How to Use Gift Cards and Money Orders to Manufacture Spend

This one is a favorite among MSers.

Update: Note that Vanilla branded gift cards (like the ones pictured below) no longer work. Other Visas, like the ones sold at grocery stores and certain malls, do still work.   One of the most … [Read more...]

Make Money and Earn Points from Staples!

PayPal is essentially cash.

    There's currently an opportunity to earn Ultimate Rewards points for free and make money, or alternatively just make a good amount of money and not earn points if that's what you're … [Read more...]

Vanilla Reload “Cash Only” Policy Seems Regional Right Now

"The Memo"

Is the Vanilla Reload/Bluebird method dead? UPDATE: Yes, yes it is dead. Cash only everywhere, hard coded into the register, as of April 5, 2014. I've received several text messages and emails from … [Read more...]

How to Use Bluebird and Vanilla Reloads

Bluebird

UPDATE: Note that you can no longer purchase Vanilla Reloads from CVS and most other locations using a credit card. Some locations do still allow it, but it's VERY regional and VERY YMMV. You can … [Read more...]

The Aftermath of the Home Improvement Gift Card Deal

This card is the cause of much woe to many people right now.

The recent Home Improvement Gift Card (HIGC) "deal" makes for a very interesting case study. I've written about the secrecy that exists in the points world and even wrote a post called "Is there a … [Read more...]

The Home Improvement Gift Card, and Free Points

HIGC

UPDATE: Many people on FlyerTalk are reporting this deal as dead. Buy at your own risk! It's out there now, so I don't mind posting this. Shortly after Chase and Office Depot changed the rules for … [Read more...]

I Can Confirm that $500 Visa GCs Have Returned to Office Depot

Huge stacks available at my local OD!

EDIT: Reports are that the store I went to has now pulled these particular gift cards off the shelf. Stay tuned. I was in line for dinner earlier tonight and decided to read Twitter while waiting. I … [Read more...]

The Bluebird/SPG Reward Night Cost Chart

SPG Reward Chart

I got a lot of positive (and some negative) feedback for my Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Chart post, so I decided to do it again for one of my other favorite cards - the SPG Amex card. The Amex SPG … [Read more...]

Introducing the Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Charts

The standard United Award Chart for one-way and round trip redemptions.

Manufactured spend is essentially when one purchases items using a rewards credit card and then liquidates those items (turning them into cash) in order to pay off the credit card bill for the card … [Read more...]

The Vanilla Sky is Falling

I've slowly started to diversify, and I recommend you do the same!

Don't worry, you can still buy Vanilla Reloads with a credit card...for now, at least. But you can no longer deny that the difficulty with which you can do so is increasing, and "reports" are now … [Read more...]