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Searching for points and finding a Point Cascade (and a dead PPM)

Lately I’ve been receiving emails from Virgin America telling me that my 1,500 Elevate points are about to expire.  First I had 90 days left, then 60.  I’ve vaguely noted to myself that I should do something to keep the points alive.  I don’t have (or want) a Virgin America credit card.  I’ve never had the opportunity to Fly Virgin America (but I’d like to).  I don’t see any simple and small redemption options that…

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A tale of two #Fails

Frequent Miler leaned over his laboratory workbench to examine the notice more closely.  Could it be true?  Is this real?  He turned quickly to the lab computer and ran a Google search.  Yes, it checked out!  The key to the perfect perpetual point machine was at hand! Meanwhile, somewhere across the country, fellow schemer Greek2me saw the same notice, but came to a different conclusion.  He saw an opportunity to create a perpetual money making…

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Almost Perfect

Last Saturday I teased readers with the post titled “Found! The perfect perpetual point machine.”  I followed up that post with “One card to rule them all” in which I showed how to use American Express prepaid cards to earn nearly 5 points per dollar everywhere.  I detailed the idea behind Perpetual Point Machines in the post “The Perfect Perpetual Point Machine, Part 1.”  There, I defined a Perpetual Point Machine (PPM) as a scheme…

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To tell or not to tell

At 5 this morning I received a message from my son saying he was sick.  He had been spending the night at a friend’s house because my wife had to leave very early this morning for a business trip, and I’ve been away for the weekend for frequent flyer fun.  The plan was for my son to go with his friend to school, but now we’re on to plan B.  I jumped on an early…

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Found: The Perfect Perpetual Point Machine!

Yes, I believe that a Perfect Perpetual Point Machine has been found!  I need time to write it up, though.  Currently I’m busy at Frequent Traveler University and have other stuff going on through Monday, so I don’t know how soon I can do it justice.  The earliest possibility is Monday.  Tuesday is more likely. Sorry for the teaser, but I just can’t wait to share!  If you find me at FTU, ask me about…

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Is Staples the Perfect PPM?

A while ago I posted a series about the search for the perfect perpetual point machine (PPM).  In those posts, I asserted that the following characteristics would make a PPM perfect: The PPM may take effort and money to setup initially, but must not take much effort or money to keep it going. The PPM must be able to generate hundreds of thousands of points per year. The PPM must do no harm. The perfect…

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A four step Perpetual Point Machine

In previous posts (such as this one), I defined the Perpetual Point Machine (PPM) as “a scheme in which, after a little push, hotel points and/or airline miles are accrued over and over again, forever, with little or no additional work or money.” We have yet to identify a perfect PPM, but it has been fun and rewarding pursuing it. Today I’ll describe a PPM that works as long as certain pieces are in place. …

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A Two Player PPM

This Perpetual Point Machine is best with two people working together. In previous posts (such as this one), I defined the Perpetual Point Machine (PPM) as “a scheme in which, after a little push, hotel points and/or airline miles are accrued over and over again, forever, with little or no additional work or money.” We have yet to identify a perfect PPM, but it has been fun and rewarding pursuing it. Today I’ll describe a…

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A slow but viable Perpetual Point Machine

An enterprising reader volunteers a working PPM Wow, I was late writing today’s post when an enterprising reader helped me out by writing the post for me! First, if you are unfamiliar with the idea of a Perpetual Point Machine, checkout the posts here. In the comment section of a separate post, reader Steelsnow described a working perpetual point machine (PPM). The following are Steelsnow’s words quoted exactly with the exception that I’ve expanded a…

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The Perfect Perpetual Point Machine, Part Three

In part one of this series, I introduced the idea of the quest for the perfect perpetual point machine. A perpetual point machine (PPM) is a scheme in which, after a little push, hotel points and/or airline miles are accrued over and over again, forever, with little or no additional work or money. In itself, this sounds great, but I also introduced some rules that would be necessary for the machine to be perfect: The…

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