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Hyatt Elite Status Via Award Nights: When Mattress Running Makes Sense

Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi Building Lobby

Last week, Hyatt announced that starting this year, award nights would count towards elite night requirements. A lot of people lamented this new development because it would make top-tier Globalist status more attainable. Why is this bad? Because more elites… Continue Reading

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Points & Miles CheckList: Things to Do in 2018

Points and Miles Check List, Laptop, notepad

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions and I’m not about to fake it for a blog post. But I do believe in planning and figuring out how to tackle goals. We all have them, right? Maybe you want to… Continue Reading

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Points and Miles Checklist: Things To Do in December 2017

Points and Miles Check List, Laptop, notepad

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these monthly points and miles checklists. Since the year is almost up, I thought I’d focus on tasks that need to be completed before January 2018. I’m also including things that… Continue Reading

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Managing Budgets While Manufacturing Spend

Purse full of Visa gift cards

One of the biggest challenges when you’re manufacturing large amounts of spend is trying to keep your personal budget on track. Sure, it’s possible to off-set most manufactured spending fees, but when you’re trying to normalize spending patterns by channeling… Continue Reading

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Earning Miles vs. Cash Back: Which Makes More Sense?

Discover It Miles Credit Card 3% Cash Back Bonus First Year

A while back, I wrote about the merits of using cash back rewards to cover manufactured spending fees vs. travel expenses. An interesting question came up: “Why not just use a travel rewards credit card from the get-go instead of a… Continue Reading

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Should You Use Cash Back Rewards To Cover Manufactured Spending Fees?

Discover It Miles Credit Card 3% Cash Back Bonus First Year

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how to eliminate manufactured spending fees. I cited tools like the iBotta app, gift card promotions, shopping portals, and cash back credit cards. When cash back portals reduce payouts and I have no… Continue Reading

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5 Rewards Currencies You SHOULD Be Earning Speculatively

Economy class airplane seats

One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear in this hobby is “don’t earn points and miles speculatively.” What does that mean? It means you shouldn’t collect points and miles without a goal in mind. Rewards programs can… Continue Reading