Introducing Extreme Stacking (and our new Lab Manager)

The other day I wanted to use one of my 1800Flowers gift cards to send flowers to a friend.  And, believe it or not, I couldn’t remember the best current promo code to use for the order.  So, I hunted around this website to find my latest posts about 1800Flowers and then scanned through to find the promo codes.  It occurred to me then that it would be great to have one place to go to find all of the info needed to maximize rewards when making a purchase.  That’s how “Extreme Stacking” got started.

I emailed Shawn (author of most of our Quick Deals and other resources on this site) and Anita (our new Lab Manager – more on that below) to see what they thought about the idea.  For lack of a better term, I called it a “portal portal”.  I imagined a little mascot that would shout “Portal Portal!” in commercials.

Portal Portal

Shawn and Anita liked the idea, so I started working on it.  To avoid a pizza related lawsuit, I proposed a few new titles such as “Extreme Shopping,” “Extreme Stacking,” “Double Dip Portal,” and “Triple Dip Shopping” (that was my favorite).  I even came up with a logo for each one, like this:

Triple Dip Shopping Logo

But, despite my best drawing skills, Shawn and Anita preferred the name “Extreme Stacking.”  Two against one.  Done.  So, I set to work on a new logo, and produced this (actually Microsoft Powerpoint produced it, but I supervised):

Extreme Stacking Logo 2

Introducing Extreme Stacking

In addition to creating a logo, I created a home page and a few detail pages.  And, I updated a few older stacking related posts to link to.  I think we now have a solid start.  Click to see the new page:

Extreme_Stacking_-_Frequent_Miler_-_2016-02-08_16.36.38

While I certainly wouldn’t call this page “done”, I think there’s enough there to be worth checking out.  I’m sure this will change a lot in the coming days and weeks.

Let me know what you think.  What would you like added or changed?

Introducing our new Lab Manager

Lab ManagerHopefully you’re familiar with the Frequent Miler Laboratory.  If not, please take a moment to click over there and check it out…

Back yet?  OK, so I recently asked a friend named Anita to take over management of this page.  She has two primary responsibilities:

  1. Keep the Lab table up to date.  As people report new experiment results, she has been adding that info to the Lab table.  This is great because I used to let those things sit around for up to a month before updating the table.  Now, the table is much more up to date than before.
  2. Run experiments.  As we identify areas that aren’t well covered in the Lab table already, Anita’s role is to conduct experiments to fill in the gaps.  So far she has run several Target related experiments (and will report the results soon).  If you have suggestions for experiments, please write your suggestions as comments on the Frequent Miler Laboratory page.

Please join me in welcoming Anita to the team!

The Frequent Miler Laboratory and Extreme Stacking pages go hand in hand.  The Laboratory provides the information we need: what works and what doesn’t.  The Extreme Stacking pages show how to put it all together.

About Greg The Frequent Miler

Greg is the owner, founder, and primary author of the Frequent Miler. He earns millions of points and miles each year, mostly without flying, and dedicates this blog to teaching others how to do the same.

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Skor
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Skor

Great undertaking! Welcome Anita!

Anita, FM Lab Manager
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Thanks!

Dave
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Dave

I’m thinking she will run experiments that many have already ego but keep the results to themselves so as not to kill the deal. Way to go Anita!

Anita, FM Lab Manager
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If you have any tips on things we should try, please comment over on the Lab page and I’ll report what I find.

Anita

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Hey Greg its been a while since youve talked Kohls. We are long past the days of 10x ultimate reward stacking, but are “extreme savings” still possible? I think that would make for an interesting post/update.

mbh
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mbh

I love the idea, the name, and the logo!
And, welcome anita!

Anita, FM Lab Manager
Member

Thanks! Please let us know if you have ideas ripe for experimentation.

jcb
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jcb

Great stuff! This is going to be so useful and I’m really glad the Lab will be kept up to date – I use it all the time.

Anita, FM Lab Manager
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Thanks jcb. Be sure to send us any results you want added to the table.

Anita

Chuck
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I’m with Shawn and Anita on the Extreme Stacking name. And welcome Anita!

Anita, FM Lab Manager
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Thanks, Chuck.

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Jan W
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Jan W

Congrats all around, and thanks for continuing to help us save money/earn points/travel well…

Mark
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Mark

Welcome Anita

Dee
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Dee

What a great idea! Welcome, Anita.

Wendy
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Wendy

Welcome Anita, can’t wait for the Extreme Stacking

NetSpender
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NetSpender

What idiot would spill the good idear and therefore get it killed? Makes. Zero. Sense.

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