R.I.P: 6 of My Favorite Manufactured Spending Deals That Are Now Dead

Cash register manufactured spending

Manufactured spending is a great way to generate more miles and points after a credit card sign-up bonus has posted. It’s how I earn most of my miles and points, as I was lucky enough to get into this hobby when… Continue Reading


Combating the Herd Mentality in This Hobby

Park Hyatt Maldives on points and miles

There is a tendency in this community to follow the herd. That’s normal in any group . People look towards each other for advice and in this case, that pertains to how we earn and redeem our miles. There’s nothing innately wrong… Continue Reading


Is Safeway Discontinuing Visa Gift Card Sales?

Visa gift cards at Safeway on Sale

Update: The Value Traveler spoke to a store manager at a VA Safeway and confirmed they’re pulling gift cards due to issues with fraud. Several readers from around the country have also emailed to confirm their Safeway stores have pulled Visa… Continue Reading


Should You Pay 1.99% to Earn Miles on Rent Payments?

Plastiq Earn Miles on Rent and Mortgage Payments

I briefly mentioned RadPad recently in a post, explaining how paying rent through RadPad is one way to unload extra Visa gift cards, since they don’t charge fees on debit card transactions. Meanwhile, credit card fees are hefty at 3.49%.… Continue Reading


How to Liquidate Excess Gift Cards Without Bluebird or Serve

Yesterday’s news of the mass shutdowns of Amex Bluebird and Serve prepaid cards came as a shock to many people. There were no quiet rumblings, in-store memos, or signs of trouble like when Vanilla Reloads and Redbird went down. It… Continue Reading


Amex is Shutting Down Bluebird and Serve Accounts: What’s Next?

I woke up today, well past noon, from a Nyquil induced sleep to some terrible news: Both the American Express Bluebird and Serve prepaid cards are dead as far as manufactured spending goes. Several readers got email notices that their… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in December

Points and Miles Check List, Laptop, notepad

It’s been a hectic week, which is why I’ve fallen behind on blogging about the latest promotions. I had to visit two family members in the hospital. On top of that, my hard drive crashed. It took nearly three days for… Continue Reading