Gift Card Fraud, Key to Big Amex Credit Card Offers, Turning One Flight Into Four Years of Airline Status & More!

Photo by Larry Johnson.

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 How I Turned 1 Roundtrip Ticket Into Almost 4 Years of Airline Elite Status – Utilizing promotions and status matches to stretch one roundtrip airline ticket into four years of status. While Chase is Tightening Approvals, Ultimate Rewards is Slowly Dying – Some good points about why Chase Ultimate Rewards are…

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Sears nixes portal rewards on gift cards. There may be hope yet.

Yesterday, via Quick Deals, we reported that Sears is no longer allowing portal rewards to be earned when buying gift cards.  Previously, many portals had the following Terms & Conditions for Sears: Eligible for rewards on purchase of gift cards effective from and after June 1, 2014. Now, the same portals show these terms: Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents. They’ve also thrown in this little nugget: Not…

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My wife scored another 70,000 points. I got a rock.

70,000 points

For the past 6 months I’ve been happily earning two extra points per dollar on all purchases with my Citi Forward card.  Those two points per dollar were in addition to the 1 to 5 points per dollar the card normally earns (sadly the card is no longer available to new applicants).  So, I’ve been earning 7X at restaurants, bookstores (including, and movie theaters, and 3X everywhere else! The reason I was earning so…

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Yes, shared ThankYou points can be transferred to miles

One of the best features of Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program is that anyone can share points with anyone else.  Most other major programs have much less lenient about sharing (you can find info about sharing points with the major transferable points programs here).  The only catch is that shared points will expire if not used within 90 days of sharing. Last week, as a way to inch us closer to Necker Island, my wife moved…

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470,000 points after $48K spend

319,000 points

In the post, “319,000 points after $33K spend” I wrote about my wife’s latest round of credit card aplications.  Unbeknownst to her, she applied for 8 cards in total and was approved (at that time) for 5 of them.  For review, here were the 5 that were immediately approved: Bank of America Virgin Atlantic: 75K bonus after $12K spend (at 1.5 miles per dollar) results in 93K miles Citi ThankYou Premier: 50K after $3K spend…

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Amex gift cards: Is the deal done?

Amex gift cards

Last Thursday I made a big mistake.  I published a Quick Deal before drinking coffee.  From past mistakes that were caused by my caffeine starved brain, I should have known better.  While my coffee brewed, I noticed a reminder to myself to check to see if TopCashBack was offering a one day increased bonus for Amex gift cards.  I checked and sure enough they were.  Since this happens every two weeks, I simply grabbed the…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 08/23/2015


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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Delta Award Value, Citi Online Spend Tracker, Plastiq Questions Answered & 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 DOES count as a department store for Discover’s 5% category bonus. Here’s why we care… – There is a lot of opportunity when taking advantage of deals on with Discover. Buy MasterCard gift cards and Stand Up To Cancer – A new type of Vanilla card has…

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Finding Hidden AAdvantage Awards, Best Hotel Loyalty Program, In Flight WiFi Trick & 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 Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, and Starwood by the numbers (aka why I love Hyatt) – A data driven look at the loyalty programs from several major hotel chains. Should you Downgrade to the No Annual Fee US Bank Club Carlson Rewards Visa Credit Card? – Looking at the little known no…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Citibank’s New Online Bonus Spend Tracker

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   It feels a little weird to say this, but Citibank’s been crushing it lately. Not only have they made enormous strides with their flexible ThankYou points currency, but they’re doing a lot of the little things well too. In fact, recently when one of their customer service representatives asked if there was anything else they could do for me and I suggested they mow my lawn, he didn’t make it sound…

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