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

This is the latest in our ongoing series of what’s new in the world of manufactured spending. Our last update was in August (here).  In that post I detailed the continued opportunity to earn 3X through bill payments, and the fact that Amex had added language to their signup offers to be more explicit about not allowing “gaming”.  As you’ll see below, Amex has begun to enforce that new language in certain specific situations… As…

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

I had been planning to publish the next installment of this series in July, but there have been so many recent changes that I decided to publish now… Whether you need to increase credit card spend to earn a new credit card signup bonus, or to earn elite status, or simply to earn credit card rewards, it’s important to keep up with the latest news of what works and what does not. Complete descriptions of…

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Is Plastiq 3X dead?

In our last bi-monthly manufacturing spend report, we reported that Plastiq bill payments were coding as lodging when Plastiq was used to pay rent or mortgage.  The great thing about that was that credit cards that offer bonus points for travel were earning extra rewards.  Therefore, it was possible to earn 3X rewards when paying rent or mortgage with a Chase Sapphire Reserve card, Chase Ink Business Preferred card, or Citi AT&T Access More card. …

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

Whether you need to increase credit card spend to earn a new credit card signup bonus, or to earn elite status, or simply to earn credit card rewards, it’s important to keep up with the latest news of what works and what does not. Complete descriptions of techniques can be found on a separate page: Manufactured Spending Complete Guide.  Many of the listed techniques aren’t technically “manufactured spending”, but it’s a convenient title.  The complete…

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

Gift Card Churning

Whether you need to increase credit card spend to earn a new credit card signup bonus, or to earn elite status, or simply to earn credit card rewards, it’s important to keep up with the latest news of what works and what does not. This month, I’m trying out a new format.  I’ve moved details about each “increase spend” technique to a separate page: Manufactured Spending Complete Guide.  To be honest, most of the techniques…

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

Manufactured Spending

UPDATE: Please find an up-to-date version of this information here: . There are many reasons you may want to increase credit card spend. You may need to meet spend requirements on several new credit cards in order to earn huge signup bonuses. Or, perhaps you want to earn high level elite status or other big spend bonuses, as I do with Delta. Or, perhaps you simply want to earn extra rewards using cards with big…

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Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works November 2016?

UPDATE: Please find an up-to-date version of this post here: There are many reasons you may want to increase credit card spend.  You may need to meet spend requirements on several new credit cards in order to earn huge signup bonuses.  Or, perhaps you want to earn high level elite status or other big spend bonuses, as I do with Delta.  Or, perhaps you simply want to earn extra rewards using cards with big category…

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