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Tag: Kiva

My Kiva spend experiment

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For the past 8 years, Kiva loans have been a significant part of my credit card spend strategy.  With Kiva, it's possible to increase credit card spend and do good in the world, all...

Why I love Kiva for earning rewards and doing good

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Yesterday, a friend named Ariana published a negative post about Kiva "Why I’m No Longer Using Kiva To Earn Points And Miles."  In that post, Ariana complained about the "farce" of Kiva's peer to...

Automating Spend

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After writing up a deep dive into the Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard, I decided to maximize spend on the card by spending exactly $2500 per month for 10 months.  I also have two...

FlexPerks kills Kiva 3X

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For years I've regularly paid for Kiva microloans with my FlexPerks Visa card.  The US Bank FlexPerks Visa card has long offered 3 points per dollar for charitable donations.  Even though Kiva loans are...

How to liquidate small denomination debit gift cards

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There are many reasons that you may end up with lots of small denomination debit gift cards.  OfficeMax frequently runs deals, such as "$15 off $300 or more in Visa gift cards."  And Staples...
Manufacturing Spend

Credit Card Spend in 2016 and Beyond

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There was a time when the US Mint sold dollar coins online at face value, with free shipping, and allowed customers to pay with credit cards.  The coins were incredibly popular.  People bought the...

Increase Credit Card Spend (and do good) with Kiva and Kivalens

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Update 7/29/2017: US Bank no longer codes Kiva as a charity. This post has been updated accordingly. Kiva is a nonprofit organization that facilitates micro-loans to enterprising individuals around the world so that they may...

How to fix Kivalens (so that you can do good and increase credit card...

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I published a primer on increasing credit card spend through Kiva in 2013 (see: Kiva: loans, points, and miles).  I believe that all of the basic info there is still correct today, so I’ll...

Kiva: loans, points, and miles

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Making Kiva loans is one of my favorite ways to increase credit card spend.  Kiva loans help me reach minimum spend requirements for new credit cards; they help me reach credit card big spend...

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