Cheap Miles for Domestic Flying, An Easy Way to Automate Amex Offers, Chase Ink Strategy Under New Rules & More!

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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 Spun that Best Buy iPad Deal Into Thousands of Points/Miles at No Cost Using Ninja Tricks – An example of how stacking multiple promotions and rewards programs can net a significant amount of points. Automate Twitter American Express offers the (really) easy way – Perhaps the simplest way that…

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IHG signup bonus no longer counting towards status

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A few weeks ago, after publishing “How to find the best IHG signup offer: 80K points plus $50,” a number of readers contacted me to let me know that the points they had earned from signing up for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card had counted as elite qualifying points.  75,000 elite qualifying points are required for IHG’s new Spire status and Spire status offers a Choice Benefit of 25,000 points.  So, those who…

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How to prevent your brain from exploding

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Lately, thanks to Rolling Stone magazine, our hobby has become “The Hobby”.  I prefer to think of it as The Game.  Regardless, while this game/hobby/whatever is awesome for those who master it, it is also filled to the brim with complexity: deals, opportunities, nuances, exceptions, and changes. Just deciding which of many deals to go after can be daunting on its own.  Take, for example, these recent Quick Deal posts: Cheap Fares on American Airlines…

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

25K Choice benefit

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

Manage multiple blluebird, REDbird, Serve

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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