Manufactured Spending

Frequent Miler
Simon Mall Online Orders Now Require In-Mall Purchase First

Simon Mall has sent an email to some customers who’ve purchased Visa gift cards online advising that their accounts are temporarily suspended until they make a... Read More

Frequent Miler
Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards

Updated 8/5/20: Added VanillaGift.com, Office Depot, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Amazon, Incomm Incentives & Target to the Buy... Read More

Frequent Miler
Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards

Updated 7/28/20: Added the reduced limits on Visa Gift Card loads ($250 max) at GiftCardMall.com and GiftCards.com Updated 6/23/20: Added the coming GiftCardMall monthly... Read More

Frequent Miler
Another Hit To MS: Plastiq Fees Increasing To 2.85%

The hits keep coming. There was bad news for manufactured spending a couple of days ago when GiftCardMall announced that they’d be limiting the cashback you can... Read More

Family Flys Free
How I Use Simon Bulk Gift Cards To Earn Free Flights Every Month

Interested in how Simon bulk gift card online ordering works? Here are all the details and how I earn tens of thousands of points monthly! The post How I Use Simon Bulk... Read More

Your Mileage May Vary
What Is Manufactured Spending And Why Do People Do It?

Manufactured spending. What does that mean? It’s not apparent from the name, but a good guess would be that it has something to do with spending money in relation... Read More

Miles To Memories
Save Money On Your Grocery Bills With These 5 Amazing Cards

Groceries are a staple purchase category for most U.S. households so we wanted to put together a list of the best credit cards for groceries. The post Save Money On Your... Read More

Frequent Miler
Best credit cards for buying Visa or Mastercard gift cards

One path to earning credit card rewards is to find ways to increase credit card spend and get most of your money back (see our guide here).  Visa and Mastercard... Read More

Running with Miles
American Express Takes Another Swipe at Manufactured Spending

American Express is again making it clear that they do not like manufactured spending. But, are moves like this by Amex short-sighted or are they smart business? The... Read More

Frequent Miler
Simon says: New (improved) procedure for $10K+ purchases

Simon Malls are in the midst of a promo enabling Manufactured Spenders to purchase Visa Gift Cards with a load value of up to $1,000 for an activation fee of just $3.95... Read More

Frequent Miler
Mistakes to avoid on $1K Simon Visa Gift Cards

As we reported last week, starting yesterday and running through 8/4/19, Simon Malls are offering $1,000 Visa Gift Cards with an activation fee of $3.95 to those folks... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2019 Third Quarter 5% Bonus Categories

Today is also the first day of a new quarter and a new set of 5% bonus categories for the Chase Freedom credit card. This quarter (July 1, 2019- September 30, 2019),... Read More

Frequent Miler
Up to $15 off on Mastercard GCs at Safeway / Albertsons / Vons through 5/14

Safeway / Albertsons / Vons and other just4u affiliates have digital coupons good for $10 off when you buy two $50 Mastercard gift cards and $15 off when... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2019 Second Quarter 5% Bonus Categories (Easy to Maximize)

Today is also the first day of a new quarter and a new set of 5% bonus categories for the Chase Freedom credit card. This quarter (April 1, 2019- June 30, 2019), the... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2019 First Quarter 5% Bonus Categories (Easy to Maximize)

Happy New Year! Today is also the first day of a new quarter and a new set of 5% bonus categories for the Chase Freedom credit card. This quarter (January 1, 2019-... Read More

Frequent Miler
Staying organized: A sheet for gift card purchases

Greg recently wrote a post about The Tools We Use (for playing the game) that talked about many of the tools we use to earn more miles and points. In email chatter... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2019 First Quarter 5% Bonus Categories: Activate Now

The Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories for the first quarter of 2019 have been announced and can now be activated. The Chase Freedom 5% categories are... The post Chase... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Discover 5% Cashback Calendar 2019: Categories That Earn 5% Cash Back

Discover has released the 2019 5% bonus categories for the Discover card are there are a few good ones useful for manufactured spending as well as everyday spending.... Read More

Frequent Miler
Current Visa and Mastercard Gift Card Deals

Almost every week, there is an available offer somewhere to save on the purchase of Visa or Mastercard Gift Cards. These cards are popularly purchased as gifts, but can... Read More

Frequent Miler
Get Happy Again: $20 of $150 on Happy cards @ Office Max / Office Depot [11/25-12/1]

Office Max / Office Depot will be offering $20 off of $150 or more in select Happy Gift Cards starting tomorrow (11/25/18) and ending on Saturday 12/1/18.... Read More

Frequent Miler
Free Google Home Mini with your Visa Gift Cards? [YMMV]

A reader reached out to let us know that they received a free Google Home Mini at Office Max / Office Depot when buying Visa Gift cards just a little while ago. Office... Read More

Frequent Miler
More 5x: $10 off $300 in Visa Gift Cards at Office Max / Office Depot [Starts 11/18/18]

Starting this Sunday, 11/18/18, Office Max / Office Depot will offer an instant $10 off $300 or more in Visa Gift Cards through 11/24/18 (or while... Read More

Points With a Crew
But wait, there’s more! An additional 1,000 Delta SkyMiles with this offer!

Delta has joined the fray! Just last week, we posted on all the shopping portal bonuses out there right now, and noted that Delta was missing from the list.  Well,... Read More

Frequent Miler
Walmart’s new Money Order limits are the real deal: new speed limit enforced

Those who have long manufactured spend by using gift cards to purchase money orders at Walmart will now find themselves running into a new roadblock: cashiers are now... Read More

Points With a Crew
How you can get 13,000 miles in holiday shopping portal bonuses

The holiday shopping season is starting, get ready! You can take the sting off that holiday shopping bill with these airline shopping portal bonuses. Earn up to 5,000... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2018 Fourth Quarter 5% Bonus Categories (Easy to Maximize)

Today is the first day of a new quarter and a new set of 5% bonus categories for the Chase Freedom credit card. This quarter (October 1, 2018- December 31, 2018), the... Read More

TravelUpdate
Ottawa Points and Miles meetup, September 16th!

Join us for the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup at The Albion Rooms, on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at 4:00pm. Please remember... Read More

Frequent Miler
Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works September 2018?

Latest manufactured spending news: Gift card churning in trouble; Good news regarding buying Visa/Mastercard gift cards, mixed news regarding liquidating gift cards, a... Read More

Frequent Miler
Fee-free Visa GCs at Staples tomorrow

Staples will be offering fee-free $200 Visa Gift Cards starting tomorrow – Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 through Saturday, September 8, 2018. The add... Read More

Frequent Miler
Cash back on Visa Gift Cards is back at GiftCardMall / GiftCards.com

Good news on the MS front — it appears that the opportunity to earn cash back on Visa Gift Card purchases is back through some portals at GiftCardMall and... Read More

Pizza in Motion
Are You Joining Me For Frequent Traveler University?

Live in the DC area? Want to know advanced strategies on earning the most miles possible? And, how to use them to travel the world? There's still time to purchase a... Read More

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