Manufactured Spend Strategy, Underrated Credit Cards, Gift Card Churning & More

Welcome to the new 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 A faster way to add money to your PayPal account – A look at Paypal’s move away from reload cards to a “load at the register” system. Citi adds Virgin Atlantic as a transfer…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: How to setup credit fraud alerts by text or email

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   I was playing with my new REDbird card at Target the other day, which is pretty much the most awesome thing in manufactured spend since… well, since Bluebird. The folks at Target are incredibly nice, unlike the folks at Walmart who always act as if my desire to engage in commerce with them is the most horrible inconvenience they’ve ever experienced. Mind you, this is their attitude whether I’m…

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Using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit

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I’ve recently become a big fan of the Citi Prestige card (see “Citi Prestige vs Premier vs Preferred”).  It may even be the single best travel rewards card currently available, but I’ll defer that topic to a future post.  Today I’ll simply describe my experience with the Prestige card’s 4th night free hotel benefit.  How good is that benefit? About the Prestige 4th night free benefit The benefit is pretty simple: Call the number on…

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Surviving (and thriving) Delta 2015

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As of January 1, 2015, Delta has been awarding miles based on the ticket price rather than the distance flown.  Under the new program, long distance heavily discounted flights result in far fewer earned miles than before.  For example, as shown in the image below, a $320 flight between Detroit and Los Angeles used to result in 7,916 earned SkyMiles for those with Platinum elite status.  Today, the same flight will earn only 2,880 miles. …

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How to get 30,000 miles and lots of satellite TV for free

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Last week I posted “$100 free for DIRECTV customers!”  Those with DIRECTV and a few Amex small business cards can use this offer to get free money from American Express.  But, what about those who do not have DIRECTV? It might be time to give it a try… Quick review: Amex is offering a one time $100 statement credit to Amex business card cardholders who register for the promo and use the card to pay…

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Amex’s crazy PointsMatch scheme. How to make the most of it.

This morning, One Mile at a Time published: You Won’t Believe Amex’s Targeted “PointsMatch” Promotion.  And, you know what, Lucky was right.  I can hardly believe what I’m seeing… Summary Amex has a new targeted promotion called PointsMatch in which they’re letting customers with Membership Rewards points redeem those points for flights on American Airlines or United.  The way it works is this: You find available award space on AA or United (but not on…

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My manufactured spend strategy

When I meet long time readers in-person they often ask what exactly I do to manufacture spend.  They want to know which credit cards I use, what techniques I employ, and how much spend I manufacture.  I think that the primary motivation for questions like these is the desire for guidance.  People want to know if they’re using the best techniques, whether they’re spending too much or too little, and whether they’ve missed out on…

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Citi adds Virgin Atlantic as transfer partner

In July 2014, Citibank added the ability to transfer ThankYou points to various airline programs, as long as you have a premium ThankYou card such as the Premier or Prestige.  Today, they added a new transfer partner: Virgin Atlantic. Overall, Virgin Atlantic miles aren’t the most valuable in the world, but there are a few really good uses for them.  One good option is to use the miles to book flights to the United Kingdom. …

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 1/18/2015

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 January 18, 2015. Through January 18…

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A faster way to add money to your PayPal account

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As reported by Doctor of Credit, it appears that PayPal will be replacing reload cards (MyCash cards and MoneyPaks) with a new “load at register” approach.  Before this change it is/was possible to buy PayPal reload cards (either in the form of PayPal My Cash cards or Greendot MoneyPaks) at a store and then reload your PayPal account online using those cards.  Sometimes it has been possible to earn credit card rewards by buying those…

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