Should you keep, upgrade, or downgrade your AAdvantage Aviator card? Do you have a choice?

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My wife and I have four AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCards.  Yep, we have two each.  Before American Airlines and US Airways merged their loyalty programs, the BarclayCard US Airways MasterCard offered a terrific signup bonus: 50,000 miles after first purchase.  At times, the bonus was a bit lower – 40,000 miles, if I recall correctly.  And, sometimes the offer included 10,000 anniversary miles.  To complicate things a bit, sometimes the 10,000 anniversary miles were promised…

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Kate vs. K8. Loading Bluebird/Serve vs. REDbird.

Kate vs. K8

Many Target stores across the country have updated their customer swipe terminals, and the process for loading REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard) has changed.  Via email, Rapid Travel Chai reports the new process as follows (bolding is mine): ..Now customer swipes all cards, cashier never touches the RedBird. Cashiers mostly don’t know how to do it, one who did said they need to “K8, K8″ then customer is prompted to swipe, after swipe the cashier…

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Is it time to do the SPG Platinum challenge?

SPG Platinum challenge

In addition to collecting large quantities of points & miles, I enjoy finding shortcuts for obtaining and keeping elite status.  Over the course of the past three years, or so, I’ve used shortcuts to get and keep status with many loyalty programs, including: American Airlines: Given that the merger of loyalty programs was imminent, I took advantage of the US Airways Preferred Trial to get top tier AA status.  See: 30,000 miles to nowhere: Mission…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 06/28/2015

Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last couple of months to let you know which ones are still active. Deals added during the past week appear in bold. Here are the deals still…

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Cash Back Credit Card Combos, Revised Ultimate Rewards Strategy, Walmart Kiosk Limits & More!


Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Best credit card combos: Cash Back – A look at the best combination of cash back credit cards to achieve the maximum return for everyday spend. Chasing Ultimate Rewards: My revised strategy – A new strategy based on Chase’s new stricter rules regarding people who open more than 5 credit card…

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US Bank Gift Card Scare, Maximizing Amazon Allowance, Testing Facebook Payments for MS & More!

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Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web Another USBank gift card scare – What to do when the gift card you are purchasing has already been activated and why it is so important to check your receipts before leaving the store. Gift Card Wiki Adds Killer Feature – Gift Card Arbitrage Made Even Easier! – Gift Card Wiki has…

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You DON’T have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free (but you should)

Yesterday, I published a post with an opposite headline to this one.  I wrote: You DO have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free. Here’s why I’m surprised. It looks like I was wrong… One of the commenters in that post hypothesized that the act of paying your credit card bill is the trigger that makes the 4th Night Free rebate appear on your account. It couldn’t hurt to try, so I…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: How to NOT Break the Walmart MoneyCenter Express

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Not since the Apollo moon missions has there been a more fragile piece of technology than the Walmart MoneyCenter Express ATM kiosk. The WME was designed to be a powerful device with the flexibility to handle many financial tasks with ease. Unfortunately, the blueprints were then handed to a team of monkeys who preferred to spend their time jumping up and down and screeching at their programming screens instead of building…

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You DO have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free. Here’s why I’m surprised.

UPDATE 6/26/2015 3PM EST: Please see my new results here: You DON’T have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free. Among its many other perks, the Citi Prestige card has an interesting one: book a four night hotel stay and get the last night free.  The way it works is that a cardholder must call the Citi Concierge service to book their four night (or longer) stay.  At the end of the…

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Discover Double Cash Promo registration no longer available for existing accounts


I’ve written a lot lately about Discover’s fantastic Double Cash promotion in which all cash back will be doubled after 12 billing cycles: Maximizing the Discover Double Cash promo: Which card is best? How many can I get? Maximizing the Discover Double Cash promo: 5X Rotating categories Maximizing the Discover Double Cash promo: Huge rewards via online shopping! The amazing thing about this promotion has been that it was available not just as a signup…

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