Sapphire

Tag Archives for Sapphire.

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,…

Continue Reading »

Shoebuy double dip 30X. Is it worth it?

Through the Ultimate Rewards Mall, you can currently get 15 points per dollar when shopping there.  By itself, that’s pretty good!  However, it’s worth noting that gift card purchases count too. Double Dip for 30X Two readers independently contacted me around the same time with information about their Shoebuy experiences. Both reported success in this double dip.  That is, you can go through the Ultimate Rewards Mall once to buy a gift certificate for yourself,…

Continue Reading »

Let’s just be friends

Secure message regarding card ending in 0504: My dearest Sapphire Preferred, I remember when we met, it was love at first sight.  Your sleek beauty, your steel resolve, and your giving nature made you irresistible.  My fondness for you grew as we travelled the world and dined in fine restaurants.  I will always treasure the times we had. I don’t know a good way to tell you this, but I’ve fallen for another.  I know…

Continue Reading »

Marriott Triple Dip

While planning upcoming trips, a couple of Marriott properties have caught my eye.  They both received great reviews and are in perfect locations for where I want to be.  The downside is that neither has award availability for the time I want to go.  So, what are my options?  Can I double or triple dip my way to savings?  Can I get points for buying Marriott gift cards, and for using the gift cards to…

Continue Reading »

Hacking Hawaii

NOTE: Please also see a newer post: Hacking Hawaii Revised. Last week, Mrs. Miler and I were at a dinner with friends when the topic of Hawaii came up. They’ve never been, but they would like to. Their kids have been begging to go, but they feel they need to save their money for future college expenses. I totally understand that, but it’s a shame. I’ve been to many wonderful places around the world, but…

Continue Reading »

The Perfect Perpetual Point Machine, Part Two

In part one of this series, I introduced the idea of the quest for the perfect perpetual point machine. A perpetual point machine (PPM) is a scheme in which, after a little push, hotel points and/or airline miles are accrued over and over again, forever, with little or no additional work. In itself, this sounds great, but I also introduced some rules that would be necessary for the machine to be perfect: The PPM may…

Continue Reading »

How to meet minimum credit card spend AND get 50,000 to 100,000 extra miles

As I’m sure you know, credit card companies frequently offer huge sign-up bonuses. NerdWallet, for example, lists seven current bonus offers worth at least $500 for signing up for credit cards and meeting minimum spend thresholds. Signing up for the cards is the easy part. Meeting the minimum spend thresholds can be harder. Recently I posted a way to meet minimum spend thresholds without breaking a sweat. In that post I detailed how to easily…

Continue Reading »

Chase Sapphire: 43% off Land’s End Purchase + Free Shipping!

For those of you who love to get stuff from Land’s End, here’s an outstanding deal.  If you shop Land’s End online by going first through the Mr. Rebates shopping portal, you can get 30% off the highest regular priced item, free shipping, AND 5% cash back.  But it gets even better (much better):  If you have a Chase rewards card with access to Chase’s Ultimate Rewards Mall, you can get an additional 12.5% back…

Continue Reading »