US Bank Gift Card Scare, Maximizing Amazon Allowance, Testing Facebook Payments for MS & More!

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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 Another USBank gift card scare – What to do when the gift card you are purchasing has already been activated and why it is so important to check your receipts before leaving the store. Gift Card Wiki Adds Killer Feature – Gift Card Arbitrage Made Even Easier! – Gift Card Wiki has…

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You DON’T have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free (but you should)

Yesterday, I published a post with an opposite headline to this one.  I wrote: You DO have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free. Here’s why I’m surprised. It looks like I was wrong… One of the commenters in that post hypothesized that the act of paying your credit card bill is the trigger that makes the 4th Night Free rebate appear on your account. It couldn’t hurt to try, so I…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: How to NOT Break the Walmart MoneyCenter Express

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Not since the Apollo moon missions has there been a more fragile piece of technology than the Walmart MoneyCenter Express ATM kiosk. The WME was designed to be a powerful device with the flexibility to handle many financial tasks with ease. Unfortunately, the blueprints were then handed to a team of monkeys who preferred to spend their time jumping up and down and screeching at their programming screens instead of building…

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You DO have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free. Here’s why I’m surprised.

UPDATE 6/26/2015 3PM EST: Please see my new results here: You DON’T have to pay with your Prestige card for 4th Night Free. Among its many other perks, the Citi Prestige card has an interesting one: book a four night hotel stay and get the last night free.  The way it works is that a cardholder must call the Citi Concierge service to book their four night (or longer) stay.  At the end of the…

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Discover Double Cash Promo registration no longer available for existing accounts

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I’ve written a lot lately about Discover’s fantastic Double Cash promotion in which all cash back will be doubled after 12 billing cycles: Maximizing the Discover Double Cash promo: Which card is best? How many can I get? Maximizing the Discover Double Cash promo: 5X Rotating categories Maximizing the Discover Double Cash promo: Huge rewards via online shopping! The amazing thing about this promotion has been that it was available not just as a signup…

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Roll gift cards into points for triple rewards

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Sears.com has long been special in that it’s one of the few online merchants that explicitly allows earning portal rewards when buying gift cards.  The terms & conditions listed under Sears.com in many portals say, in part: Eligible for rewards on purchase of gift cards effective from and after June 1, 2014. So, when portals offer increased rates at Sears.com, some people like to earn miles or cash back by buying gift cards.  To get…

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Chasing Ultimate Rewards: My revised strategy

In the March 2015 post “Chasing Ultimate Rewards,” I detailed plans to earn approximately 210,000 Ultimate Rewards points per year without paying credit card annual fees.  Since then, things have changed.  Chase’s new, tougher, application approval process has become well documented.  According to many reports, Chase no longer approves applications for cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points if the applicant has applied for many other cards recently.  For details, please see Doctor of Credit’s post:…

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Best credit card combos: Cash Back

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This is part 5 of a multi-part series of “best credit card combos”. The goal is to find the combination of 2, 3, or maybe 4 credit cards that, together, offer the best rewards for day to day spend. The series, so far, is as follows: Best credit card combos: Ultimate Rewards (earn up to 2.16 points per dollar) Best credit card combos: Membership Rewards (earn up to 2.56 points per dollar) Best credit card…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 06/21/2015

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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IHG Bonus Points, REDbird Still Flying, Maximizing Discover’s Double Cashback & More!

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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 Maximizing the Discover Double Cash promo: Which card is best? How many can I get? – Analyzing Discover’s products to find the best card combination to maximize the Double Cashback promotion. 100% bonus on purchased IHG points. Is it worth it? – Looking at IHG’s latest promotion. Sure the…

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