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Minimum Manufactured Spending Required to Travel (Hint: You Don’t Have to Go All Out)

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

A lot of people out there think manufactured spending has to be done in massive numbers. That if you aren’t spending $100,000+ every month you may as well sit on the sidelines. Some people are discouraged because they don’t have enough credit… Continue Reading

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One Bank Just Made Manufactured Spending a Little Easier

Use checks at the ATM to make credit card payments

I’ve had my Bank of America checking account since high school. For a long time, I was using it for money order deposits and then using those funds to pay off credit cards I used for manufactured spending. I decided… Continue Reading

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Is It Worth Spending $20,000 on the British Airways Visa to Earn 100,000 Avios?

Mile Earning Credit Cards

Last week I wrote about how to spend the 100k sign-up bonus from the British Airways Visa. While there are still lots of great ways to redeem 100,000 Avios, unfortunately the bonus isn’t quite  as good as it was before… Continue Reading

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Why I Don’t Manufacture Spend With The Starwood Credit Card

Rewards credit Cards in a wallet

A lot of people ask me why I don’t use American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards for manufactured spending as much, even though its such a valuable currency. The reason I don’t do it is because American Express isn’t the most… Continue Reading

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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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How to Redeem Points for Award Stays at Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Ink48 NYC Hotel Lobby

When IHG acquired Kimpton back in 2014, the company announced that they would keep the Kimpton Karma Rewards program intact. They’ve kept true to their word, which has kept Kimpton fans happy but left IHG loyalists disappointed because it hasn’t… 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