REDbird Armageddon, Ultimate Rewards Credit Card Combos, a Cool Discover Card Feature & More!

Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy!

This Week From Frequent Miler

Updates: REDbird, Plenti, my 90,000 point mistake, Ink 30K and 60K offers – Updates to a number of recent posts.

This may be the single best current signup offer – A look at the increased Ameriprise Amex Platinum offer with a $0 first year annual fee.

REDbird credit card loads: here today, gone tomorrow? Developing… – The first reports of the end of credit card loads to REDbird.

Confirmed: REDbird credit card loads will not be allowed as of May 6, 2015 – Confirmation of the end of credit card loads to REDbird.

REDbird PM (post memo) Answers – An update on REDbird including what is working and what isn’t working after the recent elimination of credit card loads.

Best credit card combos: Ultimate Rewards –  The optimal combination of Ultimate Rewards earning cards to ensure the highest return on day to day spend.

REDbird grounded. Now what? – Now that REDbird has lost its best feature, where do we go from here?

This Week Around the Web

Quick update: Vanilla Visas and “Delayed Redemption” – Some Vanilla Visas don’t fully activate right away causing a denial when you are trying to use them.

Paypal Adds Buyer Protection for Digital Goods – A positive move that is helpful to buyer’s paying with Paypal.

NEW PERK: Free Movie Streaming on JetBlue with Amazon Prime! – Amazon continues to add more features and value to their Prime service.

Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About the End of REDcard Credit Card Loads – Why this week’s REDbird changes aren’t the end of the world.

Best Use of Alaska Miles – Everything you need to know to maximize your Alaska Mileage Plan redemptions.

How To Book Free One Ways On American Airlines Flights To The Caribbean And Latin America – Tricks to getting a free one-way on paid AA tickets.

Guest Post: Macerich Visa Gift Card Purchases Posting as a Cash Advance – Macerich has changed their merchant code which is causing problems for people purchasing their gift cards.

Did You Know the Club Carlson Booking Calendar is Open 3 Years?– Very useful information as the upcoming devaluation and removal of Bonus Award Nights is getting closer.

A Useful But Little Known Discover Card Trick to Use While Traveling – How to get a cash advance from your Discover card that is treated like a purchase without any fees.

Have a great weekend!

Last updated on December 20th, 2018

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Gift cards issued by who (like US Bank) are pin enabled? And can visa gift cards be purchased with credit cards at Kroger?

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Yes both Visa and MC gift cards issued by US Bank are pin-enabled. The pin is normally in the packaging, but if not you can set it via the telephone.

Some Kroger stores allow the purchase of gift cards with a credit card and some don’t. Within my city it is a store by store policy, so there isn’t any blanket rule.