Manufactured Spending

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 concerning... Read More

The Points of Life
I Missed the AA Deal

I was out of the office last week (see Out of the Office: Member-Guest Golf Tournament) and didn’t open my laptop one time. While it was a great break from work, I... Read More

Travel Codex
IRS Targets Credit Card Rewards, Tax Court Pushes Back, But…

Back in February, a US Tax Court decision touched on the world of credit card rewards and manufactured spend. In Anikeev v. Commissioner, the IRS attempted to argue that... Read More

Frequent Miler
Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards

Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards: Updates… Update 3/28/21: Added Simon/GiftCardMall (different to buying from Simon direct). Update 11/1/20:... Read More

TravelUpdate
Record-Breaking 2020 Travel Complaints, IRS Attacks Manufactured Spending, and Is Lifetime Hotel Status Worth It?

Here is the latest set of interesting stories and news from around the travel web that I find interesting and hope you do, too! Read More

Frequent Miler
Judge Rules Some Credit Card Rewards-Earning Activity Is Taxable

There’s a tax ruling which will be of interest for anyone who manufactures spend (and even those who don’t) as the IRS was trying to get more than $300,000 worth of... Read More

Frequent Miler
5x Online: Fee-free $100 Mastercard GCs at Staples.com

Staples.com is once again offering fee-free $100 Mastercard Gift Cards right now. The maximum is 2 cards per account, but this is still a great deal in terms of easy 5x... Read More

Frequent Miler
Walmart Manufactured Spending Policy Memo: “That activity should be stopped”

The points & miles world is abuzz with talk about a memo titled “Manufactured Spending Policy” that reportedly went out to Walmart employees.  The memo states... Read More

TravelUpdate
Walmart to place a ban on all Manufactured Spending

The memo to employees clearly outlines what manufactured spending is and when and how to enforce the ban from an employee perspective. Read More

Your Mileage May Vary
Review & Photos Aboard The New 737-MAX, Why “Now” Is The Worst Time To Buy Points, Everything To Know About Manufactured Spending

Happy Sunday to all our travel friends, both near and far. Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, so…... Read More

Frequent Miler
Manufactured Spending Complete Guide

  Introduction Manufactured spending is the technique of increasing credit card rewards without decreasing your bank account balance. There are many reasons you may... Read More

Frequent Miler
Many Problems Reported On MetaBank Visa Gift Cards (Simon, Staples & Others)

There have been numerous reports in the past few days of issues surrounding the liquidation of Visa gift cards. All the initial chatter seemed to revolve around Visa... Read More

Frequent Miler
Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards

Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards: Updates… Update 11/1/20: Added Gift Card Granny to the Buy Online section. Update 10/7/20: Added USPS to... Read More

Frequent Miler
Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards

Update 10/7/20: Added USPS to the Buy Online section. Update 8/5/20: Added VanillaGift.com, Office Depot, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Sam’s Club, BJ’s... Read More

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

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

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