IHG Spire: Ideas for nabbing the new 25K Choice benefit without staying in hotels.

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UPDATE: It appears that points from credit card signup bonuses no longer count as elite qualifying.  As a result, a number of items in this post are no longer relevant. IHG finally named their new top-tier elite status: Spire.  Inspiring, right?  And, now that they’ve added a new top tier, IHG will surely offer top tier perks competitive with other chains, right?  Free breakfast?  Guaranteed lounge access?  Suite upgrade certificates?  Nope, nope, and nope. Spire…

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Managing multiples: Bluebird, REDbird, Serve

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Bluebird, REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard), and Serve are prepaid reloadable cards from American Express.  The cards are marketed as no-fee checking account alternatives, but they also can be used to increase credit card spend (to earn rewards).  The key is to find ways to use rewards credit cards to buy Visa/MasterCard debit gift cards, at a low price, that can be used in-store to reload these prepaid cards.  Bluebird and Serve can be reloaded…

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Improved Amex gift card deal predictions

Amex gift card deal predictions

A number of online portals offer cash back or miles when purchasing American Express gift cards. This presents a great opportunity to run up spend on credit cards to meet minimum spend requirements, hit big spend thresholds, or just to earn regular everyday rewards.  For more about Amex gift cards, please see: The complete guide to Amex gift cards My Amex Gift Card Strategy. For the past 9 months or so, most portals have offered…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/26/2015

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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Increasing Credit Card Spend, What Delta’s Announcement Meant, Amex Biz Cards without a 12 Month Wait & More!

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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 What Delta said. What Delta meant. What Delta wanted to say. – A breakdown of Delta’s recent announcement regarding changes coming to SkyMiles in 2016. How to see which purchases qualify for Chase Ink and Freedom bonus categories – A quick and easy way to tell if your purchase…

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Multiple Twitter Accounts for Amex Offers, Travel vs. Travel Hacking Benefits, Value of an Amex Credit Card & More!


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 Strategies for Registering Multiple Twitter Accounts for Amex Offers & Getting Around Phone Verification – Everything you need to know about registering multiple Twitter accounts to sync with your American Express cards including how to get around the mandatory phone verification that often is required. Everyone in this hobby…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Amex Business Card Apps Without a 12 Month Wait

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Amex business cards are still a bountiful source for signup bonus points. Unlike the Amex personal cards which are now limited to just one signup bonus per lifetime, the business cards normally only require that you have not held the same card in the last 12 months. This effectively means you can alternate between a new Amex Business Gold and Platinum card every year and pick up a signup bonus each…

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How to increase credit card spend. Announcing a new resource page.

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Whether your goal is to meet minimum spend requirements for new credit cards, or to earn credit card big spend bonuses, you can find techniques for increasing credit card spend in a new resource page on this blog: How to increase credit card spend.  The page can currently be found under the Credit Cards menu on the Frequent Miler site. And, as I mentioned yesterday, you can now subscribe to posts and pages without leaving…

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Subscribe without commenting

Sometimes, the best information is found not in my posts, but in the comments of my posts.  It has always been possible to subscribe to comments on this blog by writing a comment and selecting a subscription checkbox.  If you’ve seen comments that say nothing but “subscribe”, this is why.  People had to write something in order to subscribe, so they tended to write “subscribe”.  It’s a bit ridiculous, though, to make people write a…

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How to see which purchases qualify for Chase Ink and Freedom bonus categories


I feel like a dummy.  I’ve struggled with this for years.  Chase Ink cards are great because the earn valuable Ultimate Rewards points and they offer a number of 2X and 5X bonus categories.  However, it has always been tough to figure out whether purchases you thought would earn a bonus really did.  The Chase Ink billing statement shows overall how many base points were earned and how many bonus points were earned, but it…

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