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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $4,000+ Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back Earned in November

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

November was a good month in terms of manufactured spending. A lot of great merchant gift card deals popped up that I took advantage of. In total, I managed to earn over $4,000 worth of points and miles at very… 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 lagging behind. Sometimes, days went by without me placing any… Continue Reading

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How to Book Virgin America Flights With Virgin Atlantic Miles

Redeem Virgin Atlantic miles for travel on Virgin America

Virgin Atlantic miles aren’t the most celebrated airline currency, mainly because of the fuel surcharges imposed on most award flights. That being said, they can still come in handy, especially for partner flights. Normally, booking Virgin America flights with Virgin… 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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No, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is NOT The Best Credit Card Ever

Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card New Application

If you’re losing your mind over the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, which came out yesterday to an outstanding level of hype, don’t. Contrary to what is being written about it, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is NOT the best credit card ever. It’s… Continue Reading

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10 Best Credit Cards for Manufactured Spending

Whether you’re new to the game or a a seasoned vet, most of you guys probably read this blog for the manufactured spending content. Determining the best way to manufacture spend depends entirely on what’s available to you as well… Continue Reading

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Is the New Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Worth Keeping Long-Term?

Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card New Application

By now you’ve read hundreds of headlines about the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and you’ve been well conditioned to hit the “apply” button on your favorite blogger’s links. Undoubtedly, the Sapphire Reserve’s 100,000 point sign-up bonus is huge and a… 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

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10 Tips for Organizing a Smoother Group Travel Experience

Traveling with a group isn’t easy. When that group consists of your parents and two siblings, it can get frustrating. Not because they’re terrible to be around, but because of the different personalities and the difficulty that creates when it… Continue Reading

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Flying Blue is Now a Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

Here’s some unexpectedly good news for the day: Chase has just added Air France/KLM Flying Blue as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Why is this good news? For starters, Ultimate Rewards needed a new transfer partner. After the removal of… Continue Reading