*Most* Bluebird and Serve Accounts DEAD for Manufactured Spending


It was a good, long run, but it looks like my favorite method for manufacturing spend is finally coming to an end. Today I received an email from Amex Bluebird titled “Termination of Funds Loading Capabilities On Your Bluebird Account”. The email said following: “We are writing to let you know that we have observed…

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$20 Off Instantly on Visa Gift Cards w/ No Limit!


The best deal in MS is back again for Thanksgiving week! OfficeMax stores is giving $20 off instantly when you purchase $300 in gift cards or more in store. As I’ve explained many times before, this is the best deal in Manufactured Spending since you not only earn points, but you also get paid to do…

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British Airways Avios Devalue: No More 4,500 Avios Flights

Avios Devaluation

Did you buy your tickets for TravelCon 2: Vegas yet? The conference is on November 7th! Arguably the most useful and lucrative feature about the British Airways frequent flyer program was the value provided by short-haul flights. Just 4,500 Avios could get you between many different city pairs, including Los Angeles to San Francisco, Las…

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National’s One Two Free – And a Giveaway For Your Next Rental!

National Car Rental isn’t usually a program that we hear about too often, except for this time of year when they come out with their famous “One Two Free” promotion (registration required). As far as rental car promotions go, this one is one of the better ones that exists. They had the same promo a…

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Gift Card Deals (and Manufactured Spend Opportunities) Galore!

Usually merchant gift cards are not great for manufactured spending because the volume is just too small. When I manufacture spend, I want it to be worth my time and look for opportunities where I get a large number of points/miles. Sometimes, however, deals come along that present not just manufactured spend opportunities but also…

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FTU Advanced in My Backyard – Newport Beach Dec 4-6

A couple of months back I announced that I’ll be speaking at FTU Advanced in Dallas from 9/25 to 9/27, and I’m excited to announce that I have the opportunity to speak at another one later this year in Newport Beach, CA. Here are the current speakers for FTU Advanced Newport Beach: Matthew Klint (Live…

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The Best Way to Earn Points – An Oldie but a Goodie

People ask me all the time what the best way to earn miles/points is, and for me it’s a very easy answer. I of course start with “credit cards” and point them to my Beginners Guide to show them the power of miles and points. But many people are looking for something beyond credit cards.

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