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8 Ways to Earn Points and Miles Without Credit Cards

American Airlines First Class Seat 777-300ER

One of the biggest barriers (really, the only one) to people getting into this hobby is bad credit. A lot of skeptics are either concerned about ruining their credit through credit card churning or they simply don’t have the minimum… Continue Reading

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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 this costing you?” After all, with a few exceptions, Visa gift cards carry fees. Not to mention, the… Continue Reading

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Amex Offers: Save on Travel, Manufactured Spending & More

Amex Offers Statement Credit Deals shopping online with a tablet and credit card

I have my issues with American Express, but the fact is that Amex Offers is incredibly useful in saving cash and off-setting credit card annual fees. I easily earn hundreds of dollars worth of cash back from various Amex cards through… Continue Reading

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Gift Card Mall Pays You to Buy Visa Gift Cards

5 Percent Back Visa Deal on GiftCardMall

When you’re doing large amounts of manufactured spending, small gift card fees of $3.95 – $5.95 can really add up to a substantial amount. Suddenly, that business class seat doesn’t seem like much of a bargain when you factor in how… Continue Reading

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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $2,198 Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back in October

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

October was a slow month for me. I had intended to really ramp up my manufactured spending in time for a December trip to the Middle East, but found myself falling behind. Sometimes, days went by without me placing any… Continue Reading

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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $2,000 Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back in September

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

I realize my weekly manufactured spending posts are getting tedious to read, so rather than repeat my Walmart trips in fascinating detail every week, I decide instead to write  about my Walmart trips in fascinating detail every month how much… Continue Reading