Manufactured Spending

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

Out and Out
[DEAL IS DONE] Tomorrow at Exactly 12:00 PM Eastern: $1,300 in Free Credit Card Spending, Plus $25

Update: As of 5:32 pm Eastern time, PFS Buyers Club is not letting anyone else opt-in to the offer. DEAL IS DONE. Congrats to those who got in on this! Sign-up... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Chase Freedom 2017 Third Quarter 5% Bonus Categories

Today is the first day of a new quarter and a new set of 5 percent categories for the Chase Freedom card (one of my favorite credit cards). This quarter (July... Read More

From Home and Back
Travel Goals and Status Check Up – 2017 Mid-Year

Jennifer checks in on her 2017 travel goals, what her progress towards status looks like, and whether she is achieving those travel goals at mid-year. Airline status,... Read More

Frequent Miler
Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works June 2017

I had been planning to publish the next installment of this series in July, but there have been so many recent changes that I decided to publish now… Whether you... Read More

Frequent Miler
Is Plastiq 3X dead?

In our last bi-monthly manufacturing spend report, we reported that Plastiq bill payments were coding as lodging when Plastiq was used to pay rent or mortgage.  The... Read More

ThePointsOfLife
US Bank Altitude Approved But MSers Be Wary

I applied for the US Bank Altitude card when I was in Trinidad but was initially rejected. When I called recon, the agent told me that the system rejected my... Read More

TravelUpdate
Ottawa Points and Miles meetup on May 28, 2017

All set to host the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup on Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm (EST). Please remember to RSVP your spot.... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Staples Easy Rebate on Visa Gift Cards This Week

Staples is giving a rebate on the purchase of Visa gift cards this week. If you buy... The post Staples Easy Rebate on Visa Gift Cards This Week appeared first on The... Read More

Points With a Crew
Plastiq updating their referral policy to $500 FFD for new members

Plastiq has recently updated their new member refer a friend offer, now offering $500 to new members when they sign up, using promo code ... Read More

TravelUpdate
Points, Points, Points: How Much Are They Worth?

Premise I consistently get asked about point valuations from friends and colleagues, on how much they are worth, and if a sale or a redemption is a good value.... Read More

TravelUpdate
3 Top Tips for Mystery Shopping Optimization

Premise I’ve gotten a lot of positive responses and inquires to learn more about mystery shopping. So, here are my three top tips for optimizing your experience.... Read More

ThePointsOfLife
TPOL Replay on CNN Business Traveller!

I’m back on CNN Business Traveller with Richard Quest. When it first aired last October, I was in St. Petersburg. This time I’m in Italy. Back then, I... Read More

Frequent Miler
Increase credit card spend (and get most of it back). What still works May 2017?

Whether you need to increase credit card spend to earn a new credit card signup bonus, or to earn elite status, or simply to earn credit card rewards, it’s... Read More

TravelUpdate
I Don’t Know, Where Should I Travel Next?

Premise I am sure this is such a strange problem to have, but I have a very difficult problem when answering people (*ahem* timeshare agents) when they ask where I want... Read More