time in four years, I won’t have top-tier Hyatt elite status….and I’m totally fine with it. If I’m being perfectly honest, being a Hyatt Diamond member isn’t all its cracked… Continue Reading

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6 Best Credit Cards for People Who Aren’t Into Manufactured Spending

Wallet filled with a stack of credit cards

I’ve written a few posts about the best credit cards to use for manufactured spending, but not everyone earns their points that way. What if you’re not involved in manufactured spending at all? Plenty of people steer clear of manufactured… 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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Replacing The Barclay Arrival Plus Card

Wallet filled with a stack of credit cards

A couple of weeks ago I lost my Barclay Arrival Plus card, which was really unfortunate because that was my primary credit card for manufactured spending. People often cite the $89 annual fee as a reason to get rid of… Continue Reading

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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