Amex Blacklist, Recoding REDbird, Opportunity Costs of Credit Card Spend & 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

What’s going on with DIRECTV’s $100 credit? Problems, explanations, and a possible solution – Widespread reports of $100 payments being reversed and Directv bill collectors calling customers asking them to pay up.

How to feed the hungry and fly for free (take two) – Stacking various 1-800-Flowers promotions to earn the Southwest Companion pass and help feed the homeless.

How to get a year of free shipping from 1800Flowers… and how not to – Finding the best approach to save money when buying the 1-800-Flowers Celebrations Passport free shipping membership.

$2K denomination limit on Amex gift card cash back – New limitations have been added to a number of portals when purchasing American Express gift cards.

The opportunity cost of manufacturing status – What are you giving up when manufacturing elite status with credit card spend?

Target recodes REDbird registers – Target has recently made some changes to the way they allow you to load REDbird.

Switching between Bluebird, REDbird, and Serve – Tips and tricks for moving between these products as easily as possible.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Prevent miles from expiring with 1 point transfers – Elite members of one program can transfer as little as 1 mile to a number of airlines to prevent their mileage balance from expiring.

This Week Around the Web

The American Express Blacklist Explained & Strategies For Removal – A look at what it means to be banned by American Express and how some people have been able to reestablish a relationship with the bank.

Another Smart Card: Swyp – Yet another one of the all-in-one smart cards coming to market. This one doesn’t have all of the features, but it comes at a much cheaper price.

Kaligo Vs PointsHound Vs RocketMiles – Which Hotel Booking Site That Offers Airline Miles Is The Best? – Detailed look and comparison of three hotel booking sites that offer airline miles as rebates.

How to Redeem WorldPoints and Use to Supercharge your Fidelity Rewards Amex – Earn up to a 2.8% return on the Fidelity Rewards Amex by maximizing travel redemptions.

Highest Cash Back Guarantee for Online Shopping Portals – A look at various online shopping portals and their “highest cashback guarantee” policies.

BigHabitat Guide to Mileage Plus X – A Mobile Shopping App Promising 2-4 Extra Miles Per Dollar – Detailed analysis of United’s new shopping companion application.

Where Have Delta’s Award Charts Gone? – Delta’s award charts have mysteriously disappeared from their website.

Get $20 with the Oink Card – A very new prepaid card that allows credit cards loads for a nominal fee.

Have a great weekend!

Last updated on December 20th, 2018

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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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Love this recap of the week.

Recently– my Barclays Arrival Card has been triggering security alerts when I load Redbird .. even if loads are for only $500 per day.
I always get a phone call– and even though I verify the purchase and confirm that I do plan to continue shopping at Target…I continue to get the phone calls.
I know that Target is on their their radar due to that security breach some time ago.. but I wonder if this attention to my account might cause problems.

Greg The Frequent Miler

I don’t know. I don’t expect it would cause any problems.


I tried to load Redbird with SPG yesterday, but it only allowed to load once for 1000. The second time when I swipe, it was rejected, no fraud alert, no message, no phone call. Is there any work around?