A Manufactured Spend opportunity for Canadians?

Manufactured Spend

Earlier this month I came across a press release for a digital wallet service called UGO Pay.  Here’s a snippet: UGO launches peer-to-peer money transfer capabilities with the addition of UGO Pay TORONTO , Feb. 1, 2016 /CNW/ – Canada’s  first open digital wallet just got better. UGO Mobile Solutions L.P. (UGO) announced today its third major release in a year with the addition of UGO Pay – peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers – to its…

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Introducing Extreme Stacking (and our new Lab Manager)

Extreme Stacking

The other day I wanted to use one of my 1800Flowers gift cards to send flowers to a friend.  And, believe it or not, I couldn’t remember the best current promo code to use for the order.  So, I hunted around this website to find my latest posts about 1800Flowers and then scanned through to find the promo codes.  It occurred to me then that it would be great to have one place to go…

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Is it time to convert Discover Cash Back to miles?

1-800-Flowers Extreme Stacking

If you have a stash of Discover Cash Back, but you’d rather have Southwest Rapid Rewards points or JetBlue TrueBlue points, then now may be the time to convert Discover Cash Back to miles. This opportunity is contingent upon two overlapping deals: Redeem Discover Cash for 1800Flowers gift certificates. $20 in Discover Cash Back gives you a $30 gift certificate. (this is an ongoing offer) Earn 1750 JetBlue or Southwest points per order at 1800Flowers…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 2/07/2016

deals still alive

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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Connecting the Dots on Prepaid Cards, iConsumer Interview, GiftCards.com Removed from Portals & 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 Connecting the Dots – Strategies and best practices for moving beyond Bluebird and Serve for manufacturing spend with prepaid cards. Referral links are back. Here’s why. – You may have seen referral links return to posts on the site. Here is the full disclosure and the reason behind the…

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Update on Citi Retention, JetBlue Credit Card Strategy, Detained While Manufacturing Spend & 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 My Strange Citi Retention Call & Insights About Their New Retention Process – Citi seems to be following a more structured retention protocol that requires you to say certain things before they will offer you anything. I Was Detained By The Police For Manufactured Spending – An interesting story that everyone…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Retrieving Online Itemized Receipts For Rental Car Tolls

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Every time I rent a car, it happens. A day or two after I’ve returned the vehicle, the rental charge appears on my credit card bill. It’s roughly the expected amount, give or take a few bucks that aren’t enough to either complain or get excited about. But then a week or two later, I get that “other” charge… Somewhere in the thousands of words of rental contract fine…

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What happened to GiftCards.com?

GiftCards.com Missing from Portals

Recently, GiftCards.com became the place to buy Visa gift cards.  With Simply Best Coupons offering 1.5% cash back and iCoupons offering 1.6% cash back, one could get back all of the purchase fee and most of the shipping fee when buying $500 Visa gift cards. Now, though, if you look for GiftCards.com on Simply Best Coupons, you’ll see that they aren’t offering any cash back: I found the same thing on every other portal that…

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A good use for Hilton free night certs — in Connecticut

Hilton free night certs

The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card has a very good signup bonus: 2 Free Weekend Nights after $2,500 spend. Each year, you can get another free weekend night by spending $10,000 on your card.  Those weekend nights can be used at almost any Hilton property worldwide (a list of exclusions can be found here).  The great thing about certificates like these is that it is possible to redeem them for hotels that usually charge exorbitant…

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Can iConsumer really deliver cash + shares? My interview with iConsumer’s founder.


A new cash back portal, iConsumer, made a big splash last month by offering some of the best cash back rates around.  Some examples include: 8% cash back for Ebay (briefly 16%!) and 32% cash back for 1800Flowers. Many of those great rates were due to a Double Cash Back promotion (which I wrote about here) that ended January 30th. Beyond a few excellent cash back rates, the really interesting thing about iConsumer is that…

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