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5X everywhere without gift cards, part 1: Ultimate Rewards

At FTU in DC last weekend, I presented “You can still earn 5X everywhere.”  Many of the tips I presented involved reload cards, gift cards, and Bluebird cards, but I also showed how you can earn 5X almost everywhere without gift cards.  In this three part series, I’ll show you how. The cards shown above on the left earn Chase’s Ultimate Rewards points.  The cards on the right earn Citibank’s Thankyou points.  In this post,…

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Maybe later?

Secure message regarding card ending in 1226: Dear Ink Plus, I must say, I am flattered by your recent offer.  Words can’t describe how tempted I am!  You are, clearly, just as desirable in every way as your twin sister, Ink Bold.  I am intrigued, too, by your suggestion that we could try out our relationship for a while. As you said, six months is plenty of time to see how much interest we have…

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Multiple paths to 5X everywhere

A couple of weeks ago I presented at Frequent Traveler University in Los Angeles.  One of the topics I covered was how to earn 5 points per dollar (or more) on all spend.  We started with a moment of silence for the end of Vanilla Reload cards at Office Depot (see “Office Depot discontinues Vanilla Reload cards“).  We then went on to discuss a number of opportunities that still exist.  Below is a brief outline……

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The end (of 5X everywhere) is nigh

The Mayan calendar ends on December 21 2012.  Many believe that the end of the Mayan calendar signifies the end of the world as we know it.  Is it possible, though, that the real meaning is the end of “5X everywhere”?  OK, settle down, I made the title of this post purposely provocative in order to get your attention.  I don’t really think that “5X everywhere” is coming to an end, but rumors are spreading…

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Ink Rumor Confirmed

Last month I posted a rumor that said the sign-up offer for the Ink Plus was going to improve (see “Ink Plus better offer is on its way“). As of last night, the rumor seems to have been proven correct. On Chase’s Ink signup page, you’ll see that they now offer 50K points after $5K spend instead of $10K spend as with the previous offer. This is true for both the Ink Plus and the…

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My accidental credit card application

How I unintentionally got my third Ink Bold.  In September, I went to a local Chase branch to open a business checking account. At the end of the process, I was told that I was preapproved for one of several credit cards. The Ink Bold, with its 50,000 point sign-up bonus, was one of them. At that time, I already had two Ink Bold cards. One was the old card (which I call the “Ink…

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The 5X everywhere backup plan

UPDATE 1/12/2016: The American Express for Target card has been discontinued Many people who live or work near well stocked Office Depot stores have been happily reaping the benefits of earning 5 points per dollar on all purchases through the trick I presented in the post “One card to rule them all.”  Lately, with the arrival of American Express’ new Bluebird product, that trick has become even more profitable since it is now possible to…

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Considering and Reconsidering Ink

Ever since I published a way to earn 5 points per dollar everywhere with Chase Ink cards (see “One card to rule them all“), many people have become interested in signing up for these cards.  Interest seems to have swelled recently thanks to all of the hubbub regarding the new Bluebird card (see “Bluebird takes flight and changes the game” and “Bluebird lands. Questions answered“).  With Bluebird and a Chase Ink card its possible to…

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The mad rush to $50K: Relax, don’t do it.

Recently I’ve heard from several people who are trying to max out the Ink Bold (or Ink Plus) 5X benefit before the end of the year.  Don’t do it.  Slow down.  Let me explain… Background The Chase Ink credit and charge cards offer 5 points per dollar for purchases made at office supply stores, and for internet, cable and phone services.  The Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards allow 5X for up to $50K in…

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