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 Sears.com 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 Sears.com 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

citibank bonus spend

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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Great value from Delta SkyMiles. Hurry!

Delta SkyMiles

Quick info: Delta is running an award sale for flights between the US and Europe.  Flight must take place between October 20 and February 29, 2016 and must be booked by this Friday (August 21).  The original Quick Deal about this award can be found here: Delta award sale to Europe! Round trip business for 87K; economy for 42K. It’s ironic that in my post, The truth about Delta, I criticized Delta’s rewards program (while…

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Chase Ink 5X? Send check to self? Pay credit card bill? Combine payments? Is Plastiq reliable? Top 5 Plastiq questions answered…

Plastiq Question

This morning, via Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals,  I posted a new Plastiq credit card bill payment offer: Pay Utilities by credit card for free.  To get this deal, you must sign up with a promo link (found in the Quick Deal), schedule 6 or more utility payments, and pay with a MasterCard.  As I wrote in that post, I can already pay all of my utilities with a  credit card for free, so this new…

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Buy MasterCard gift cards and Stand Up To Cancer

MasterCard gift card

A new Vanilla branded MasterCard gift card has appeared: I found the above card at my local CVS store.  I find it noteworthy because of the promise to donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer for every card sold.  I tend to buy a lot of gift cards like these anyway, so I’m thrilled to be able to support a good cause at the same time. This is a Vanilla branded gift card, so it…

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Sears.com DOES count as a department store for Discover’s 5% category bonus. Here’s why we care…

Discover 5% at Sears.com

Those who signed up for a Discover It card recently (and those who signed up as existing cardholders prior while they allowed that) have a remarkable opportunity: after 12 months, Discover has promised to double all cashback earned.  Since the Discover It card already offers generous 5% cash back in rotating categories and one of the best cash back portals around, there are plenty of opportunities to combine these promotions to earn fantastic rewards.  For…

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