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Gift of College now available at regional gas station Cumberland Farms

Update: Confirming that Cumberland Farms did indeed code as a gas station with Visa. GIft of College gift cards are now available for sale at a regional gas station chain that is mostly in the Northeast and also in Florida called Cumberland Farms (locations are in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Gift cards are variable-load from $25-$500 (except in Vermont, where they are only available in $50 denominations). I successfully…

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IHG Rewards Club Giving Away 1 Million Points To Military Service Members

IHG Army Hotels

IHG Rewards Club has launched a giveaway where they’ll be awarding a total of 1 million points to active duty, retired and veteran service members. This giveaway is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of IHG Army Hotels. The 1 million points will be awarded to five different service members, so each person will win 200,000 points. There are a couple of ways to take part in these sweepstakes: To enter the sweepstakes on Instagram, simply…

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Blank Visa Gift Cards at Staples (likely uncommon, but here’s what to do if you get them)

We received a reader report over the weekend about a problem he had with Visa Gift Cards bought at Staples: when he opened the package, the gift cards were blank. In other words, they had no numbers. Here’s what I think you could do if this ever happened to you. The problem: What’s the PIN? How do you check the balance? If you’re planning to swipe your card to purchase something that costs the full value…

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Major problems reported w/ Mastercard gift cards

Many users are reporting a new major issue over the past week with Mastercard gift cards. Reports are indicating that when users attempt to use the cards at some stores, the payment terminal is showing a “Not Authorized” error, but the card is being drained anyway. Comments at Doctor of Credit and reddit indicate the issue has happened at a wide range of stores, including Kroger (and affiliates), Winn Dixie, Publix, Harris Teeter, Walmart, Dollar…

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How to find your SoFi referral links

Yesterday, we posted what might be the runner-up for deal of the year: SoFi Money is offering a totally fee-free cash management account with a debit card that rebates ATM fees worldwide and when you sign up through a referral and deposit $100, you get a $50 new account bonus (See: Easy money: SoFi debit card new account / referral bonuses for more details). Furthermore, you get $100 for every person you refer who opens…

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[Now Cat 5 30K-40K] A 25K Kauai Hawaii Marriott worth booking today for a later stay

Hawaii continues to be one of my favorite destinations in the world.  And Kauai, in particular, is my favorite island.  It’s simply drop-dead gorgeous everywhere you look. Now, here’s a tip from a reader that will especially appeal to those with 25K Marriott free night certificates or category 1-4 travel package certificates. There is a 25K per night property in Kauai that is awful at the moment, but may be great (or at least pretty…

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IHG Ending Free Kindle Books Benefit On December 31, 2019

IHG Free Kindle Books

One of the lesser-highlighted benefits of the IHG Rewards Club program has been the free books you could download to your Kindle device or app. That benefit will be getting highlighted even less now as IHG has announced that they’ll be ending the benefit from December 31, 2019. The number of free books you received from this benefit depended on your IHG Rewards Club status level: Club – 1 free book bi-annually Gold – 1…

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What to do when the wifi login page doesn’t pop up

Many wifi networks are open to the public to connect, but then use a pop up web page to authorize access to the internet. This is common in hotels, cafes, airports, etc. The problem is that sometimes the pop up web page doesn’t pop up.  When this happens, you can’t access the internet.  What to do? Solution Simply enter this into your browser’s address bar: neverssl.com I’ve had several chances recently to try this out…

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