Make money or more coffee: $10 for $20 Starbucks + 1K Marriott points for new users

Starbucks is offering a promotion through Cashstar and Visa Checkout: Buy a $10 Starbucks e-Gift card, get a $10 bonus when you pay with Visa Checkout. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, resale rates on the $20 e-Gift card are currently up to about $15, making it an instant $5 money-maker or a nice discount on your morning cup o’ joe. Additionally, if you are new to Visa Checkout, you can earn 1,000 Marriott Rewards points for…

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Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works August 2017

This is the latest in our ongoing series of what’s new in the world of manufactured spending.  We last posted an update in June (here).  As always, you can find an up-to-date complete roundup of techniques for increasing spend here: Manufactured Spending Complete Guide. Plastiq 3X Undead The Plastiq bill payment service lets you pay bills by credit card for a 2.5% fee.  That’s not bad when you’re trying to meet minimum spend requirements for…

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$20 back on $50 at Whole Foods

Whole Foods and the Chase Hyatt visa have come together to offer a great promo for savings on groceries: you can register your Hyatt credit card to receive a $20 statement credit after spending $50 or more at Whole Foods on your Hyatt visa. The Deal Get a $20 statement credit after spending $50 or more in a single purchase at Whole Foods Market with your Hyatt credit card Must first register here at the promotion page Key Terms Must…

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Staples gift card rebates may not be working properly

Yesterday, we posted a quick deal for a $15 rebate on $300 or more in Mastercard gift cards at Staples. This rebate was advertised in the Staples weekly ad online (on page 14), but readers are reporting that they are not receiving a rebate receipt. Additionally, some readers over at Doctor of Credit reported rebate submissions last week (for last week’s Visa Gift Card rebate) that were denied. At the moment, it seems that the rebate problems stem…

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No-fee Visa Gift Cards at Macerich Malls this week

A reader tweeted us yesterday to give us a tip that he heard Macerich Malls would have no purchase fees on Mall Visa Gift Cards today through August 19th, 2017. I found this promotion listed on the home page of a Macerich Mall. The Deal No purchase fees on Visa Gift Cards at Macerich Malls today through August 19th, 2017 Participating malls can be found on pages 8-9 in this PDF (thanks to Aaron in the comments at Doctor…

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Wells Fargo caps 5% back at $12.5K in purchases

Over the weekend, Wells Fargo updated the application pages for two popular cards to reflect a new cap on purchases that earn a special bonus during the first six months. The Wells Fargo Visa Signature now offers 5X on up to $12,500 in gas, grocery, and drugstore purchases in the first 6 months and the Wells Fargo Rewards Card now offers the same 5X on up to $12,500 in gas, grocery, and drugstore purchases in the first 6…

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Double-dipping college rewards

Double Dip

My son will be starting college in a few weeks, and I’ve been busy thinking about how to turn this event into more opportunities to earn points & miles.  We’ve already been earning miles while saving for college.  Can we earn while paying for college too?  I think we can.  Here’s the plan… Step 1: Earn rewards while saving for college Ever since Gift of College gift cards became available at Toys R Us stores,…

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20% off + 5X at Panera & Gap through Staples

Staples is offering a 20% discount on $25 Gap and $50 Panera e-gift cards with a 3-card limit to each. The Deal $50 Panera e-gift card for $40 (link) – Limit 3 $25 Gap e-gift card for $20 (link) – Limit 3 Key Terms Limit of 3 of each type Valid 8/13/17 – 8/19/17 (though these sometimes end early) Bottom line Both of these sales offer a decent discount, and you may be able to break even…

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Easy 5X or 5%: $15 back on $300 in Mastercard gift cards

Update: Many readers have reported not receiving a rebate receipt this week. It seems that the problem this week is definitely related to which SKU numbers are included in the rebate. While a couple of people have had success with the store manager honoring the rebate on the spot in-store, another reader reported that the rebate receipt only printed when buying $50 denomination cards. This may require more communication with the Staples rebate processor to get…

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