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Increase credit card spend and get most of it back. What still works March 2018?

This is the latest in our ongoing series of what’s new in the world of manufactured spending. Our last update was in December (here). As always, you can find an up-to-date complete roundup of techniques for increasing spend here: Manufactured Spending Complete Guide. Options no longer with us Cue up the funeral march: these are options that have ended since our previous update. Citi AT&T Access More No Longer Earns 3x at Paypal Digital Gifts The…

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Another hit: No more Amazon GCs with Gamestop GCs

After a rough day in MS news yesterday (See: Alliant paying 0% cash back at Giftcards.com, No more 5x at MPX, and Another one down: No more 5x at Gift Card Mart), the hits just keep on coming: As reported at Miles Per Day, Gamestop has hardcoded their registers to disallow the purchase of an Amazon gift card with a Gamestop gift card. This is unfortunate as it was previously possible to buy discounted Gamestop…

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Alliant paying 0% cash back at Giftcards.com

Miles Per Day reports that the Alliant Cashback Visa card is no longer paying 3% cash back for purchases from Giftcards.com — instead paying 0% on Giftcards.com purchases. Reports from Flyertalk indicate that a letter was sent out to those using the card for heavy gift card purchases indicating that cash back would not be paid on those purchases (as of January 30th, 2018 according to Miles Per Day). This may extend to other types of gift card purchases,…

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Increase credit card spend and get most of it back. What still works December 2017?

This is the latest in our ongoing series of what’s new in the world of manufactured spending. Our last update was in September (here). As always, you can find an up-to-date complete roundup of techniques for increasing spend here: Manufactured Spending Complete Guide. Portal Rewards now limited on Giftcards.com As you can see in the cash back terms above, Giftcards.com will now void cashback if your monthly purchases total more than $30,000. This news was first…

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Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works September 2017

This is the latest in our ongoing series of what’s new in the world of manufactured spending. Our last update was in August (here).  In that post I detailed the continued opportunity to earn 3X through bill payments, and the fact that Amex had added language to their signup offers to be more explicit about not allowing “gaming”.  As you’ll see below, Amex has begun to enforce that new language in certain specific situations… As…

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Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works August 2017

This is the latest in our ongoing series of what’s new in the world of manufactured spending.  We last posted an update in June (here).  As always, you can find an up-to-date complete roundup of techniques for increasing spend here: Manufactured Spending Complete Guide. Plastiq 3X Undead The Plastiq bill payment service lets you pay bills by credit card for a 2.5% fee.  That’s not bad when you’re trying to meet minimum spend requirements for…

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Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works June 2017

I had been planning to publish the next installment of this series in July, but there have been so many recent changes that I decided to publish now… Whether you need to increase credit card spend to earn a new credit card signup bonus, or to earn elite status, or simply to earn credit card rewards, it’s important to keep up with the latest news of what works and what does not. Complete descriptions of…

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Is Plastiq 3X dead?

In our last bi-monthly manufacturing spend report, we reported that Plastiq bill payments were coding as lodging when Plastiq was used to pay rent or mortgage.  The great thing about that was that credit cards that offer bonus points for travel were earning extra rewards.  Therefore, it was possible to earn 3X rewards when paying rent or mortgage with a Chase Sapphire Reserve card, Chase Ink Business Preferred card, or Citi AT&T Access More card. …

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