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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

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Why $400 Economy Fares to Asia Don’t Excite Me

Cheap $400 flights to Hong Kong Asia

Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen some incredibly fares between the West Coast and Asia. Back in July, The Flight Deal shared a $330 roundtrip fare between San Francisco and Hong Kong. Since then, lots of other fares… Continue Reading

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Beauty Box Subscriptions: Save Cash and Earn Tons of Points and Miles!

Earn Points and Miles on Beauty Box Subscriptions

Beauty box subscriptions like Birchbox and Glossybox are very popular these days. For $10 – $39.95 per month, subscribers get a box of premium beauty product samples shipped to their doorstep. If you’ve ever been subject to a hard-sell at… Continue Reading

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Marriott Hotel + Air Awards vs. Starwood Nights & Flights: Which Provides More Value?

Airplane Flying Over Eiffel Tower Paris

The Marriott takeover of Starwood is off to a great start, with generous status match offers and a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG point transfers to Marriott and Ritz Carlton. I’ve already covered how much value members can get by… Continue Reading

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Why You Need to Load Up on SPG Points AND Transfer Them to Marriott

Transfer SPG to Marriott to book Domes Noruz Chania Resort

The first steps in the Starwood-Marriott merger were taken last week, when reciprocal benefits were announced for members for both programs. This was a positive step, with generous elite status matches and the 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG to Marriott… Continue Reading

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3 Positive Developments in the Marriott-Starwood Merger

Starwood Marriott Merger Reciprocal Benefits

Remember when the Marriott-Ritz Carlton takeover of Starwood hotels was announced last year and I wrote about how the news wasn’t so bad? Well, my point of view has been validated today, because all three programs have taken the first… Continue Reading

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AMAZING Virgin America Fare: West Coast to Chicago for 8,200 Points RT!

Virgin America Main Cabin Economy Class

Are you headed to the Chicago Seminars in October? Do you have the same fear of booking things in advance that I do and are just now getting around to making travel reservations? You’re in luck because there are some… Continue Reading

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Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 6

Best Category 6 SPG Hotel St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Starwood’s Category 6 Hotel list is an impressive collection of properties with amazing locations that can offer great value when redeemed during peak travel dates. A free night at a Category 6 Starwood Hotel will set you back 20,000 –… Continue Reading

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How Much I’m Paying in Credit Card Annual Fees

I do a great deal of manufactured spending, which requires me to use multiple credit cards. After all, putting $100,000 worth of spending on a single credit card every month would be insane, not to mention, I’d get shut down… Continue Reading

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How to Value, Transfer and Redeem Credit Card Points

Rewards credit Cards in a wallet

Whether via email, Facebook or Twitter I try my best to respond to every single reader question. Sometimes the answer is either too complex to answer via email or the topic is something I get asked about quite a bit and… Continue Reading