Newbie Guide to Manufactured Spending: Earning Miles with Debit Cards

Mile-earning debit cards Suntrust Delta Skymiles Debit Card

Newbie Guide to Manufactured Spending Update 9/21/14: The Suntrust Delta Skymiles and Alaska Airlines debit cards are no longer available. Debit cards are a great manufactured spending tool if you have less than stellar credit and can’t get approved for… Continue Reading


Newbie Guide to Manufactured Spending: Walmart Money Orders

Walmart Money Order

Newbie Guide to Manufactured Spending Limit: Varies Fees: $0.22-0.75 per $1,000 (although this varies as well) Where to buy: Walmart MoneyCenter How to Cash Out: Bank deposit, bill pay at bank branch Though money orders can be purchased at your… Continue Reading


5 Things to Be Thankful for in the Travel Hacking Game

There is lots to be thankful for in the points and miles game. Sure, we’ve had our share of devaluations this year, but all is not lost. Here are 5 things to be thankful for this year: 1. Mistake Fares.… Continue Reading


Bank of America Alaska Airlines Debit Card to Be Discontinued?

Note: The Alaska Debit card will be discontinued on May 31, 2014. The Alaska Airlines debit card from Bank of America is a useful mile-earning tool. It’s great for buying money orders at Walmart, loading Bluebird (if you can’t find Vanilla… Continue Reading


Beginner’s Guide to Miles and Points: Maximizing Large Purchases

Beginner’s Guide to Miles and Points #14. Maximizing Large Purchases It seems like the biggest expenses are the ones we can’t pay with our credit cards: Mortgage payments, rent, taxes, car payments, landscaping, housekeeping, etc. I previously outlined how to… Continue Reading


Earning Miles on Mortgage and Rent Payments

A few readers have asked me about earning miles on mortgage and rent payments. These are the biggest expenses most of us have, yet there isn’t a straight forward way to earn miles on them.  While you won’t be able… Continue Reading