Manufactured Spending

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

Frequent Miler
GiftCards.com reversing portal payouts on Mastercard gift cards

Over the weekend, Travel With Grant reported that portal Yazing was reversing payouts on GiftCards.com Mastercard gift card purchases from July 14th onward. When they... Read More

Frequent Miler
$200 VGCs for $195 at Safeway and affiliates

Safeway / Vons / Albertsons and the associated Just4U stores have a new coupon out this week to save $10 instantly when buying $200 or more in... Read More

Frequent Miler
An MS fail: time wasted with the Staples and Lowe’s offers

We maintain a Manufactured Spending Complete Guide and periodically publish an update on “what still works” (which is due for an update), so I dabble in the... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2018 Third 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 (July 1, 2018- September 30, 2018), the... Read More

Out and Out
I Bought the Wrong Gift Card – Then Broke Even With Points & Raise

My little brother came to visit recently. We went to the mall because he wanted to buy a new pair of shoes – in cash. He’s one of those... Read More

You Have Been Upgraded
MANUFACTURED SPENDING: Kostenlos Hilton Diamond

Wir machen uns mit Manufactured Spending den Hilton Diamond ... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2018 Second 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 (April 1, 2018- June 30, 2018), the Chase... Read More

Frequent Miler
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... Read More

Frequent Miler
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... Read More

Frequent Miler
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%... Read More

TravelUpdate
This blog is spilling the beans on Manufactured Spending – Smart Travel Hacking

Allow me to put it simply – If you like Manufactured Spending (MS) and care to scale it to millions of points, this blog is a must resource. Smart Travel... Read More

Frequent Miler
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... Read More

TravelUpdate
Ottawa Points and Miles meetup on December 3rd, 2017

Join us for the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup at Andaz Ottawa, on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 from 7:30pm –... Read More

Frequent Miler
The Amex war on gaming heats up

The Amex war on gaming kicks into high gear on Nov 1 2017. At that point, Amex's new rules explicitly disallow abuse, misuse, or gaming. What does that mean, and what... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2017 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, 2017- December, 2017), the... Read More

Frequent Miler
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... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Plastiq Promotion: Lower Fees When Paying Mortgage with MasterCard

I’ve written about Plastiq before but they now have a limited time promotion where the fee will be lower when paying your mortgage with a MasterCard.... Read More

TravelUpdate
Ottawa Points and Miles meetup on August 27th

Join us for the 3rd edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup at Andaz Ottawa, on Sunday, August 27th, 2017 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Please remember to RSVP... Read More

Out and Out
Some Plastiq Mortgage Payments With Visa Cards Working Again!

Update: Some readers let me know not all mortgage payments are working, but many are! Here’s an example from my account: As long as the “Submit... Read More

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