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Milepoint Kiva Lending Team 2nd Anniversary

Kiva is a nonprofit organization that facilitates micro-loans to enterprising individuals around the world so that they may earn their own way out of poverty.  By making loans through the Kiva website, you can be part of the solution to poverty AND earn points and miles (because you can use your credit card to finance loans). Two years ago, the Kiva Lending Team started up on Milepoint and quickly began breaking records left and right. …

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Cash+ Experiments in Progress

I recently signed up for the US Bank Cash+ credit card.  The card is free, and it is very likely the best cash back card there is (see “The best cash back card?“).  I know that a lot of my readers care only for points & miles, not cash back, but I believe that’s a sub-optimal view.  Even if you value miles above cash, you can often end up with many more miles by getting…

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Win a spot on the Star Mega DO

This is a quick note for those interested in attending this year’s Star Mega DO (basically a big party on a chartered jet for frequent flier fanatics, hosted by United Airlines).  If you’re interested, you probably know that getting a spot on this DO is harder than finding and booking low level award availability on Delta.  Fortunately, the Milepoint Kiva team has come up with a chance to win a spot on the DO (note:…

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Minimum spend requirements? Kivalens to the rescue

One of the problems with credit card sign-up bonuses is that many have large spend requirements.  For example, the current public offer for the Ink Bold requires $10K in spend in 3 months to get the full 50K bonus (half of the bonus is given when you first use the card).  Most cards have more modest requirements, but even those can be a challenge. For a high level overview of ways to meet minimum spend,…

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Join the DO, get $25 free!

I’m posting now from the KivaDO in San Francisco.  The Milepoint Lending team is here to meet with Kiva staff, learn more about Kiva and the good we do as Kiva lenders, and to participate in a Money Bomb.  A Money Bomb is a one day (or in this case, two day) period of time in which we try to loan as much as possible as a group (no loan is too small!). Here’s how…

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See you soon!

I thought I’d let everyone know about the frequent flyer related trips I have coming up.  Hopefully some of us can meet in person at one or more of these events: Kiva DO, San Francisco, March 9-11 Frequent Traveler University, Newark NJ, April 27-29 BlogWorld, NYC, June 5-7 Chicago Seminars, Chicago, Oct 12-14 It turns out that I’ll be speaking about Gift Card Churning at the Chicago Seminars!  As the event gets closer, I’ll write…

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Join the alliance!

Yesterday I wrote about how writers in the Write a Book, Win a Nook contest had formed an alliance against those who’s goal was death and destruction.  In that case, of course, all of the good and evil-doing was fictional.  Here, however, is a chance to join a real alliance.  An alliance who’s goal is to help people across the world and, incidentally, to achieve world domination! The alliance I’m talking about is the Milepoint…

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An alliance fights the forces of evil.

The contest to Win a Nook is now in the home stretch. Until Tuesday (Feb 14th), all you have to do to enter is add a single line to the ever growing story and become one its many authors.  Since I last gave an update, here is what has gone on in the Nook story contest: There has been an uprising – a mighty clash between authors!  A few, on the dark side, have taken…

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And the Kiva gift card winner is…

The contest to Win a Nook continues! Until Feb 14th, all you have to do to enter is add a single line to the ever growing story. Over the weekend, though, I announced an interim prize: a $25 Kiva Gift Card. So, at 6:41 PM EST, I found a total of 1,079 comments had been posted so far. I then generated a random number from 1 to 1079: And, the winner is… Mike, who wrote…

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