About Greg The Frequent Miler

Greg is the owner, founder, and primary author of the Frequent Miler. He earns millions of points and miles each year, mostly without flying, and dedicates this blog to teaching others how to do the same.

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Pay estimated taxes via credit card (due 9/15)

pay federal taxes with a credit card

Third quarter estimated taxes are due this Friday, September 15th.  You probably don’t like paying taxes, but… paying federal taxes can be quite rewarding.  The key is to earn credit card rewards that more than offset associated fees. Even if you don’t owe estimated taxes, you might want to consider paying some if you need help meeting minimum spend requirements on a new credit card.  In that case, you’ll get your money back after filing…

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Portal Alerts for September 13, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/13/2017 Best Rate on09/12/2017 BackCountry 10 (4) mi./$ 8 pt./$ Best Rate History RoseGal.com 2 mi./$ Best Rate History Rosewholesale.com 9 mi./$ 6.5 mi./$ Best Rate History Zaful 7 mi./$ Best Rate History Bank/Credit Card Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/13/2017 Best Rate on09/12/2017 Cash back Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/13/2017 Best Rate on09/12/2017 Absolute Toner 10% Best Rate History Adidas 12% 3% Best Rate History…

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Which BOA cards earn bonus points via Preferred Rewards?

Bank of America’s new Premium Rewards Card (details here) is expected to be released any day now.  The card is most interesting to those who have enough money managed by Bank of America / Merrill Lynch / Merrill Edge to qualify for Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors.  Those with $100K or more in investments and deposits earn 75% more points with select Bank of America credit cards (including this new one).  That means that those $100K+…

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Portal Alerts for September 12, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/12/2017 Best Rate on09/11/2017 Babbel 12.5 mi./$ Best Rate History Best Buy 2 (0.5) mi./$ 1 mi./$ Best Rate History BoohooMan.com 7.5 mi./$ Best Rate History Groupon 10 (2) mi./$ 3 mi./$ Best Rate History HP 5 (2) mi./$ 2 pt./$ Best Rate History J.Crew 4 (2) mi./$ 3 pt./$ Best Rate History LoveSac 2 mi./$ Best Rate History Quill 3 mi./$ 2 mi./$ Best Rate History StubHub…

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Plastiq no longer allows Amex mortgage payments

Plastiq mortgage visa

The Plastiq bill payment service offers a convenient way to pay bills with a credit card for a 2.5% fee.  Unfortunately, there are a few restrictions.  In June of this year, Visa stopped allowing Plastiq to accept Visa cards for mortgage payments.  And now Amex has done the same. After I received a reader tip (thanks Tom), I reached out to Plastiq and they confirmed: customers will have to “use a Mastercard or Discover to…

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Building (and viewing) teenage credit

FM author Nick and I are approaching near-opposite ends of the greatest journey on earth: parenthood.  Nick announced last weekend that his first child is expected to arrive in January.  I’m looking forward to his posts on how to earn miles while changing diapers.  Meanwhile, my son has just started college and I’m busy earning rewards while paying tuition (see: Double-dipping college rewards). My son will turn 18 in November.  Once he does, he can…

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Portal Alerts for September 11, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/11/2017 Best Rate on09/10/2017 Kmart 4 mi./$ 2 mi./$ Best Rate History Stila Cosmetics 3 mi./$ Best Rate History Bank/Credit Card Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/11/2017 Best Rate on09/10/2017 Kmart 4 pt./$ 2 pt./$ Best Rate History Cash back Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/11/2017 Best Rate on09/10/2017 Anita 2.5% Best Rate History Aveda 12% 8% Best Rate History Basics by kidpik 14% 10% Best Rate…

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Portal Alerts for September 10, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/10/2017 Best Rate on09/09/2017 Allurez 4 mi./$ Best Rate History Downton Baby 4 mi./$ Best Rate History Giving Beauty 7.5 mi./$ Best Rate History Lucchese Bootmaker 3.5 mi./$ Best Rate History Proactiv 30 (15) mi./$ 15 mi./$ Best Rate History Bank/Credit Card Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/10/2017 Best Rate on09/09/2017 Cash back Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/10/2017 Best Rate on09/09/2017 360 Total Security 12% Best…

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Portal Alerts for September 09, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 09/09/2017 Best Rate on09/08/2017 Adam and Eve 3 mi./$ Best Rate History Christmas Tree Shops andThat! 2 pt./$ 0.5 mi./$ Best Rate History DressLink.com 7.5 mi./$ 4 mi./$ Best Rate History Drizly Up to 7.5 mi./$ 2.5 mi./$ Best Rate History HP 10 (1) mi./$ 5 (2) mi./$ Best Rate History Luxury Perfume 4 mi./$ Best Rate History Silver Rush Style 7.5 mi./$ 5 mi./$ Best Rate History…

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