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Friday only: BigCrumbs increases Amex gift card cash back

For one day only, BigCrumbs will offer higher than usual cash back rates for Amex gift cards.  The increased rates are set to begin at 3AM EST and continue for 24 hours.  The exact cash back amount is not yet known (at the time of this writing). BigCrumbs sent the following email to many of their customers:   MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Friday, December 5th, 2014! Thanks to the support of our incredibly awesome members,…

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It’s once again safe to buy Amex gift cards with your Chase card.

In October, I sent out a Quick Deal warning Amex gift card buyers that Chase was coding online Amex gift card purchases as cash advances.  Apparently American Express had changed how they coded these purchases and that led Chase (and possibly other banks too) to start seeing these purchases as cash advances. This meant that buyers were charged fees for these purchases, and those fees more than wiped out the benefit of buying gift cards…

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Year-end mileage running, from home

With only two months and a week left in the calendar year, many of us are examining our progress towards airline elite status.  Are we going to make the level of elite status that we’re seeking? Some will seek out “real” mileage running opportunities.  This is where you fly just to earn elite qualifying miles.  The goal is to find the cheapest possible fares that earn the most possible elite qualifying miles.  If you’re interested…

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How to use Amex gift cards to buy GiftCardMall gift cards and earn a profit

In my recent post “Better than free manufactured spend” I showed that it is possible to make a slight profit when buying Visa gift cards at GiftCardMall.com by first going through the cash back portal, TopCashBack.  I suggested, too, that you could earn even more money by first buying American Express gift cards to get cash back and then using those American Express gift cards to buy Visa gift cards.  Here’s how… 1. Go through…

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Amex Gift Cards, this and that

I’ve reported before that it is possible to get 1.5% cash back via TopCashBack or 1.4% cash back via BigCrumbs when buying Amex gift cards online.  Here are some miscellaneous updates on that topic… Financial review fears Some people who have ordered large amounts of gift cards from American Express, using American Express credit cards to pay, have suffered through American Express financial reviews.  This means that American Express freezes all of you Amex card…

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Pay federal taxes by credit card, almost for free

Recently I detailed how to “pay federal taxes via credit card for free.”  The process works, but is fairly complicated: first buy Amex gift cards and get cash back, then use those Amex gift cards to buy $1000 Visa gift cards, then use those Visa gift cards as debit cards to pay taxes at a very low rate.  If you need to use more than two debit cards, then you need to call in to…

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Pay Federal Taxes via Credit Card for Free

Avid points & Miles collectors are always on the lookout for opportunities to increase credit card spend without fees.  Taxes, mortgage payments, rent payments, car payments, etc. are great examples of large expenses that many would like to pay with credit cards, but high fees for paying by credit card are often a barrier. For Federal Taxes, the IRS maintains a web page that links to service providers who make it possible to pay taxes…

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Using the Target Amex card to run up spend

UPDATE 1/12/2016: The American Express for Target card has been discontinued The American Express for Target card that I wrote about yesterday is hardly revolutionary.  Compared to the generic American Express Prepaid cards, the Target Amex has higher ATM fees and much stricter limits (for example, the card may only be used within the U.S.).  Compared to the new Bluebird card, the Target Amex doesn’t compare at all.  It doesn’t have bill pay, you can’t…

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Marriott Triple Dip

While planning upcoming trips, a couple of Marriott properties have caught my eye.  They both received great reviews and are in perfect locations for where I want to be.  The downside is that neither has award availability for the time I want to go.  So, what are my options?  Can I double or triple dip my way to savings?  Can I get points for buying Marriott gift cards, and for using the gift cards to…

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