How to Use Gift Cards and Money Orders to Manufacture Spend

This one is a favorite among MSers.

One of the most popular ways to manufacture spend (i.e. rack up a ton of miles/points cheaply) right now is by buying PIN-enabled gift cards and liquidating them by purchasing money orders. As I did … [Read more...]

How to Use Bluebird and Vanilla Reloads


My long-time readers and the intermediate to advanced audience will not find any use in this post, but I need to write it. I need to write it because I absolutely hate all the other "guides" that I've … [Read more...]

Your Current Options for Earning 5x on Credit Cards

It has 5x drugstores!

Earning 5x points/cash back is pretty much the best you can do right now, and there might be more options than you think to earn it. There are the regular options that you've heard of over and over … [Read more...]

The Google Wallet Card – Now Available, But Not That Great

Google Wallet Card

  Google likes to tease the points world with the Google Wallet program in my opinion. They added the ability to pay people for free via any credit card that you loaded into Google Wallet, and … [Read more...]

Manufactured Spend Updates from Around the Web

There have been a few changes recently that impact some people that participate in "manufactured spend," which is basically spending a lot of money on your credit card buying items (usually gift … [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


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. … [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 … [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...]