Yearly Archives

Yearly Archives for 2012.

Ultimate Rewards Mall 2013 Predictions

At the beginning of each month, new promotions appear within the Ultimate Rewards Mall.  Usually, on the last day of each month, I make predictions about what we may see the next day.  And, usually, my predictions are wrong. Today, instead of making specific predictions about specific merchants, I’ll make a few general predictions about the portal overall. 10X promotions return In 2011, and frequently in 2012, a merchant or two would increase their payouts…

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A look back at FM 2012

2012 was a great year for me despite losing my job.  No, that’s not right.  “Despite” is the wrong word.  It may be more accurate to say that 2012 was a great year thanks to losing my job.  Or, maybe it was thanks to the Chase Ink Bold; or thanks to Vanilla Reload cards; or thanks to great shopping portal promotions; or…  When this year began, I was bored and frustrated with my career.  I…

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Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

Barclays is offering a new, very good card with a very good sign-up bonus!  A few days ago, my wife received a credit card sign-up offer from Barclays.  While the offer wasn’t the best I’ve ever seen, it turned out to be pretty darn good… There are two versions of this card.  Confusingly, they are both named the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard.  There is the free version of the card with a public 10,000 point…

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Which Cash+ categories should I choose?

I’ve mentioned before that U.S. Bank’s Cash+ card may just be the best cash back card there is.  U.S. Bank allows cardholders to choose two 5% cash back categories from a long list, and one 2% cash back category among gas stations, grocery stores, and drug stores.  All other purchases earn 1%. Where things get really interesting is that there are multiple ways to easily increase your earnings with this card.  First, by opening a…

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Holiday Giveaway Winners

Yesterday I announced that I would give away a number of gift cards to lucky blog commenters.  After running the magic random generator, the winners are… Sears $50 gift card The winner is… veeRob with comment 3: “Would love the Sears GC so I can buy some storage bins! Would be happy to leave the other GC’s for another lucky reader. Thanks!” Walmart $50 gift card The winner is… Alde M with comment 28: “me,…

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Maybe later?

Secure message regarding card ending in 1226: Dear Ink Plus, I must say, I am flattered by your recent offer.  Words can’t describe how tempted I am!  You are, clearly, just as desirable in every way as your twin sister, Ink Bold.  I am intrigued, too, by your suggestion that we could try out our relationship for a while. As you said, six months is plenty of time to see how much interest we have…

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Happy Holidays Giveaway

UPDATE: Comments are now closed.  I will pick from the comments already entered and results will be announced this evening (12/26).  Thank you for visiting this page! Happy Holidays everyone!  To celebrate the holidays I have some miscellaneous stuff to give away (because that’s much easier than writing a useful blog post; i.e. Happy Holidays to me!).  Here are the things I’m giving away: Sears $50 gift card (can be used at Sears, Lands’ End,…

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Stay Informed

Daily posts, weekly newsletters, deal alerts, blog comments…  There’s a surprising amount of information swirling around the Frequent Miler blog and it can be a challenge to keep up with it all.  Here is a guide that should help… Daily Blog Posts Every weekday I publish at least one new post.  Usually these posts are targeted towards advanced points & miles collectors, and the usual topics include creative ways to earn points & miles and/or…

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Four months Platinum with Marriott

From August 2nd to the end of November, I participated in Marriott’s “Taste of Platinum Challenge.”  The idea of the challenge is that you get granted temporary top-level Platinum status for a few months.  If you complete 9 stays during that time, you get to keep your status for the rest of the current calendar year, all of the following year, and through February of the next year.  For complete details about the challenge, please…

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Drawing the line

Ever since I began posting tricks for earning points and miles people have approached me with schemes involving buying and returning merchandise.  The idea is usually to go through an online portal to buy merchandise and collect lots of points.  Then, return the items in a way that prevents the merchant from clawing back the awarded points.  Sometimes the tricks are simpler: buy items with one credit card and return for cash or credit to…

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