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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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Automating Spend

After writing up a deep dive into the Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard, I decided to maximize spend on the card by spending exactly $2500 per month for 10 months.  I also have two Club Carlson cards (one business, one personal) that earn a free night at any US property with $10K annual spend.  And I have a Better Balance Rewards card (no longer available to new applicants) from BankAmericard which give me $30 cash…

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Buying a car: Used or new? Miles, money, or both?

Sooner or later, most of us face the prospect of needing a new set of wheels. That time has come for me — and so I’ve been trying to figure out the most advantageous play for getting the vehicle we want for the most attractive net cost. I’m not sure that I’ve come to a firm conclusion yet, so I figured I’d lay out my thought process and ask for reader input on the best…

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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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Paying business expenses with credit cards

If you own your own business, you probably already earn credit card rewards for the types of business expenses where credit cards are readily accepted: store purchases, travel, entertainment, employee gifts, etc.  But, what about business expenses that can’t normally be paid by credit card?  Plastiq is a service that lets you pay almost any bill via credit card (see: Complete guide to Plastiq credit card payments).  They charge a 2.5% fee for this service…

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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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Free rewards: More fee-free dollars from Plastiq with new referral bonuses

We have written extensively about, a website that allows you to use a credit card to pay bills that must normally be paid by check. Typically, the Plastiq charges a 2.5% fee for US-based credit cards — but the new referral structure awards $500 in fee-free payments for new users and $1,000 in fee-free payments to the person making the referral. Read our Complete Guide to Plastiq credit card payments for more information about using this service to earn rewards. The…

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Plastiq reminder: Double fee-free dollars promotion ends tonight (must refer / make 1st payment by 11:59pm)

As a reminder, the current Plastiq referral promotion, whereby you can earn $400 in fee-free payments for signing up or $800 in fee-free payments for each person you refer, ends tonight. Remember that in order for either person to earn the fee free dollars, the person who is singing up must make their first payment of at least $20 by 11:59pm Eastern time tonight. As a reminder, here are the details: The Offer What: Fee-free dollars for…

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Plastiq for taxes deadline tonight at 11:59pm Eastern

  For those readers interested in paying federal income taxes via Plastiq, this is a quick reminder that there are less than two hours left to do so. Plastiq’s deadline for on-time payment of federal income taxes is tonight, April 9th, at 11:59pm Eastern time. As some readers may have taken part in the recent Plastiq referral promotion, this could be a good way to use your fee-free dollar credits. For more information on using Plastiq…

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