Can iConsumer really deliver cash + shares? My interview with iConsumer’s founder.


A new cash back portal, iConsumer, made a big splash last month by offering some of the best cash back rates around.  Some examples include: 8% cash back for Ebay (briefly 16%!) and 32% cash back for 1800Flowers. Many of those great rates were due to a Double Cash Back promotion (which I wrote about here) that ended January 30th. Beyond a few excellent cash back rates, the really interesting thing about iConsumer is that…

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Referral links are back. Here’s why.

Referral links

I started this blog in September 2011 as a hobby.  I was terrifically excited about the travel hacking “game” and I wanted to share it with friends and family.  A couple of months later, I learned about credit card affiliate links.  I didn’t know it at the time, but my application to join an affiliate network was my first step towards turning my hobby into a career. Affiliate links work like this: through an affiliate…

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Connecting the Dots

Which cards allow debit reloads

Following the widespread shutdowns Amex inflicted on Bluebird and Serve cardholders, people are rushing to find alternatives.  There are many manufactured spend opportunities that do not involve prepaid cards, but for those who prefer to stick with what they know, I developed a couple of resources: Best practices for prepaid card manufactured spend Reload Cards with Free Bill Pay The two posts shown above provide key information, but they don’t directly answer the question people…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 1/31/2016

deals still alive

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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2016 Approach to Manufactured Spending, Prepaid Card MS Best Practices, Borrowing Money for Miles & 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 Amtrak 2016 limits premium award seats – Amtrak’s new program has restrictions on availability not previously announced. My winter 2016 approach to manufactured spending – Given all of the recent changes, here is a new manufactured spending approach for the new year. Quick Tip: iConsumer Double Cash Back rates “already…

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AA international upgrade space wide open!


Yesterday we reported that American Airlines has wide open Business and First Class award availability on many routes.  Now, MileCards reports that upgrade availability is even better.  Milecards showed that it’s sometimes possible to snag upgrades for flights to Australia, for example, even when no business class award space exists. I checked a few routes myself, using ExpertFlyer (affiliate link), and found that upgrade space availability is almost unbelievable.  Here are a few examples (note:…

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Great ANA Awards, Warning About Money Orders, Increased AA Award Availability & 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 ANA’s Great Award Chart For Its Own Flights & When Surcharges Are Worth Paying – A look at the best value redemptions of ANA, a lesser known transfer partner of Membership Rewards and SPG. How manufactured spending can get you sent to jail – About “structuring” and what you need…

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Best practices for prepaid card manufactured spend

prepaid card manufactured spend

Earlier this week, I published “My winter 2016 approach to manufactured spending.”  In that post I mentioned that all 6 of the Serve cards I had been managing were shut down.  And, I wrote: I can load gift cards to any number of other cards for a small fee ($4.95 or less, typically).  Many such cards (Account Now, for example) have free bill pay, so a 1% load fee isn’t the end of the world,…

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Take 2: Buying miles and delivering flowers


This morning I published “The Rube Goldberg approach to buying miles and delivering flowers.”  In that post I listed a slew of 1800Flowers offers that I believed to be stackable.  I even proposed a way to stack all of the deals in order to buy AA miles for only 1.1 cents each (and get free flowers in the process).  I was wrong.  It turns out that you cannot combine free shipping from ShopRunner with promo…

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The Rube Goldberg approach to buying miles and delivering flowers [Update: ShopRunner not stacking with promos]

Rube Goldberg buying miles and delivering flowers

UPDATE 1:20 PM ET, 1/28/16: It turns out that ShopRunner free deliver does not stack with mile-earning promo codes.  I’m sorry for this mix up!  I will publish an updated post shortly. UPDATE 2;30 PM ET, 1/28/16: I’ve updated this post to indicate which deals require investing in Celebrations Passport ($29.99 per year). I can’t help myself.  Every now and then a bunch of deals come together in a wonderful, but ridiculously complicated way.  And,…

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