Two days of manufactured spend revenge

Last week, Point Princess and I spent two days driving all around Ann Arbor with the primary goal of using up Lyft credits and the secondary goal of manufacturing spend.  Point Princess happens to be a Lyft driver and I happened to be a slightly disgruntled Lyft customer in possession of lots of rapid expiring Lyft credits.  Here’s the story… The deal In February I received an interesting email from Lyft.  It read, in part:…

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The quick guide to Daily Getaways 2015

The Daily Getaways are a set of travel deals available in limited quantities.  Each day for the next several weeks, a new deal becomes available at exactly 1 pm ET.  The most popular deals will be sold out before you can finish saying “where’s my wallet?”  The best way to grab these deals is to be at your computer minutes before the deal goes live and refresh your browser continuously like a madman until the…

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Which one credit card is best for spend?

Between my wife an I, we currently have about 30 open credit card accounts (not counting authorized user cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, etc.).  Many are cards that we got just for the signup bonuses.  When the annual fees come due we’ll cancel or downgrade most of these.  Many others have no annual fees.  We keep these open to preserve our credit lines, to maintain a long average age of credit, or for each card’s…

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Amex EveryDay cards deflate Fair Trading Prices, Ink Cash outshines Ink Plus, Freedom outshines both, and more…

Last week, Point Princess tweeted a request for me to update my Fair Trading Prices page.  Done!  It had been over a year since it was last updated and a lot has changed since then.  Fair Trading Prices are per point estimates of how much money a person gives up by using a point or mile earning credit card instead of a no-fee 2% cash back card.  For example, if a person puts all spend…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 3/22/2015

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. Here are the deals still alive as of March 22, 2015. Through March 27 New…

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5X at eBay, Brand New Guides & Resources, Gift Card Churning for Beginners & 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 and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler The Other Way to get cheap Choice points is almost here (Daily Getaways). Should you buy? – Choice points are going on sale for a good price, but are they really worth buying considering their fixed…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: A Toolkit for Chasing Mistake Fares

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   “How the heck did you know about that deal?” It’s a common refrain after the dust has settled from yet another mistake fare pile-on such as the one that occurred earlier this week. Let’s face it, you’re probably not going to get a Kayak Price Alert or a “DING” from Southwest when a mistake fare accidentally gets filed. (Or maybe you will, but it’ll be hours after it’s already over. Especially…

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Beijing bound!

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On Tuesday evening, I plugged in my phone and went to bed early – like, grandpa early.  I hadn’t slept well for the past few nights and was extremely tired.  Then, as I was close to drifting off, my wife mentioned that my phone was making noises – people were Tweeting and texting me.  Curious, I shuffled downstairs to find my phone and see what was up.  I discovered that I had posted a Quick…

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The nearly complete guide to Frequent Miler resources, and more

In January, I welcomed Shawn Coomer to the Frequent Miler team.  Since then, he has helped tremendously by writing Quick Deal posts, Saturday “week in review” posts, Sunday “It’s not too late – deal’s still alive” posts, and revising and enhancing my weekly email subscription posts.  In addition to all of that, Shawn has been creating and updating many of the resources found on this site.  In this post, I’ll show you where to find…

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Rail running: pursuing Amtrak status to save on hotels

In a recent post I discussed the end of the Chase Amtrak credit card.  The reason most readers should care about this is that the Amtrak credit card was one of the few ways to unlock the ability to transfer Amtrak points to Choice Privileges points at an awesome one to three ratio.  And, while Choice Hotels may not be the most exciting chain, they do have some very nice properties around the world.  Plus,…

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