Traveling for Manufactured Spending

The title of this post sounds backwards, doesn’t it? Normally, we manufacture spend so we can travel, but for some folks it’s the other way around – they travel so they can manufacture spend more efficiently. Last year, when Redbird… Continue Reading


7 Ways to Save Cash and Maximize Miles at Target

When the Target Prepaid REDcard (aka Redbird) essentially died as a manufactured spending tool earlier this month, it not only eliminated an important manufactured spending tool but if you’re a frequent Target shopper, it also eliminated the ability to save 5% on… Continue Reading


50% off IHG Award Nights in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

IHG just launched a sale on award redemptions, offering 50% off resorts in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The promotion is valid on bookings made between August 24 – September 15, 2015 for travel between September 1 – October… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things To Do in July

This post is about a week late but better late than never, right? I love clichés that make it ok to skip out on your responsibilities sometimes. If someone had taught this line to Allen Iverson, he may not have… Continue Reading


Get Top-Tier Status Faster: Current Hotel Elite Status Challenges

It’s the summer travel season and while some of you are already enjoying your vacation, others are still in the planning stages to ensure they’re getting the most out of theirs. Part of that means making hotel booking decisions around… Continue Reading


SPG American Express Annual Fee Increasing: Should You Keep the Card?

I’ve always put the Starwood Preferred Guest card on my list of cards I’ll keep long-term. I like the fact that Starwood has decent redemption rates, I can earn airline miles at a rate of 1.25 miles per $1 and… Continue Reading


Travel Hacking From Abroad

Most of my readers are based in the U.S., but every once in a while I’ll get an email from an American living abroad who wants to know how to continue earning points and miles while away from home. I’m… Continue Reading