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Free money and points from American Express and Sony

A reader named Colin passed this one along to me.  Until Feb 26, 2013, American Express is offering a $25 statement credit when you use a synced American Express card to spend $100 or more at Sony.com.  The trick to getting free money and points is to go through an online portal to Sony, buy a physical gift card, and then sell the card via a reseller. It’s possible to do this once for each…

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Double Dipping Data

Online shopping portals are a great option for earning extra points or cash back for things you would have bought anyway.  Before buying something online or booking travel reservations, I always start with the best portal finders to find the portal that offers the most points or cash back for the online vendor where I want to shop.  Then, by going through a portal to the merchant I would have shopped at anyway, I earn…

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My final credit card application day

I recently completed a small credit card churn.  I expect this to be my last one ever.  Here’s the story… Conventional wisdom tells us that the best way to accumulate points and miles quickly is through credit card sign-ups.  Many in the points & miles community have turned this art into a science:  every 91 days, pick 4 to 8 cards, apply for all in a single day, reap the rewards, and repeat.  People call…

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Gift card churning news

Last week I outlined ways to earn hundreds of thousands of points and miles through gift card churning (see “The art of gift card churning @ #chicagoseminars“).  Today, I have a number of specific updates for people who have taken gift card churning to heart… Kohl’s triple dip not working In my recent post “How to maximize your Freedom 5X purchases” I suggested that it might be possible to earn 25 points per dollar at…

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The art of gift card churning @ #chicagoseminars

Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to present some of my wacky point-earning ideas to almost 500 new friends.  We were at the Chicago Seminars, which is an annual event for frequent travelers / travel hackers.  You can read about my experiences at the seminars here; or read Mommy Points’ top ten highlights here; or read Mile Value’s recap here (with photos!). For those who didn’t make it to my presentation, I’ll give you…

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Gift Card Upgrade Results

Frequent Miler Laboratory experiments continue to roll on with a surprising amount of success.  In the post “Laboratory Preparations” I described a number of experiments that were being launched.  In each case, the goal was to see if I could take a merchant gift card and use it in-store to buy a different merchant’s gift card.  In other words, could I effectively upgrade one gift card to another?  One reason for testing this is to…

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Bed Bath and Far Beyond

In my recent post “10% off everything and 7% off everything else,” I showed how one could buy OfficeMax gift cards at a discount and then upgrade them in-store to more valuable gift cards (such as Amazon gift cards and Visa gift cards).  If you don’t have a cooperative OfficeMax nearby, Bed Bath & Beyond may be a good alternative. Buy Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards at a discount Every now and then, gift…

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Laboratory Preparations

High on my Laboratory to-do list is to figure out which merchant gift cards are easily upgradeable.  As I discussed in the post “The Art of Gift Card Churning,” some merchants will let you use their gift cards to buy other gift cards.  I’ve done this successfully many times at Kmart, Sears, and Walgreens, but I’d like to find more options.  The more options we can find, the more we can save money and/or earn…

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20% off Lowes and iTunes gift cards

The following offer is valid until June 16th.  At Michael’s stores (in person, only), you can buy $50 Lowes and iTunes gift cards for $40.  Hat tip to readers Jason and Mitch. Things to consider: Gift card resellers currently buy Lowe’s gift cards from individuals for 82 cents to the dollar, so it may be possible to make a nice profit on this and pump up your credit card spend. iTunes gift cards have almost…

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